Official Eskimos and CFL 2013 season thread Part 3: Eskies 3-9, I ain't even mad now
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09-08-2013, 08:06 AM
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The offense scored 12 points last night, it was a big problem. It scored 8 points through 53 minutes of football the previous game. The fact that we've exploded late in the 4th quarter of numerous games has masked how bad the offense has typically been in the first 3 quarters of most football games.
And by the sounds of it, those big fourth quarters started occurring when Reilly started calling more of his own plays.
Reilly was bad on Friday. Maybe you missed my points on that. half his throws it doesn't matter what the call was he wasn't delivering the mail and wasn't finding the open routes. he did hit for a few brilliant throws but aside from that had a rough game where he was rushing throws all day even when he had time. I don't buy the bolded. The difference was simply prevent D, some momentum, and Calgary defenders starting to stiffen up after getting off their game feeling it was over. Its happened to a lot of clubs.
We haven't run the ball enough in pretty much every game up until last night. 3rd down gambles and red zone performance has been an absolute gong show, though in fairness to Sams, the infamous "Joseph option sweep" play is probably a Kavis creation.
My take on this is Charles has been having some injury problems all year. Thats some conjecture I realize but I've seen him let up a few times this year with some kind of strain. Not just the real obvious one on the punt return. I think they've been limiting his play a bit and pacing it. When I say the play calling has been fine I should preface saying the last half dozen games or so. Which I think is reasonable. How many coaches with a new club hit the ground running? Not even Milanovich. Not quite. Takes half a season sometimes or more.
Playcalling has improved from where it was in July, I'll give credit there. But not to the point where Sams gets a pass.
Yep, like I said it takes time. I generally throw the first games right out the window with a new coaching staff.
Why any receivers are running routes that don't take them past the first down marker on 2nd down, I'll never know. The fact that those receivers are the primary in some cases is Maciocia-ism at its finest.
No argument there. Sometimes I think we're still in the Terry Vaughn era playbook with that yac on every catch expectation. lol.
Execution was poor last night, part of the problem being that our receivers were seldom open on the long-developing plays that were constantly being sent it. We were constantly looking 30 yards downfield, or two yards across the flat. Henry and Bowman should feast on 6-12 yard routes, but that was rarely the play call.
My biggest concern was thinking that Calgary had never solved Henry pitch with him rolling out to flat, or the Bowman iso's. These were going to give the Stamps fits. We stopped going there. But this being the same game where Reilly stopped going to Stamps. Really I don't know where he was going. I swear Reilly called his own number 3 plays in a row. Not sure where he was going with that. Got carried away in his own hubris.
How many screens or draws have we seen this year in an effort to back off the blitz? Pretty much none. Lots of shotgun handoffs to stationary backs though.
Yeah, agreed, I would like more motion out of the backfield and haven't liked the shotgun handoffs either. Good points.
Those always work great. The coaching staff has clearly not learned a thing from the Montreal debacle, since we were still using shotgun handoffs on 2nd and short last night.
WE made one on the TD and failed another. But thing is we have no powerbacks. Specific to White he prefers to have a good look at the line and find a crease. This is not a back that likes to run into traffic. So in Whites case anyway it might make some sense. He;s a guy that can stop and start on a dime and look for a different hole. Harder to do that getting the pig closer to the line.
I don't even remember seeing any sneaks this year on 2nd and 3rd and short. Who the hell does anything but a sneak in those situations? Nobody except the Eskimos, who are apparently smarter than everyone else.
I don't recall a whole lot of times where we've been second and short this year so I'm not sure. We've failed as we know at close second down conversions and with guys like Coehoorn failing to make the chains 90% of the time. So we haven't had a whole lot of third and inches.
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