I have a friend in Edmonton (assuming she ever talks to me again). For as long as I’ve known her, she’s been a Ticats fan. Then, when Ottawa got a CFL franchise back 3 years ago, she switched to the RedBlacks. Good or Bad, she ALSO got to inherit Henry Burris, who switched allegiances at the same time she did.
NOW old Hank went OFF on the TSN crew last week, and ANY random critic in the UNIVERSE apparently. Hank was pissed at the criticism he gets on a regular basis. But as Matt Dunigan pointed out, they “pump his tires” when he’s good, criticize when he’s not.
Whether he admits it or not, Hank Burris has a consistency problem. THIS has led to criticism…and the epithet “Good Hank, Bad Hank”. No doubt these nicknames have something to do with his being miffed. Still…BAD HANK shows up with regularity, and for fans of whatever team he may inhabit at that moment, leaves carnage and devastation in his wake…and a recognizable trail of pulled hair and hurled beverages.
So I have no doubt my CFL friend has parsed what happened last night and came to the same conclusion as I have: from Ottawa’s perspective…Bad Hank was very much in evidence. Let’s go to the stats and see if she’s right:
Of the 15 drives Ottawa had under Burris on offence, 4 were killed from incomplete Burris passes, 1 from an interception, 1 Burris fumble, 4 sacks to end drives (2 for FG’s), 1 Burris run came up short and 1 pass was too short for a 1st down. So while Hanks stats for the game seem respectable enough at 1st glance…
|21/31||67.7%||322 YDS||2 TDS||1 INT||58 LG|
12/15 drives were KILLED (arguably) by Henry Burris himself. ANYONE watching the game KNEW one thing for a FACT: Bad Burris was in the HOUSE.
Kevin Glenn has had his OWN ax to grind over the years. According to Glenn, he’s been underrated MOST of his playing career. Considering last night’s performance, it’s HARD to disagree. Glenn had a career night last night.
|25/30||83.3%||382 YDS||5 TDS||0 INT||67 LG|
So…after a pretty miserable start to the 2016 season, Alouettes fans are faced with this question: Are the Montreal Alouettes back on track?
Considering Glenn’s performance up to this point, it’s hard to argue that yesterday’s trend will continue apace. And it’s equally unlikely the Alouettes will encounter each team’s Bad Hank equivalent going forward. But a ray of hope seems to have presented itself…perhaps.
This is Anthony Calvillo’s offence. For better or worse, (especially after last night) there’s every chance AC will be the offensive-coordinator for the Montreal Alouettes for the remainder of this season. If you’d asked me last week, I’d have said that was a disaster. If you ask me NEXT week, I may say the same thing.
But Calvillo’s playbook is opening up JUST ENOUGH to reveal a glimmer of hope: AC had Glenn rolling out (to his left…yet) on that 1st TD pass to Nik Lewis. It might have been my imagination, but I SWEAR I saw stunned looks of INCREDULITY on the faces of pass rushers, as Glenn floated out of the pocket, away from the rush. That’s NOT to say ol’ #13 DIDN’T return to old habits. Glenn was knocked around pretty good (Ottawa had 5 sacks) but the Alouettes OC did JUST ENOUGH to keep the defence guessing, and the Alouettes ahead of the game. Sweet play calling, AC.
And…although the Alouettes didn’t run the ball much (as usual)…
|8 CAR||47 YDS||5.9 AVG||9 LG||0 TD|
…Calvillo’s gameplan featured short passes to Rutley and Beaulieu for decent 1st down gains…and the sweep to Cunningham for a TD was (dare I say it?) INSPIRED.
So while it MAY be unlikely the Jekyll’s and Hyde’s EVER align in quite the same MAGICAL way again…THIS fool may be willing to concede…THAT whether through the assistance of Jacques Chapdelaine or no…Anthony Calvillo MAY be coming around as an offensive-coordinator.
THAT’s as far as I go…FOR NOW.