that Joe Womack, (asst GM and Dir. of player personnel with the Cats), and former TiCat GM and current Ass. GM of the Al's, Marcel DesJardins are 2 of the leading candidates to become the GM of the new Ottawa franchise. According to the expansion agreement, the Ottawa team can interview other CFL teams management staff, as long as the job would be a promotion for that indvidual !! Hunt states that the job search will begin in earnest next week. Reports seem to indicate that Womack would be a wiser choice, mainly because of his contacts in the USA, and because of his scouting talents !! I'm sure we all remember Marcel's short tenure as TiCat GM !!! <!-- s:oops: -->:oops:<!-- s:oops: --> <!-- s:roll: -->:roll:<!-- s:roll: --> Hunt also stated that while he would be interested in talking to Eric Tillman, he has not received any calls from him as of yet.
" Reports seem to indicate that Womack would be a wiser choice, mainly because of his contacts in the USA, and because
of his scouting talents !!
Somebody has to be pulling our leg here. If Womack is responsible for the on field talent let him go to Ottawa. I like how he brought in talented defensive secondary players. Another example of his scouting prowess is the signing of Mark Dile. Bring Mike McCarthy to Hamilton.
Here's the article by Don Brennan, Ottawa Sun:[url=http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/11/20/montreal-alouettes-hamilton-tiger-cats-assistant-gms-emerge-as-candidates-to-lead-ottawas-cfl-team]http://www.ottawasun.com/2012/11/20/mon ... s-cfl-team[/url]
I actually think those are 2 good choices.
Hear me out first.
Whoever takes the job is a lame duck GM. Although it might be 3-4 years before they are fired, they are essentially a lame duck.
It's going to be 5-7 years before they are good.
Starting up, who are they going to build the team around?
In the expansion draft they will be choosing back ups and cast offs. Any guy with good experience will be well into their 30s and will have to replace them shortly anyways.
In the Canadian draft, you might have to wait a year or two on the players before they sign with you.
In free agency, you aren't going to attract anyone who wants to win a Grey Cup.
The expansion franchise will be a mess for at least 4 years. You don't really want to spend 4 years on an experienced GM just to fire him. You hire a rookie or someone who hasn't been successful, you let them build a base for a few years and then you bring in an experienced guy.
IMO In an eight team league, if money isn't a problem, they should be competitive by year 2, if not year 1. There's lot's of talent below the border looking for work.
alan: Until you mentioned "the expansion franchise" I thought you were referring to the Tiger-Cats!
So...if Joe Womack is a leading candidate for Ottawa, does that mean he knows already that he won't be getting Obie's job?
That was my first thought.
In the past drafts how they have worked you would be right but if they go with a new format that the rumors have been it won't be really back ups and cast offs if they go with the new system Ottawa could come out of the draft in good shape.
It's the other way around. You WANT to bring in a quality GM who can build the team up to a competitive level as fast as possible. If an experienced GM is worth anything than he won't need to get fired if he can make the team reputable. Also if the team wallows around in mediocrity for the first few years will they establish a dedicated fan base? In the CFL it shouldn't take that long to turn around a franchise since there is only 8 teams and a large pool of players available both South and North of the border. Plus they'll be in the same division as the Cats so there's high probability that the new Ottawa team won't finish consistently in the basement.
Ottawa expansion details,[url=http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports/football/bombers/blogs/bomber_insiders/Ottawa-expansion-draft-details-114174894.html]http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/sports ... 74894.html[/url]
The Expansion Draft is divided into two main categories from which players may be selected, Non-Imports and Imports (quarterbacks, kickers, and punters are eligible for selection within the applicable Non-Import or Import category).
Ottawa will have the ability to select not more than two quarterbacks and not more than one kicker or punter (for clarity, Ottawa may not select a kicker and a punter). A Member Club cannot have both a quarterback and a kicker or punter selected from its roster.
ROUND ONE: IMPORT DRAFT
Member Clubs may protect one quarterback, and 10 additional Import players.
Ottawa will select one Import player from each Member Club.
Import quarterbacks, kickers, and punters are eligible for selection (and protection), provided that:
Each Member Club may protect a maximum of one quarterback in the Import Draft.
All other quarterbacks on a Member Club’s roster at the time of the draft are eligible for selection in this section.
Ottawa will only be able to select two quarterbacks in the Expansion Draft.
If a quarterback is selected from a Member Club in the Import Draft, such Member Club will be able to protect the names of an additional two Non-Import players in the first round of the Non-Import Draft.
If a kicker or punter is selected from a Member Club in the Import Draft, such Member Club will be able to protect one additional Non-Import player in the first round of the Non-Import Draft.
ROUND TWO: NON-IMPORT DRAFT
Each Member Club will protect six Non-Import players.
Non-Import quarterbacks, kickers, and punters are eligible for selection (and protection), provided that:
If a Member Club had a quarterback selected from its roster in the Import draft, it will be permitted to protect eight Non-Import players in the first round of the Non-Import Draft (instead of six); and
Ottawa will be prevented from also selecting a kicker or punter from that Member Club.
If a Member Club had a kicker or punter selected from its roster in the Import Draft:
That Member Club will be permitted to protect seven Non-Import players in the Non-Import Draft (instead of six); and
Ottawa will be prevented from also selecting a quarterback from that Member Club.
Any kicker or punter selected in the Non-Import Draft must be selected in the first round. If a Member Club had a kicker or punter selected from its roster in the Non-Import Draft, such Member Club would be eligible to protect eight Non-Import players in the second round of the Non-Import Draft, instead of six.
Ottawa will then select one non-import player from each Member Club.
ROUND THREE: NON-IMPORT DRAFT
Member Clubs will then submit a second list of an additional six Non-Import players for protection
If a Member Club lost a Non-Import kicker or punter in the first round of the Non-Import Draft, such Member Club would submit two additional Non-Import player names for protection.
Ottawa will then select one non-import player from each Member Club.
The Commissioner will resolve any dispute related to player eligibility for the Expansion Draft process.
CFL CANADIAN DRAFT (Non-Imports)
Ottawa will select in rounds one, two, three and four of the CFL Canadian Draft in the calendar year preceding the year it begins play, possibly 2012. It will select at the ninth position in each of the first four rounds and may only select Redshirt Juniors from the NCAA. Ottawa will be able to select a maximum of four underclassmen (NCAA) in that CFL Canadian Draft.
Ottawa will have the first pick in every round of the CFL Canadian Draft in the calendar year in which it begins play, possibly 2013. That provides Ottawa with the:
First overall selection
10th overall selection
19th overall selection
28th overall selection
37th overall selection
45th overall selection
Plus two additional picks at 55 and 56
If these are the rules by which the Ottawa Whatevers can stock their team, I think they can become competitive pretty quickly. An all-important decent QB or two will be available which will be key to their success. Where they will be hurting for a few seasons is Canadian content but they should be competitive within 2-3 years.
An Argo-Cat fan