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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

THROWIN' ELBOWS WITH BRENDAN MCGUIRE

1. ZACH STILL ISN’T RIGHT: Quarterback gurus who actually understand the mechanics of how a quarterback is supposed to operate tell me Zach Collaros still hasn’t sorted out his foot work problems that have plagued him since 2015. We’re just a few days past the 3rd anniversary of a serious knee injury Zach suffered in a moment that has really derailed his career. He’s supposed to drop back, quickly make his reads across the field, and then decide to scramble around or just tuck it under and run.

Problem is he’s getting happy feet and looking over his shoulder before completing his reads. This is still holding Zach and the Rider offense (not to mention the entire team) back.

I’m still confident he’ll get this sorted out. I had initially hoped it would be by Labour Day. Turns out we’ll need to give him until the playoffs to get really confident in the hogs around him before he really slings it. That kind of time is a luxury he can thank the defense for.

Usually running backs will take offensive linemen out for chicken wings. Zach should do that for the Roughrider defense that has been carrying this squad ever since training camp. It’s the least he could do for prolonging his very lucrative stay in Regina.

2. WHY LAUTHER DESERVES MOP TALK: If for no other reason, Brett Lauther winning the team MOP would remind everyone that kickers are players too. It is all too often we look to the quarterback, running back or receiver for all the awards. Defensive players and offensive lineman get the short end of the stick but they get their own awards too. There is nothing wrong with rewarding a placekicker for doing his very important job consistently.

It would be no more bush league than the NHL allowing John Scott to represent all fighters in the NHL All-Star game a few years ago.

If the kicker didn’t matter, would we have dumped manure on Paul McCallum’s lawn once upon a time? I doubt it. 

3. DARIAN DURANT: Still isn’t impressing me very much. All this chatter about wanting to make a comeback back tells me he likely spent that signing bonus he got but never earned from Winnipeg and doesn’t want to transition into the real world yet. And that’s fine. I wouldn’t want a real job if I didn’t need one either. But if I was looking for a quarterback for my team and saw this, I would just keep on looking. Anyone who lets Paul LaPolice down the way this guy did doesn’t deserve another shot.

4. JOHNNY MANZIEL: Never did impress me at all. Pretty clear to me it’s all about him and nothing to do about his team winning or any minor details like that. At 0-3 and with zero touchdown passes to give with his 5 interceptions, Johnny is getting the greatest opportunity of all opportunities to show his stuff as a legit pro football quarterback. Like Mike Abou-Mechrek, I’m starting to wonder if the pro game is just above Manziel’s ceiling. Riders should be a lock to win in Montreal on Sunday. My over-under for Ed Gainey interceptions is 2.5.

5. ALOUETTES SHOULD HIRE JIM BARKER: The problem with Montreal isn’t ownership, the coaches or even the players. It’s the General Manager. I like Kavis Reed and respect him enormously. Particularly for how he shouldered and continues to shoulder the blame for the 13th man debacle of 2009. But I’m told he just hasn’t established the required contacts with NFL or NCAA personnel gurus or player agents. This is something so desperately required for any CFL team to compete, particularly one with as old a roster as the Alouettes still have.

Jim Barker has a proven track record as a recruiter, winning Grey Cups with the Stampeders and Argos and even has a ring from his days as OC of the Alouettes back in 2002. And if nothing else, hiring him to work for the Al’s would get that awful hairdo of his off that TSN panel!

6. CFL REFS JUST AS GOOD AS NFL REFS: Don’t believe me? Just ask Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers about those roughing-the-passer calls.

7. WHL SASK TEAMS TOPSY TURVY: Braden Malsbury and I did the Pats-Prince Albert Raiders game Saturday night for Access Communications and it really hit me to see how the teams we saw chasing the championship last spring (the Pats, Swift Current Broncos and Moose Jaw Warriors) all appear to be on the mat. Meanwhile, the Raiders (who by the way swept the Pats in that home-and-home in dominating fashion) are favored by many to win the East Division and the Saskatoon Blades looked pretty good too.

Pats GM John Paddock sat beside us in the press box, scurrying down notes in evaluation of his roster. Now that he’s the full-time General Manager, I’m curious to see what roster moves he manufactures as the season moves along to make this team competitive again and recoup some of the 1st and 2nd round draft picks for the next two seasons he depleted in order to take their shot in the last couple of playoff runs.

Re-building this squad will be tougher than building the last two.

8. VEYNA COACHING REGINA RED SOX: Pitching coach Jason Veyna will slide into the Manager’s chair for the 2019 season. Couldn’t tell what kind of impact he had on the pitchers who were here but will say he and then-Manager Mitch MacDonald did as good a job of managing their rotation and bullpen as I’ve seen in my 3 years covering this ball club. I suspect Veyna will continue to work closely with the pitchers and rely on 3rd base coach Geoff MacDonald to season the hitters. #wishitwasmayalready

9. REAL ESTATE IN REGINA: If you’ve never bought but have always wanted, I suggest you get on it. One realtor tells me home prices are down 30% in the queen city and there’s a boatload of inventory on the market. Especially condos. If you’re like me and overpaid when the prices were sky-high, don’t sweat it. Just hang on to it. There’s always a silver lining.

