Over my 40-plus years of watching the Riders, especially during some of the lean years, I've flipped back and forth between wondering if the Riders are having problems because of schemes which I see as coaching, or player personnel, which I see as talent, effort, and ability. Sometimes during the back and forth of regular season, it looks like it's all on the coaching or all on the players. But other times it seems like it's some of each or even both. Sometimes it's kind of a cloudy thing that a person can't quite put their finger on for sure. I've decided that it's not always as clear cut one way or the other, so it could be either or both. I guess the guy that gets that figured out for sure could well end up being the coach of the century.
Another thing I've been wondering lately is this. Should a coach find players that can be adapted to his systems, or should the system be adapted to the type of players you have. I look at Calgary where they lost 2 dynamic corners and at least one dominant D-lineman, and they look like they've recovered from those losses pretty quickly. In this case it looks like Coach Jones has found the right kinds of players to plug back into his systems, and it's working quite well for them. Watching Buono in BC and Calgary over the years, it looks like he has mostly been able to plug in new players to their systems with a fair bit of success. That might not look like it's working for them as well lately, but over the longer haul it seems to have served them pretty well. In hockey, for instance, when a team is playing badly, they will often say that they can't get rid of all their players, so the coach has to take the fall.
One more thing. I sometimes look around at other teams that are succeeding with younger, newer coaches and coordinators and try to get a handle on what they are doing and why they are succeeding against older, more established coaches and coordinators. This new generation of young coaches seems to have a leg up on the older coaches who continue to believe that the old established systems are the only way to succeed. The new coaches seem to be able to outwit these older coaches because they are willing to adapt and try new things when the old tried and true stuff stops working. I hate to sound harsh, but it seems to me that established coaches who are unwilling to change or adapt their stuff should maybe be heading out to pasture. While this is away from football, I look at a country like Japan, with little land or resources and lots of people. They imported the raw materials and looked at what other countries were producing and selling and they found a way to make better products like cars and electronics by improving designs and finding production efficiencies. Just bringing this up because I see some parallels beween football and Japan in the sense of looking at what others are doing better to out-succeed their opponents whether it be in football or major business.
Those are my wonderments for the day. Am I way ahead ot my time, or am I way behind the times and totally out-to-lunch? I can handle harsh criticism ot total disagreement, so give me your thoughts and opinions on any or all of this stuff. After all, I'm just wondering.