Monday, 13 July 2015

Monday Mailbag

We had a ton of great questions for our Mailbag segment this week so I hope the answers provide you with what you were looking for.

A lot of questions were similar so if you don't see your question in here, word-for-word, it's probably answered in some manner within a different context.

Don't hesitate to let me know what you think of the answers either. 
As usual, we'll gather all your inquires throughout week 4 in the comment section or in Twitter via @lucmull95...

Talk soon folks...

Via ProPerspective

 

Is there a point in which Coach Chamblin should stop calling the defense and focus on coaching the team? 

 

• Coach Chamblin isn’t doing anything that other Head Coaches in this league aren’t doing.  I think that if an HC has very specific views about how he wants to go about a scheme, then he should be the guy that calls the plays.  This avoids any confusion from the players about where the orders are coming from in meetings, and on the field.  Also, there’s also a certain level of authority that’s lost, when another coach is supposedly calling the plays, but all the guys in the locker room know who the decision maker is.

If a coach is a hands-on type of guy, and is going to be stringent about how certain aspects of the team should operate, then it’s better for everyone if that coach handles the play-calling duties.  It may make that coach the target when things go wrong, but any coach who wants to be in that position knows the direct ramifications.  The only time a red-flag should be thrown, is if a coach wants to call 2 out of the 3 phases of the game.  That is far too much for anyone to take on.  

 

 

Via Twitter

 

What’s the deal with Getzlaf this year?

 

• I’m hoping that you aren’t inferring that Getty isn’t playing well?  Sometimes people get way too caught up on a dropped ball of his, versus drops from other guys.  Right now (officially) Getzlaf only has 3 less catches than Dressler (at 14), and one less catch than Jamel Richardson (at 12).  He also has a TD which is only 1 off of Ryan Smith and #7 who both have 2.  Chris Getzlaf’s touches haven’t been highlight reel grabs or game breaking big plays but he isn’t any further off the pace than the team leaders.  #89 is a HUGE part of that offense, and now that Ryan Smith is out for the time-being, Getz and the other receivers like Rob Bagg will likely see more targets.  Don’t let flashy plays take away from substance.  Getzlaf’s a guy that teams have to account for at all times.  With JRich being a huge possession down receiver for the Riders right now, things may start opening up for Getty downfield.  Teams are going to keep all eyes glued to #7, so you may start seeing #89 making some key plays as we wind down the 1st third of the year.

 

Via Twitter

 

Second week in a row with no pass rush.  A good DB can only cover for so long, are different Dline stunts required?

 

• One of the problems with playing a lot of zone defence is that the QB’s aren’t forced to go through all of their progressions.  Usually a QB will find an open guy within his first two reads, especially with the rules dictating that a DB will be playing just off of his assignment.  This really cuts down on the amount of time that a Dlineman has to “win” his rep.  With the way things have played out thus far, a Dlineman only has about 2 seconds to get to the Quarterback before he’s released the rock.  Teams aren’t playing aggressive man-defenses anymore and QBs aren’t having to go to their 4th and 5th reads as much due to great coverage.

Having said that, the likelihood of a “win” for a lineman skyrockets if a defense rushes at least four defenders, and even though it wasn’t a HUGE change in percentages, the Riders did start rushing 4 defensive linemen more against the BC Lions.  If there was some success on film (while rushing 4) hopefully Coach Chamblin continues to let Mike Sinclair cuts his guys loose a little more often.

 

Via Twitter

 

I thought I heard a Brenden Taman interview where he stated that he wanted Offensive PI to be reviewable play?  Is that true? And what does he mean?

 

• I didn’t hear that interview, but if he did state that, I whole-heartedly agree with him.  What being able to challenge for OFFENSIVE PI would do is allow a coach to have the referee review whether a receiver “pushed-off” on a DB at any point after the 5 yard no-contact rule.  I’m a huge fan of that because if a DB isn’t allowed to touch a receiver after 5, then a receiver shouldn’t be allowed to make any contact such as shielding or creating separation with his off arm or any other parts of his body.  That’s something that should have been discussed as soon as the new contact rule got approved by the committee.  As of now, if I’m a receiver, I would want to make as much contact as I could with a DB while the ball was in the air, it virtually guarantees a flag, if I don’t make the catch!

