Someway, somehow, this Montreal Alouettes team will need to snap out of its funk. Maybe history can repeat itself as this team searches for its second win of the season when they play the Edmonton Eskimos tonight at Percival Molson Stadium.
Hell, even Dan Hawkins managed to win at home against the Eskimos last year! Mind you, that was a much different Edmonton team, as they have really gotten their act together under new head coach Chris Jones. They have more than held their own this season and they will be looking to end their losing streak in Montreal. You’d have to go back to 2007 for the last time the Eskimos beat the Alouettes in Montreal. And with the way Montreal has played as of late, that streak is fixing to be snapped.
I mentioned in the last blog post that the knives were being sharpened and ready to be planted in some backs. Well, the dysfunction is now starting to set in with the Alouettes; players who were expected to excel in 2014 are now being called out on the carpet. It will take some time for this disarray to settle, but while that happens don’t be surprised to see some major changes on offense.
Many pundits are saying tonight’s game could be the final start for Troy Smith, as he has been given numerous chances and has had little to show for it. Again, I still say that he is not the major problem with Montreal’s offense right now. He’s certainly not helping his cause much, but at the end of the day it’s not Smith who’s responsible for the plays being called. It starts at the top and right now, this coaching staff and all of its “helping hands” have better be more prepared than they were last Friday versus the Argos.
I was pretty excited to learn of Jeff Garcia’s hiring this week; not only as a fan of his work as a San Francisco 49er, but he’s also done a great job in mentoring many QBs at every level of footall, including Calgary’s Bo Levi Mitchell. Garcia knows the Canadian game well and what it takes to win at a higher level, so this is a veritable gold mine of knowledge for this quarterback group.
Even as experienced pros, both Smith and Alex Brink would do very well to hear what Garcia has to offer. But I still think that with some patience and fine-tuning, Tanner Marsh can be the next great quarterback of this Alouettes franchise. Having a pro like Garcia mentoring him will only be for the best.
It’ll take time, but this Alouettes team finally has some qualified help. And again, this team plays in the Eastern division. You just have to finish in the top 2 and you have a shot at the Grey Cup.
On September 7th versus Hamilton, the Montreal Alouettes will be debuting a new jersey. Every team in the CFL will be unveiling an alternate uniform (with the exception of the Lions, whose gunmetal jerseys were released last season with much fanfare) and the league has been creating some hype for these releases. On the CFL’s Instagram account, you can see video of a member of each team’s reaction to the new duds.
Montreal’s uniform will apparently pay tribute to the Royal Canadian Air Force 425 squadron that gave the team its nickname. I haven’t seen the jersey yet but judging by the excited reaction of Marc-Olivier Brouillette, who was the Alouette featured in the CFL’s promo video, it should be pretty awesome!
As always, yours truly will comment on it if/when it becomes available before that game in September.
Keeping it short and sweet because frankly, there’s not much more that needs to be said. These next few games won’t be easy but again, deep down this really is a talented Montreal team. It’s time for certain guys to start living up to that potential and if somehow the Alouettes can beat one of the league’s premier teams this evening, this horrendous start can merely be a footnote for this 2014 season.
Enjoy tonight’s game, regardless of where you watch it.
GO ALS GO!!!
About the Author
Written by Clifford Pine
Montreal born & bred, lover of sports. Passionate about the Montreal Alouettes. Also a great cook & not too bad a dancer.