Cobourne

Good article in today's Gazette about Avon Cobourne who is about to become a daddy for the first time. Herb ends the article by quoting Avon as saying: "...the contract thing will work itself out...". It doesn't sound as if Avon has any intention of going anywhere else - let's hope that's true! Otherwise, we become a one-dimensional aerial show once again. I humbly submit that the GC repeat was due in no small part to little AC's contribution. I hope it's there in full force this year.

I expect Avon and Jim Popp to come with/announce an agreement soon.

Presently,the only potential free agent that we could lose is,according to me,S.J. Green. The Duval,Mayne and Leak may not resign, but it will be the Als choice,not the player.

Richard

S.J. Green I'd miss if he left us.

Duval, Mayne, and Leak, not so much. . .

Leak I had hopes for, but we've got Santos for third string so I think we're secure at QB.

Je crois que Cobourne a bien d'autre chats à fouetter présentement.

Sa réponse était la meilleure à donner pour avoir la paix pour s'occuper de son bébé et de la maman.

Il semblerait que Cobourne a demandé à être le demi le mieux payé de la ligue, ce qui ferait durer les discussions. Je trouve que c'est une demande surprenante de la part de Cobourne, considérant les difficultés qu'il a eues (comme toute l'attaque) au cours de la saison. Lui-même n'était pas content de son travail en septembre.

Source?

Je trouve que c'est une demande surprenante de la part de Cobourne, considérant les difficultés qu'il a eues (comme toute l'attaque) au cours de la saison. Lui-même n'était pas content de son travail en septembre.
He's been underpaid for years and I don't blame him for wanting a bigger contract as he gets older. Running backs usually have a pretty short career and this is likely his last chance to sign a contract that will pay him well.

J'ai lu ça dans La Paresse ce matin.

Je suis bien d'accord qu'il mérite une bonne augmentation. De là à dire qu'il a surpassé Joffrey Reynolds, c'est une autre paire de manches.

Another case in point for the feckless.

Avon was furious with the Alouettes lack of a running game for most of the season.
As were most of the commentators here and elsewhere.
The Alouettes were recalcitrant…even mocking of their critics
Up to the point when their arrogance sent their starting QB to the General

A tough way to gain a little humility
And remember that in any league, balance is better
And that on a great football team…records take care of themselves.

So I might be surprised that Cobourne wants to return to Montreal:
But he really is the heart and soul of this offence
and he’s made so many enemies around the league
They’d have to include John Bowman in any deal, as bodyguard

If Cobourne leaves we won’t have to wait for the decline of the dynasty
It will be now
The Alouettes won’t be a one-dimensional offence
With AC on his back…and receivers leaving the nest
There will be no records
No 3-peat
And no dimension

“If Cobourne leaves,etc”. Where could he go? I don’t see too many options for him; will be 32 in March and most teams are set at RB. Avon needs the Als more than the Als need him. I know that many of you may not agree with my comments, but he could be adequately replaced; I still wish that he signs with the Als,but it will be his decision;sure,his agent wants the most for Avon but common sense will prevail.

Richard

Well I sure agree with you Richard; I am not a fairweather fan who screams that the sky is falling when a particular favourite player of mine happens to move on of his own volition, gets traded, or retires. Heck, I didn't want to see the end of George Dixon, Steve Ferrughelli, or Dennis Duncan as Alouette running backs either but we survived, didn't we?

I'd like to see Cobourne stay; but you're right, he's 32 and running backs have a comparatively short shelf life in the CFL. Should he leave for any reason, I have confidence that Popp will find an adequate replacement, and his leaving would not cause us to decline too much. He's a very good runnning back but I am not sure I'd count him among the greats at that position.

Richard I agree with you about the fact that no other CFL team really needs Avon and his options are limited.

However, because of his blocking skills coupled with A.C.`s lack of mobility, he would not that easily be replaced.

But I will again agree with you that common sense will prevail and Avon will eventually sign.

Hamilton. Cobb n'a rien cassé cette année et ils accueilleraient avec joie un leader comme lui.

