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 21 
 on: Today at 01:07:58 PM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by The Zipp
Yea, it depends what they want to do. One of them almost certainly will be a starter. If they are utilizing McCrae as the Demski replacement then he'll start. If they are using McCrae as a returner and planning to use Grant more in rotation with O'Leary-Orange then that's the other way to go. 

that is what I am thinking...maybe he will get the odd jet sweep but I think GM will be the returner and Grant will get more offensive snaps with OL.  Or maybe the offense will look way different and catch TO off guard.

 22 
 on: Today at 12:51:34 PM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by Sir Blue and Gold
If Grant is the DI then he won't see many reps on offence because an import will have to come off for anytime he's on the field.

McCrae could be used more on offence as a non DI as was suggested.

Yea, it depends what they want to do. One of them almost certainly will be a starter. If they are utilizing McCrae as the Demski replacement then he'll start. If they are using McCrae as a returner and planning to use Grant more in rotation with O'Leary-Orange then that's the other way to go. 

 23 
 on: Today at 12:22:19 PM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by Blue In BC
Logically, McRae will be undesignated.  That allows him to get a good long look at RB if they want, and he can still split return duties with Grant.  I think we will see more of Grant at receiver, but not full time.  I think O?Leary-Orange is going to get more time at receiver.

If O?Leary shows well, that gives another dimension. I think Schoen and Bailey both have the speed to run those sweeps that they use Demski for, so it?s not like they are dependent on Grant to run those.

Honestly, I think this is a wake up call for Oliveira and Augustine.  The team would prefer to stay CDN at RB, but 3.0 ypc is not getting it done.

If Grant is the DI then he won't see many reps on offence because an import will have to come off for anytime he's on the field.

McCrae could be used more on offence as a non DI as was suggested.

 24 
 on: Today at 12:03:25 PM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by Pigskin
Seriously, does that inspire confidence?

At best former fourth line guys or never we?re

I fear the leadership is severely absent.

Career non winners
Sorry, but this does not motivate me to purchase a ticket.

 

I don't really care if the coach is a 1st. line or 4th. line former player. As long as he can help improve this team.

 25 
 on: Today at 11:17:10 AM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by DM83
Seriously, does that inspire confidence?

At best former fourth line guys or never we?re

I fear the leadership is severely absent.

Career non winners
Sorry, but this does not motivate me to purchase a ticket.

 26 
 on: Today at 11:10:27 AM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by DM83
Winnipeg is the better team.

Harris May have a short term boost, but he seems still out of shape
McLeod looks good if his job was a model.  He is so hot and cold?usually missing throws, like Fajardo.

I have not seen any practices, so have no idea if McRae is legit.  If he is fast, perhaps that?s our ace in the hole.
Defensively for the Bombers, they should be OK

I am sure most of us think toronto will lose.
Their home record and the Bombers last output games have not been great in Toronto.. a toss up? I did pick Winnipeg as my choice.  I however first picked Toronto?

Not much on the injury front from newspaper. Hmm!

 27 
 on: Today at 05:23:49 AM 
Started by The Zipp - Last post by TecnoGenius
Pure sour grapes IMHO. Sure there was holding by the OL. You could call that on any play in any game. If you take off your blue tinted glasses and look at things objectively at least IMHO the Riders are getting better on offense and the defense is pretty dang good. You can not push this off on the OL holding by the riders as their reason for the win at least IMHO.

It's not so much the holding by the O-line that is being pointed out, it's the obvious holding by their receivers on sideline plays that the officials are ignoring.  Shut that down and the Riders have little, Fajardo can't move the ball downfield with his arm.

First, no sour grapes as I have no dog in the MTL/SSK fight.  I don't mind seeing SSK win when they do it legit, like weeks 1 & 2.  Look at SSK in the 1st half when they played a traditional (not much running) Maas O.  They were outplayed by MTL, who looked like they were going to be walking away with a win.  Then after haltime they just go run after run down the weak side.

