Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Scott Flory Very Important for the Alouettes

One of the few remaining priorities for the Montreal Alouettes is to re-sign offensive guard, Scott Flory.

From all indications, it seems that contracts talks are running smoothly, and it looks like he will be finishing off his great CFL career in Montreal.

The importance of Flory to the team is enormous. It lessens the leadership blow with Anwar Stewart being released by the organization.

But it will help the offensive line transition to the next group of players who will be blocking for Anthony Calvillo and whoever the future quarterback will be for the team.

Furthermore, Flory would be able to teach young prospect Anthony Barrette the guard position as he transitions from CIS to the speed of the CFL game. In likelihood, whenever the day comes that Flory hangs up his cleats is when Barrette could take over his position.

The Alouettes have been very careful in developing their offensive linemen. In some cases, players such as Dylan Steenbergen did not pan not, due circumstances. But in other situations it flourished with the likes of Ryan Bomben who patiently waited his time learning from the players above him and now he could get an opportunity to crack the lineup. Another Canadian to consider is Josh Hashem who could potentially be in-play for the right tackle position.

If there is a bright future to look at in-terms of the Alouettes position groups it is their offensive line. They have young stalwarts such as Josh Bourke, Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, Bomben, Barrette, and Hashem. Who are or will be future CFL all-stars in this league.

Jim Popp and management have done very well in identifying the players who best suit their philosophies on the offensive line.

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