tony

And I see our friend Richard is not posting here either these days, probably fed up with all the negativity.

Sorry Richard, it`s just the reality of the Als present situation.

And I guarantee you if Richard was running the salary cap and found he needed $50,000 on the eve of Training Camp, he would not have screwed up the o-line by taking it from Olafioye. He would have taken it from Stefan Logan who because of longevity and his close relationship with Kavis is probably making $125,000.

A decent football ops should be able to find a comparable International returner at CFL minimum.
Negativity brought on by the continued non improvement.

It’s one thing to lose but show improvement week over week.

But having lost 13 games in a row now ( league tying mark) and being blown out in your season home opener, pretty hard to look and say the beverage glass is half full.

Johnny Ticat slayer

And I see our friend Richard is not posting here either these days, probably fed up with all the negativity.

Sorry Richard, it`s just the reality of the Als present situation.

And I guarantee you if Richard was running the salary cap and found he needed $50,000 on the eve of Training Camp, he would not have screwed up the o-line by taking it from Olafioye. He would have taken it from Stefan Logan who because of longevity and his close relationship with Kavis is probably making $125,000.

A decent football ops should be able to find a comparable International returner at CFL minimum.
Negativity brought on by the continued non improvement.

It’s one thing to lose but show improvement week over week.

But having lost 13 games in a row now ( league tying mark) and being blown out in your season home opener, pretty hard to look and say the beverage glass is half full.
The glass is empty and there is a cigarette butt in it! 
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Niagara Als

Andrew Wetenhall has to be either totally stupid or totally stubborn not to realize Kavis is not the answer as a GM.

So which is it Andrew?

I laughed when Andrew praised Kavis for getting the new practice field and upgrading the dressing room. Aren`t these things the Wetenhalls themselves should have done years ago?

Joe Mack and Russ Lande are also totally useless. Never mind QB, can you name any significant American they have brought in the last 2 seasons?

My choice for the new GM would be Redblacks Asst. GM Jeremy Snyder. He`s followed a similar path as Sunderland. But probably is too logical a choice for Andrew.

https://www.ottawaredblacks.com/jeremy-snyder-assistant-manager/

In the meantime:

Go Als Go!

Go Kavis Go! Away! Away!
Finally! Good to have you posting Ideal.

Looking forward to more.
Yes, you are a valued writer on this Forum.

idealsheldon

The Commish seems somewhat concerned about the plight of the Als. But is it just talk and how much can he really do until there is a winning team on the field?

Ambrosie feels the entire CFL can help Montreal regain a foothold in Quebec.
“How do we make sure our friends and partners in Quebec see that commitment to the LCF brand the way English Canadians see the commitment to the CFL brand?” Ambrosie said. “I don’t think we’ve done enough on that front.
“It’s not just a Montreal Alouettes issue anymore, it has to be in partnership with the other eight teams and league office. I think if we do that we can help accelerate the recovery to a very strong franchise in that city.”

https://www.thestar.com/sports/argos/2018/07/10/ambrosie-says-cfl-argos-well-aware-of-turf-issues-that-exist-at-bmo-field.html


 
I`m not always right, I just think I am.

HfxTC

The Commish seems somewhat concerned about the plight of the Als. But is it just talk and how much can he really do until there is a winning team on the field?

Ambrosie feels the entire CFL can help Montreal regain a foothold in Quebec.
“How do we make sure our friends and partners in Quebec see that commitment to the LCF brand the way English Canadians see the commitment to the CFL brand?” Ambrosie said. “I don’t think we’ve done enough on that front.
“It’s not just a Montreal Alouettes issue anymore, it has to be in partnership with the other eight teams and league office. I think if we do that we can help accelerate the recovery to a very strong franchise in that city.”

https://www.thestar.com/sports/argos/2018/07/10/ambrosie-says-cfl-argos-well-aware-of-turf-issues-that-exist-at-bmo-field.html


 
Very good question. I don't see what other teams could do either. At this point even local ownership may not be enough unless it is very strong. Didn't help the Expos.
Everything I write is just an opinion formed from various sources. Some more reliable than others, it is expressed as a composite of facts, innuendos, emotions, personal experiences and complete fabulation into a gumbo for entertainment purposes alone.

Johnny Ticat slayer

The commissionner can try to help all he wants. But, any Alouettes' future with the Wetenhall's involved is doomed to failure. 

A new owner might not save the team, but if the Wetenhall's keep the team, it will most certainly and unfortunately die. 

Amongst Andrew Wetenhall's "memorable" moves as an acting owner, he hired Tom Higgins as HC, AND he hired him over the phone without conducting a proper interview. He also hired Kavis Reed as GM instead of Brock Sunderland. 

These two actions, are enough to disqualify him as an owner who can operate a team. The Alouettes are dead with the Wetenhalls. They will lose lots of money this year, and even more next season. 

