Unfortunately, from day one at training camp and into the first 4 games, our real team is the one that played tonight and against Montreal, rather than the team that played Toronto and Saskatchewan.
We are hurting across the board. We fans hurt when our team plays like this but lets call it like it is:
Offensive Line...hailed as an improved bunch and yet Printers is always running for his life. Many have said that they open up huge holes for Lumsden. Take away his longest runs in each game and do the math.
Wide Receivers...mostly too young and it will take time. They are not getting open as much as they should. Woodcock shouldnt be their best receiver.
Running Backs...Lumsden is great to watch but its too bad he takes the pounding and is already missing games. Smith is not an every day back, Caulley hasnt played until tonight. Without Lumsden in there, we will be hurting over the entire season.
Quarterback...not playing to his potential, but the finger cant be pointed at him.
Defensive Line...we havent had a defensive tackle since Philbrick...what year was that?...i think its time we find a couple DT's...Keith isnt in shape and Loescher has done his best....we have no pressure on qb's and its been consistent. It's tough when your latest pick up (Patrick) has been your best lineman.
Linebackers...Zeke has not been himself yet....Mariuz might be playing but Armour should be playing there....Knowlton is making tons of tackles but that doesnt mean he is making 'plays'....we need upgrading
Secondary...How long does it take for them to realize that all teams will go after Gordon...he must be replaced...potential only goes so far...Bradley is fine, and Thompson and Robinson are ok but we can improve there....Glasper hasnt made any plays at safety and in my opinion it isnt even his proper position.
Kicking...Nick is fine, love watching his punts, yet he isnt even on his game in the field goal department
Intangibles....no chemistry...yes it is a young team but there is no Rah-Rah type players to get some emotion into the games..Armour did that but thats the past i guess...
how long before the players tune out the coaches?
lets not sit back and think that we should keep this team together from day one since this was there credo from the start....thats not a good sign folks. We dont need a revolving door, but we have to wake up and notice that some tweaking (quite a bit i should say) is necessary
we are not seeing the crowds that we saw in Bob Young's first year and that might be because of ticket prices but on the other hand its tough losing all the time, especially the way we lose. We can take losing when we are in games but not this way which has been the norm over the last few years. We hope for better things, but we continue to get much of the same.
It is sad to see, but we still have to sustain hope.