As I watch the four CFL games each week-end, or at least the Cats game and the highlights of the other three, I am always struck by the stark difference in tackling technique. At Friday's game, it was again apparent. The other eight teams generally wrap up the ball carrier on first contact and then swarm him. Unless the carrier is able to 'move the pile', he is down. Often they make open field, unassisted tackles. Crisp and clean.
Our Cats rarely make the tackle on first contact. And it is not at all unusual to see the opposition ball carrier, run right through first contact and not be touched for 5 or more yards. When you have the DBs, specifically players like Vaughan, play 5 - 10 yards off the receiver, then miss him on first contact, it is understandable why they all make big gains down the field and long sustained drives.
During the first quarter, my wife, who knows zippo about the game, asked me on Friday why Henry Burris was always seemed to be throwing to the same side as number 24, and why the Ottawa receivers kept switching sides. Don't our coaches watch "film" after the game? Don't they see what 24,000 fans and 50 or so opposition players and coaches see? If the plan was working, okay. You don't fix what isn't broken. But we are 6-9 and, I fear, headed for 7-11. It is broken. Is it unfixable?