Now that we have hit mid-March and have the upcoming 2015 CFL/Ti-Cat schedule in place, new players signed and many past players returning, I thought it would a good time to ask fellow fans what the Cats need to be successful this season?
When Kent Austin took over in 2013 we made it to the Grey Cup for the first time since 1999 with a high scoring offence led by Henry Burris but it was our Defence that was the problem. In 2014 we had a great defence and special teams and made it back to the Grey Cup but it was our lack of ability by our Offence to score in the Red Zone, (actually we were rated last in the CFL) in that category).
Obviously the Cats need to correct the scoring problem by the offence and score more TD's than field goals. I thought last year that we also needed to stretch the field of play with faster recievers and wide outs so guys like Fantuz and Tasker could get more passes in the mid area and give us a deep threat or two on the outside.
The running game: The fact that we really didn't have a running game with Gable out for the year and Madu on or off the injury list until later in the year when got Madu back and Grigsby signed. If we can get all backs starting off healthy this season we can make it really tough on other teams to stop and should certainly have one of the best backfields in the CFL.
At QB: This will be second season for Collaro's and I'm sure he's settling in and will have a better season out of the gate this year. The question will be if he can lead the offence to become a high scoring team or at least score when it counts?
The new additions at receiver will give Collaro's more options to work with and hopefully a better playbook. The addition of Mathews at QB will give us a good young back up. Masoli has some good strength in his scrambling ability but cannot hang on to the ball, too many fumbles last year. I would like to see McGee given a shot and I guess with LeFevour gone to Montreal, McGee would be sitting around number two with Masoli and Harris.
Our Defence looks good, only question would be key replacements at corner from Delvin Breaux and the secondary. The signings of free agents like Hickman, Norwood and most of the defence returning should give us one of the top defences in the CFL again.
The Special Teams have been solid over the past two seasons now and especially last year with the performance of Banks and the addition of Medlock at kicking/punting, I'm sure this will continue this year.
I'm sure now that Austin and the coaches are into their tryout camps for the team that we may find some new players on the horizon and will make for an interesting camp this year May/June.
Both Ottawa and Montreal have been very active this off-season in signing players as well and should make it very interesting in the East division this year and probably a big improvement over last year.
GO CATS GO!!!