10. ON THE AIR THIS WEEK: Yours truly will be guest hosting the Sportscage Friday at 4 on 620 CKRM and live broadcasting the Regina Thunder-Edmonton Wildcats game Sunday at 1 on Access Communications TV. The Thunder probably need this one just to stay in the playoff mix.

(Follow Brendan on Twitter at @brendanhowardmc)

3 comments:

@mrt_man said...

Zach... yeah one doesn't get the feeling that we will ever win a game where a big comeback is required... we seem more like a hope the d can score and then hold off the other team while we kick field goals sort of squad.

2. The Ottawa kicker whose name I clearly remember has been doing better... lauther has been freakin awesome, but he wont have a shot for mop if he isnt even the best kicker. Does any rider at this point? Clearly not.

DD - I FREAKIN LOVE DD... HUGE FAN. WOULD LOVE TO HAVE HIM OVER ANY OF OUR QB'S SINCE. HAVE TO AGREE HE EPICALLY SHAFTED WINNIPEG THOUGH. HAPPENS TO PLAYERS ALL THE TIME... STILL A DICK MOVE. HAVENT HEARD THIS COME BACK TALK OF WHICH YOU SPEAK. HE HAS MORE HEART AND DETERMINATION THAN THAN THIS WHOLE TEAM. WE ALWAYS STARTED SLOW ON HIS TEAMS, BUT YOU ALWAYS HAD THE FEELING THAT AN EPIC COMEBACK WAS POSSIBLE. HE HAD THE EXTRA PLAYOFF GEAR THAT KEVIN NEVER DID. CURRENT OFFENSE... STARTS SLOW. MIDDLES SLOW... MAYBE GOES BACKWARDS FOR A QUARTER. THEN FINISHES SLOW. YOU GET THE FEELING LIKE IF THE OFFENSE WAS EVEN HALFWAY DECENT THE TEAM WOULD BE TOUGH TO STOP. SURPRISED WE HAVENT SEEN BRIDGE HERE OR THERE, AT LEAST WHEN ZACH IS BELOW 50%, BUT I GUESS HIS NUMBERS ARE STILL WORSE.

MANZIEL - EVIDENCE THAT IT COULD STILL BE WORSE THAN WHAT WE'VE GOT.

REAL ESTATE IS TAKING A NOSE DIVE, SO YOU SHOULD BUY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FREEFALL... YEAH OK

Football Fan said...

1. This is the first I’ve heard about Collaros having footwork problems. If true that’s an interesting bit of information. It’s hard to tell on his misses who’s at fault him or the receiver. It’s not like Druant last year when he was firing balls into the ground in front of the receiver. Collaros has thrown quite a few balls into tight windows and he’s gotten away with most of them, but last game he had one picked off with a one handed interception. That wasn’t a mechanics issue, however, more bad luck and maybe a touch too aggressive. But the deep ball to a wide open JWL that he missed a couple of games ago, was that a miss by Collaros or did JWL take the wrong angle? And the interception in front of Rosie this past game, was that a bad pass or were they not on the same page about where Rosie was going to be? Hard to say. This will be something to watch.

2. Lauther is having a great year, but no, he does not deserve MOP talk and NO, we should not be dumping this on his back at this point in the season. He’s basically a first year guy who is playing very well and to this point doing a good job of keeping his focus, but don’t be surprised if he hits a patch where he struggles for a bit. He is basically a first year guy remember. And now he’s got this to deal with. Again, he’s a first year guy in a locker room with seasoned vets who genuinely deserve to be in the MOP talk, like Hughes, Jefferson, and Eguoaven, and now there will be reporters sticking microphones in front of him and talking to him about being the MOP. How could that not mess with his head?

3. I’m still puzzled about what happened to Durant last year. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a veteran QB like him loose it both physically and mentally the way he did last year. Something must have been going on with him but I haven’t a clue what. I was and still am a huge Durant fan, but I just don’t understand what happened to him last year. Is he ready to come back? I have no idea.

4. I think Manziel is going to be a good one, but like 99% of the QBs who come into the league he’s going to need some time to sort it out. He’s trying to be aggressive, which could accelerate his learning curve, or it could get his head taken off. I would bet that he’s learned that lesson now, however, and I think we’ll see him improve week by week without getting his head taken off. By the end of the year I think he’s going to be dangerous.

5. I think the main problem with the Als is the ownership. Yes, Reed is the obvious problem, but if the ownership thought a guy as young and inexperienced as he is was a good choice to be the GM then there’s the bigger problem. I understand that the son now runs the team, and he just doesn’t seem up to the job.

6. Yes, I think CFL refs are just as good as NFL refs. If anyone things CFL refs are terrible try watching an NFL game. They make just as many mistakes. Football is just a hard game to ref.

Scott Thompson said...

I don’t intend to throw gas in the fire or throw anyone under a bus but.....should we be disappointed with the coaching if Steve Walsh? Macadoo has taken enough criticism, how about the qb coach?