The Riders are now 10-40 at Commonwealth!
first...loved the diversity in the O playbook. Even when they were not connecting it looked very good for week one. Perhaps a few too many shovel passes, but overall I liked it...hitting different running lanes and spreading the ball, and very happy Cortez kept NcHenry a part of the active O.
Man...Ferri got knocked the F out! wow! happy recovery my friend, see you in a few weeks.
I felt a little for Reilly...he had a pile of pressure, but give them some time and it could be a good thing. Stamps had his usual vs Riders... outstanding game, and Sweeney has a lot of potential. The Esks D doesn't seem to have the same bite thus far in the young season. Their run game was lackluster at best.
I thought Heenan, and that side of the line, looked great...but I think next week will be the true test. I think they could be in trouble...time will tell I guess, but I lack confidence for now. Oh, and LaBatte was holding on like every play.
The Ends, mainly Chick, got solid pressure, which gave the tackles a lot of room...see that in 3 sacks by the tackles! While the Esks hardly ran, I saw Buttler be ineffective on a couple of occasions...again, that WILL hurt against a guy like Cornish.
DD's numbers were not superb, but it was basically a game filled with solid decisions from him...glad to see that. I was also happy they put Willy in. I wondered if they would about 1/3 through the 3rd quarter, but wish they had opened the playbook up with him a bit...that said, after 1 week I would bet he has barely seen the playbook...with a new OC, almost every snap in practice would be for first stringers.
When Anderson snapped I was disappointed, but was happy that once he cooled off he approached what appeared to be each team mate. Still concerning to take 2 majors on one down!
I was disappointed in 1 big thing from Chamblin...Harris made a beautiful INT and he never challenged it. Some say...yeah, but look at the score...So? Reward the guy after a play like that! Where is the foot on throat mentality? I mean, the Esks took a time out with a minute left to get more time on the clock in an out of reach game. I was very disappointed in his decision on that one.