For me the questions are a little different. I think the Als did a great job in the off season. Here is a recap
Cleaned House with Coaching Staff: Popp was pulled as HC, Bellefeuille was told to look for work, we lost Jones and our ST coach to Western teams. I don't really mind that they left. This whole staff was disfunctional last season. Obviously Popp was a rookie HC but his staff was indifferent to outwright negative.
I was ok with Trestman however his decision to live down south and work as a personal coach to NFL draft prospects in April dosen't impress me. I mean for 400 to 500k I would expect more considering the learning curve and the challenge at hand, he better impress is all I have to say. I have high hope that Vince Martino will help turn the oline around. In any case if they work "together" they will still be ahead of last season.
Recruiting: While there are still holes to fill and we don't have the complete list of players attending camp. I like that the Als have chosen character individuals. Emry, Dede, Hunt, Keeping are all top notch individuals. As far as Richardson and Rogers well they are the reclaim projects this season. They aren't the first and are worth a shot. I think after 3 days of camp we'll know where we stand with these guys.
Overall when you look at how many questions we had at the end of last season. I am happy the Als did the best they could. Jim Popp stuck around, Desjardins was added, they built a new coaching staff and made personel changes that look very good and retained most of their talent with the exception of Boulay trying out in the NFL and Romero moving home. NOT BAD!
Questions for me going in to camp:
Anthony Calvillo: Bigger better stronger? Or is it time to share duties and groom?
Bryan Chiu: Can he refocus and give his carreer another stretch or is he done? I don't think there will be any in between here.
Dave Stala: Is he healthy?
Kerry Watkins: Will he be ALLOWED to remain an Al? I hope so. I like Kerry Watkins. Honnest, hard worker. Plays his position very well.
Can we run the ball? Personel? Oline? Scheme? If not lets go with a heavy running game with Kerry Carter and use the import spot elsewhere.
3-4 or 4-3? What formation are the Als looking at using mainly on D? Looking at personnel a 3-4 looks possible.
The Als can compete with any team in the East. It always looks greener in the neighbours yard but every team has issues and question marks.
For the Als to finish fourth the Oline would have to burn and the coaching staff be completely clueless about the CFL game and Hamilton would have to improve 170 point differential with the Als.
If everyone does THEIR job and let others do their thing. The Als could own the division. If Calvillo has a noodle arm an bum shoulder and hip and the Oline is done, the coaching staff inept the Als could tank to the bottom. I think it is unlikely just plain too much at stake for everyone.