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11-15-2012, 02:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Replacement View Post
Starting Joseph wasn't the problem. he led an excellent 100 yd drive down field for the first TD on the opening drive. But as soon as he stalled, and the Esks momentum stalled, it was time to pull Joseph. If merely for it was time to give the team a lift at the right moment, say after the Boyd fumble, or after the Joseph shovel pass. That could have given a momentum boost and was one of the stated advantages in having Nichols come off as a reliever. if things aren't going right its a boost to the squad. Reed screwed it, as he often does.
I get the part about being satisfied with the opening drive. The team hasn't scored a TD on the opening drive all season. That speaks volumes about the quality of this offence but I digress.

In spite of that early success Reed started the wrong player IMO. Maybe Nichols doesn't score that early TD but I think the team would have been better served over the course of the game by starting Nichols.

That said (as a 2nd possibility) I would have been fine with your suggestion that Joseph gets pulled in the 1st quarter as well.

Ray executed it excellently, and quickly, and targets were available. The Argos played a simple, but effective offense, and executed it flawlessly at times. But we gave them no wrinkles to worry about. None. Kudos to players like Burnett that at least tried to instill some worry.
I agree with this. Some questions need to be asked regarding the coaching on both sides of the ball.

We're all pissed off right now. The game has me out of sorts, bad mood, grumble grumble, just not the best time to ruffle feathers. I love the Eskimos, cheer resolutely for the club, so of course I'm upset at what unfolded today. More due to the coaching staff of this club not even giving us a chance to win.

Benefit of doubt is gone, totally. The one think I thought the club might be holding back on some wrinkles, different schemes, and that we'd get a better all round performance for instance out of the defensive and offensive lines.

The club sucked today, all round. Soon as things went bad, and soon as the interception was overturned, and Argos got the first TD due to that, the Esks were losing some composure. It was a delicate composure. They needed some things to go well early and ride that. We almost had that going.

That said a team with this little amount of commitment in adversity doesn't deserve more than it got.
This club has lacked the talent at important positions (not just QB) all season. The coaching deficiencies set the team back even further.

If Kavis Reed is around for 1 more season then it will be clear that upper Management really doesn't have a clue about the ingredients necessary to build a winner. The organizational rot will be evident for all to see.
The board needs to start with Len Roades and then hire a GM that has some clarity regarding the other weak Crandell and Reed.
That would be a good start to next season IMO.

I am willing to take bets that none of that happens.

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