Things could get ugly in a hurry around the CFL if this group manages to harness its potential. UGLY. Real Ugly...
It was an ambitious move for Coach Chamblin to grab Greg Quick and overhaul an already impressive defence in order to make it “more aggressive”.
So far in training camp, the ideas that have been installed follow right along with that train of thought. There are some blitz packages and coverage concepts going in that are definitely going to be forceful and hostile.
The funny thing about all of this though is that the team could probably get away with sitting back in coverage, playing it safe and letting the defensive line do all the work! They could be that strong.
T. George and John Chick will lead the charge into week 1 with a few athletic friends in tow. We already talked last week about some of the Canadian Dlinemen in the #ProPerspective post titled “Another Morning Mailbag for Thursday”. However, for the sake of those who may not have read that “mailbag” edition, I will copy and paste that content after we take a look at some of the “national” players that are here vying for a roster spot. I’ll also amend a thing or two, if something about that player has changed since we posted it (Good or bad).
Combined with the impressive development of the Canadian Defensive Linemen, the depth of this group is eye-opening. Corey Chamblin made sure to give 3-time Pro Bowler Mike Sinclair (Defensive Line Coach) plenty of “teach periods” during the first 10 days of camp, and the carry-over has been impressive.
Here’s a look at some of the guys that will be rushing the passer on Saturday in Fort Mac...
Alex Hall (#0)
Derek Walker (#70)
Markus White (#98)
That just about rounds out the group of nationals, other than T, George and John Chick. There’s a fierce competition here. All of the guys we just talked about can play, and do so from multiple positions.
I’ve been on many teams, and I can’t remember being on a team that was made up of this many solid pass rushers. Unfortunately Chamblin can’t keep everyone, and when you throw in that Canadian talent that Rory Connop is part of, you see the dilemma.
Now for all those who didn’t see our breakdown of the Canadian guys in the “Another Morning Mailbag for Thursday” Post, I will re-post it below, and make some changes if necessary, it has been 6 days since that was done up…
Here you go, with any new observations included…
Rory Connop (#95)
Now that they’ve added a few Dline stunts and games into the mix, #95s athleticism will be pushed. The key to successful stunts and games is that one cannot move laterally, looping and twisting still have to be done going north and south. Not only will Connop need to be fast getting to certain spots, he’ll also have to work on influencing Guards or Tackles in order to make the games work. At times, he’s been caught going lateral and its cost him.
The physical tenacity is there, and a great coach like Mike Sinclair will install the extras. He’s continued to improve into the 2nd week of camp but still has a ways to go. The fact that he’s been inserted into that spot and handled so well up to this point is no small feat. Lots of people, including myself, have been impressed with his efforts thus far.
Tyler Langlais (#99)
Like all young guys, the adjustment for Tyler is the speed of the pro game and absorbing the playbook that gets installed during camp. On Saturday, it will be all about Alignment, Assignment, and Execution for Langlais. If he is confident going into the snap with what he can do then it will help him focus on his physical attributes more. He’s a strong kid. Coaches will surely want to evaluate the way he plays the run, and he has the base in his trunk to be a consistent run stopper. I think he’ll benefit himself against the pass if he doesn’t try and get to fancy. If he focuses on going North and continually grabbing and lifting wrists and arms off, he should be able to create some individual pocket push
Dylan Ainsworth (#90)
Tim Agbaje (#92)
Ryan Wellman (#52)
We're 1 step closer to Saturdays clash in Fort Mac. I’m excited to see some of these guys go at it. As I said at the top, the prospects for this Dline are scary. BT, JO, and the rest of the scouting department have assembled a great group here.
As a staff, you want the players you brought into camp to make the final decisions excruciatingly hard. These guys are doing just that, but for Coach Chamblin and Mike Sinclair, the harder the decisions are, the better the product on the filed will be!
Let’s take a look at the Oline tomorrow folks!