I have been overly optimistic in some posts, as to the Cats still having a playoff shot (they still do) yet I have been pointed in my criticism of Creehan and what the havoc he has caused with our defence.
Still cautiously optimistic in the sense that a good many of the Cats displayed heart and effort tonight that was missing all year. Sure, the ending sucked, but s**t happens as they say. Burris frustrated me yet he was a warrior, as was our best warrior all year, Avon. the kids on the O-Line. There were others, and the key thing that will come from this game, is whether this team folds it's tent and says it just ain't meant to be, or whether this little bit of spark tonight with bad luck, can energize them to play like gang busters the next two weeks. Pride alone say you blast the opposition the next two games and let the chips fall where they may with Edmonton. This could be a spark, we will see.
Having said the above, I still continue with my displeasure with the defence. I just cannot believe that our middle line backer just absent mindedly vacates his area for nothing, or that it is just a fluke that all teams exploint our soft underneath when we are in a zone. No folks, we all know that whether or not some of our defensive players have the requiste talent to play in this league or not cannot be in any way determined by what has gone on.
They are forced to play the schemes and systems that Creeahan creates and orders them to play, and more times than not, that means putting yourself out of the play as the schemes have been studied by other offensive coordinators, and found to be far less intricate and difficult than Madden video game defences. TSN picked it up when they noticed Peach making a tackle in the middle area that was vacated by Williams, and Peach certainly should not have been there, but he made a football play there, and probably will get dumped on for Creehan for being in the wrong spot despite making the play,
The blessing of not making the playoffs may just be the earlier termination of Creehan. I thought Chamblin was a joke last year, but wow, Creehan is plain brutal.