Personally I wouldn't call Damon Duval the 'heart & soul' of the team (and don't say that to any football player who is not a kicker! but I would say that he is definitely one of the most consistent and reliable Alouettes this season. He who would be the 'heart and soul' of the team for me (and equally reliable and consistent) is Ben Cahoon. Undersized and not as fast as most receivers, he never gives up, stills finds openings in double coverage, will play injured and is willing to take heavy punishment to make the play (are you listening Thyron?). He has the heart of a lion... if only it were contagious.
I have little or no problem with Watkin's performance thus far. To his credit, he has been injured and getting the ball his way requires more time (give the O-Line a chance A.C. - run the ball more!). The biggest disappointment in the receiving core for me - and has been since his arrival - is Anderson. Bring back mr. Vaughn!
- Belli is starting to find his rhythm (and the quarterback).
- Truluck looked better. Needs to maintain his discipline. If he can do that, perhaps the Als will finally have a regular second rush end
- special teams play
12 Sacks, I definitely agree with you. Run the ball more A.C. to give your o-line a chance to regroup and dominate! Your protection and pass time will benefit!
Richard Karikari is MIA. One of the best safeties last year has become the invisible man and the Als are paying a price for it in the secondary. He needs to step up fast!
Bad play calls on offense. Get back to basics and grind out the yards instead of looking deep. Oh, and next time it's 1st down and goal from the 3 yard line and the passing game is being held back because of pressure, bring out the jumbo set, load up your backfield and run the ball down the d-line's throat. We have loads of running talent that is sitting in idle...
Changes that Won't Happen:
The coach will remain (as much as I dislike Matthews). A change there will make little difference now - besides, the owner likes him and firing him now - with his new contract - would be expensive. Matthews just needs to stop believing in his own legend and make logical adjustments, not the "if the Don says it will work then it will" attitude (yes, I am still bitter about the 2003 Grey Cup... 2 rookie cornerbacks? Give me a break!)
Changes that Should Happen:
Paul Lambert should be back in. He's still a skilled vet who needed to have a little fire lit under his a**.
Start running the ball early and pound the Bomber D-Line. Calgary punished them and were able to open the game up. The Als need to do the same. In the words of 'The Don' himself,
"Our offensive line has the most difficult job in the league because A.C. doesn't have mobility."
So, buy him time by keeping the opposition defense guessing.
- Dave Stala can punt and throw (although the choice of a DB for the reception is questionable). This may make for a future trick play...
Let's hope that the also self-destructing Bombers will allow the Als to peg a win!