It's somewhat intriguing watching a mass group work themselves up into a fanatical frenzy like this. I mean if we're throwing out Reinbold-Era comparrisons to Kelly we've definitely gone off the deep end and resorting to canabalism can't be far behind.
Has everyone forgot that we had a WORSE record at this time last year, and the only thing people were screaming at Berry for was his treatment of kickers. Seems everyone was more than happy to pardon Doug Berry for taking an Eastern Division Champion team and dropping them to a 2-8 start to the season.
Let's be realistic for just one moment. The reason MOST people hate Mike Kelly is simply because he doesn't take all the verbal abuse that is customary if you are the Head Coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Truly it's beyond me why anyone would ever want to coach here. We're the CFL's version of Philladelphia Eagles fans and Montreal Canadiens/Toronto Maple Leafs fans.
People accuse Kelly of chasing away "all our talent". This drives me crazy cause most of the guys Kelly got rid of were just weighing the team down. 80% of fans in Winnipeg wanted Glenn gone, and then Kelly does it and everyone is upset that we got rid of such a great QB, the logic on that escapes me. Of course Gauthier, Picard and Goodspeed were big losses but Bomber fans seem to ignore the fact that both Gauthier and Picard WANTED to go East to be closer to family, so it wouldn't have mattered who was making personnel decisions, the only way to have kept them around is grossly outbid every other Eastern team for them.
Goodspeed was a tough move, but Kelly wanted an All-Canadian offensive line, and a lot of Grey Cup teams have started with an All Canadian O-Line being the foundation they build on. Now if you still want to give Kelly an F on this deal I can understand that, but let's move on....
-Cam Hall....after Shabazz's Week 1 performance I think everyone forgot about this guy
-Tom Canada.....so highly valued that ummm....NO other CFL team has bothered to sign him
-Joe Smith....again, EXTREMELY valuable, but apparently CFL GM's don't know value, as again, NOBODY has signed him
-Kevin Glenn....after all the slamming this guy got, almost any Bomber fan claiming they don't like this move is probably lying just to get extra dirt on Kelly
-Kelly Malveaux....have we even noticed his absence in our secondary? Yeah didn't think so.
-Zeke Moreno.....another tough move, but he brought more trade value than Simpson and was more expensive than Lobendahn, this one really was just a salary cap move in my opinion.
-Stanford Samuels.....same thing as with Malveaux, has anyone even noticed he's gone?
-Jason Armstead....yeah we probably could have used his return abilities, but off-field stuff made him a question mark as to whether he'd even play this season
-Derrick Armstrong.....the guy pulled a pinhead move that would have shocked Terrell Owens and may have given himself the "Locker Room Cancer" label with his refusal to play stunt. Can you really blame Kelly for wanting to rotate him in a game when the guy had completed only a handful of practices in TC due to his knee brace? By the way who's he playing for now? Oh right...nobody, notice a trend with that?
And then there's the guys he brought in...
-Sideeq Shabazz......any complaints? Didn't think so
-Jonathan Hefny......Kelly did something Taman couldn't, find a DB who could make picks and cover receivers
-Yvenson Bernard.....couple bad rookie mistakes, but I really like him as a 1-2 punch with Reid
-Glenn January / Steve Morley....lots of problems on offense, but I don't really see the O-Line as a huge reason for it, they've been pretty solid
-Dorian Smith.....how good has he been subbing in for two guys with huge shoes to fill when both Brown was out early in the season and with Fred Perry out recently.
-Adarius Bowman....may not be a "homerun" receiver yet, but the guy has some really good potential and great size
-Mike Renaud....maybe he's not Jon Ryan, but he's been doing darn good, and he's not afraid to lay guys out
Yeah the Lefors Project didn't turn out, Kelly's mistake for bringing a rookie QB into a market like this, any rookie would have caved with this type of pressure. Bishop isn't the answer and Kelly has said as much, so yeah you can ask the question why hire him, and again this is probably another strike you could rack up for Kelly.
He got rid of Marshall (thank you!) and brought in Mark Nelson (BIGGER thank you), and our defense finally learned how to protect against the pass!!! And obviously the re-designed offense is a big sore spot for a lot of fans, yeah maybe Kelly should have brought in an OC, maybe Kelly shouldn't have tried running this style of offense when he didn't have the proper QB to run it, but the scheme itself I don't think is bad, I kinda like what he's doing I just think it was a bad move running it with the QB's we have right now.
The #1 reason fans hate Mike Kelly is because he speaks his mind and occasionally gives fans a bit of a shot, yet after some of the rantings I've seen from Bomber fans, anything Mike Kelly says is like playground talk compared to the way Bomber fans seem to treat most people not named Doug Brown or Milt Stegall.
But honestly, Reinbold-Era comparrisons? Give me a break lol