Despite my name, I am very much a ticat Fan...I attend 4-5 games a year at IWS and have seen every down of cat football for the last 8 years.
Why can't we contend???? Even though we may pull a fluke and back into second place, it won't be because we are any better than we were last year, its because the Blue team and the Bombers are worse.
Anyone who reads this forum will see hundreds of posts saying 'Fire the Coach", or "Fire the OC" or "don't worry, Obie will save us". Let's face it... the 2008 Cats aren't a very good team. 2007 or 2006 either. We can sit here all day and list reasons why the Cats lose a lot more than they win. We can blame the coaches, blame the play selection, the weather, bad luck...whatever, but it all comes down to one thing...
The players just aren't good enough.
At the beginning of the 2007 season,the Cats had issues at several positions, QB, secondary to name 2. By the end of the season, It was clear that the receiving corp was substandard (when Brock Ralph is your #1 guy, you know you have a problem).
Well it's 2008 now. Our receivers aren't any better. The Changes made by Obie have for the most part flopped. Miles has been a dissapointment, Ponder didn't make the cut, the weaknesses in both lines weren't addressed at all. Thank God that Caulley and Richie have been around to take care of things during Jesse's and Casey's injuries otherwise the Cats could be 0-9.
The way I see it is that Obie without the strong support staff that he had in BC is like a fish out of water. The Guy is pushing 70, and can't be expected to run around all over the continent, trying to find a left tackle. He needs scouting and intelligence info. Why was Popp able to find players to bolster his weak areas over the off season, geez, he has a guy like Thurman on the "injury (wink,wink)list" who would probably be #1 in Hamilton.
In Hamilton, we have seen far too many "saviors" who have flopped....Miles, Ponder, Chang, Mass and too some extent Printers. Enough is enough.
For the Cats to get better, and I don't mean .500, I mean Grey Cup contend, there are a few things that are going to have to happen....
- Commit to a starting QB
- Commit to an RB
- Hire a GM who is still in touch and can evaluate the talent and make changes accordingly.
Give Obie the respect that he has earned for his many years of great servive to the CFL.
Don't expect him to be a Popp or Tillman.