Anthony Calvillo adapted quickly

Anthony Calvillo adapted quickly


The Alouettes' offense had its best game of the season against Edmonton on Thursday. She produced four touchdowns, including two on the ground. A balm on a heartbreaking defeat. 

A great start for Anthony Calvillo. He was calling the games for the first time since returning to the Montreal organization. 

“I had no choice but to adapt with the playbook that was already in place,” Calvillo said Monday. As for the dismissal [of Khari Jones], I was impressed with the reaction of the players in the locker room. 

“ They have the team and their teammates at heart. The transition was made easier by what Khari had built up in that locker room. I really believe it.

“On the other hand, we have to go out there and perform. It's our job and we do it to pay our bills. 

Since his promotion, he has received help from Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, André Bolduc and Mike Lionello. 

“ We are in the process of identifying our strengths and areas for improvement, added Calvillo. Our playbook went from 72 to 60 attacking patterns.

“I like it when you can practice a game two or three times before using it in a match. We have a good foundation in place and we must continue in the same direction. » 

Anthony Calvillo led the quarterbacks in Monday's practice.

A major absentee

We must not forget that the Alouettes will have to manage without their running back William Stanback until the playoffs. Barring a miracle of medicine. 

The absence of the number 31 is felt in the Montreal backfield. 

“Will reminds me of Mike Pringle in my day,” Calvillo said. Mike had the ball 25-30 times per game and everyone knew it. We were successful. 

“It’s the same with Will. Everyone knew he would touch the ball often. After his injury, we knew it would be a big adjustment. ”

A good point guard

Quebecer Christophe Normand believes the Alouettes won not only lost a running back. 

“He's a good player, but also a very vocal guy on the pitch,” he said. He was talking loudly in the caucus. Sometimes he kicked our ass when things weren't going so well. 

“This year is different. There are fewer loud-talking players in the caucus.”

In the meantime, the Alouettes are getting by with carriers Jeshrun Antwi and Walter Fletcher. At the moment, they have a limited number of touches. 

On the other hand, for Calvillo's offense to achieve regular production, there will have to be a better contribution from them.