I’m already on record as saying that there have been some real bonehead plays called from the bench that in my opinion made no sense at all given the time left on the clock and the score. I hear you guys wanting Chapdelaine let go but let me challenge you with this:
Who was the OC back in 2005 and 2006? Chapdelaine was from what I recall. In those years the Lions finished with 12-6 and 13-5 records and won the Grey Cup in 2006. Not bad I’d say. This isn’t an attempt to defend the guy but just to make a point. He’s coaching a different team today. A team that just might not have the same ability.
What did Chapdelaine do back then that he’s not doing now? There are only so many plays in the playbook. Maybe he does lack imagination or he’s not able to adapt. Maybe he takes the attitude, “Well it worked before so why not keep using it??
On the other hand maybe Chapdelaine would have looked like a genius had it not been for holding calls, interceptions, fumbles after good gains and dropped passes that should have been caught, nullifying seemingly good play calls.
One poster said that screen passes were non-existent. I gotta agree that screen passes [and draw plays] don’t seem to be in the playbook for the Lions and I would really like to hear from Chapdelaine to explain why. I’ve always seen those kinds of plays kill the opposing D or at the very least keep them honest.
By the sounds of it some of you believe that with a different OC, a new OC will be able to get out of the O line what Chapdelaine could not. Maybe, but I’m not convinced. I still think it has to do with talent or a lack of. This is what Buono has been trying to say. It’s about execution and discipline. The Lions are the worst penalized team in the CFL.
A play that makes good sense at the time gets shut down because some guy missed his assignment. Translation? Poor execution!
Changing QBs in Saturday’s game against Calgary may have been a smart thing. Perhaps Jackson is able to read the D a little better but I’ve also seen Jackson throw like a loose cannon firing the ball 30 yards past the receiver. When he passes he seems to have two speeds: light speed and ultra light speed.
It’s only human nature to want change when a team is off to such a bad start, but if they fire Chapdelaine who replaces him? Does Wally take over the duties? Is there someone waiting in the wings?