First, nice to hear Rich Hall will give it a go this season!!!
Thing that scares me the most is endemic to the organization. Any franchise who picks up an out-of-work hobo from the southern coal mines to be their GM is sadly out of touch with today's reality. Lets get some facts straight - Drowsy Joe didn't select himself when drowned in sorrow, sitting on the park bench in Charlotte, sipping a begged coffee. Bomber management (at the time) went to an old demented coot named Paul Robson (who remembered a guy named Drowsy who worked as a scout under Cal Murphy). I can't believe Robson recommended to the board that Drowsy Joe be appointed GM.
Lyle Bauer may have been slightly (ok, much more than slightly) out of his mind but he had a minor-league infrastructure with Ross Hodgkinson as his fart-catcher and Brendan Taman working the phones. I would venture to say the organization was marginally better with demented sleep-walker Joe than Bauer, his bum buddy Maggot Kelly and Hodgkinson - especially when Kelly sent Taman packing.
At least the braintrust got Kyle Walters by accident.
As for the bombers having to sign a slug like Joe Mack - and why they would do it - that's easy! Nobody, but nobody wanted to come to Winnipeg. At the time it was a worse CFL enema than Regina. So you have to go outside the box and bring in hobos, nobos and bobos. Stuff happens. Winnipeg was robbed - moreso the Winnipeg fans who pay good money to see dead product. The coaches, GM, president, etc. are all well-compensated. Same with the top players of the time (Stegall, the Chinese fire drill at QB, Doug Brown, etc.)
Winnipeg is still recovering. The #1 choice of Halfasakitie was puzzling. Guy won't be more than a slightly bigger than average fireplug at nose tackle, perhaps a rotation guy once the coaches realize he can't sack and provide necessary corruption of opposing o-lines. #1 from a few years ago is done - Waggoner. A half-arsed starter with slightly above average special teams skills. Not a big loss - just hate the fact we burned a #1 pick on the guy.
Also don't like burning a wait 'n see pick on Geoff Gray, no matter how many guys had him as consensus #1 pick. Bombers ignored their most need spot - could have had Behar or Vandervoort at #1 (guaranteed starters) and either Spooner, Luke, etc. @ #6. Halfasakatie would definitely gone by the end of 1st round - so @ #15 we could have taken the requisite flyer on Gray. Vandervoort + Spooner or Luke would seem to fill more holes than Faith E. and a ghost pick #6. The saddest part is the bombers have to go to war without a legit Canadian WR, a maybe OL in the futures hopper and a slightly under-sized and under-powered pass rusher in Ekatatie.
Justin Cole cut - he got 11 sacks last year on a team that basically couldn't sack their groceries.
Questions about o-line coach absence. Questions abound about Rich Hall's health.
Also, if Matt Nichols drops down a few completion %'ge points, tosses a few more picks and gets sacked more - the bombers will be fortunate to snag 8 wins.
I'm picking them for either 5-13 or 6-12 with their upside being 8 wins
In other words a dogfight between Corky's Riders and O'Shea's tryers!