I know we haven’t got to the draft yet and there might still be a lot of action before training camp starts, but for the sake of entertainment and debate, give your grades to the CFL teams so far for what they’ve done since November 28th.
Here are mine:
TICATS = A+
- Talk about being active. I don’t even think it’ll be able to recognize the team on the field next year. They added so many players and coaches it’s hard to hold count. Maas and Ranek definately are two solid commitment to getting back atop respectability. The Cats also re-signed the few FA who were worth it. The only downturn of all this movement is players will need some time to gel together, but that is a problem any rebuilding team is willing to live with. The Cats never were this active with Lancaster as the GM.
ESKIMOS = A
- Hard to knock on the reigning Grey Cup champs, especially since they re-signed their stars and got Reggie Durden and Rob Brown on the run. Sure, they let Davis Sanchez go, but at some point, you need to free up some cash when you’re so packed with talent.
ALOUETTES = A-
- Philion signed. Chiu signed. Flory signed. Stewart signed. Strickland signed. Karikari signed. And most importantly, Ted White sacked! The Als for once retained all its important FA and managed to get 5 quarterbacks at the training camp, including one with true CFL experience. They also got ever effectice Davis Sanchez back, which will help fill in for the sorry-@sses cornerbacks we had last year. Our most important loss was Doug Berry, who probably can be replaced adequately.
ARGOS = A-
- Beside letting a few FA slip by (most of which were back-ups), they did pretty much everything they had to. What good can Eric Crouch do, and how will Stokes and Levingston coexist is yet to be seen, but it look good so far. They should however do something fast with talented bad-@ss Mike O’Shea, because such a playmaker won’t be replaceable with pending free agents. There are still questio-marks surrounding the Boatmen’s running game.
BOMBERS = B+
- Ok, they haven’t got as much improvement as they had press, but the Karikari saga really put them in the news lately. Most of the moves they did seem like the ones to do. Berry and Marshall were the off-season’s highlight for the Bombers. Adding Barrin Simpson sure helped big time too, and Taman must feel relieved Gavin Walls isn’t going anywhere in the NFL. They however lost a lot of time pursuing Richard Karikari, haven’t yet replaced Thunderboot Jon Ryan and haven’t done anything to help at the QB position. Will Glenn be enough? Will he be well-protected enough? We’ll see.
STAMPEDERS = B
- What have they done? Pretty much nothing. Or if so, I missed it. Must have blinked at the wrong time. I must say they did not have anyone important to lose on the FA market and looked solid enough in the second half of the season last year to try to go back to the field with the very same elements.
LIONS = C-
- Got back a few FAs, lost a few. Got a kicker with a mustach. Let a QB leave for the NFL, plssed off the other. Haven’t change a lot of things for a team that lost 8 of their last 9 games… Bah…
ROUGHRIDERS = D
- I probably missed what they did if they acted at all. All I noticed was they lost their kicker, have their best receiver still on the market, did not improve their quarterbacking. They clearly weren’t Grey Cup material in 2005 so improvements were mandatory. Where are they?
RENEGADES = E
- Come on man. I wanted to give them a passing grade, but how could I? They first gave an enormous (and illegal) contract to a guy whose entry to the country could be denied for he tried to drown his girlfriend. Then lost time pusuing Doug Flutie who clearly wants no part in coming back to the CFL as a player. Then make the circus hit new low with internal battles between newly appointed coach and GM and the owner’s private consultants, which led to the departure of crazy mo’fo Lonie Glieberman (could count as a positive if it wasn’t a new distraction keeping FAs at distance). And all through that waltz of fatalistic turns of events, free agents kept leaving ship. At least, they retained Joseph, Murphy and Banks. But what a sad team.