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 Post subject: 2058 Season Previews - Ranking the CFL Defenses 12-9
PostPosted: Sat May 16, 2020 12:19 pm 
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12. St Louis Arch
Projected Starters
DL - LDE Steven Perkins, NT Phil Roberson (R), RDE Kerry Bays (N)
LB - SLB Adrian Gooch (R), SILB Brenden Casteel, WILB Aidan Godfrey (N), WLB Orlando Minahan
DB - LCB Alec Traxler, RCB Marquis Matthews, SS Chuck England, FS Kendrick Peterson, DB Karl Norris

If you're thinking of throwing against St Louis, maybe think again. The stacked secondary is anchored by superstar safety Chuck England and his sidekick CB Alec Traxler. We've seen glimpses of Traxler's elite explosiveness on return duty, it's just a matter of time before he does that in coverage. Teams did find better success on the ground against the Arch, but DC Alabaso brings a new scheme and potentially a better fit for this talented unit. He'll need to integrate up to 4 new players in the front seven and whether or not St Louis can improve upon a great 2057 season (defensively) will be up to how quickly he can get it done.

11. Cleveland Sentries
Projected Starters
DL - LDE Xavier Willis, NT Glen Webster, RDE Efrain Cote
LB - SLB Andrew Tate, SILB Daquan Wilson, WILB Cornelius Fitzgerald, WLB Teddy Reilly
DB - LCB Colin Dawkins, RCB Raymond Barry, SS Shaun Thomason, FS Camden Porter, DB Keith Corns (N)

The Cleveland Sentries haven't looked good recently, posting 5-11 records in 3 of the last 4 seasons. Their defense was abysmal but GM King Kosar was carefully adding value pieces through the years, never overreaching in the draft nor stretching the salary cap too thin. Steady improvement was the name of the game and I think 2058 is when we'll really see it starting to bear fruit. DC Bryson Bush's unit showed great progress in 2057, but week to week inconsistency was brutal to watch. One week, they could shut down Detroit and keep pace with Omaha and Las Vegas, the next they'll be getting blown out by St Louis. I chalk that up to rookie inexperience as both LB CJ Bernier and FS Adam Poston played significant snaps. They are both talented players, but I think Bush should take some of the pressure off their shoulders by introducing some rotations.

10. Miami Talons
Projected Starters
DL - LDE Marquis Miyabuchi, LDT Francisco Smith, RDT Rod Wilkins, RDE Ernie Nichols
LB - SLB Buddy Whiting, MLB Monty Lutey, WLB T.J. Boerigter (R)
DB - LCB Otis Perry, RCB Roosvelent Eastman, SS Fred Roberts, FS Axel Kramer, DB Devin Borders

The arrival of DT Smith reinvigorated the Talons' pass rush last season, with Miyabuchi flourishing in the spotlight (10 sacks). However, while there was improvement across the entire defense, Miami couldn't give its defense time to rest with a generally dismal performance under sophomore QB Jessie Hughes. I think DC Quinn Sullivan was just a scapegoat and Randal Hesselman is inheriting a generally strong unit. A strong secondary led by CBs Perry and Eastman will need to compensate for a linebacker group that lacks talent and whose only proven starter is the aging Monty Lutey.

9. Atlantic City Phantoms
Projected Starters
DL - LDE Alonzo Carr, NT Steven Fisher, RDE Trevor Kidd
LB - SLB Landon Crawford, SILB Preston Mangrum, WILB Archie Downs (N), WLB Mack Barker
DB - LCB Omar Morris, RCB Robbie Hinrichs, SS Courtney Johnstone, FS Jeff Witt, DB David Blassingame

Due to issues in coverage, a common misconception is that the Phantoms' defense was average at best in 2057. Actually, their schedule featured some of the most prolific attacks the CFL has to offer and ACI 's defense was able to keep pace or shut down some of the very best offenses. They excelled at causing turnovers, but their weak secondary didn't allow the Phantoms to seriously pressure opposing QBs. The Phantoms kept their entire front line together and only added LB Archie Downs at linebacker, so it's likely that teams will again struggle to run against them. LB Landon Crawford is one of the best in the middle and I expect opponents to focus on their somewhat weaker corners.

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 Post subject: Re: 2058 Season Previews - Ranking the CFL Defenses 12-9
PostPosted: Sun May 17, 2020 8:33 pm 
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Another good write-up.

Yeah, I feel like our LBs are our soft spot on D. Just hoping they can do enough and the DL and DBs and carry the D.

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 Post subject: Re: 2058 Season Previews - Ranking the CFL Defenses 12-9
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Love these articles. Pretty spot on. If the Atlantic City cornerbacks can hold up, we should have a top 10 defense. A big if...

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 Post subject: Re: 2058 Season Previews - Ranking the CFL Defenses 12-9
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 10:24 am 
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Thanks for doing this. Amazing add to the league and builds anticipation for the year to come!

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 Post subject: Re: 2058 Season Previews - Ranking the CFL Defenses 12-9
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