Alouettes’ Darian Durant seems to find offence moving against B.C.


Darian Durant is currently hoping to get a match for the Montreal Alouettes.

The quarterback has had some moments but the figures are currently and Montreal is next to last with an average of just 18 points in the CFL. Has kept them up to now.

Durant expects the attack gets on track when the Alouettes play host to the B.C. Lions (1-1) on Thursday night at Percival Molson Stadium.

“We are very close,” said the former Saskatchewan stalwart who was Montreal’s top off-season acquisition. “When we watched the movie (of a 23-19 reduction in Edmonton last week) we saw how many yards we left on the field, whether from penalties or psychological mistakes or you name it.

“This week has been all about implementation, ensuring we are in the perfect places and execute. The best way to hurt yourself is if you get down to the red zone and you can not score. Then you are setting yourself up for disaster.”

It had been anticipated that’s what’s occurred and that the Alouettes offence could take the time to jell under a new quarterback and a rebuilt offensive line. Durant has passed for just 399 yards and the team ranks near the bottom in most offensive figures, except rushing, where B.C. headed by Jeremiah Johnson is first with 227 yards and Montreal, with Tyrell Sutton lugging the ball, is next with 205.

Now Durant will go up against a B.C. defence which stuffed Toronto’s Ricky Ray at a 28-15 win last Friday, a week after Ray threw for at least 500 yards against Hamilton.

Montreal coach Jacques Chapdelaine, a former Lions offensive co-ordinator, gave much of the credit for this to B.C. coach Wally Buono and defensive co-ordinator Mark Washington.

“One thing they will do is come up with something special to counter anything you do offensively,” said Chapdelaine. “Against Toronto, they essentially tripled (recipient) S.J. Green and they did a fantastic job of it.

“They played with a different type of man coverage against Toronto than they did against (Edmonton). They’ve got to confront Darian Durant than Ricky is and he’s a different quarterback. And we also place more emphasis on the run game, so that will fall in the equation.”

1 positive is that Montreal has to allow a sofa. It’s the first time a year has started without giving up a sack in 2001 in its first two matches because Hamilton. A sofa wasn’t conceded by the Tiger-Cats .

“We are just playing nicely together,” said veteran handle Jovan Olafioye. “We gelled well in camp and Durant is assisting us too by getting the ball out and avoiding sacks, so he is making us look good. We would like to give up no sacks for the entire season.”

Buono, who had his team practice in Kingston, Ont., this week as opposed to return to Vancouver with just six days between games, wasn’t concerned with sacking Durant.

“I am not big into sacks,” he told his team’s website. “I am into affecting the quarterback, whether it’s knocking balls down or putting pressure on him.

“The best way to influence the quarterback has a larger say in a game compared to the amount of sacks.”

It’ll be a first game against B.C. for Olafioye and defensive back Ryan Philips, two of Montreal’s top earners. Seydou Haidara, Jabar Westerman, Stefan Logan and Ernest Jackson are other Lions.

“It is just another game for us,” stated Olafioye. “There is more emphasis because all of us came from there, but we are just excited to get this win.”

The Alouettes put cornerback Jonathon Mincy, injured in the Edmonton game, on the list with a concussion. His place is to be obtained by Donald Unamba.

They released a rookie last season who lost his job when Montreal chose to go with two import offensive tackles, Jacob Ruby.

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