Steinberg: Plenty on the line in Als-Stamps matchup

When Calgary and Montreal kickoff Sunday night to wrap up Week 8, both teams will be very much in need of a win.

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Sure, on paper the Stamps are great. I picked them to challenge the Bombers for first in the West. Boy was I wrong there.

Meanwhile EVERYBODY knew that the Als would be fielding the worst offensive line in the league this season. Only Maciocia thought differently. And why does Cody Fajardo always get stuck behind five guys who try to get him killed? At this rate he’ll never want to own a Five Guys Hamburger franchise. He’ll have to buy a Tim Hortons like Kevin Glenn.

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It’s more that he consistently has problems reading coverage and holds onto the ball too long, resulting in a lot more sacks.

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I’d still build him a better offensive line if I had any say in it. Healthy starting quarterbacks are getting harder and harder to find.

Oh I think you can find them alright! Their on the 6 game injury roster around the league. This year seems to be the year the QBs miss games as injured warriors. It seems the harder the league tries to limit injuries the more injuries occur. One has to wonder if the players are taking enough time staying physically fit to play this game or is it the game has gotten rougher? Players hitting harder?


He does have a good line in front of him. We kept Trevor Harris upright just fine last year. If you watch the sacks, they are mostly Fajardo’s fault.

Montreal has also had a ton of change on offense. New playbook, playcaller, QB, receivers, blocking schemes, and RB coach. I don’t think there’s another team in the league that’s had so much change in that unit.

I would say you are 85 percent wrong on that assertion

That makes 2 of us. I think people forget they haven’t had Carey all year. And Henry is gone as well. The Stamps offence was heavily focused on running with Carey, as was Winnipeg in the Harris years - still lead in rushing attempts again, a hallmark of Buck’s time there. They were thin on import receiver talent coming in & Henry was their top guy. Injuries have played havoc with a bunch of teams this year.

LOL, you do you. I’ve watched the sacks and I can see where the issues are. It’s not hard to know the problem when the QB has ample time to get a throw off but winds up being sacked because he missed a wide-open receiver or checkdown option in the flat.

He has the most pourous O line in the league again this year just as he had last year. So in Your books that zippo to do with how good a a QB. Looks…

I won’t comment on the Als line as I don’t pay close enough attention to have an informed opinion.

On Fajardo however, the same complaint about him holding on to the ball was made by Saskatchewan fans and I have witnessed it numerous times and have heard more than a few Als fans complain. If we can all see it obviously coaches can and presumably he has been coached up to improve this for years. It hasn’t worked, it isn’t working and it won’t work.

What you see is what you get and Cody will always hold on to the ball too long. You could put some of those cement highway barriers in front of him or build him a hunting blind and chances are he would still be admiring the ball. Cody certainly has strengths as a QB but a timely release isn’t one of them.

Another game spoiled by air horns.

Montreal’s sack problem lies solely with Maas. Mtl, last year did okay protecting Harris. Maas on the other hand had Fajardo sacked 77 times and this year it’s projected to be 99, if things don’t change. Mtl needs a competent Coach & OC along with a real GM.

Let’s go Montreal… you can find away to take down the Stamps in your house :beers:

A few of this year’s season ending injuries involved super fit athletes who suffered non-contact Achilles tears. Right now it’s a hard injury to predict and even harder to prevent.

Most of the other serious injuries revolved around limbs that bent in the wrong direction and broke.

Lower limbs by the looks of it are the most vulnerable to catastrophic rips, tears, dislocations and breaks. The injury scenario we most fear involves the big bodied lineman crashing into the legs of a quarterback who’s feet are firmly planted on the turf. Those grippy cleats make an already bad bend worse.

Maybe an as-yet-not-invented smart-shoe with cleats that release from the shoe bottom if sensors detect dangerous knee level torque would prevent some injuries. Someone somewhere is probably working on it.

Another solution that is being discussed for some players is mandatory knee braces. Some offensive linemen are already wearing them.

Beyond that the only near-foolproof step that we can take to save our players legs from contact damage is to take away or limit contact. But personally I don’t want to do that.

Better tackling technique is the only thing I can come up with for now. BUT THE PLAYERS UNION has severely eliminated contact drills during practice. Could it be that some of these injuries are the result of needlessly sloppy tackles?

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I think everyone knows he holds on a little long, but is part of the problem the play calling? He is right up there with the league leaders on deep passing plays, despite playing the least amount of games.
I don’t think its fair at all to just put all the blame on CF for the league worst sack ratio. OLine, OC & AC has to take some of that blame.


There is plenty of blame to go around, no doubt. But I have watched Fajardo pretty closely this year. And on many occasions, he gets sacked because:

  • He fails to find his checkdown option in the flat.
  • He doesn’t see an open receiver to the other side of the field from where he’s looking.
  • He pulls the ball on the RPO too frequently, letting defenses tee off on the pass. This isn’t something Maas can control. Part of the RPO depends on the QB making the right read at the line. Sure, you can call designated run plays, but then those aren’t as effective in the long run.

Tonight, I will say that Fajardo was markedly better on getting rid of the ball, even though Montreal’s offense stalled frequently and couldn’t post up a major. He was way too locked into Julien-Grant, though. He needed to spread the ball around more.

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