Jerome Messam

Il semble de plus en plus que Messam ne peut jouer plus de deux parties sans se blesser.

Je commence à me demander quelle sorte d'apport il peut faire à l'équipe s'il ne peut être en uniforme que 2 parties sur 3. Une équipe doit pouvoir compter sur plus de fiabilité.

Messam is a player you want to have during the cold weather. I am not worried.

Il faut bien accepter que Messam sera souvent blessé car son style de course vertical se prête à des coups au niveau des jambes. Son style me rappelle celui du porteur de ballon américain Larry Johnson.

Gros bonhomme au style vertical comme Messam, LJ connut deux saisons de tonnerre avec les Chiefs de Kansas City avant de se blesser à la cheville et aux pieds. Il est passé par plusieurs équipes par la suite mais n'a jamais été le même joueur.

Vu son style de course, j'ai bien peur que le destin ne réserve le même sort à Messam.

Justement. C'est pourquoi je m'interroge sur l'avantage ou la nécessité d'avoir Messam dans l'équipe.

Quand ton style se prête à des coups dans les jambes, ben tu te dois d'avoir des jambes fortes, comme Szarka ou Jeff Johnson, ou Rolly Lumbala. Messam a été blessé aux genoux plus souvent qu'à son tour, et là, ses chevilles le lâchent à toutes les 3 semaines.

Si capable soit-il, quel est l'avantage d'avoir Messam s'il ne peut avec régularité? Je pense qu'il faudra le remplacer avant longtemps.

You will be really happy to have Jerome in Sakatchewan in -12 degree and 40km winds in November if we get there...

I've been hearing it was his ankle from most reports.. but Herb mentions it's turf toe.
I'm inclined to believe Herb.

Doesn't change the question though, can't be very useful if you're rarely on the field... but I'm willing to be more patient in his case.

Dire qu'on devrait le remplacer, d'accord mais par qui? Il faut bien que Whitaker reprenne son souffle de temps à autre. Il est permis de croire que Steven Lumbala a été repêché comme soupape de sûreté mais je ne suis pas convaincu qu'il soit du calibre de Messam. Sa dernière année avec les Dinos a été décevante. Sa performance au combine me fait douter de ses qualités. Si on se fie à l'année dernière l'homme qui aurait pu livrer la marchandise est Chris Jennings mais Popp a cru bon de le retrancher. Je n'aurai pas fait la même chose à moins que ce dernier n'ait crée des remous dans le vestiaire.

Popp didn't cut Jennings the HC and his offensive assistants did.

Yeah, Popp is not going to cut a player unless told to by the HC and relevant coordinator. His job is to assemble the talent; the HC's job is to figure out how to use it properly.

And it did not take long for Milanovich to pick him up.

Turf toe, ankle, hamstring... I am starting to wonder if he is made of glass.

His job may be to assemble talent but I'd like to think the buck stops with Popp. I would imagine he has veto power over both Hawkins and Miller when it comes to personnel decisions. I can't imagine Popp deferring to those two clowns about opening a door much less cutting a productive running back from his football team.

If Popp thought they were clowns, he wouldn't have hired them. :wink: No HC is going to survive if he can't determine who he fields and who he doesn't. Not to say that there wouldn't be extreme cases of a GM getting involved, but for the vast majority of the time, it's the HC and coordinator calling the shots. I mean, look at the Porter release. Popp signed him quickly and gave him a signing bonus and he didn't even make it through training camp. That's clearly the coaches...

Chris Jennings has not been added to the Argos roster,yet. Not mentioned on CFL transactions as of yesterday. Was to have a medical last Tuesday, but no results-at least to the fans-yet.

Richard

Same scenario as Dales. By week coming for both teams. They will wait till next week to tweak, cut and add IMO.

That's disappointing to hear and scary in this case IMO. I would have hoped for complete coordination between the GM and coaches instead of only the coaches calling the shots when it came to players added and cut especially given their lack of experience when it comes to CFL football. For the sake of this season, let's hope that Popp realizes he is being led by the blind rather sooner than later!

Popp wanted to intervene in Porter's case but he had such a bad game 2 in pre-season that he didn't use one of his wildcards. The last thing a GM wants is a coach claiming he lost because he could not pick his players. In Jennings case it was unavoidable. One had to be let go between Messam and Jennings. Team is banking that Jerome will get back to health. We saw this with Stala, had a run of problems and then went on to have three solid season pretty much injury free. That run last week where he hurdled a Calgary linebacker was amazing. There isn't another 235 pound Running back in this league who can do that. He's a special talent but he's a big guy with long limbs who runs like a sprinter. Its a tough game.

Hopefully you are right. Seems like a high price for a player who is in the lineup 1 game and out for 4.

Popp knew when he got Jerome it would be a process and would take time. He isn't hurting this team.

La comparaison entre Messam et Stala me semble un peu, passez-moi le jeu de mots, boîteuse. Stala est un receveur. La nature des contacts auxquels il a à faire face est différente de celle auxquelles un demi offensif a à faire face. Le demi rencontre de secondeurs, mais surtout des joueurs de ligne, donc plus massifs, et qui donnent un plus gros impact.

J'ai espoir que Messam puisse faire de belles choses. Mais j'ai toujours trouvé qu'il manquait de constance. Et là, les blessures s'accumulant, il me fait plutôt penser à Jesse Lumsden.

Un gars de l'Ouest canadien blessé est moins utile dans le froid qu'un gars du sud des États-Unis en santé.