I hear you on the losses, but how many of those folks were injured at some point last year? How many games did we lose with their replacements in? It sucks that some people are chasing money - I understand it’s a business and they are just trying to maximize their return - but every year we go through change.
This year we will have a different defensive philosophy all together. Might be better, might not but it will be different. I just see the organization staying steady and that leaves me at peace.
let me explain it a different way …
I think it is a fair statement to say that for the last two seasons, the Riders have been known to have a weakness on their Offense and specifically their offensive line. Last year their management focused on defense and their defense was fierce. One could say they were a better team last year, because if you look only at wins and losses, they were better … but if you look at what actually happened in their wins, the majority of them were the result of defensive and/or special teams touchdowns. Which could also be interpreted as sheer dumb luck.
Fast forward to this year … they are spending again on defense, but it is clear to anyone looking at that team that their offensive line has been a weakness, so why do they not bring in someone (anyone) to improve the O-line? If Kevin Glenn, Brandon Bridge and Zach Collaros weren’t running for their lives every play, they stay healthy and actually get a chance to make some more passes and probably win a few more games.
To an outside observer, it looks like they really don’t have a plan and I don’t think they really do have a plan.
I do not say these things to “bag” on the Riders! merely to try and make a point.
If you look at the Stampeders as an organization. Year after year. Injury upon injury. Time and again, they always have plan “a”, “b”, “c” and as we saw last year with the receiving core, it looks like they may go all the way to plan “z”. Every year I hear “the Stampeders lost too many players this year so they are going to slide”, but if you look at all the injuries last year and who replaced those injured players (receivers being maybe the exception), most of those players are still with us.
I feel confident that the organization has a vision for this season. I feel confident that we will field a competitive team again this season and even if it is plain to see that our rivals have improved, we will once again show why we are the organization that everyone is chasing. We have earned the “ABC” groups in every city, because we are just that good as an organization, top to bottom and everywhere else.
Hey just my opinion, but I think the record since 2008 speaks volumes about the type of organization the Calgary Stampeders are.