Saskatchewan is sitting pretty and close to where they wanted to be at the start of the 2013 season. They are hosting a playoff game, albeit not the Western Final as they would have liked, but hosting a playoff game none the less. Make no mistake, "Mosaic Magic" this time of the season is a huge advantage for the Green Machine!
Darian Durant received some much needed and well deserved rest last week. That move should reap rewards and pay big dividends for the Riders offensively. Couple that with resting Kory Sheets and I like the move big time!
Darian needs to cut it loose with his arm and his legs! If Durant can pressure the edges of the defence with his ability to run the football it will open massive holes for Sheets. You establish Darian's ability to run early, it will make Sheets, a serious threat already, almost unstoppable. Then you can anticipate play action coming into the picture with big play potential involving Weston Dressler, Taj Smith, Geroy Simon, and Robb Bagg. All primary explosive targets!
Slowly the Riders have worked in Drew Willy, the second year product from the University of Buffalo, and this kid can play and play well. He's gone stealth the last two thirds of the season and could be flying under the RedBlacks radar but he shouldn't be! He's a straight up ball player that has gained valuable playing experience in his limited time in 2013.
The Riders would prefer if Willy never has to step on the field again in 2013, unless of course it is in mop up duty during a big win.
Make no mistake, with the loss of Chris Getzlaf for likely the remainder of the season the importance of Darian utilizing his mobility to stretch and strain BC's defence is imperative to activate the run game and set up play-action for the aforementioned "Quad Squad" of Dressler, Smith, Simon and Bagg.
Darian's been a warrior this season playing through several injuries, including a broken foot and a broken rib, all which were accurately reported on our TSN telecast on October 19.
This is a “Green Light Special” opportunity for Darian to breakthrough and guide his team to their first Grey Cup Championship under his direction. If he's able to do that, he would become the third quarterback in the last three years to host and win the Cup!
Much work to be done for that tremendous feat to become a reality...
Anything less would not be acceptable as the 2013 Riders have gone all in!