1 . The fact that OBIE select CFL assistant coaches will this not cause conflict as TAFFE does not have hs own guys .
Do you have any sources to back up the claim that Obie selected the new assistant coaches? I recall Charlie being interviewed early in the off-season in the Spectator and said that there would be some changes to the coaching staff. Most football operations decisions are usually made with the input of both GM and head coach, it probably varies team to team who gets the finial call (likely the GM).
- Anyone have any idea what OBIE plans to do at the RB position . Will he go with Lumsden with CAULLEY and TRE SMITH backig him up and then use a Canadian at fb or will he consider LUMSDEN together with one of these 2 guys .
Just my opinion, but I am confident barring an injury that Lumsden will start at TB. He started over Caulley when he was healthy in 2007 but I would think that if Caulley shows well again at training camp he will be involved in the offense more than your average back up running back.
3 . So who looks to be the favorites to to start at the receiver position ? Miles , Armstead , Ponder , Baumann ? anyone have any idea why Frank Murphy got cut suddenly ?
Depends how training camp pans out but my guess is that Miles and Armstead are heavy favourites to start based on their past experience. One Canadian will start and that could be Bauman, French or Woodcock depending on how they perform at camp. French is unspectacular but reliable (good for 500-600 yards/year), Woodcock is a crapshoot considering his rash of injuries over the last few years and Bauman has the physical tools but being that he only has 1 year of CFL experience under his belt he will need practice time and playing time to determine if he is a legit starter in the CFL. In my opinion, Bauman if he reaches his potential won’t be a Rock-type player but more of a Vince Danielson or Fantuz-type receiver. As for the other imports they have size especially Rodriguez but they haven’t proven themselves yet so to predict who would start would be a wild a$$ guess IMHO.
- I have heard they may consider Barker at safety. ANy idea who the favories are to start the other DB positions ? Dennis Mitchell ? Bradley , Gordon , Mays ? Thompson ?
I would guess that Bradley, Gordon and Mays are favourites to start. There was a BC Lion that Obie signed as a free agent who’s name I can’t recall who he expects will be a strong candidate for the safety spot, he said that this guy was good enough to start on most teams but BC had Barin Miles ahead of him at safety. I think due to the number of DB’s and receivers on the roster those positions will likely have the most doubt as to who will start.
- I am confused why they plan to use a DB at the Markeith Knowltn and ray mariuz at the other side ,,any thoughts on this ..seems a weak linebacking corps.
Moreno in the middle, either Mariuz or Boterill at the SAM and an import at the WLL with Knowltin as a pre-camp favourite. Most CFL teams go with a tweener (small linebacker/big DB) on at least on of the outside spots for pass coverage purposes so that’s why Knowlton is being considered for a LB spot. Not really sure where Glassper fits in, is he a safety or WLL? He is listed as a DB on the teams website.
6 Any idea of who looks to be the favorite to play onthe D-LINE with Keith and Mckay Lauscher . I assume they will go with another canadian like (Wayne, Reid, or Bekasiuk ) along with a decent american DT
When I talked to Obie, he said he would like to start 3 imports on the D-line which is the reason why they want a Canadian to start as a linebacker. Bekasiak has been mentioned as switching to the O-line in the Spectator and on the team website he is now listed as an O-lineman.