Ok, I am the only one who really likes this team for 2009. The receiving core became a force this year under Marcel, and the secondary is way better than last year (plus Dylan Barker is back next year). The changes needed for next year are completely within reach.
I listened to the coach on TSN state that only 6 players need to be changed (3 Offense, 3 Defense), and have to agree completely with him. An Offensive line change here and a Defensive line there in the 2008 season, we are in the playoffs. As funny as it sounds for a 3-15 team, he should stick with the plan and only make those little changes. This group of players has the heart, the passion, and the talent that we have been looking for soooooooo long. Marcel seems to relate well with this young team and the players get it.
Given the situation that Toronto (too old, need to rebuild), Winnipeg (no Milt, no Canada, weak QBs), and even Montreal (offensive line getting a little long in the tooth) are in next year, for the first time in a long time I feel strong about the Cats being 1st in the East in 2009 and even stronger in 2010.
2009 - East prediction
- Ticats (13-5), minor tweak, BIG improvement.
- Montreal (9-9), 2nd year coach problems on an aging team, plus player losses.
- Winnipeg (6-12), they will miss the playoffs due to the cross-over.
- Toronto (4-14), could be lower, there is no coach out-there that can rebuild during training camp.
Does anyone share my feelings or am I alone?
As for the Grey Cup............we'll see.