Simon is a great hall of fame player and as great as he is at drawing couverage and attention from opposing defenses I think its clear in the losses that he was LULAYS main target as LULAY did not see the entire field and forced the ball to SIMON.
Yesterdays game was a perfect example. Young promising guys like GORE who are the future and also very good at this point are not getting the ball when SIMON is in the lineup.. IN MY OPINION one has to look no further than SIMON's persistence and insistence to NOT MISS a single regular season game--
When Simon gets hurt he is going way overboard attracting attention to his injuries. When Jamal RIchardson was hurt, it was quiet, you dont hear much news, when SIMON gets hurt all you hear is ME FIRST media reports from SIMON-- I'm going to play, I;m not missing a game, etc- Then you hear about DETAILED plasma replacement treatments and all this special medical treatment he is receiving? Name me another CFL player that gets their injury status reported daily in their local newspaper and on TSN? This strikes me as a ME FIRST MOVE and not good for the team--
ITs clear that a receiver like SEAN GORE is very good and IMPROVING, also a guy like ERNIE JACKSON needs more touches, even NICK MOORE looked very dangerous in SIMONS spot-- Now its pretty clear that with the depth on our team that SIMON knows if he misses a game he may not find his place back in the lineup when KIERRE JOHNSON comes back from injury and a guy like NICK MOORE who is much younger can replace him eventually..
I just find that the attention should not be on a single player and on the team, in this CASE I BELIEVE that in the huddle that LULAY feels OBLIGATED to throw the ball to SIMON becauase of his arrogance...
Look at BRUCES productivy when SIMON is not playing, look at GOREs also? Every other receiver has good games when SIMON is out of the lineup---
SIMON can help a team but he is no more than a 3rd receiving option at this point in his career-- He could be a 4th receiving option on BC after BRUCE, GORE, JACKSON OR JOHNSON are all better targets than SIMON is.
I feel that LULAY's struggles have been as a result of a combo of poor O line protection, SIMON demanding the ball and forcing LULAY to not spread the ball around--
Notice in all games that LULAY has struggled he has targeted SIMON as the main receiver-- IN games where the ball has been spread around and SIMON has either been hurt or not targeted the LIONS have played well offensively and won the game--
Im not pinning all the losses and problems on SIMON, but its clear that the LIONS have good receivers but when you focus on a 36 year old DECLINING receiver as your main target and ignore stars like BRUCE GORE JACKSON and JOHNSON.