If our D can't deal with a single injury, then we aren't in any better shape. Drew is our best cover DB, I grant you that, but to me, the 'experimenting' during the last third of the season didn't amount to anything. What, precisely, were we experimenting with? Different coverages, schemes, formations? All I saw were players shuffled in and out of the same defense. I didn't see any experimenting. On second down, you could almost guarantee that we'd drop into a soft zone that would be picked apart by every offense we faced. You could also guarantee that we'd vacate the middle of the field and fail to account for any receiver on the flat, so that no matter how much yardage was needed to get the first down, the opponent could usually achieve it by running straight up the middle for 15 yards without a single Als defender in sight (Burris) or dumping a pass to a receiver or running back in the flat (everyone else). We couldn't knock down passes, we couldn't win contested catches, we rarely got INTs, and were often beaten for big gains or TDs at the worst possible times. I'm not trying to be bleak here, but I saw this crap again and again and AGAIN. No change. No ability to adjust at halftime. Just the same old soft coverage and schemes a 5-year-old could figure out.
It's a disrespect to our personnel, because they're better than this. We have lots of quality talent on the defensive side of the ball but they aren't being utilized properly.
In a one game elimination, it comes down to making plays. In 2002 Woodcock made the play that won the game. Last year Payton fumbled the ball at the goal line if I remember well and that lost the game. It comes down to making plays, both teams will surprise their opponent as much as possible. I feel the Als have more playmakers then Edmonton. They are playing at home, they are healthy and well rested. Edmonton just played in horrible weather traveled back last night and then have to travel to Montrreal and play a game at 9am Saturday morning. There is no excuses why the Als should not win this game. I think they have the heart and the belief in each other to accomplish this.
This I agree with. It does come down to who makes the plays. And if we're going to beat anyone, it would probably be a young Edmonton team with an up-and-down defense and with an offense missing (thank God!) Jason Tucker, Alouettes Killer. That being said, Ray looks to be in a zone right now, which historically has always been bad news for the Als. In order to win this game, our offense is going to have to score a lot of points, because I don't think our D is good enough to win us a tight, low-scoring game against one of the top QBs in the league.