Three things I will be watching for:
- Who will the offensive and defensive coordinators be?
That is, if Charlie has people in mind, how much has Obie impacted upon those rumminations. In other words, has Obie and Charlie had the "who I suggest you should consider" convo or the "Here is the field you can select from" dictation. LOL
I think the former due to professional courtesy. It should be clear that we can expect CFL-ready people THIS TIME.
- Whose system will be installed on offense?
Will it be the Taaffe magnum opus of 1000+ plays from last year or will the new OC have his own playback and unique appproach...
AND THE BIGGIE FOR ME:
- Does Charlie surrender the offensive playcalling to the new OC?
Taaffe used to let Tracy Ham call his own plays in Montreal (Calvillo had his called by Charlie). In Hamilton, Taaffe was adamant that he called the plays, even scripting the first 15 or so plays each game by habit.
If he gets a Chapdelaine or similarly high profile OC, will he agree to let that OC call the plays?
For me, if they use a new OC's playbook -- and that OC has solid CFL mileage on his odometer -- then it would make sense to have that man call the plays.
If Taaffe's playbook is used again, well...we might get similar results as 2007. Nonetheless. the man with the better knowledge of the system should make the calls.
I personally hope for an experienced, innovative OC with a clue who will fill the playcalling role. Will that cramp Charlie's style? LOL I hope it does enough that Taaffe can direct his attention to more stringent game management -- better decisions at crucial times, cracking down on the spot re penalties by taking players aside for a word or two -- in short, making sure the coordinators are on top of the situation AND running a more professional sideline in 2008.
I know Charlie didn't forget how to coach. Three-and-fifteen records can temporarily lead one to forget that fact. Change in his approach has to happen, however.
Oski Wee Wee,