It appears that our new Offensive Coordinator is famous for hanging his hat on the running game. I feel a little trepidation over this at the moment since Montreal, his former team, had the second worst running game and fewest number of touchdowns in the CFL last season; second, of course to the Hamilton Tiger Cats.
The problem I have with our running game is Jesse Lumsden. I certainly hope he stays healthy for the entire 2008 season, because if he falls, so does our running game.
Please don't misconstrue any of this as my saying that I dont like Bellefeuille or Lumsden. Nothing could be further from the truth. I think they are both good at what they do but I hope Bellefeuille doesn't put all his eggs in one basket however, and rely almost totally on a running game. Most of us are aware that this philosophy doesn't fly in the CFL.
The need for an improved line that can run and pass block is urgent, along with an improved receiver core.
Up until the past couple of years, Bellefeuille has had some dismal results bur his overall record looks good, hence he has been hired.
Lumsden, of course, is injury prone. (I fully expect to take some flak for saying this, but I can't really say I care as this is my opinion.) He has shown His penchant for injury throughout his brief career thus far. (University, NFL and Hamilton) Caullie can probably expect to play some overtime again this coming season, although, I hope I'm wrong, although he does seem to be a tough running back who can take a pounding. I find that a team that depends heavily on a good running game generally has more than one good running back, and at the moment, we have that, but for how long?
Anyway, nothing ventured, nothing gained. The team had to make some moves and they are indeed, making them.
I truly hope that long suffering Hamilton fans finally get some decent football this year, but I won't get my hopes up until training camp ends.