It only requires a handful of player changes
once you have a nucleus of decent players.
I believe that is where Bob O'billovich is at now
in his 2nd year heading our football operations team
Last year his trades for Chris Thompson
and Markeith Knowlton paid off handsomely.
He recruited import receivers, Prechae
Rodriguez and signed Chris Davis
His trade for Dan Goodspeed
should pay off this year for us.
He made marvelous free agent pick-ups
Otis Floyd, Alex Gauthier and Dave Stala.
He brought in Marquay Mc Daniel at receiver
He and Marcel Bellefeuille brought in two new co-ordinators,
Mike Gibson and Greg Marshall to these players up to speed.
not too shabby!
We are in good hands with Obie and
the players and coaches he recruited.
Have faith success will come
sooner rather than later.
One day, we will be consistent winners like Wally and Obie's
Calgary Stampeders in the '90s, and the B.C. Lions recently.
We will be 'tweaking' our roster a bit every year,
letting a few older starters go, adding new starters
and adding few development players for the future.
The task of building a winning team has been
much more difficult for Bob Young's Tiger Cats
than it usually is for CFL teams.
We started off behind the eight ball.
[i]For the 5 years before Bob Young bought the team
We had too many 2nd rate, mediocre players.[/i]
If you have too many mediocre players
from the bottom to the top of the roster
you have to find and sign far superior players
whether it's lot of player changes or not.
until you get two whole new sets of players
for your Offensive and Defensive units.
Meanwhile the coaches have to get them
to perform as a smooth functioning unit.
Sheesh! This is difficult!
Mr Young came on board willing to spend money in 2005.
We all know the football operations people
have done a lot of things wrong since then
but, the task of re-building the team
that Bob was handed, into a winner,
is far more enormous than people realize
and the points I list below didn't help.
- [i]General Managers Ron Lancaster and Rob Katz
were not up to the task of providing the players
to re-vamp this collection of players
into a decently successful team.[/i]
In retrospect, Greg Marshall with Danny Mc Manus
and a few veterans delivered a play off team to us.
Rob Katz fired him but not before saddling Charlie Taaffe
with the surly, lame armed quarterback Jason Maas
and a bunch of 'name players' past their 'best before' date
- Marcel Desjardin tore apart the 2005 year's 8-9-1 play off team
and airlifted in non CFL-ready 2nd rate imports all season.
Charlie was given the impossible task
of inserting into his line-up one of
these players almost every week.
But even though these things occured during the Bob Young regime
it's history and irrelevant to the coaches and players on today's team.
A little history...
At the start of the Grant/ Mc Donald ownership era
we got in the Grey Cup in 1998 and won it in 1999.
Grant and Mc Donald spent money.
In 1998, they brought in free agents
Danny Mc Manus and Darren Flutie
[i]Grant and Mc Donald didn't build on that championship team
making a few changes to improve the team and do well again.
Grant and Mc Donald LACKED THE MONEY TO DO THAT!!!
The foundation which that 1999 title team was built on
was quickly destroyed by players leaving in free agency.[/i]
We lost starters like Joe Montford, Orlando Steinhauer
and Gerry Vaughn and up-and-comers like Clifford Ivory
because we couldn't keep current with the pay scale.
We replaced top notch veteran CFLers
with 2nd rate CFL cuts or mediocre recruits.
Within two years after that Grey Cup win,
it was a miracle that we could compete all.
It was the same in 2002 and in 2003 and in 2004
when, I hear, Ron Lancaster didn't even get paid.