The constant and never-ending uncertantly at the QB position has been the prime reason for the team's failures for years in my opinion. It's draining the life-blood out of the team and will continue to do so until it gets sorted out once and for all.
The talent pool on the rest of the team matters little when the QB position is so unstable......we saw this last year when -on paper- we were predicted to win the Grey Cup by all the experts.....and many of us fans.
Between last year and this year, we have only 5 wins out of 24 attempts....
I believe the problem is simple to identify.
It goes like this:
The majority of time the past few years has been focused on how to get the QB motivated and inspired to perform (even to the point that the Edmonton Eskimo coach was calling our QB on the phone all the time during last season) .......when in fact, the reverse should be true....ie: it's usually the QB who is supposed to do the inspiring for the rest of the team to follow and feed off of.
I see this quality built into Timmy Chang and I saw the same thing in Kevin Eakin.....both of whom could be hugely successful in the CFL if managed correctly.
I like Maas, don't get me wrong, but there's something terribly awry here when it seems like the entire team, coaches and fans are always uncertain as to how his mechanics and emotional state are doing game to game......kind of like crossing our collective fingers and saying....."here's hoping things will change this game."
Well, in the bigger picture, a championship team isn't built that way because it erodes at the chemistry and confidence and results in players withdrawing into themselves as we saw last year especially.
I liken the QB to a -distributor cap- on an engine....it controls the spark and gets it going in eight different directions at once....but if it is not working correctly, the car runs like crap even though all the other parts are trying hard to compensate and are ready to do the job.
Well, those are just my opinions and observations and just the way I feel about things....your's may differ.