Winnipeg’s situation today reminds me of
Bob Young’s first year as our owner here.
Bob said at the time…“The biggest single mistake
was I overvalued intelligence over experience,”
adding that in the high-tech computer software
business, intelligence routinely trumps experience.
“In football, we have been playing under the same rules
for 50 years, so experience counts for so much.”
In the Ticats case, our owner, president, G.M.
and head coach were all in their debut seasons.
In Winnipeg this year, G.M John Mack is a personnel man
with limited experience making General Manager decisions
such as picking a Head Coach…
Paul LaPolice, chosen as his Head Coach is an Offensive co-ordinator
with no experience choosing a pro coaching staff to work with.
Hmmmm…James Baressi and Kavis Reed?
The Co-ordinators LaPolice chose are very familar to me.
After the Ticats released Baressi he worked in B.C.
as volunteer coach then several position coach jobs.
Likewise, Kavis Reed has also had to take position jobs
except when Stubler made him co-ordinator in mid-season
and last year when he was made a Special Teams coach.
Winnipeg would have been far better off
choosing the CFL experience of JIM Barker
instead of being lured by Mack’s NFL resume.