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 Post subject: 2058 Season Previews - Ranking the CFL Defenses 8-5
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 4:03 pm 
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8. Texas Inferno
Projected Starters
DL - LDE Greg Pancake (R), NT Ricardo Foreman, RDE Cory Hoover
LB - SLB Cornell Blubaum, SILB Earl Jacobs, WILB J.T. Mustard, WLB Trenton Missouri
DB - LCB Tristan McKenzie, RCB Jesse Reilly (R), SS Marty Graham, FS Jermaine Collier, DB Connor Humphries (R)

The elite defense that took a subpar Texas team to the playoffs in 2057 is going to look different in 2058. GM BazookaJohnny saw the writing on the wall and let their aging contributors go as contracts expired. CB Randal Iveans (32), DE Tyrus Ingram (30), and DE Walter Wallman (32), have all been replaced with somewhat newer and younger models. The shakeups in the defensive front and secondary are buoyed by the return of a linebacking corps that was the key to their success. LB Blubaum didn't repeat as an all-league linebacker, but sure played like one. He and fellow linebackers Missouri and Lyon played seemingly everywhere and never missed a step. Van Wagner was let go in the offseason after 6 seasons with the team-- the thinking was that things had to change-- and DC Raymond Nunley brings a cerebral approach to defense that should do wonders for players like Blubaum and McKenzie.

7. Tennessee Militia
Projected Starters
DL - LDE Wyatt Keita, LDT Cameron Wiggins, RDT Dwight Castilo, RDE Kenyon Reid (R)
LB - SLB Vernon Bernstein (R), MLB Henry Plourde, WLB Curtis Burke
DB - LCB Samuel Bethea, RCB Diego Browning, SS Erick Tyree, FS Elijah Barlow, DB Stanley Connell

The Militia have historically been great defensively and when DC Seth Fortney's took the reins in 2057, he was able to continue that standard. As Fortney's strength was with the secondary, the most notable improvement came taking completions down from 59.5% (14th) in 2056 to 55.9% (6th) in 2057 while maintaining the other pass defense metrics. The unit looks to feature more youth in 2058 as FS Barlow and CB Browning take more snaps. LB Plourde continues to perform in coverage at an elite level, but the team needs to toughen up at the line of scrimmage. All eyes will be on DT Wiggins and rookie DE Reid to shore up the run defense to take the Militia to the next level.

6. Shreveport Pride
Projected Starters
DL - LDE Silas Siler, LDT Nathan Borders, RDT Toby Borick, RDE Gabriel Messersmith (N)
LB - SLB Jared Boyle, MLB Deron DeWolf, WLB Dalton Shelton
DB - LCB Rob Lynch, RCB Earl Taley, SS Efrain Tate, FS Sean Macklin, DB Carlos Morey

Shreveport once again claimed the top spot in opponent's yardage allowed, an honor they claimed before in their championship 2055 season and have hovered around since. Under DC Rob Becht, the Pride were tough against the run, absolutely stifling against the pass, and figure to place among the CFL's top echelon again in 2058. Though interception numbers were low, a disruptive pass rush and unbreakable coverage schemes put the clamps on enemy quarterbacks. SS Tate continues to lead an excellent secondary that hustles all over the field to make plays on the ball. Shreveport added DE Messersmith in free agency and he should provide a boost off the edge. LB Jared Boyle continues to improve, though injuries sidelined him in 2057. This unit plays like one with the coordination and communication that can only come from consistency through the years and GM Raven Hawk kept to script for 2058.

5. Boston Beavers
Projected Starters
DL - LDE Frankie LaBounty, LDT Joseph Sanches, RDT Amos Fitzmaurice, RDE Howard Delgado
LB - SLB Frederick Bishop, MLB Cedric Weliczka, WLB Daniel Branston
DB - LCB Quentin Holliday, RCB Ezra Alworth, SS Irving Hannam (R), FS Cory Manning, DB Tucker Lincoln

Nick Kasay and the Boston Beavers burst onto the scene in 2057, turning what was a perennial dumpster fire into arguably the best defense in the league. Most of a star-studded line remains intact, though the loss of LB Gary Breckinridge hurts, LBs Weliczka and Bishop still form a versatile and athletic duo capable of matching up with most offensive weapons. The Beavers also return every starter from the ballhawking secondary and have even added to it with rookie SS Irving Hannam who looks every bit the immediate starter we all thought he could be. I may be selling these guys short by putting them at #5, but GM slimmikey's penchant for midseason deals could throw a bit of chaos in the mix.

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 Post subject: Re: 2058 Season Previews - Ranking the CFL Defenses 8-5
PostPosted: Mon May 18, 2020 7:17 pm 
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Thanks for this. I expected us to be ranked lower as we made the switch to some youth on the line and secondary. We will rely on scheme and LBs as you said along with McKenzie to make some plays for us. Hopefully our offense can put them in a position to succeed.

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