Tuesday Morning QB (CFL Week 6)

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As all fans know the CFL is a unique league that stands apart from any other football league in the world. There is a different feel to the CFL when you watch a game as the business is not as important as the game itself. A sense of community is the concentration in the CFL giving it a special feel when you’re a fan. It is not only that different feeling that makes the CFL great and unique because above all it is the rules. There are three downs instead of four while a safety is 2 points while a kick not returned out of the endzone is 1. There is unlimited motion on offence and the defence needs to stay 1 yard away from the offence before the play. There are 24 men on the field instead of 22 and other smaller rules that make the CFL its own unique brand of football. The league is different and so when people come over from the USA it may take some time to adjust to the new rules. Players and coaches alike have had varying levels of success adjusting to these rules with some taking to them and becoming legends while other fizzle out and have no impact on the league. There are countless players who have been on both sides with too many to truly list but these are not the ones who make headlines. The names that stand above everyone else are the names on the sidelines. Coaches that look to make the transition can fall into two very distinct categories as they can come up and be humble or be cocky. Bart Andrus falls into the latter category as his first foray into the CFL would famously begin with the words “It’s just blocking and tackling.” Andrus would last one season with the Toronto Argonauts before finishing last in the league and getting fired. Part of the first category was Marc Trestman who came into the league stating that he had a lot to learn on how to coach in the CFL. Trestman would move on to be one of the best coaches in the league winning 2 Grey Cups and helping to make the Montreal Alouettes one of the most consistent teams in the CFL. Trestman was one of the best coaches to come out of the USA to coach a CFL team but his run would end after the 2012 season. When Trestman left to coach the Chicago Bears the Alouettes would roll the dice again and hope that another coach from the USA could have the same success. When the Alouettes hired Dan Hawkins, who formerly coached at Coloardo University and Boise State, they were hoping that they found another Trestman. Hawkins came in to the league with the right attitude as he did not claim to know everything but was excited about the new rules that he could use to his advantage. It is never an easy adjustment but Hawkins was handed a team that should have been near the top of the division again. The growing pains with a new coaching staff were expected but when Hawkins started his campaign the team looked lost. Anthony Calvillo looked like his young self, which was not good for the Alouettes, and the defence completely collapsed. Hawkins would try to get the team going and try to bring his style of football into the CFL but it was not enough. The Montreal Alouettes would have one of the worst starts to a season ever and as a result he would no longer have a job. The Alouettes would fire Hawkins after week 5 giving GM Jim Popp the reigns for the time being. It was yet another example of an American coming into Canada and being unable to adjust to the new unique league. The Alouettes will now move ahead with Jim Popp on the sidelines as they try to save their season. Next year the Als will look once more for a new coach and this time may think twice about hiring an American. The uniqueness of the league is expressed perfectly in the ability for coaches to adjust as there have been plenty of people who cannot handle the CFL with only a few coaches handling the transition well.


Fourth Down:
(Everything else about Week 4) 

Week 5 Legacy
In week 5 the backup QBs would shine and that would bring a few debates for four teams and one of those debates would result in the benching of a starting QB as Buck Pierce would be sat in place of Justin Goltz who started in Week 6

The Best of July
The Players of the month were announced this week as Kory Sheets (Offence), Kyries Hebert (Defence), Rene Paredes (Special Teams), and Jon Cornish (Canadian) would all receive the award for their great starts to the season

Money out of the pocket
Brandon London and Levi Steinhauer would be fined this year as London would receive the fine for publicly criticizing the referees in week 5 and Steinhauer would receive the fine for his helmet to helmet hit on Lindsey Lamar

Tougher Time for the Als
The Alouettes are in a tough spot and it got tougher this week when Jamel Richardson would tear his ACL and LCL during the beginning of the week taking away Anthony Calvillo’s biggest weapon and giving them another hurdle to overcome this year


CFL Standings:

Eastern Division:
1. Toronto Argonauts (6)
2. Montreal Alouettes (4)
3. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4)
4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2)

Western Division:
1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (10)
2. Calgary Stampeders (8)
3. B.C Lions (8)
4. Edmonton Eskimos (2)


Hamilton Tigers Cats 30 – 29 Edmonton Eskimos
– The Ti-Cats and Eskimos faced off in a game that both teams desperately needed as the two struggling teams were looking for the win before their bye week and it would be a tight battle with the Tabies coming out on top by one point

B.C. Lions 27 – 20 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
– The Lions would recover from a bad performance in Toronto as they would be able to hold off the Winnipeg Blue Bombers who would go with the inexperienced Justin Goltz over Buck Pierce in a decision that was not all too successful in this game


Next Week:
Toronto Argonauts vs. Montreal Alouettes (Thursday August 8th; 7:30 pm ET)
– The Argos and Als resume their longtime rivalry after a week off as the Argos return with Ricky Ray under centre and the Alouettes set off with their new head coach Jim Popp and hope to turn their season around by beating the best team in the East Division

Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Calgary Stampeders (Friday August 9th; 9:00 pm ET)
– The Riders are putting their winning streak on the line as they have yet to lose this year but the Stampeders will try to stop that as Drew Tate returns under centre with a possible short leash as Bo Levi Mitchell waits in the wings

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