I agree with Blue Blood on the holding calls, i am yelling at the TV or in the stadium on more than a few occassions, obvious holds, terrible reffing. Maybe with the new penalties introduced (pass interference/not pass interference) the refs may be paying TOO MUCH attention to the new rules and missing the other calls. I agree 100% that the league needs to look at the officiating of the CFL and do something about the inconsistant calls, and so no one says i am making excuses for the Bomber's i mean EVERY GAME/EVERY TEAM. One game a flag gets thrown on every play and the next the flags stay in the refs pocket, the league needs to impose more consistancy when it comes to officiating.
Now back to Our Bombers, many of you have said "when have you seen this team quit?" Man you all must be blind, maybe the team as a whole have no quit but certain player's are quitting during games, no heart and no enthusiasm. On defense the only player's that i see giving it 100% every game is Jovon, Lobendahn, Willis, Brown and Hunt (except for his dumb a$$ penalties). Glover looks like he is ready to fall asleep on most plays and when he is chasing down a receiver that he has a chance to make a play on he seems to slow down and not speed up, that is QUITTING ON A PLAY, and it's not only Glover on defense it's a few player's, Suber and Beasley have speed and good coverage skills YET they seem to quit on plays as well.
On offense dropped passes are a big problem and i will pont out the player's that need to learn how to catch a ball, Ralph, that new kid Smith and Davis. Bowman, Edwards have dropped passes but have shown that they can at least catch the easy ones, my son is 12 years old and he could catch the easy throws that Ralph, Davis and so on have dropped. I don't like Ralph or Davis one bit, i think they both stink big time and when you miss the easy catches, to me that is lack of effort and QUIT.
Reality is this is a team sport and everyone has responsibilities starting from the top, president/ceo, gm, head coach, assistant coach/defensive coach (Kavis Reed), the offensive coach, the other coaches, the player's. Now it is easy to blame the player's and much easier to blame the coaches but the fact is this team is lacking more than one thing, this team is lacking a ton of things including heart, enthuisasm, consistancy and effort (not quitting):
As good as some player's were during some games, there are some player's that should not even be on the field and quite possibly on this team period, i won't go into detail too much. I thought Donald Brown Jr. was crap and he was (he is gone), Charlton was maybe slowing a bit but his leadership may be missed. We are missing a proven leader in Barrin Simpson, don't get me wrong Lobendahn has been pretty good but he does not have as much experience/leadership as Barrin. Jovon got beat, he admitted it and took responsibility, that's what a team player does, he didn't blame anyone but himself.
Glover is a veteren and in my opinion has not played good football at all this season, Suber looked good in one-two games and than turned to crap, is it his play or the play calling? who knows. Beasley was thrown in pretty quick and we cannot judge his play yet because he is still a raw rookie.
Did the Bomber Brass make the right decisions regarding the signing and releasing of player's? This could be a factor, Lenny Walls, Barrin Simpson and so on. The new player's may still turn it around, time will tell, but they MUST PLAY WITH HEART, EFFORT AND COSISTANCY FOR 60 MINS.
There are alot of reasons why this team is not playing good football right from top to bottom, everyone on the team including Mack, LaPo, Reed, The other coaches and the player's. Kavis Reed has done a crap job play calling all season BUT one thing you cannot blame Reed for is: THE MISSED TACKLES AND THERE HAVE BEEN ALOT!!
The defence has not been great, but have shown flashes and there are signs that are there that this defense can play good ball. Last game the first half the defense was crap, the second half they did pretty damn good, we out scored the Cats 14-7 in the second half NOW the coaches have to look back and think what they said or did at half time to smarten up and use that analagy and mindset for 60 minutes not 15 or 30 minutes.
It is not only the defense, the offense has slowed down big time with the exception of a few player's, Edwards, Harris, Jyles are a couple of examples. Reid needs more touches (that's on the offensive coach and LaPo), but again you cannot blame the coaches for easy catches that turned out to be dropped passes and again there has been alot, cannot blame the coaches for stupid plays (Ralph last game catching the ball on the first down line and running backwards 3 yards) which resulted in a punt rather than a first down.
I can go on and on but the fact is this team (and i hate to say this) is in REBUILD mode still and there is alot of work to do on every aspect of this team. Player changes are needed still and i think maybe a couple of coaching changes (Reed/Baressi) to light a fire under this team, LaPo cannot pull a Kelly and keep these guys on because they are close friends, if they are not doing th job properly they have to go!!!I will stay patient because that is what true fans do, but this year (and i hate to say this again) seems like an audition for next year, that can change but that's what it seems like to me.
Maybe instead of LaPo showing flashes of "The Brown Bomber Louis" and Bomber plays he should make the team sit down and watch a football movie about never giving up and playing with heart like Friday Night Lights, Any Given Sunday and so on, sorry just had to throw this in sorta as a joke, but it would not hurt!!