Ticats add five to defence through free agency

Beasley will join McCollough, veterans Bo Smith and Dee Webb and safety James Patrick — signed as a free agent in late January — in what is now a secondary with 17 seasons of CFL experience between them. They’ll be challenged in training camp, says Steinauer, who played 13 seasons in the league as a defensive back, but provide a much-needed foundation.

“I wouldn’t recommend going with all inexperienced players..."

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I like this. At first glance it appears that Steinauer might be replicating Stubler's successful approach that allowed experienced DBs some leeway to find their own chemistry as a cohesive unit while giving them some influence on how to play and adjust.

I'll be keeping my eye out for that as best as I can.

No doubt the D will be better. Couldn't get any worse, could it?

Bigger questions for me are:

Can Ausitn's offence come close to Cortez' production? Cortez' offense is a tough act to follow and it should be quite interesting to see what he'll do in Regina.

With Daley gone, how will ST teams fare compared to last year's tremendous successes for Williams and Congi? Good thing Ozzie's back.

I'm pretty confident that Condell and Austin will put together a good offense, one that is among the leagues best. We probably won't score quite as many points as last year, but I think it's important for the offense to be more efficient this year. Burris turned the ball over a lot last year and we also led the league in two-and-outs. Those two things have to change if we're going to compete, especially the turnovers.

Good points. (Did not know that about 2 and outs.)

2012 turnovers

23 BC
28 Montreal
31 Saskatchewan
33 Toronto
42 Calgary
43 Edmonton
45 [i]Hamilton[/i]
53 Winnipeg