What I find most interesting & puzzling is from my experience watching training camp this past season and what I believe to be the main issues with the Defence.
Creehan spent literally 99% of his time during unit drills with the defensive linemen. He barely spent any time with LB's & DB's. When they split up and do inside/outside skeleton drills, once again he spent his entire time with the inside group over-seeing the run & run defense drills. At first I interpreted this as the relative inexperience of the dlinemen & the relative experience of the linebackers. While I think that this still holds true to a point, I think it says more about his hard-headed determination and/or believe that you rush 4 dlinemen & cover with 8. I assume this was because of his experience in Winnipeg where they had solid defensive line play. But again, this confuses me as he was not the Dline coach in Winnipeg not Montreal. He was the linebackers coach. You would think that as a linebackers coach he would recognize the talent he has & utilize it, and err on over using it at times. He seems to be trying to replicate a system that he's witnessed in other places yet really had no integral part in building or executing. I question if he truly understands the systems he's been a part of in Wpg, MTL & CGY.
You would also think that for all the work, and I truly mean 99% of his time, being with the defensive line, they'd be performing better. While I watched his raving lunatic routine on a daily basis, I began to wonder how effective he'd be as the defensive coordinator. There's a fine line between tearing a man down to build him back up & tearing a man down to the point where he will no longer listen to you and no longer respect you. I understand training camps. Been apart of many myself. I understand the stick & carrot approach to coaching and management. But this was 99% stick. I was not surprised when Maurice Forbes "retired" from football in only his second year. Creehan belittled, berated, and bullied him to the point that I was not surprised he quit. It was brutal. Not saying that we lost an incredible player. Maurice was not in particularly great shape nor was he going to be a standout. But he was Canadian, and one of two Canadians at defensive tackle. I saw him as a younger version of Eddie Steele and saw him as his backup. But Creehan's treatment of this kid put the team into a ratio predicament from Day 1.
As far as the DB's go, he spent hardly any time with them at all. Perhaps he should have. Yet looking at what he's achieved with the defensive line I'm sorta glad he hasn't.
I think he's worked alongside some great position coaches and coordinators with guys like Burke, Harris, Jones.
He's a linebackers coach who is not using his linebackers and is failing in areas he has little experience & it shows. And now we're seeing that he's lost the confidence of his veteran players and leaders. The only surprise to me is that it took this long.