Im thinking calagry has a pretty lethal D..i like Edmontons personnel but you cant put them in the top 3 because of last years season, and also because we do not know how well all of theese new all stars are gonna gell.
Montreal alway's put out a good defence, sask meh, Winnipeg yes thats a defence that is for real, Hamilton ummm nope,Toronto they will be a bit better then average,and BC there the grey cup champs so they get respect.
Edmonton 4th? Based on what? If you think one player will make that big of a difference, then you have more problems than you realize. IMO, there are more questions than answers with the Esks D. I would rank them this way:
IMO, Winnipeg's D will be more improved than what it was last year. Sask may have lost a couple of DBs, but if McCalla comes out of retirement, that nullifies the loss of one of those free agents. Sask still has a very good D. Toronto was great defesnively, just their offence is only slightly better than Hamilton's. You can probably interchange BC, MTL and CAL, I put Calgary 6th because the young DBs they have. Edmonton will have to prove they are better- you cant judge a team just because of what they have on paper-the improvement must show on the field.
hey sambo...we added more then one player just a tidbit for your uneducated so called football mind
we added jason goss, Omar morgan, stanford samuels, ronnie heard ( a nfl LB starter last year), so yah
your putting Sask second on D when they lost morgan and davin bush..and your saying there better because Mcalla came out of retirement ur bias is to funny sambo...man sambo you are just stupid seriously you are
Read the post again, my little uneducated friend, and you will see that I said- IF MCCALLA COMES OUT OF RETIREMENT. Where do you read in that phrase that heIS coming out of retirement? John Heard is an unproven in 3 down football. You have to admit, cornholer, that most all of these picks are biased on their favourite teams. Any of these kinds of threads will be that way. In reality, there is no telling just how good or bad a defence will be, we will all have to wait until the season starts to find out. Oh yeah one more thing, Goss had an injury filled season last year, so it remains to be seen if he will be healthy for all 18 games this year.
So basically you're telling me I should rank the teams as of last year? No thanks. We're looking forward to the 2007 season in this thread, and this obviously requires some speculation and looking at "how teams improved on paper".
DBs: Ricky Bell, Jason Goss, Stanford Samuels, Omar Morgan, JR Larose, Shannon Garret, Roosevelt Williams, Jonte Buhl. With all of these defensive backs competing for spots in the Eskimo secondary, it will obviously be a very interesting training camp, and IMO will result in - at the very least- a group of DBs amongst the top 3 in the league.
LBs: AJ Gass, Ronnie Heard(things could pan out with him, we don't know), Steven Marsh(could possibly return mid-season), Andre Sommersel, Antico Dalton(very versatile player), Marcus Winn, recently signed Russel Rabe and Kenny Onatolu, as well the possibility of having some of our larger DBs converted to LB. Obviously once again this group will provide some intense competition during TC. I will however admit that this is the Eskimo's weakest position on defence.
DL: Charles Alston, Adam Braidwood, Antico Dalton, Jabarri Issa, Randy Spencer(hopefully he can play a full season without getting injured), Brandon Guillroy(Got 2 or 3 sacks in the last 2 games he played of the season), Robert Brown(12 sacks last year -3rd in the league). A young group that should play very well this upcoming season. The d-line didn't even pose much of a problem with the Esks last season, and the group played very well the last couple of games of the season.
Obviously you either haven't been following the Eskimos signings or team very closely as you think that we have signed only "one player who will make a difference". The Eskimos problem last season was the defensive secondary(remember all the big passing plays they allowed?) and to a certain degree the linebackers. The secondary has been adressed with numerous personnel, to such a degree that it could even be considered overkill. The linebacking has been addressed with recent signings as long as they pan out(this is one of the only "question marks" on the Esk's D, IMO). And the d-line won't be much of a problem as it was fairly decent last season.
Sask. defence at second? The loss of two quality vets both Davin Bush and Omarr Morgan alone will put Saskatchewan in the bottom half of the league. Having a strong defensive secondary is key on defence in the CFL with all of the passing, and thankfully I can say that the franchise I cheer for has addressed this need.