Very telling comments, ballhawk.B.C.FAN wrote:Great observations, ballhawk. Thanks. I'd be tempted to put Jackson back at the short-side wide receiver spot and move Poblah or Iannuzzi into the slot. Iannuzzi played there after Burnham was injured. Poblah is a bigger target.ballhawk wrote:Wow, I can't believe Coach Benevides made those comments about his other receivers, namely the Canadian receivers. Basically he is saying that they are useless or hopeless. The truth of the matter is that these receivers have had very little chance to participate as the ball is not thrown their way, and worse yet, are ignored (not even looked for) on passing plays. They are not part of scheme or game plan (Gore has had the most opportunties although few, Iannuzzi an occasional look, Publah virtually no looks and throws, and Haidera, Adekolu and Tomusiak are basically sideline observers, untested.
Yes, Gore dropped a couple of short balls (as all good receivers do from time to time), but I can't say these were crucial drops; they were not game changers. The way the Lions were playing, my guess is that had he caught those balls, the Lions would likely have punted on the next series, 10 yards further up the field.
In the Calgary game, it was interesting how often the QB threw to his wide-outs Price and West. Many long balls as well. Bagg, the leading receiver in Saskatchewan is both a Canadian and a wide side wide-out.
I have observed at many of the games I attended wide open national Lions receivers who were simply ignored. In the first Winnipeg game, Iannuzzi was wide, wide open in the end zone but Glenn decided to play to a covered Arceneaux deep in the end zone. Glenn locks on one or two receivers, namely Arceneaux and Taylor/Burnham, and the others are not part of the play. It is like the Lions only throw to those two slot positions; therefore they will probably put Jackson in the Taylor/Burnham position, not his regular short side wide-out position, because they throw almost always to these two slot positions.
In Calgary, relatives at the game mentioned to me that other Lion receivers were open but not thrown to.
It seems we are stuck in the mud.
When enough players are thrown under the bus, team morale goes down the toilet. Even players with great character are affected.
Benny should have said: "We need to do a better job of putting our players in position to succeed." Benny is in a tough spot. Safer in the short run to blame the players. If he blames the coaches it would probably get uglier, faster. Is this cart heading downhill without good brakes? It kind of seems like a slow motion nightmare. Like a toothache that won't go away.
We will see change. But not for the better. Change with the players. But the odds are the headache will continue.
Cornish and the Stampeders were right in saying that the Lions played hard. But the resolve, the determination to win was with the Stampeders. And it seems to me that is on the coaches.