IMO, if Jyles would have even played half decent... The Eskimos would have finished 2nd this year. And likely played BC (again) in the West Final. More blame falls on Marcus Crandell too. His offence was BRUTAL! I also think the Riders would have crossed over and destroyed Toronto. But that did not happen and Argos VS Stamps for the 100th Grey Cup. Im so happy for Ricky Ray, he was treated SO bad in Edmonton. He deserves this championship and i hope he kicks Calgarys ***. lol.
As for Eric Tillman making this trade, alot of puzzle pieces did not fit in where they were suppose too. I also think if Jerome Messam was here & healthy from Day 1, Edmonton would have been a much better team. Nothing against Hugh Charles. He just cant run up the middle.
But at least in the Ricky Ray trade we got a good young 3-1 kicker (shaw), a top o-line prospect (plastor) & a longsnapper (king). And we have Matt Nichols. Look at the McKnight trade (nothing against him), but the 3rd OVERALL PICK for a NON-IMPACT player. OUCH! Thats going to hurt more down the stretch. Unless Plastor never comes to Edmonton. Then Ricky Ray trade is worse. Even the X.Fulton Sask trade was BRUTAL! Honestly, if Ricky Ray was still in Edmonton... yes we probably would have been in the Grey Cup. But this offseason, Ray would have to been traded anyways... or we'd have to let JC Sheritt, Weldon Brown, Rod Williams, Marcus Howard, etc etc etc walk because of salary cap issues. And rebuild for 3-5 years. Edmonton currently is 1-3 years away from becoming a contender. Just need 1-3 more pieces.