 

Via Twitter

 

Does anybody blame guys on the Oline for taking 2 TDs off the board in the last 2 games?  Those hurt.

 

• Everyone is held accountable for their actions, especially in the case of disciplinary penalties, but nobody would ever go as far as to say that individual penalties won or lost a game.  Affected the outcome?  Yes.  Cost us the game?  No.  There are too many things that happen during a football game to use one or two guys as a scapegoat.  

 

Via Twitter

 

What are your thoughts about not calling a Time Out on the BC field goal attempt in regulation time, and then taking a knee?

 

• I’m not sure how effective “Icing a kicker” is with some guys because of the way kickers have to prepare mentally. With some guys, like Paul McCallum or Justin Medlock, things are so routine that it doesn’t matter what happens, they’re going to go through the same procedure regardless.  The whole, “give him more time to think about it” can be looked at in a good and bad light.  In many respects, calling a time out before a FG gives the kicker more time to visualize success and go through the perfect kick in their head.  I don’t think a kicker uses the extra time to focus on the negative…If he does, they won’t have a job for long.

As for taking a knee at the end of the fourth, there’s a lot of “what-ifs” that go into that debate.  What-if the Riders get a huge play (or two) through the air to set themselves up for a FG? OR

What-if Glenn throws a pick and it’s returned with enough time left for BC to kick another FG?

The Riders could have ended up in a number of scenario’s there, some AWESOME, and some BAD. There’s probably a mix of guys that wanted to play the final seconds, and probably some that are more focused on the fact that the team lost an 11pt lead.  I actually don’t know what I would have done if I’m being completely honest with you.  I do know that it’s really easy for people to jump on an opinion once the cards have been played.

 

 

Via Twitter

 

Why was Bighill not called for a helmet to helmet hit on Brett Smith on the crucial 3rd and inches call?

 

• We spoke about this on the post-game call-in show (620 CKRM w/ Michael Ball).  It’d be unfair to hit Bighill with a flag because on short yardage the 2nd or 3rd string QB is usually leading with his helmet ahead and the ball tucked for a split second.  One can’t help but make contact with the QBs head or upper shoulder pads because of the way QBs usually sneak it.  Bighill timed his approach perfectly, it was just another example, from him, of film study and will.  From a former defensive player’s perspective, it was a GREAT play.  

 

Via Twitter

 

Realistically, can fans influence the league to reassess the new rules?

 

• If Stadium attendance plummets, and television ratings drop to abysmal numbers, the league will definitely look at ways to improve the game.  Be cautioned though, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the fans will like those rules either.  The only way that fans will influence any type of committee in the CFL league offices, is if they feel it in their pockets.  

 

Via Twitter and ProPerspective

 

Is there some dissention within the ranks of the team, and assuming that that’s happening, what’s the difference if the rocks that are being thrown from a distance are as valid as the questions within the locker room?

 

• Don’t mistake dissention for conversation.  There probably were some inquiries within the locker room regarding the proceedings in BC, but there should have been.  Good teams are as transparent as possible within the group and when a coaching staff is upfront with its guys about decisions, whether right or wrong, teams can move forward.  Any dirty laundry that isn’t addressed hangs over a team during the practise week and becomes a cancer in the locker room.  Once everything is on the table, the guys can get back on the same page and focus on winning the week.  Some of the points being addressed within the squad just may be points that people on the outside want answers to; the problem is that Coach Chamblin can’t please everyone.  All a team can do is evaluate the decisions that are keeping them from winning a game and work to improve on the deficiencies.  The minute coaches and players start justifying strategy and talking about team decisions in public, is the minute they’ve lost focus on what’s important.  What’s important are the guys in that locker room and making sure they are given every opportunity and resource to prepare for the upcoming game.

#ProPerspective


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