Does this sum it up Rider fans? September has been a nightmare for this football club and what has been a bad month of football came to a terrible end in Montreal on Sunday as the Riders lose their 4th straight game 17-12 to Montreal in what frankly was perhaps the biggest yawner of the CFL season.
Former Rider Chris Szarka perhaps said it the best on the Rider Roundtable after the game when he says the offence has lost all its creativity. He's right. George Cortez's offence has become stale for whatever reason. The goal-line stand by the Alouettes in the first half made that crystal clear. That's two games in this four game losing streak where the defense has come through with a goal-line stand and when I think back about it, it may be that goal-line stand in Winnipeg that started this ball rolling.
Just some thoughts
--Can someone please tell me what has happened to the offensive line? Did Chris Best mean THAT much to that unit? His injury has been catastrophic to that group. The o-line was the best part of this team during the first few games of the season and now they are the biggest liability.
--Kory Sheets needs to get back in the lineup and hopefully he will on Friday in BC because there is no running game. Nine attempts in a game won't cut it, but it appears the team lost faith in Chris Garrett. He hasn't shown much in his two opportunities.
--Where is the creativity? Where's the screen pass to Neal Hughes? Where's the end-around to Weston Dressler? Where's the quarterback draw? Where's the shovel pass?
--Why was Geroy Simon being used as a blocker as the final offensive play of the game for the Riders? The CFL's all time leading pass receiver is being used as a blocker when you need a touchdown? I don't understand that one.
--What will Drew Willy be able to do if he can't get protection. Willy doesn't have the experience or the mobility to succeed with the o-line playing the way they are. If Willy were to go in and fail, would the calls for Tino Sunseri start? Like it or not, this team's best chance to win is with number 4 under center. As Chris Getzlaf told Carm Carteri, they were a half second to a second away from making a lot of big plays on Sunday afternoon, but they couldn't make them because Durant was hurried into the throw thus disrupting the timing. Yes, Darian made some bad decisions and some bad throws as well, but this can't be pinned on him and him alone as some want to do.
--Cris Carter's kid can play this game. Duhon Carter made some impressive catches
--Jerald Brown's interception in the 3rd quarter might have been the catch of the year in the CFL.
Like many of you, I'm very frustrated over what is going on. I thought the team was on the verge of breaking this streak in Montreal because they were right there. I don't think they win in BC on Friday because of the short week. I hope I'm wrong.
To the NFL
--The Seahawks are 4-0. LOVE IT!
--The Steelers are 0-4. LOVE IT!
--Peyton Manning is out of this world right now. He is enjoyable to watch
--The Jacksonville Jaguars may be 0-16 this year. They are not enjoyable to watch
Are you ready for the NHL season to start? I'm certainly not going with EA Sports prediction of the Blues to win it all.
What are Kavis Reed and Ed Hervey saying to one another in this photo??
Can we just give Zach Collaros the rookie of the year award now? Would Toronto have this record if Ricky Ray was still in there? I think the answer remains yes.
Can't wait for the baseball playoffs. I will write the Jays autopsy later this week. There's a good mixture of new teams and established teams. It will be great!
Here's a look at the Blackhawks Stanley Cup ring. A nice piece of jewellery dont'cha think?
That's all I got. Have a good week!