Saturday, August 11, 2012
Riders Tripped Up In Edmonton
The Saskatchewan Roughriders made me a liar on Friday night. I repeatedly said this week that I didn't think Steven Jyles could beat the Riders-----I was wrong! The Rider Nation is now left wondering what type of football team this is after a 28-20 loss to the Eskimos---their 3rd straight after starting the season at 3-0.
Just some thoughts after this one....
--Kory Sheets said after the game he wants to be the CFL's best running back. If he isn't there already, he's getting close. What an effort from him as he collected over 200 yards catching and running the football. It was great to see Darian Durant toss him the football a few times and that one play in the 4th quarter was a glimpse of what this guy can do any time he gets his hands on the pigskin,
--The secondary is just not good enough. Is it worth giving Lance Frazier a second chance? Would his experience help or is he done? The answer must be the latter seeing no other team has called looking to add the long-time Rider to their team. It will be up to Brendan Taman and Jeremy O'Day to find some guys at NFL camps, but when you bring those guys in it takes them a while to learn the game.
--I still don't think Odell Willis is healthy.
--There is a thought out there that the coaching staff blew it on the Weston Dressler catch in the endzone that was called incomplete because he wasn't in bounds. I didn't think his toe was inbounds and either did the TSN crew. What did you think?
--There is also a thought process out there that Darian Durant (who threw for 400 yards) needs to be sat down for a series or a quarter if he struggles. Is putting in a raw rookie going to make the offence run better? One caller to the CKRM post game show suggested Durant has an invincible attitude around him because he knows he won't be replaced. If that is the case, get an experienced CFL backup in here and tell J-T O'Sullivan his time is up.
--Give Jyles credit on the touchdown pass to Cary Koch. That was a perfect pass.
--Not to throw the refs under the bus, but how do you miss the hit to the head on Durant on the play where Weston Dressler fumbled. That should have been a 15 yard penalty and no touchdown.
--A friend of mine texted me after the game---have fun this week talking to the players and coaches. Yeah!
(photo courtesy Edmonton Sun)