Achilles wrote:I don't know if they are all the same. There is an excellent post by Mike on the other site in which he says something I have always felt myself, only he he writes it much better than I could have done. He suggests that we don't have enough of the right type of players, that "type" being those who played on the edge and were downright tough. As examples he names K.D Williams, Brandon Dyson, Demond Washington, Jonathan Hefney among others. I would have added Jamie Stoddard who would regularly jump in to let opponents know he didn't appreciate dirty play. These were players with some "attitude."
I've always felt that part of the problem was that we were a community team and as such looked to sign,let's say,"nice" people who would always fit in with "our culture." They would "behave" !
There is room on any team for some of the others. Mike was upset at the way Brandon was allowed to leave and so was I . "He wasn't "a good boy", though, and he was truly not liked - by opponents ! Have we got players like that ? I wouldn't mind betting that Jones will cultivate a few in Sask.
The odd post isn't just the "same old stuff".. I thought Mike's was much different from the usual and a darned good suggestion that hasn't been brought up for a long long time.
I don't get the sense that the team is community-owned as much as they should be, or at least it seems like the Bombers' BOD has this kind of autonomy that puts them on their own island doing things to run the team that who the hell knows what they answer to.
But, I feel like what's really happened is expectations year to year from management are just not raised to the degree they should be. Maybe that's not the case, and perhaps in starting Matt Nichols MOS is beginning to feel the heat to win. But in some ways it has felt like the team has not put the emphasis on winning like they should.
I feel like one of the biggest issues is that we really have not brought coaches to this team who have offensive pedigrees that can get a big play explosive offense going. If you're gonna be a successful CFL team long-term, you gotta get an offense that's got big plays it runs off of. Certainly our QB problems have not helped that, but I don't think our OC choices have been good either. I think we need a dual-threat coaching staff that's got a head coach who's a leading offensive guru, and a young upstart OC who's going to be throwing out wrinkles right and left for him. We have the core players on this team to have an explosive offense, just not the coaching to do it.