Meyer has a difficult decision ahead of him
Bob Williams - Enforcers Team Reporter
- (7 March 2001)
-- Kevin McDougal quarterbacked the Chicago Enforcers to their
first victory Sunday afternoon, a thrilling come-from-behind
win over the Las Vegas Outlaws. Tim Lester showed that he is
a capable professional quarterback, a field general who was
two or three bad plays away from a 3-1 record as a starter.
Obviously Coach Ron Meyer doesn't want to halt the momentum,
but is McDougal really the answer?
If Meyer is going to go with McDougal, Kevin is going to have
to understand that its not a bad thing to run for yardage when
his receivers are covered. While Lester is no where near as
fast as McDougal, he's no slouch in the pocket. Tim understands
when to bail out and avoid the sack or the forced throw. Why
then does he have 5 interceptions? Deflections. The most glaring
was the deflection by his own Tight End that was returned 98
yards for the clinching TD in the Birmingham game.
While McDougal didn't do anything to lose the game, he didn't
do anything to win it either. Both TD's were plunges by big
backs Charles Wiley and Leshon Johnson. His best throw of the
game came in crunch time when he hit Luke Leverson at the 2.
Bear in mind the final drive was aided greatly by a very questionable
pass interference call on Las Vegas. Tim Lester did everything
he could to win the game against LA, only defensive collapse
and questionable officiating (Damon Dunn TD catch) cost him
an extremely high profile victory in a very big game.
While Coach Meyer has a big decision to make this week, he should
have confidence in his opening day starter. Lester has what
it takes to lead the attack against two good cornerbacks in
Rico Clark and John Williams. Here's the clincher, Lester even
has a better punting average than Andy Crosland, the Enforcers
regular punter, always useful on a 3rd and 25! Unfortunately,
we are getting shafted and won't be able to watch the epic battle
unfold as the Rage will battle the Outlaws on NBC.