TLB is right: the holding is by everyone: OL, receivers, ST.  Everyone.  It's one big mega hold fest.  You can tell they coach this up year after year.  It's beyond "blocking".  Literally compare with any other team on the field.

And this is the problem for refs: they see every single SSK player doing this holding simultaneously and they just don't call any of it because then it's "normal" and/or who do they single out?

Before you saw "just normal holding"... I watched every single "big" run play 5+ times on my computer PVR focussing on a different OL each time.  Almost every big play has a callable hold or four.  Same with any receivers the carrier passes.  If you do this on even 1 or 2 plays, you'll see what I mean.

They weren't doing this in the other weeks.  It's literally like they just got the green light.  Or maybe it's a "playing at home - must win" thing.  I don't know the cause, but it's painfully obvious when you look at it.  Like I said before, it's like that game a few years ago where they did the same thing to us to steal a win when they literally stunk.

Maybe it's the reffing crew.  I'm making a note here: Foxcroft.  We'll see if this max-hold shenanigans coincides with Foxcroft.  I'm pretty sure Proulx wouldn't put up with this garbage.

Man, I'm rewatching some of the runs right after halftime right now and it's freakin' crackback block, illegal block, defender-tackling, holding crazy town.  So much cheatin' going on.  And the refs are blind.

The other big tactic that SSK coaches is to hold and then when it gets untenable to push/trip down the defender.  I'm not sure on the legality of that, but nearly every guy shedding his SSK blocker ends up face down on the turf.  In just the 1st (TD) drive of the 2nd half for SSK I could screenshot you at least 6 (basically every play) egregious affected-the-play holds and illegal blocks.

The alternative is you think Morrow is the best RB the CFL has ever seen -- almost single-handedly marching 70y on 6ish plays for a walk in untouched TD against a decent MTL D... because he's just. that. good.  Pfffft.

 28 
 on: Today at 04:59:00 AM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by TecnoGenius
And more from CFL stats: Toronto comes into this game having won 9 of their last 10 home games. That stretch will go up against Winnipeg's current road form of wins in 5 of their last 7 away games overall. Winnipeg last won in Toronto in 2018.

I think Pinball has made it clear he wants wins at home at all costs.  I'm not sure they prep much for away games; they just concentrate on winning the home games.  Makes sense to get more butts in seats.

 29 
 on: Today at 04:58:01 AM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by TecnoGenius
Interesting. It would appear that Houston has not only played his way onto the roster but also the boundary corner. Rose is playing with Taylor over on the field side which we have never seen before.

Yes, that's the first big non-injury-forced shuffle they're trying this season.  It's an eye-opener.

But... it makes sense as before the boundary was too strong (on paper: assuming a 100% healthy Rose).  Now we split our best assets more evenly.  Nichols can help cover a weaker Houston and if he whiffs any tackles.  Taylor can help out Rose if he's still ailing.  If Rose is 100%, the strong-side becomes verboten for opponent QBs.

Actually, look at TOR's alignment: Banks is boundary WR.  If you had to pick an adversary for Houston, Banks is literally the perfect guy!  He's not hard to tackle at all.  He's hard to stay with.  Houston shows great speed and stickiness, so as long as he's in Banks' hip pocket his weak tackling should be irrelevant.

I love it.  This move makes Hall look even more genius.

I say we have no trouble shutting down MBT's air attack.  Our DEs might have a mega game.  INTs might be copious.  The only question mark is can we stop an insanely hungry and shoulder-chipped AH... It might come down to our LB play.

Regardless, this is an insanely juicy match-up and no matter who wins I'm going to enjoy watching it.  If we can win it, it will go a long way to proving we're still #1.

 30 
 on: Today at 04:48:56 AM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by TecnoGenius
Funny, MOS appears to be preparing for a TOR air assault.  But I think TOR will let AH dominate between the tackles.  Our weakest point is at DT, where we're good, but not stop-AH good.  Bighill and Thompson will have to predominantly stay on AH-spy duty.  Could give MBT time for some great option runs on his own.

If we can't stop AH I suspect the game will look much like the SSK game, and not in our favor.

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