LeStaf

The Commish seems somewhat concerned about the plight of the Als. But is it just talk and how much can he really do until there is a winning team on the field?

Ambrosie feels the entire CFL can help Montreal regain a foothold in Quebec.
“How do we make sure our friends and partners in Quebec see that commitment to the LCF brand the way English Canadians see the commitment to the CFL brand?” Ambrosie said. “I don’t think we’ve done enough on that front.
“It’s not just a Montreal Alouettes issue anymore, it has to be in partnership with the other eight teams and league office. I think if we do that we can help accelerate the recovery to a very strong franchise in that city.”

https://www.thestar.com/sports/argos/2018/07/10/ambrosie-says-cfl-argos-well-aware-of-turf-issues-that-exist-at-bmo-field.html


 
Je crois que la ligue peut en faire plus qu'on pense.

Les récentes reconstructions des Argonauts et des Roughriders montrent qu'il y a des revirements qui peuvent s'opérer lorsque l'enjeu est de taille pour la ligue.  Ambrosie voit bien que les ventes ne sont pas au rendez-vous.  Les Alouettes n'ont pas atteint le cap des 17 000 entrées lors du dernier match.  Ce n'est rien pour aider la ligue.  Que vaudront ses contrats de télé s'il n'y a plus d'équipe à Montréal?

L'enjeu est de taille d'autant plus que la ligue sait que le glissement peut s'accélérer très rapidement à Montréal.  Wetenhall avait une occasion en or de relancer son équipe en embauchant un bon jeune DG en 2016.  Il a failli misérablement à prendre la bonne décision d'affaires, préférant le gars qu'il connaissait à celui qui avait le profil de l'emploi.  Il est possible que la ligue saisisse davantage qu'eux l'urgence de redresser l'équipe, et s'investisse à la chose sans qu'il n'y paraisse trop aux yeux du public.
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RichardVeilleux

Totalement simpliste de mentionner que les principaux déboires des Alouettes/le déclin de l'équipe sont dus,en grande partie, à l'embauche de Tom Higgins et la non-embauche de Brock Sunderland.

Tom Higgins est le seul entraîneur,au cours des 4 dernières années qui a eu un record d'autant de victoires que de défaites.9-9 en 2014. Il a,dé plus, amené l'équipe en séries et son record a été de 1-1.
Malheureusement,il a été congédié en 2015,suite à une victoire à BC et son record était de 3-5. ON lui reprochait d'avoir laissé de coté John Bowman,lors de cette partie. 

Suite au congédiement de Tom Higgins Jim Popp a pris la relève et ce ne fut pas mieux.

Si Les Alouettes avaient embauché Sunderland, aurions nous un quart-arrière étoile? Qui serait-il? Si Andrew Wetenhall préférait Kavis Reed à Sunderland, c'était son choix. Déplus,il est possible qu'il n'était pas à l'aise avec le fait que Sunderland était près de Jim Popp. Nous n'aurons jamais les réponses.

Alors que je vous un grand respect à M.Wetenhall, le plus grand reproche que j'aurais à lui faire serait d'avoir donné les rennes de l'équipe à Jim Popp,après le départ de Larry Smith. Ce fut alors le début du déclin des Alouettes.

Jim Popp n'a jamais été capable de trouver un bon quart-arrière autre que Anthony Calvillo, durant ses 20 années avec les Alouettes; de plus, suite à son congédiement après la saison 2016, le talent canadien au sein des Alouettes était pitoyable. A Toronto, il passe pour un génie, grace au talent laissé par Jim Barker.

Il est facile pour plusieurs de pointer Kavis Reed  pour tous les déboires des Alouettes; il n'est pas sans reproches,mais il n'est pas la raison majeures de ces déboires. Son prédécesseur est une plus grande raison pour ces déboires.

Malheureusement, la situation n'es pas près de s'améliorer, à moins que quart-arrière étoile ne soit trouvé.

La Ligue a raison de s'inquiéter car je doute que M.Wetenhall soit prêt à perdre des millions. 

Richard

Lucas Bellemare

J'approuve en partie le commentaire de Richard, notamment en ce qui concerne Tom Higgins. Il faut se rappeler du contexte qui précédant la saison 2014: Jim Popp avait certes sauvé la saison 2013 en congédiant Dan Hawkins, mais voulait le poste de HC. Wetenhall est passé par-dessus et a engagé Higgins, qui nous a amené en série en 2014 et a ramener un certain esprit de structure après Hawkins. Le gros problème de Tom était qu'il ne mettait pas ses culottes envers le coordonnateur offensif Turk Schonert, qui faisait n'importe quoi et ne comprenait rien au football à 3 essais. Considérant les tensions avec Popp, ça a servit de prétexte au congédiement de 2015, après une victoire à BC.

idealsheldon


Si Les Alouettes avaient embauché Sunderland, aurions nous un quart-arrière étoile? Qui serait-il?

