Friday, 24 June 2011
8 Teams, 8 Days: Montreal Alouettes
The two-time champs look to be the favourites once again to hoist the Grey Cup.
The Als enter the 2011 season with very few question marks. Anthony Calvillo is still taking snaps, so that means they still have the best QB in the CFL. Calvillo is likely to surpass Damon Allen as pro football's all-time leading passer near the end of the season. Calvillo is 4,221 yards away from breaking the record, and barring injury, he'll likely put himself atop the list sometime around week 15.
The one glaring hole on offense is at Running Back, where All-Star Avon Cobourne took his talents to Steeltown to play for the rival Tiger-Cats. In his place, the Als will choose between Brandon Whitaker, Yvenson Bernard and DeAndra' Cobb. Whitaker has the inside track, but one of these three will have to step up as a reliable option. If the Als can't run the football, they could be in some trouble.
The other area that sees changes is on Special Teams, with Sean Whyte and Sandro DeAngelis battling to see who will be the Kicker/Punter for the Als in 2011. The difference between a win and a loss can sometimes be found on the foot of a Kicker, so getting a reliable option following the departure of Damon Duvall is of the utmost importance.
The Als still have to be considered the team to beat in the CFL. Two consecutive Grey Cups and a team with few question marks means the Als are still the odds-on favourites to hoist the Grey Cup at year's end.