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2015 CFL Team Previews: Montreal Alouettes – Past Glory May Not Be Far Off

2015 CFL Team Previews: Montreal Alouettes – Past Glory May Not Be Far Off

The Alouettes have a veteran-laden squad that has the tools and while they won eight of their last 10 games to make the playoffs last season can they get there this season with an offense that scored the second fewest points in the league? That may be the Big question. Montreal Alouettes FuturesOdds To Win […]

The Alouettes have a veteran-laden squad that has the tools and while they won eight of their last 10 games to make the playoffs last season can they get there this season with an offense that scored the second fewest points in the league? That may be the Big question.

Montreal Alouettes Futures
Odds To Win Grey Cup: +820
Regular Season Win Total (O/U): 8 wins

Most Significant Offseason Changes

The team is very high on fourth-round draft pick quarterback Brando Bridge, who may take over sooner than later if Jonathan Crompton gets off to a rocky start. Montreal legendary quarterback Anthony Calvillo is the new wide receivers coach, but how long will it be before he takes the reign of the offense? The Alouettes had two first-round picks in the draft and a solid draft day overall, but can the young guys mesh with the old to bring glory back to Montreal? Running back Stefan Logan was brought in to bolster the ground game and last season he had the seventh most rushing yards in the league.

They’ll Be Successful If…

They can build upon last season’s second half, get consistent play out of the quarterback position, and the offense simply has more firepower. Montreal stunk up the beginning of last season, winning only one of their first eight games, but finished strong to end at .500 and make the playoffs. Crompton ranked eighth in passing yards and had 11 TD and eight interceptions, but his completion percentage was not good. He has a legit wide receiver corps as well as running back Brandon Whitaker, who ranked fifth in rushing yards last season, and he has to utilize his tools and make some more plays with his arm.

The offense has the weapons, but they failed to get turn those into points last season and if the defense, lad by Bear Woods, has issues in the secondary again there is just that much more pressure on Crompton and company.

They’ll Be Unsuccessful If…

The offense does not progress and the team plays like it did in the first half of last season. Crompton has to ignite the offense and he has to the arsenal to do so, but with Bridge in the fold, he may have to get it done right away or he’ll be watching from the bench. As a .500 team last season, it was key that Montreal led the league in takeaways last season and they need to force those this season – especially of the offense that has had trouble getting the ball in the end zone.

2015 Draft Tracker

1. Ackie, Chris DB Wilfrid Laurier
1. Ruby, Jacob OL Richmond
2. Shortill, Nick LB McMaster
3. Bodanis, James OL Michigan State
4. Bridge, Brandon QB South Alabama
4. Charette, Alex WR Guelph
5. Davidson, Mikhail WR Montreal
6. Lawlor, Quinn DL BYU
7. Coady, Anthony DB Montreal

Outlook

Montreal has talent and a legend on their coaching staff, but there are still many issues on the squad. The secondary needs to make more plays than last season, the defense needs to force turnovers again and the offense has to score and not just have solid stats for their skill position players. Crompton is THE guy in Montreal and I see him improving on his completion percentage from last season but the Alouettes will not be much better than a .500 team. However, in the weak East, this will be good enough for the top spot in the East Division.

Prediction: First in the East Division

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