We`ll never know of course, but with Sunderland as GM we would have had a much better chance to sign Trevor Harris before he re-signed with Ott. in Dec. 2017. Kavis and the Als did try to sign him.

tony

I’m sorry but I do not agree that Reed should have been hired as GM nor kept on after last season dismal performance.

Was it not he who brought in Durant at $400k +?

Was it not he who brought in Jackson at $150k + ?

Was it not he who let Chaps go and then manage to win only 1 game as the HC?

Was it not his team that went 3-15 worst season since coming back to Montreal?

Have said it before, the state of the organization is on Wettenhal’s for their decision process over the past several years which includes having Reed as GM. 

Johnny Ticat slayer

Totalement simpliste de mentionner que les principaux déboires des Alouettes/le déclin de l'équipe sont dus,en grande partie, à l'embauche de Tom Higgins et la non-embauche de Brock Sunderland.
Ce n'est pas ça que Johnny a écrit. Ce que Johnny a écrit, c'est que ces deux très mauvaises décisions de Andrew Wetenhall, démontrent son manque de jugement. Un manque de jugement qui se traduit par son incapacité de diriger une équipe comme propriétaire. 

Peu importe les quelques succès de Higgins, il a été un mauvais choix. Tellement que le père de Andrew la lui même foutu à la porte.

Brock Sunderland était un candidat beaucoup plus expérimenté et logique que Kavis Reed. Reed a fait plusieurs gaffes depuis son arrivé, et n'a pas su boucher les trous sur la ligne offensive. On ne saura jamais si Sunderland aura fait mieux; mais il aurait pu difficilement faire pire. 

HfxTC

The commissionner can try to help all he wants. But, any Alouettes' future with the Wetenhall's involved is doomed to failure.

A new owner might not save the team, but if the Wetenhall's keep the team, it will most certainly and unfortunately die.

Amongst Andrew Wetenhall's "memorable" moves as an acting owner, he hired Tom Higgins as HC, AND he hired him over the phone without conducting a proper interview. He also hired Kavis Reed as GM instead of Brock Sunderland.

These two actions, are enough to disqualify him as an owner who can operate a team. The Alouettes are dead with the Wetenhalls. They will lose lots of money this year, and even more next season.
 

HfxTC

The commissionner can try to help all he wants. But, any Alouettes' future with the Wetenhall's involved is doomed to failure.

A new owner might not save the team, but if the Wetenhall's keep the team, it will most certainly and unfortunately die.

Amongst Andrew Wetenhall's "memorable" moves as an acting owner, he hired Tom Higgins as HC, AND he hired him over the phone without conducting a proper interview. He also hired Kavis Reed as GM instead of Brock Sunderland.

These two actions, are enough to disqualify him as an owner who can operate a team. The Alouettes are dead with the Wetenhalls. They will lose lots of money this year, and even more next season.
It will be very interesting to see if they are prepared to take a five million dollar bath in 2019... They will probably wait to see if there is an increase in TV money or a realistic expansion they can grab before making a decision.

The league is already helping by splitting the GC profits between all teams, this was done mostly for the benefit of Montreal who can't host a GC. This action alone puts about a million in Wetenhall's ledger every year.

HfxTC

Je crois que la ligue peut en faire plus qu'on pense.

Les récentes reconstructions des Argonauts et des Roughriders montrent qu'il y a des revirements qui peuvent s'opérer lorsque l'enjeu est de taille pour la ligue.  Ambrosie voit bien que les ventes ne sont pas au rendez-vous.  Les Alouettes n'ont pas atteint le cap des 17 000 entrées lors du dernier match.  Ce n'est rien pour aider la ligue.  Que vaudront ses contrats de télé s'il n'y a plus d'équipe à Montréal?

L'enjeu est de taille d'autant plus que la ligue sait que le glissement peut s'accélérer très rapidement à Montréal.  Wetenhall avait une occasion en or de relancer son équipe en embauchant un bon jeune DG en 2016.  Il a failli misérablement à prendre la bonne décision d'affaires, préférant le gars qu'il connaissait à celui qui avait le profil de l'emploi.  Il est possible que la ligue saisisse davantage qu'eux l'urgence de redresser l'équipe, et s'investisse à la chose sans qu'il n'y paraisse trop aux yeux du public.
Historically the owners have never been interested at funding or managing a troubled franchise. They let Montreal fold, Ottawa fold twice and they would have let Hamilton fold had it not been for Bob Young. The only battleground they've refused to abandon is Toronto and it paid off after 20 years of misery.

Now they can't be faulted for the inability to develop or find a starting quarterback, but there is no questions that it has made attracting one through free agency next to impossible so there is still a tie there.
 


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