As we have discussed the Als have made too many field goals and made too few TD's. In the first quarter tonight with third down and long yards needed for a first down, the Alouettes twice disregarded their past practice and on third down attempted to obtain a first down instead of attempting a field goal. Both these calls came from Trestman and, they were excellent calls. I believe the team should make a decision that when in the red zone they will go for first downs and touchdowns and, never attempt field goals in this situation. The team is presently coasting along in first place and thereby have the opportunity to take such a move for a few games.. This Als need to play through three down football while in the red zone with only TD's in mind. They have the offense required to score three down touchdowns and, for a few games they should restrict themselves to this. The team needs to acquire an orientation that restricts them to TD's only. I believe we have the players equal for such a challenge and, they will construct a 7 point attitude for red zone production.
The Als have the defense to enable them to make such an adjustment. Tonight the Als defense was outstanding. The defensive line, while not the biggest, is very quick. Stewart and Bowman's rush was excellent. They were in Joseph's face throught the game and, each were credited with 2 QB sacks. I liked the play of Guzman. He is a large sized linebacker with the speed of a lighter man. Ferri just might be in competition for the one linebacker post available. I believe Proulx is the most improved Alouette this year. Our corner backs seem to be playing much tighter and disruptive to the opponents receivers than in years past and, Popp has acquired a couple of very good defensive backs.
On offense, the continual pattern of sticking to the short pass was changed tonight with Calvillo throwing long down the field to Watkins Richardson and to Cahoon. Offensive tackle Erik Wilson looked good on his blocking and TD catch. Calvillo showed he can scramble and connected long to Watkins Richardson and Cahoon from the scramble position. One had to notice late in the game that he congratulated all members of his squad. The Als were, of course , playing against the offensively weak Argos and tonight's game must put this in perspective. Now, they can begin their strut against Calgary and the other western teams.