I hope for a Cats win Sunday. The keys to winning. Would be cutting down on the penalities (discipline) and capitalizing in the red zone. No fumbles or dropped passes ! Last weeks play calling was fine, I thought they used a good variety of the run and pass. A win would be huge for the Cats.
Both teams were able to move the ball last week, both QBs fumbled on the goal line, both teams can't finish off drives.
It's going to be another low scoring game with all kinds of mistakes and penalties. Montreal is at home so they should win by 3 points.
Win the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. Stop the dual running threat and play hard disciplined football with little or no penalties. This is a statement game and this team is capable of the win however, they need to be totally focused.
It's not easy winning on the road, and Hamilton has a hard time doing it but if they can win in Montreal this could get the ball rolling. Beating Montreal and then coming home to play Saskatchewan, would make for an awesome game.
Here's what needs to happen. The Defense needs to play the exact same way, only with more empahasis on covering SJ Green and Brandon London, and the Offense needs to improve slightly as a whole and limit turnovers.
I agree with Chewbaca. Montreal's defence is very good. They have some very good players on the O-line, some great receivers and Whitaker. And they're at home. QB is still a question mark. The Oddshark point spread is between 0 and the Cats giving 1.5 points.
Masoli made a mistake. He should not have reached out for the goal line with the ball on first down. I'm sure Austin has mentioned that to him at least once. I'm sure Masoli has learned from that mistake.
I think Masoli is good at QB sneaks and short draws, and has performed those type of plays quite well all season. I do not want Collaros to be doing QB sneaks, as I wouldn't want him risking injury on a play where Masoli can do as good a job or better. That said, I do not have much confidence in him as an actual backup quarterback at this point. He seems to have a tendency to turn over the ball too much. I don't know if McGee is any better - just haven't seen enough of him to know for sure.
So for now, Masoli is our guy on third and short. Just need to remind him that ball retention is more important than making the first down / touchdown on first and second downs.
Masoli has made way to many "mistakes"
I can't believe he is even still here! Austin is uncharacteristically showing way too much patience with him.
He must have pictures of Austin doing something rude to a goat or something!
In every game he has stepped onto the field so far this season he has made absolutely brutal "mistakes"
at crucial times of the game.
It is time to give someone else a shot.
Here are his game stats from this year(courtesy of Bobo)
Disclaimer, view at your own risk!
[b]Jeremiah Masoli game stats 2014
@ Edmonton......5 of 15 for 118 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT, 3 FUMBLES
@ Calgary.........9 of 20 for 107 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUMBLE
...Calgary.........7 of 10 for 68 yds, 0 TD, 1 INT, 1 FUMBLE
...Toronto........0 of 0 for 0 yds, 0 TD, 0 INT, 1 FUMBLE
Season Stats........attempts...completions...total yards...% completion...TD'S...Int...Fumbles...QB rating
Jeremiah Masoli......45.............21............293.............46.7 %........1......3......6............47.7%[/b]
I do agree that he has turned the ball over way too many times, which is why I said I haven't much confidence in his ability as a backup QB. He has, however, done well on QB sneaks with that one exception. (By the way, I thought the strip while he was being held up and that was returned for a TD in the Edmonton game should have been overruled by the Command Centre, as his forward progress had been stopped before he lost control of the ball. Both players had their arms around the ball as Masoli was spun around, the ball was moving backwards, and then Masoli lost his grip on it. When two players both have a grip on the ball, the one who had possession first is deemed to have possession. Without that TD, we probably would have won that game.)
The problem is that we haven't seen whether McGee can run QB sneaks, or anything else for that matter. Until we do, I'm saying stick with Masoli for third and short, and hope we've seen the last of Mazola. And also hope we don't need him to actually run the offence [knock wood].