The season is finally over. Let the speculation begin!
The guys played hard tonight. The game could have been mailed in, but there were a lot of guys playing with an understanding that auditions were on.
Richie Williams showed a lot of spark tonight and will definitely be someone to watch next year if he's brought back to camp. Good mobility and showed some chemistry with Fowlkes late in the game.
Contrast that with Kevin Eakin...another disappointment.
Matt Clark also played well -- great pick before he got banged up.
The two-and-outs, the punt block, and some of the defensive lapses were symptomatic of many of the shortcomings of the club on the field. For me, there is a good core of young players, particularly on defence, to build with. The inconsistencies from an organizational standpoint began to be addressed with the Marcel Desjardins hire. It's a mixed bag right at this point.
However, the next couple of months will go a long way as to determining how and when the team rebounds from the ineptitude of recent years. Specifically, the hiring of a quality, CFL experienced head coach to get this program righted is vital. Whether it is Charlie Taaffe, RIch Stubler, , or a revitalized-by-miracle Don Matthews chaperoned by golf cart around the grounds, the next head guy is going to be the linchpin for what kind of revitalization occurs.
If the club doesn't get it right this time, all the fuzzy feel-good stories involving the off-field
turnaround of the team over the last three years will be but a grim fairy tale. I know Russ Grimm can coach, but he's occupied down south. LOL
I'm going to write another installment of my fan column in the next week and then pretty much lie low here until the next head coach is announced. Until that hire is made, all the speculation about next year really, really, really, really amounts to squat in a Derek Zoolander sense.
Oski Wee Wee,