Saturday, August 16, 2014

Tiger-Cats Lineup Analysis, August 16th Game Versus Calgary

The Cats are back at Mac for the last time. Hopefully.

The Cats are still going with three offensive line imports as they have done for a lot of the season. Olson and Dile are the tackles. O'Neill and import and former tackle Simmons are the guards with Filer in the middle. Is Dyakowski coming back this season? That would certainly help out with the ratio.

Tasker is back at receiver along with non-import Giguere who had over 100 yards in catches last week. Grant, non-import Fantuz and Ellingson are the slots with non-import Prime as the fullback. Madu is in as starter at running back for the injured C.J. Gable which definitely hurts although Hamilton is 1 and 5 with him in. Koch is on the injured list.

The team leader in receiving yards is actually Giguere with 248, followed by Gable with 223 then Tasker with 208. LeFevour leads the team with 272 rushing yards and Gable is next with 138 (which seems pretty low).

LeFevour starts yet again at pivot with Masoli again as backup. That's four Canadian starters on offense without Prime. Potentially it could be five if Prime was in along with Fantuz and Giguere.

On defence, the ends are Tripp and Coleman while in the middle are the standard non-imports Bulcke and Laurent. The linebackers are Lawrence, Reed and Murray. No Bowman this week which is unfortunate.

The corners are Breaux and the non-import Stephen. The half-backs are Stewart and Davis with the non-import Butler in at safety this week. So for defence that's four Canadian starters, which is certainly above average for the CFL. I'm not sure if the Cats consistently have eight Canadians playing all the time since they only need seven. With eight Laurent or Bulcke can't be rotated out with no issue.

Calgary plays with four Canadian offensive linemen, along with Parker as a starting Canadian slotback. Cote is the fullback so with him in that's six Canadian starters on offense. I assume when Cote goes out Sinopoli comes in to maintain the ratio.

On defence, Calgary starts one Canadian, Turner, as a defensive tackle. So that's one Canadian starter on defence versus the Ticats four. The Ticats four on defence is really unusual in the CFL.

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