The Lateral....Coach's thoughts

In the post game CHML interview, Coach Bellefeuille says........."that's one of those plays where the Coach goes.......No! No! No!............Yes! Yes! Yes!...."

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It's never in the blueprint. LOL It IS indicative of the playmaking the club has in all three phases. EVERY GREAT PLAY GETS A MULLIGAN. :wink:

Oski Wee Wee,


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One of the best plays I have seen for a while. Heads up, rugby-style football.
One of the players mentioned they had practiced it.

I held my breath for a second as well. But if it works it works. I'm sure Marcel isn't complaining :wink:

Thompson and TIs are great. They said they've been practicing that play between the two of them and on the video, you can see Tis waiting for it. He was expecting it. Going the extra mile to develop chemistry like that, those intangibles beyond the X's and O's, to have the mentality that you're going to score defensive touchdowns is the making of a championship team.

John Madden 101: you never criticize a player during the game for trying to make a play, dropping a pass, etc. AS A RULE. You might want to get clarification on why a player did something, but realizing that the guy making a stupid play usually feels the worst about it in the entire stadium is a good rule of thumb as to the effectiveness of just "losing it." One can lose it in a locker room to get the necessary message across, but the best time to convey anything is one-on-one in the coach's office with mutual respect being conveyed as men. Caca occureth sometimes, however.

On a lateral, my deal is that the lateraling player must establish eye contact with the lateralee (my word) before lateraling. That indeed occurred between Thompson and Tisdale if you watch the replay. It's a gamble, but seeing as how Tisdale had a clear running lane to daylight given the convoy of escorts that was setting up, I would have no problem with Thompson taking the chance, even with it raining. One doesn't always have the chance for a defensive TD that changes the momentum of the game, but if it's there, go for it. Post mortems can be done in the film room the following week.

Oski Wee Wee,


The lateral emphasizes the difference between this year's Cats and last year's Cats. In previous seasons, that lateral would have turned into a fumble recovery for the other team and a major going the other way. This year, players have gotten the losing monkey off their backs and are playing to win, not like they're afraid to lose.

Laterals were more popular years ago and I've often wondered why we don't see more of them today.

If conditions present themselves as was the case Saturday night and particularly if you have two guys like

Thompson and Tisdale involved, go for it!

This was the most exciting play I've seen thus far in the 2009 campaign...... Well thought out and timed


This one's gonna be tough to beat for "Tigertown Play of the Year".

Until Bruce make circus Catch in the End-zone

I think this is one of those plays that at the end of practice you work on... waiting for a chance to maybe use it in a game.

Then it happens, you use it, it works!

Then you throw it out because other teams know it now.

Time to work on something new! :wink:

Can't wait to see what it is!

I wouldn't throw it out! I'd simply put it in the team's repertoire of trick plays

and use it again somewhere down the road and if the occasion presents itself.


sorry...what?! :?

I think it's because coaches generally are less tolerant of risk now and mostly expect players to stick closely to the plan. Overall I think both NFL and CFL have moved more towards a philosophy of discipline, control, and risk mitigation. Players know that in the modern pro football climate, one too many bone-headed plays could mean career suicide. I wonder whether specialization has anything to do with it too: in the 50s and 60s, maybe a greater proportion of pro football players were all-around athlete types (or even guys with rugby experience) and coaches were less fearful of guys flubbing a lateral.

So, it tends to be something that is only tried when a team has nothing left to lose.

Here is a classic attempt by Saskatchewan to pull off a miracle last play with multiple laterals, from an Esks/Riders game a few years ago, featuring current Cats Corey Grant and Kenton Keith.

Excellent comments, safetyblitz. I think you make some very good points here. This play, (Cats and Eskimos) appeared to have been considered by Thompson and Tisdale, perhaps following a team practice
as evidenced by it's choreographed precision .

I also found the fact that several blockers who appeared down field to help out on the play were likely also included in the overall scheme.

Thanks for posting the multi lateral play by Saskatchewan against the Eskimos too. The looks on Maccocia's face were priceless.