Changing the losing culture

Does anyone else seem to think that Obie is slowly making over the roster and bringing in new talent, while quietly releasing many of the players who have been part of the trainwreck the last two seasons?

It seems like there will be good competition for most positions, without any expectations from veterans who haven's been producing.

I'm not saying this is a Grey Cup team yet, but I expect some hungry players at camp who are going to have to win a job with their play and not just with their reputations.

There are about 5-6 NI DB's for maybe two or three spots, that should be some spirited competition.

Hope springs eternal!!!

What you are hoping to see is exactly what we hoped to see in each of the past three years.
Different GM's, different players' names, different positions requiring filling.... but the same hopes and expectations.

Will this year be any different? One would hope so. With Obie on deck, Taaffe retained, Printers on hand for a full season, the future looks good.
But, I think it would be wise to hold our celebrating at least until training camp starts to shake down into a cohesive team roster. Anything prior to that is pure guesswork. Been there, done that, came away unhappy!

Lets hope we don't win any Pre-Season games and maybe that will help shake the jinx! LOL. Seems latley when we win in the pre-season we stink in the regular season.

The problem is the last 5 years all we have
been doing is adding rookies and getting
rid of vets. I think the team would progress
faster with one good vet in each position.
and I put the emphasis on GOOD!

For instance I think me need a GOOD OT
to protect printers. So trade Chang and
our first draft pick to winnipeg for
OT KHAN. etc etc.
Let's get some VETS!

Nothing to lose right?;]

(Wilf) But, I think it would be wise to hold our celebrating at least until training camp starts to shake down into a cohesive team roster. Anything prior to that is pure guesswork. Been there, done that, came away unhappy!
Right on! We all know the meaning of futility in our roles as Ticat fans.

Its "show me" time.

Mike O'Shea.......Now I will duck!

FINALLY!

At this point the only way the Ticats will improve is by scouting and drafting, developing their own talent, let's face it no veterans will put their reputation on the line with the Ticats at this point.

The team will have to progress and establish some stability before being able to convince established FA's to come to Hamilton again.

There is no quick fix and every time management gives up and brings in a new "savior" it sets the organisation back.

I look at this team RIGHT NOW and the best I can see is seven wins. They need 10 or so to make the playoff.

I would say a losing culture can be said
to have developed on a team if the team
is losing with the same core of players.

I wouldn't use that term with the Ticats.

Usually, long time core players on a team
are the ones who set the tone for that team.

We constantly turn over 1/2 our roster
every year core players included.

We just haven't established a winning culture.

On Offence, Casey's winning attitude
and leadership is quite the opposite

of what the angry worry-wart Jason Maas
brought to the team the last two years.

Zeke Moreno who lead by example on the field
promised Charlie he'll be a more vocal leader.

Last year, the GM who brought in the players,
and the co-ordinators who decided who to play

and coached and guided their play on the field
were learning on the job as untried CFL rookies.

The difference this year is President Scott Mitchell
has hired a veteran G.M. and two co-ordinators
who have experience and have been successful.

Obie will bring enough good players in
so that the coaches can stick with most

the players they pick at training camp.

They'll be able to concentrate on their jobs
and not worry about new players coming in.

If the starting lineups have
few changes from week to week.

we will be on our way towards
building a winning team.

P.S.

At this point, Tony Miles, for one,
is an exception to your belief that

no veteran will put his reputation
on the line with the Ticats, Earl.

There will be others.

And round and round we go !
and where we end up this year- WHO KNOWS!