Riders 12 -17
People in Saskatchewan better start eating Cheerios for breakfast because apparently that’s the only place you are going to find an O.
I’ve been relatively level headed during this losing streak so far (especially by my standards) but yesterday’s disgraceful performance was enough to break my calm exterior and get me in a full out rage for the first time this season. Prophet Jr. is even starting to pick up on the “slam your first down in anger” move. It’s just frustrating to watch. What makes it even more frustrating is that despite how bad we’ve played over the past month we’ve had the chance to win every single game. If we could just turn the dial from “suck” to “mediocrity” we wouldn’t have this losing streak. Yet here we are.
I should preface this by saying yet again the D played well. Sure Prince Miller is a terrible tackler and sure Dwight Anderson managed to hug a receiver forward for more yards and sure they made other mistakes. But this unit is ravaged by injuries, on the field way too much and more than pulling their weight in spite of it all. They allowed one freaking TD for Pete sake!!! (p.s. who’s Pete?). For all the talk of these rookie QBs embarrassing us it’s not really been the D’s fault for the most part. Could they be better? Of course but I would say they are more than pulling their weight.
Our offense is an outright joke! And it starts at the top. George Cortez, consider our brief summer bromance over! It’s not me, it’s you. I mean I kinda at least like the prospect of scoring when it comes to my bromances. For a well renowned offensive genius he is sure calling a like an idiot. Fact our O-line is struggling. Fact Durant is not playing great ball right now. So instead of trying to help them out he repeatedly puts them both in a position to fail by completely phasing the RB out of the game. Great idea! Let’s make it easier for defense to pin their ears back and harass Durant and the line. We ran once in the second half… once! Part of that seemed to be that Garrett’s shitty blocking got his ass stapled to the bench but again… if the guy sucks at pass blocking why don’t we call a play that involves him doing something other than pass blocking??!?! Newsflash, yes Kory Sheets is amazing but he isn’t the only one in the province who is able to run. This isn’t rocket science, defenses do not have to respect anything our RB does (no runs, no dumps) so is it any wonder why our receivers are having a hard time getting open? Or that our QB is facing relentless pressure? It’s just stupid!!! It didn’t work the last 3 times, what makes you think it will work now??? Change what you are doing, put people in a position to succeed rather than hanging their weaknesses out for everyone to see. Players need to improve their play across the board but until the playcalling changes I don’t see things getting better anytime soon.
Speaking of play calling (cue long held deep seeded rant). The handoff 5 yards deep when all you need is a yard is the dumbest call in Canadian football!!!!! Just absolutely retarded. I hate it. All you need to do is fall forward for 1 yard, why make it 5 times harder by increasing the distance you need to go. If you aren’t running the plunge at least pull it on a bootleg and give yourself some options. Stupid!!
We were told that this roster was rebuilt to avoid slumps like last year and to fight through adversity yet here we are again. Déjà vu. Coaches need to look in the mirror because they aren’t earning their paycheques right now. My optimism is sliding. Do you really think that we will fare any better on a short week against a far superior BC team? I don’t.
Pass the rye. This could get ugly.
Other random thoughts
- Duron Carter is good. Some damn nice catches made by him.
- I have to eat a bit of crow and admit Geroy has been better than I expected.
- Didn’t notice but did Tyler get hurt or pulled for performance reasons? Just saw Watman at guard and Heenan at tackle.
- Penalties masked what was actually a decent day returning by Jackson. Still think Sanders should be back in but given how thin we are getting on defense I assume having Jackson there as an emergency fill in factors into the decision.
- While it probably would have been picked anyway, what the hell was Taj Smith was doing in the area of that last pass in the endzone? Clearly a wrong route that drew in an unneeded extra DB.