Perceived weaknesses or unknowns of CFL teams

Calgary:
Oline : Changes again this year with Archibald moving to BC and Secondary with the loss of Anderson, Browner addition of Tisdale.

Saskatchewan:
Defensive secondary still unproven, receivers much weaker with the loss of Fantuz and injury to Bagg and Clairmont a year older, Renaud Williams and O'Day's replacements look like a downgrade. Kicking game is a complete mess.

BC:
Return game, the arrest of Yonus Davis,

Edmonton:
Defensive line, Linebackers,Kicking game,Oline,Secondary

BC should be the most improved team in the west, Edmonton will be the weakest team in the league.


Montreal:
Return game looks weak, No established safety, running game is weaker with the loss of Cobourne.

Hamilton: Secondary looks like one of the weakest in the league, Oline is a question mark.

Toronto: Quarterback position appears better than last season but still weak, receiver corps still lacks playmakers and talent

Winnipeg: Quarterback position relies on Pierce's health, Linebackers slow or inexperienced, Oline is poor.

On paper Hamilton should be the team to beat this season, but Montreal are still champs till they get knocked off.

I'm curious to know why you think we're hurting at safety. Boulay has split safety duties with Proulx the past two years. He's not a raw rookie, he has great recovery speed, and he hits like a freight train. Yes, he's a bit of a midget, but he's not a scrub either. I too would have preferred Brouillette back there, but he's injured, and if we're going to deal with injury, isn't it nice to have Boulay back there instead of an unknown?

I like Boulay but I think him and Crawford are a downgrade from Proux. If you look at all 8 teams we are one of the weakest at the position. Brouillette may be out all year. A torn bicep takes a long time to recover from and you can't train much of your upper body without arms... If we were to trade Watkins maybe something like Watkins and Matte for Dylan Barker and rights to Giguere might be something that interests both teams ? Or maybe we move Cox to safety and play someone else at his linebacker position ???

But it was never just Proulx playing the position. He was hurt so frequently that Boulay has basically received starter's time at safety the past two years. Yes, I agree that Boulay-Crawford is a downgrade, but a downgrade from Proulx-Boulay.

If you look at all 8 teams we are one of the weakest at the position. Brouillette may be out all year. A torn bicep takes a long time to recover from and you can't train much of your upper body without arms... If we were to trade Watkins maybe something like Watkins and Matte for Dylan Barker and rights to Giguere might be something that interests both teams ? Or maybe we move Cox to safety and play someone else at his linebacker position ???
Hamilton isn't hurting for receivers, and I would not want to move Cox from SAM linebacker back to the secondary, where he struggled prior to becoming a linebacker.

Hamilton: I don't know that they are stacked, they have adequate talent at the moment, they lose one or two to injury... there are other teams that will be looking for players in the coming month as well :slight_smile:

I didn't say Hamilton was stacked, just that they weren't desperate for a receiver, particularly a high-salaried receiver like Watkins. Toronto is a more likely destination for Watkins if Jim decides to put him in play.

Hamilton: They may have a weakness with Cobourne running his mouth. Sooner or later the Als are going to get tired of it and just shut him up (hopefully sooner). Latest quote in the Winnipeg Free Press:

Take running back Avon Cobourne, for instance. Aquired from the two-time defending champion Montreal Alouettes in the off-season, Cobourne was asked if the Ticats are good enough to challenge his former club for supremacy in the East.

Cobourne bristled.

"You phrased that wrong. Is Montreal ready to challenge us is the question. I think we’re the team to beat. And I think everyone else feels the same way. And if you don’t, you’re wrong."

Ah, that's just Avon being Avon. He's an agitator and a trash-talker, always has been. And he obviously wants to bring some of that swagger to the Tiger-Cats. I don't blame him, and for me it's all in good fun.