A long time lurker and a first time poster, it is getting really tiring reading the posts of fans complaining about a .500 record. I take pride in supporting the team, wear the colours where I can (just got back from a cruise and my TC golf shirt drew some comments!!), attend games when I can and although I have never played the game in an organized setting I use the term "we" when referencing the teams accomplishments. Being as I have been a fan since 1967, I thought a little history lesson might be in order.
From 1986 when the 18 game schedule came into being to 2008 we have had 9 regular seasons in 23 of .500 or better football: 2 of those were .500, and 2 were just above 500 due to a tie. In one of those "just above" seasons, 1986, we went on to win the GC.
Since 1950, the overall record for regular season is just over the line at .503
The coaching records are as follows(including playoffs)...
Name Years W-L-T Record Average Champions
Marcel Bellefeuille 2008–2010 19 – 27 .413
Charlie Taaffe 2007–2008 5 – 23 .179
Greg Marshall 2004–2006 14 - 26 - 1 .363
Ron Lancaster 1998 - 2003, interim 2006 60 - 69 -1 .45 1999 Grey Cup Champion
Urban Bowman interim 1997 1 – 10 .090
Don Sutherin 1994–1997 20 – 37 .351
John Gregory 1991–1994 23 – 33 .411
David Beckman 1990–1991 2 -12 .167
Ted Schmitz interim 1987 1 – 5 .200
Al Bruno 1983–1990 62 – 62 .500 1986 Grey Cup Champion
Not a lot of .500 going on there. If we make the leap that we will beat the guys down the QEW on Thursday and bow to recent history and lose the EDSF we can move Marcel to a .431 record. with 3 .500 regular seasons during his command. Thats just below the revered Mr. Lancaster and approaching Al Bruno.
Seems to me a .500 regular season is pretty good in recent times (3 in a row no less) and that Marcel B. has done a pretty good job (also during the era of a salary cap I might add for what its worth!). You can argue with some decisions (taking the ball at the 35 after a FG when we have a pretty good returner comes to mind) but he has gotten some pretty good results. WE would all like to have a better record, but we can be satisfied with what we have had the past few years, especially in light of the ones previous to them. We can think that this team should be doing better based on our talent, but as I have learned being a Leaf fan, we too often fall in love with our players and find it difficult to evaluate them without a home team bias. I am sure that the mngt team looks at the big picture and wonders if a coaching change might lead the team in the wrong direction.
As for myself, I think that when we win out the next 4 games, all of this conversation goes away: after all...
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