Cobb finished the year with more rushing yards than Cobourne. I'm not saying Cobb is a better back than Avon but statistically it's not a great year for him to play hardball with the Als. If he leaves, we'll survive.

Cobourne made some nice cash with the Als this year- playoffs and MVP awards. This should help him to know that he is a valued Alouette and, to be realistic in his demands. We need this guy!

Yes, d&p we would survive if little AC left, but he was a great part of the Als' success this year.

Practically everyone in this forum (including me!) at one time or another lamented not using little AC nearly enough. In this respect, he is right. Also, when little AC was part of the mix, the opposing D's had trouble keying on people. It's much easier to defence a pocket-passer like AC, even though he has a ton of weapons. An effective running game makes it far more difficult for LBs and DHs.

So, I hope we see little AC back this season.

Je suis bien d'accord avec le fait que nous avons presque tous "réclamé" que Cobourne porte le ballon plus souvent. Mais il ne faut pas nécessairement confondre le jeu au sol et le joueur qui le fait. Ce qui était déploré avant tout, c'est que l'attaque manquait de variété entre les jeux au sol et le jeu aérien, et que le résultat s'en trouvait affecté. Il est néanmoins exact que même si l'équipe peut survivre sans Cobourne, je préférerais de loin l'avoir dans mon équipe. Ce gars-là est un leader et il hausse son niveau de jeu à mesure que l'enjeu augmente. C'est avec des gars comme ça que les championnats se gagnent, et c'est pourquoi je crois que les Timinous pourraient être intéressés à Cobourne même si Cobb a gagné plus de terrain cette année. Cobourne n'en a pas fait autant parce que les Alouettes ne le faisaient pas courir. Et malgré ça, il était à 44 verges d'une autres saison de 1 000 verges. Cobb n'est pas un leader comme Cobourne, et n'a pas la même force de caractère. Ça pourrait être un bon pari pour les Timinous.

This evening I decided to replay last year's Grey Cup game. The comments made by Sara Olesky minutes after Colbourne scored an early touchdown were interesting. She said that Cobourne was " unhappy with his limited role with the team last year". After his all- star season in 2009 and, his great play in the Grey Cup that year, Colbourne was not quiet with his feelings concerning the limited times he was called upon to run the ball. Sara noted that Cobourne's dissatisfaction was affecting his team mates and, Trestman, throughout the season told Cobourne to " check his ego and attitude at the door". It would appear that the dye was cast before the 2010 Grey Cup game and, Trestman was faced with a player with an attitude, ego and a request for more money and, early during the free agency period Cobourne was gone. This was unfortunate as Cobourne had been superb running out of the backfield. If you review the earlier postings, Cobourne was a delight to his many fans utilizing CFL.CA. who thought that Avon should be used more often. Dis/Punishment was the only fan who noted that if Cobourne was not satisfied then he should leave the team.

I was not aware of the Cob./Trestman feud last season and ,like most of us, I was hoping Cobourne would be back this year. With Sara O's game remarks during last years Grey Cup game, this throws some light onto this situtation and, Cobourne's release was not a suprise. No one can buck the coach's power and Cobourne's ego and attitude was responsible for his release.

There were other signs, like a year ago when Avon hide a surgery claiming he had enemies in the organization. Just a correction however, Avon was not released, he exercised his free agency right. The Als gave him an offer and guarranteed him his starting position, something rarely seen, he was still appreciated by the Als organisation as a player.

Lorsque la saison sera terminée, on pourra faire le compte de qui a eu tort et qui a eu raison. Et encore, ça pourrait attendre une saison de plus. Aaron Rodgers a fait attendre les siens 4 ans avant de faire mentir les détracteurs du départ de Favre. Les détracteurs ont eu le haut du pavé jusqu'à cette année, bien que Rodgers jouait assez bien. Il demeure que si les Timinous ne gagnent pas une Coupe Grey avec Cobourne dans leur équipe, les détracteurs (et j'en fus partie) se seront royalement fourvoyés.

Some have a short memory. When Mike Pringle asked for his release the Als granted him and won the Grey Cup with Lawrence Phillips, the following season Edmonton and Pringle won the GC. This is a team sport and it could work out great for everyone involved as well.