To start off, Durant played bad.. We should have had 2 Tds where he over threw guys on corner routes.. He had 3 or 4 passes blocked at the LOS, now this may not be as much his fault as it is Cortez's fault but something needs to change when it keeps happening. He was bouncing some passes off the turf and just looked all around bad. He refuses to run.. this is really starting to get on my nerves as it is proven that when he runs we win games, it would alleviate the pressure that defenses could put on us it would make guys covering think twice about totally committing to coverage.. There were at least 4 times I can think of where Durant had a wide open 5 to 10 yards in front of him and he chose to sit there looking for the pass and nearly got sacked each time because of it. Sadly some of the best passes Durant made all game were either dropped or ended up coming back due to penalties so he could never get into a rhythm..
For a supposed offensive genius I have for the past 2 seasons been totally unimpressed with Cortez and his play calling. Its either deep passing or running the ball right up the middle.. In this league to be successful you need to do 5 yards quick hitters getting the ball into the hands of your play makers.. Not only does this ease up pressure on your o-line, but it causes DBs to pull up tight in coverage leaving them liable to get beat deep more often. All you need to do is gain 5 yards a play.. But we seem only to want to go for 10+ every single time or run the ball right up the middle.. Is Durant in-capable of throwing a ball under 10 yards?
Receivers are gonna take time.. Taj Smith is the only guy Durant is on the same page with, sadly there is no other remedy for this but time. Hopefully Getz will be back after the bye week and we can have another guy in there who Durant trusts.. Strangely even Bagg and Durant just don't have it..
RBs.. I am honestly not that worried here aside from fumbling issues. I really think Allen has the skill set to be our main guy, I think he just needs to work on the whole fumbling deal. Hugh Charles is a nice change of pace back but I really don't feel him as our starter.. One of my favorite plays of the night last night was when we had the two back set in they faked a run to Charles and Dumped it off to Allen with a couple WR's screening for it. It was an intelligent beautifully worked play that got us near a first down(possibly an actually first down.) However if the coaching staff isn't comfortable hear we do still have Messam and Toston to try out.. Still early in the year not overly worried.
Our defense played well IMO. Held them to 14 in the first half, would have been 11 if not for the Charles fumble. Only 1 TD in the whole first half for BC.. If we could do that every week I say we end up with a winning records.
Our defense started out the second half playing well. We held them again to only anouther 12 points in the entire half... In the CFL that is pretty damn good IMO. Especially when your team goes 2 and out how many times in a row? was it 5 or 6? A defense can only do so much to hold a team when your offense isn't doing a damn thing, and keep putting you out on the field after short drives..
I will say I am slightly worried about our LBs inability to tackle.. The only guy I am semi comfortable with right now is Peters.. Brown has been bad compared to what I have come to expect from him.. His tackling is week and his coverage is bad.. We don't have a true MLB right now and I don't like it.. We are playing with a very small LB corp and it is showing.. nobody seems to be able to take a proper angle on a RB or a player in the flats and its worrying me immensely.. Peters has been the guy to show the least issues with this, not meaning that he is playing well but that he is not playing the worst.
D-line I am not overly worried about. I would like to see more push from people not named John Chick but for now I think we are ok there..
I am actually quite happy with our secondary.. They make the odd mistake but so does every secondary, other teams are showing intelligence by playing the short passing game against us.. You can only do so much against the 3 to 5 yard passes.. What we need to see more of is better tackling, which I thought was better in our secondary this game than last.. Not good but better. We only gave up 2 TDs last night and only one was passing.. I am pretty ok with that. Can't expect our defense to shut them out every game in the CFL.
Special teams is looking pretty mediocre right now on the returner side of things.. I don't think Green is our guy he makes a lot of mental mistakes and just doesn't look all that good. The rest I have no real qualms about.. Not sure about Bartell yet but looking at his stats he seems to be doing ok.
All in all though penalties killed us last night.. Too many times we took back first downs or kept drivers going for BC with penalties.. That is where the game was totally lost last night. We played undisciplined ugly football and it lost us a game we could have won.