DanoT wrote: ↑
Sat Aug 12, 2017 4:02 pm
A big question for me is why are the Riders going with 4 INTs on the O line instead of playing Guy or St. John, the 1st overall pick from last year? Are these guys that bad? If Guy isn't good enough to play or even dress for the Riders do we really want him on the Lions 44man roster?
Its difficult to understand Jones thinking in Saskatchewan. I can understand the four Internationals on the offensive line, even if it means that Stl John isn't starting. At least that was working for Regina, except for last game, when our Leos did get some pressure on Glenn.
Until last weeks game against our Leos, The 38-year-old Glenn began this season with the best five-game totals of his 17-year career. So far this season Glenn is completing 70.7% of his passes, has thrown 11 touchdown passes, and has a 98.6 % quarterback efficiency average. If the Riders could give him a running game, he would be even more effective.
What I find difficult to understand is Jones philosophy on defense in Regina. Jones won four Grey Cups with different teams as a defensive coordinator with blitzing defenses and press man coverage. I could understand why he was reluctant to do that for part of last year in Regina until he was able to get more talent in his secondary.
But Jones has been reluctant to go back to the style that he has been so successful with in the past. What has he got to lose? The Riders are 8th in CFL defense.
That passive style in the secondary, that our defense also played last year, is also not getting the Riders any interceptions. Last week, the Roughriders did not have a single player on their roster who had registered an interception this season.
Saskatchewan’s two interceptors this season were from defensive lineman Jonathan Newsome (who is now on the Ottawa Redblacks’ six-game injured list) and Sam Williams (who is on the Roughriders’ practice roster).
Its difficult to understand Jones thinking, when it comes to the Riders defense. Last week they rushed their four defensive linemen 70% of the time but they didn't get good pressure on most plays and Lulay dissected them in the first half.
"When I went to Catholic high school in Philadelphia, we just had one coach for football and basketball. He took all of us who turned out and had us run through a forest. The ones who ran into the trees were on the football team". (George Raveling)