This is going to be a lengthy post so please bear with me.
I think that everyone can agree that there are glaring problems with the team right now. If it were not for the woeful seasons in Hamilton and Edmonton the Blue Bombers would be several points out of a playoff spot right now. We’ll make the playoffs, but by default, despite the performance of the team falling far below what we should reasonably expect given the talent level. Most of the players are having great seasons but there is a pile of deadwood that needs to be cut loose either now or at the end of the season.
The coaching staff:
Quarterback coach - Mike Working - At no point in this season has the starting quarterback been ready to play. Kevin Glenn has been around the league long enough to get himself ready despite the coach, so Kevin has not been a major problem. When Kevin came back from injury having been out for a few games, he was not prepared to play however. Neither Mike Quinn nor Brad Banks were prepared when they started. It is Mike Working’s job to get the Quarterbacks ready to play and he has not done his job.
Recivers coach – Bob Dyce - The receiver position is the simplest position on the field. All he has to do is run his route and catch the ball - simple. Week after week the receivers are not prepared to play. A sharp route is a rarity on this team and there are far too many drops. Bob Dyce is supposed to ensure that every receiver is ready to play and he also has not done his job.
Offensive coordinator – Mike Gibson - Where to begin…… ok, Charles Roberts. I would truly like to know what Mike Gibson has against Charles Roberts. If I were Charles I’d be throwing my helmet on the floor and demanding a trade. Roberts is, by far, the best football player in the CFL. And he’s being utterly mishandled in the offense. Success seems to be punishable in this relationship. Taking Charles Roberts out of the offense is, at best, poor judgement.
Gibson gets nervous. His idea of going into a defensive shell in the second quarter might work in the NFL. It has little application here.
Head Coach – Doug Berry - Man I was stoked when we hired this guy. It looked so good early as the team looked disciplined and comfortable. His first mistake was retaining the above assistant coaches. He could have taken over Offensive Coordinator as that was his previous job in Montreal. As for the other two, It’s not too hard to find an ex-QB and a former receiver to coach for half a season. The assistant coaches performance is the responsibility of the Head Coach.
Teams take their cue from the Head Coach. The Head has to lead by example and Doug Berry loses control early and often. Good coaches are calm, cool and collected. When they do become vocal the players pay attention. When the Head Coach loses control as often as Berry the team simply stops responding.
Doug Berry has not done his job and I would cut him lose at the end of this season.
The receivers have, again, not been prepared to play football. Every receiver has dropped balls except Derrick Armstrong. Even Milt Stegell has dropped easy balls. Of this sorry group I would keep most, but a few have to go:
Andrea Thurman has proven that he can singly handedly lose football games. Drop him now.
Jamie Stoddard used be on this team because of his hands. As of right now he’s dropped most of the balls that hit him. He makes little effort to go for balls, is afraid of hits and has lost several steps in speed. His presence deflates the offense and he should go now.
Albert Johnson should be traded immediately for anything else that's useful. Unless there are plans to get him in the starting lineup, he serves no purpose. We can have practically anyone return kicks at least as well as Johnson.
Kwame Cavil is lazy and appears to be in a fog. They should have his eyes checked and whatever prescriptions changed before having another look. Vast improvement needed to keep his job.
Scott Regimbald is another guy who serves no purpose. His running is uninspired to the point of being terrified of contact. His blocking is inconsistent and I wonder if Wade Miller can be coaxed out of retirement to finish the season. Immediate release.
Henri Childs needs to get his head in the game. The backup running back has to be ready. If Roberts is ready on every down there is no excuse for the backup to be unprepared.
Well there it is, I’ve said my piece. Anyone is free to disagree but you’ll have to work awfully hard to change my mind.