Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Montreal Alouettes News and Notes

After Sunday's 38-10 dismantling by the Calgary Stampeders, should the Montreal Alouettes be worried about how the rest of the season could turn out?

Most likely not, and there should be no panic among the hierarchy considering how long, and grueling the CFL year is.

A little history note, aside from their 2009 Grey Cup triumph, McMahon Stadium has been a house of horrors for the Alouettes. Under Marc Trestman, the team has compiled a record of 1-4 playing in Calgary, and have been outscored 190-132.

To sum up their loss, the Alouettes resembled a team still trying to figure out the systems implemented by positions coaches in Marcus Brady, and Jeff Reinebold. For the fans expecting the same usual offensive output should brace themselves that Brady could think differently than his predescesor in Scott Milanovich in suggesting plays to quarterback Anthony Calvillo.

A lot of uncharacterisic mistakes by the offense, as Calvillo threw two interceptions, Jamel Richardson fumbled the football after a reception, and Eric Deslauriers had two drops. These are are mental errors that will be corrected.

Moreover, with Reinebold overseeing the defense, it will take time for the pieces to get comfortable playing in a 3-4 alignment. Ask any professional football team and they will say transitioning from one formation to another is a process.

Until the defense has the right pieces in-place, in the early going there could be some tough sailing. ahead. But the players, and fans must remain patient until this is solved.

The bad news is the Alouettes lost, the good news, everyone else in the division did not win either. Montreal will have four division matches before their bye week in the middle August. So they could set themselves apart if they're able to win these critical games and be in decent shape heading into the second half of the season.

For now their focus will be on the defending division champions the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, in their home opener. I am curious to see if the Alouettes could sell out the game.

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