But the refereeing? Get serious; blame the players for committing so many unnecessary, undisciplined penalties, too many of which were majors and were retaliatory, negating a Toronto penalty. Put the blame where it belongs. . and it isn't with the officials.
Of course some of the penalties are warranted....but many aren't. I was even disgusted at some calls against the Argos. The referring is terrible, and the league better shape it up or they will be in trouble. That game was unwatchable with all the flags.
There is a total lack of respect/appreciation for the run game. Its always been the hole in Austin's game. He got burned earlier this season for only dressing one RB. He does it again Teams have two additional roster spots this season, Austin is the only HC not dressing two RB.
I am not disagreeing entirely with what people are writing about Austin and rushing offence. But remember last year the Cats led the East in rushing yards (still only 4th overall). I think it is more Austin the GM than Austin the HC, being unable to find another RB he felt he could trust (besides Madu) after Gable went down. (Some of that is also wanting to use his DIs for other positions, which is understandable given how well they have all played.) I hope D. Carter is the answer. But it may also be a problem that they run what is apparently a hard-to-learn offence: makes it difficult to bring in new players quickly.
They called the double reverse because without Madu the offense was becoming one dimensional and the momentum was swinging anyway. They could have caught the ARgos off balance it was a good call if it wasn't for the bad pitch out,
Just a badly executed play.
8) They have had RB, Sam Ojuri on the practice roster for exactly 3 months now !!
If a guy can't learn this complicated offence in that amount of time, then why are they keeping him around ??
Ojuri apparently has great speed, and is a good receiver out of the backfield. Set all kinds of records at N. Dakota.
Going into a game with only 1 real RB, considering that he has been injured lately, is only asking for trouble, but Austin
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[quote="TommyBoy1"]1. A gadget play when the game was in hand, resulting in a Toronto TD -- stupid
2. No back up RB again. - stupid
3. Owens one on one with a 6 point lead. Seriously? - Stupid
4. A bad snap for the umpteenth time (not corrected) - Stupid
I disagree entirely on your first point. I have always been an advocate or what you guys call "gadget plays" or "trick plays"
not that they should be used often, but are something the OC can keep in his back pocket and bring it out once in a while just to keep the opponent honest. That double reverse didn't work because of the timing, that's all! As Austin stated if it had worked Sinkfield would have run for a long gain. The mis-timing of that play is no different than throwing a pass behind the receiver or a bad hand-off where the qb and rb collide.
Personally, i like to see the Cats throw in a "gadget play" evey now and then just to keep things interesting. One of the worst things a team can become is predictable.