Is Tonight the night that the REAL ALS stand up? Is tonight the night that Strong armed JOHNY CROMPTON takes the ALS starting job and leads the ALS to the playoffs?
I think this matchup is good for the ALS- Ottawa has some suspect receivers who dont seem to be able to catch anything.
I hope we don't see the HIGGINS look of Bewilderment on his face during the game? His look on his face is reminiscent of a guy who just bet Huge on the roulette wheel only to see the Dreaded ZERO come up!
Honestly as a longtime CFL observer I can tell you guys that TOM HIGGINS could possibly be one of the worst Head coaches in CFL history- I mean ya he is a nice guy, but you can clearly tell he is not a PRO COACH -- more like your old HIGH SCHOOL football coach where you could coach half asleep-- HIGGINS motor and activity on the sidelines is too slow- He does not have the tenacity and understanding and aggressiveness to be a head coach-
IT was no coincidence when he was in EDMONTON that RICKY RAY was also struggling and was considered washed up.
When you have success for many years you are bound to struggle after you lose a great head coach and QB and other veterans-
The ALS are in rebuild mode but they dont know how to rebuild- They got lucky by hiring TRESTMAN who was far smarter than other CFL coaches-
Now they have a coach who is far less as smart as other coaches-- The results are the exact opposite of TRESTMAN-
The ALS issues stem from this- When they enjoyed so much success from 2008-2013, it forced TRESTMAN and POPP to start looking for a CAREER UPGRADE-- TRESTMAN landed the job as BEARS HEAD COACH and POPP was flirting with the Carolina GM JOB- At that point the ALS were discarded and no thought or effort was put into the ALS organization--
The following areas were not adressed as they should have in the years of 2011-2013-
1- A 40 year old QB CALVILLO was nearing retirement and the ALS did a lousy job of grooming his successor-
2- Canadian receiver was a weak spot- I find it impossible to believe that there is not a better CANADIAN receiver than ERIC DESLAURIERS on the market- All the West teams have drafted good canadians such as Anthony Parker, Shamad CHambers, Nate Cooehorn, Rob Bagg-- Sean Gore--
3- Defensive Lineman has been UNDERSIZED for years- They just dont have the SIZE of the lineman that EDMONTON and SASK and CALGARY have- They are all speed guys and the interior of the D line has no playmakers-
4- Sean White is decent but he is not as good as other kickers- He cant punt for distance and is wild on longer field goal attempts-
5-Coaching hires have been an abysmal mess, making me BELIEVE that they got LUCKY hiring TRESTMAN- Hawkins and now HIGGINS- When they hired HIGGINS I told my brother ALS are going to go in the toilet this season- HIGGINS will not outcoach CHRIS JONES< CHAMBLIN, HUFFNAGEL< AUSTIN, MILANOVICH- All intense guys and then you have the lost HIGGINS who looks like he should be on a golf course instead-
6-POPP's attempts at taking NFL castoffs such as CHAD JOHNSON which was only done to INCREASE season tickets and not for the betterment of the team-- BOTTOM LINE are the ALS better with CHAD or worse? I think you would have a tough argument saying that CHAD deserves his spot and there is not a better import option out there>
7- Letting SHEA EMRY walk was ridiculous- You dont lose CANADIAN IMPACT PLAYERS-- PAY THEM and keep them-
8- Many of the players who starred under TRESTMAN arent taking the new coaches seriously- I can see the attitudes of BRANDON LONDON and SJ GREEN getting worse as they cant have confidence in HIGGINS --
These are some concerns that the ALS have not addressed--