Just a few observations from where I sat today:
The Cats were outplayed and outcoached.
Chang was obviously misfiring on lots of his passes but he didn't lose his poise out there which is a good sign. I think he suffered from a bad case of nerves, a lack of support and a limited gameplan.
I'd say it was a questionable decision to put Chang in against arguably the CFL's best D for his first game and without the benefit of having Lumsden in te backfield but having done it, Taafe should've been allowed to finish the game.
Chang threw lots of out patterns because the gameplan obviously didn't call for very much down the middle. There were too many plays where the middle was a wasteland. No Cats receivers there.
Taafe seems to be running scared. After saying that he was prepared to give Chang a real chance he pulls him after a first half no worse than many that Maas has turned in. And who does he put in but the veteran Maas, the 1-7 saviour. Coaches always turn back to their old guys regardless of how they're performing when they start to feel the heat. Chang should've been left in--at least that way he'd know taht HE lost the game, instead of knowing that his coach lost faith in him.
Cats receivers couldn't get open, didn't fight for the ball when it it was up for grabs (e.g. Cetout's TD) and had the dropsies. And sure, Ralph caught a perfect pass from Maas but he dropped a drive killer in the 4th quarter too. If he's the best they have, it's not nearly good enough.
Once again the O-line was very inconsistent. Too many breakdowns had the QBs on the run much of the game.
The secondary is porous. They were soundly beaten by a QB that hasn't played in weeks and receivers even I as an Argo fan have barely heard of (e.g. Brossard). Arland Bruce didn't even play!
The D-line was soft. Bishop had as much time as he needed to complete passes all game long.
In my opinion, the only Cat who had a strong game was Moreno. The rest didn't show up--they just mailed it in. The most depressing thing that I saw today was late in the 4th quarter when Maas dropped the ball while running on his own and the fans around me just started laughing as they got up to leave. I never thought I'd see the day when diehard Cats fans would laugh at one of their own. This team has so many problems, I'm not sure anyone really knows where to begin to turn things around. The half-time highlights on the jumbotron featuring Morreale and Hitchcock showed just how far this team has fallen in terms of its personnel.
An Argo-Cat fan