Above is a terrific post on April 2nd, by beaglehound, right on point. Nice work, Beag.
Mitchell still has too much of the kid in him for his own good, clearly earning nothing from Buono' or Benevides' previous admonitions seriously. Khalif is a ferocious, dominating tackle, very tough to play against, a guy who is always double-teamed and still stops running backs and takes pressure off the rush ends by getting sacks inside. He famously failed to keep his emotions in check a few times on the field, throat slash and the rest. The Rottier incident was undoubtedly the last straw for Buono. Wally kept Mitchell around last year for two reasons: Partly because he was contractually obligated until the end of last season and wanted to get the work he's paid for out of him, and because Eric Taylor was banged for part of last year, the only other big body tackle on the team. Now that Taylor is healthy and re-signed and the Lions' newest defensive linemen—Jabar Westerman, Julius Williams and Ekom Udofia —are signed, Wally can safely jettison his problem-child player, without having to give up a roster player. Udofia gives the Leos Mitchell's big body presence inside, while likely playing for less $$$ this season than Mitchell would have.
I was taken aback by the tone of some Lions' tweets post trade: "Good riddance" by Andrew Harris being the most outspoken. Clearly there were plenty of Lions who had had enough of Mitchell's act. Marsh's tweet that he had done all he could further shows the frustration Mitchell's teammates had for his immaturity. Moving Mitchell is BC's gain, basically addition by subtraction.
What would I say if I could speak to Khalif? Thank-you for your service with the BC Lions. Apologize to Braley and the Argos brass. Embrace your new team and teammates in Toronto, which represents a fresh opportunity for you to regain starter's status and help Toronto win another Grey Cup. Understand that as you age in adulthood you must lose some of the kid in you, particularly as it relates to impulse control. To whom much is given, much is expected. If somebody is holding you all game long, the correct behaviour is to play harder and beat your man cleanly. Complain to the referee about it, don't try to rip your opponent's arm out of its shoulder socket in a fit of juvenile frustration.
Finally, remember that you are only one of a 42-man team, in a league that is continuously changing and re-evaluating personnel. If you wish to remain employed, act like a grown up and keep your size-10 head out of your ass.
Dooger in Surrey