For the first time in a year and 13 days, Montreal won a home game. The team gutted out a 25-22 win over the Argonauts, in what seemed to be in spite of the coaching staff. The befuddling coaching decisions continue to demonstrate that the players are not in good hands.
• A one-win team doesn’t go for it on 3 and 1 in their own end, despite having a large mobile quarterback. Did coach Sherman not realize that the defence plays a yard off the ball in the CFL?
• They go for two points in the first half to try and go up 16-10 for no apparent reason. They needed that point late in the game. You don’t go for two until you have to, people.
• With an opportunity inside the five-yard line to go for the win, the team runs two boring running plays into the offensive line and kicks a field goal. You have a quarterback who passed for 300 yards in the game, making sound decisions all night. Why not let him throw for the win?
• A delay of game is called before an extra point late in the game, resulting in a missed extra point. Are you kidding me? How does the sideline not notice this and call a timeout to prevent a 10-yard penalty? What a disaster
After the game, Coach Sherman wouldn’t commit to Antonio Pipkin starting the next game, saying he has to look at the videotape before making a decision. What is he talking about? Pipkin has now put two impressive performances in a row together. If not for repeated dropped passes by his receivers, his stats would be even more impressive. This posturing is to justify the incredibly ridiculous price the team paid to land Johnny Manziel. But you have to ride the hot hand. After all, as silly as it sounds, the Alouettes are only two games out of a playoff spot.
So we’ll see where we go from here. But if Manziel is healthy and starts the next game, you know that Montreal brass are not interested in winning games first and foremost. Pipkin literally looked like the second coming of Cam Newton versus Toronto. It’s a small sample size, but it’s strong enough to give him another shot at playing. The players seemed to love his leadership. His arm strength is off the charts. His mobility is outstanding. His ability to hang in the pocket and take a hit to make a throw is great. He even made several completions off his back foot.
If winning is prized ahead of pride, the Als start Pipkin. If not, it could be a while until Als fans enjoy that winning feeling again.
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