The selection of Chad Owens as the MOP in the CFL this season was indeed deserved. Indeed I thought that he should have been MOP in the 2011 season as well as, he must have represented 40% of the Argos total offense that year through his elite return skills, his toughness, his desire and, his ability to shake off the pounding he received was evidenced by his getting right back in these games demonstrating his strength and ability to dominate the field of play. This season he again dominated his peers in the return game while establishing league records in the process . In addition he led the league in receiving this year and, his preeminent play was rightfully acknowledged. That the Argos are in the Grey Cup game this year, kudos must be given to Owens for his superior play.
The trading away of Owens, by Jim Popp was a colossal mistake of epic proportions. I would rank Popps foolishness as being on par with Ted Workman’s when, in the early sixties, he traded Sam Etcheverry to the TiCats. The result of this was the Als languished without passing productivity for a generation. In recent years the main weakness of our team was in the returning game. The team had to give up tons of yards in most games because we lacked a decent return specialist. How productive would the Als might have been had they retained Owens! Popp had indeed witnessed Owens’ ability. While with the team Owens did return a few kicks and, maintained a 40 yard average in the process. In addition Popp failed to keep Larry Taylor, another supreme return specialist. Instead the team, through these player decisions, demonstrated a profound weakness in the kick return game. Had Owens remained with our team, he would have strengthened greatly our passing gameas well.
JIm Popp recently stated that his decision not to retain Owens was the correct move. Come on Jim, you pushed away a played who has dominated the CFL in the past three seasons and, replaced him with returners of very limited abilities. Your action in this matter was a colossal lack of judgement.