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11-09-2012, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Oilbleeder View Post
That assumes Argos give Nichols the same looks that they'll give Joseph though. Nichols and Joseph are different enough QBs that if I'm the Argos, I have different gameplans on how to play both QBs. For example Joseph's lack of mobility vs. Nichols decent enough mobility probably means different blitz packages for both. I'm not sure we can say that works for this game.

If Joseph struggles, we could be down 20+ points in less than 10 minutes. While Nichols has shown good as a reliever, that type of deficit maybe far too much for Nichols to came back from. Why exactly risk that?

Which is why you give yourselves the best chance to win. Has Joseph's recent performances indicated he gives us the best chance to win? Or has Nichols?

Going into a playoff game basing it off on a hope and a prayer isn't good team management. Nor does it give your team the best chance to win.

I don't see it. I doubt the Argos will be all "Oh they are starting Joseph, don't bother planning for Nichols then". They'll plan for both, so not naming him the starter has no effect. All it does is leave this team with the potential to be a hole due to Joseph's inept play.

Splitting snaps in the week for a playoff game isn't exactly good preparation either. You should be getting your starting the most reps throughout the week. This isn't the regular season where we're trying to see who's the best QB. This is the playoffs, where we should be fielding the best team possible.

Reed unfortunately hasn't done that.
Reread everything you wrote and note that of course its harder for an opponent to have to train and practice for more options and to not know whats coming, to not have the hand tipped, and to have to anticipate every wrinkle.

This is a huge advantage for the Eskimos and they're playing every card right. The entire Eskimos team knows RR tendencies and game inside out, strengths, weaknesses, and they have all week to look at that. Toronto actually has more eventualities to prepare for. Obviously Toronto has the better QB, but they're also much more of a known.

Theres only one week and a limited amount of practices to get it right and get together and develop a game plan. Coaching staffs eat, sleep and breathe this **** but the average player don't. With the average player, and team, you have a very finite opportunity to have people on the right page. NEVER feels like enough time to do that. Thats football, a week goes by in an instant. You wonder what happened to the week and hope you got enough good things down.

Its preparing for a weekly football game, not taking a year to prepare for a NASA moon mission. Any unforeseen complications, preparations ALWAYS makes life very difficult for the opponent.

I like having two QB's. 3RB's etc, to pick from.

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