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Could there be more potential big name releases in the
horizon? As I stated through the various shows on TSN 990, I believe that the bulk of
the roster is set. However, on defense there is more uncertainty.
Transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4 base formation is easier
said than done. It requires different size players to play in the front seven
of the defense. If they do not have these elements it will be a difficult conversion
to minimize any deficiencies in mastering this formation.
Even though the defense had tremendous success in their first
outing against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in accumulating six sacks. I don't
think they showed off the actual looks they will be throwing at opposing offenses
The fans better brace themselves that there will be plenty of
trial and error early on in the season until they're comfortable with the
Looking ahead for Tuesday
I believe Anthony Calvillo and the first team offense will
play the entire opening half. Already the team has lost receiver Brandon London for an
undetermined time due to a concussion he suffered in their loss to the Blue
Bombers. Head coach Marc Trestman should be cautious in trying to walk a fine
line of not putting any of his key personnel in harm's way of severely getting
I believe that if Adrian McPherson has another shaky outing,
this could plant a seed into the minds of team management they might need to
look at future options if he will not be the heir apparent to Calvillo.
I believe the Alouettes still need identify who will be their
short yardage running back. There is no issue on how much team speed they have
at this position. But if Daharran Diedrick will be called upon again,
they need to get him involved during Tuesday's game.
I believe the team's linebackers are far from being
determined. Right now, defensive coordinator Jeff Reinebold needs to take these
moving parts and have them settle down. With the release of Ferri, and
Restelli, it seems the second level is slowly coming together.