Jet Bomber that was a very good post. I'm not quoting it for length but...
I could have sworn Deon Beasley was hanging around the league before Mack's time, could be my bad here. Love Alex Suber/Marculles Bowman, could not remember if they was around before Mack's time. My bad there. Chris Garrett looked good late in the season and I am big fan of the way he runs and his emotion on the field. We also cut him out of camp. Kind of lucky, but again I am not completely sold on Garrett just yet. RB's are a tricky beast, you see alot of 1 year and out types. I am not going to check right now (since I have an exam in a couple hours) but I think I could put together a similiar list for most teams in the CFL. Quality import talent is essential and we have done a good job, but don't go making out like we are stacking up on ALL the quality American's other teams are finding guys as well.
Fritz and Mainor were kinda meh there. We rotated alot of DE's, not sold on them having legit star power there with Fritz/Mainor/Vega, hell even Kashama, a NI, saw quite a bit of time on that opposite side of Willis. We'll see what happens there. Turner is a nice piece, but an Imp in a spot we have used NI for a long long time. We also had Moton Hopkins, who is a very solid DT we let go for nothing.
I am curious about where we are picking up this other NI spot? Is it going to Muamba starting? 3 NI receivers? 4 NI linemen? Please educate me on that.
Brink and Elliot have proven nothing. I like Brink's upside, but that is about it. Our QB position is very very suspect, especially when looking around the league. Again we have a VERY injury prone QB who is average even when healthy, a backup that has good upside but has yet to show starting skill, and a 3rd stringer who is not only unproven, but has had season ending injuries in back to back seasons. Not feeling great with that depth, TBH.
As for the drafting, although I was critical, I did say we have to let things play out. But the undeniable fact remains that Mack went off the board and against expectations. I agree we are talking very early post draft here, but Muamba was sitting behind PIERRE-LUC LABBE on defense last year. I love Labbe as a special teamer, he is a great character guy and works his ass off. But let's be honest, he downright sucks on defense. He is not strong enough, fast enough, or smart enough to have any reps on defense. Even as a rookie Muamba should have been at very least pushing this guy for some field time. That's like your star prospect (don't say Scheifele since football prospects come much more ready than hockey ones) playing 4th line Tim Stapleton playing 1st line. Does it mean the prospect is a bust? No, but it is slightly concerning.
Etienne has youth on his side no doubt. But there was a reason he was ranked low, he had only 1 good season in college. He came out of nowhere for that one year, and it happened to be his draft year. We will see. My REAL problem with the pick was that we KNEW we were already getting a better receiving prospect in Poblah via to supplemental draft, we could have solidified other areas (ie OL).
As for Dunn, Greaves and Swiston, well I guess we just have to see. I know very little about Dunn or Swiston, so I'll take your word for it. As for Greaves, he looked fairly decent in his time last year, I will reserve judgement till I see him in a starting role this season. Pass blocking will be the place to really watch his footwork, since he is a converted d-line. It's possible one or more of these guys develops into a solid starting OL for the Bombers, but c'mon you don't drool thinking of a ratio breaking NI starting LT like a Josh Bourke? Mitchell, Muamba, Poblah would have been better, IMO.
Also, if you want an example of a NI coming in rookie season and making an impact I will point you straight towards Brendon LaBatte and 3rd Round pick Arjay Franklin (who is a currently a FA, that would be a nice pickup). Both stepped in to the Bombers rookie year and were very very solid. Not to mention Poblah would have been a ROY candidate as a receiver if not for injuries, IMO.
Again, I am critical because I expect the best from the Bombers. Mack has done a decent job recovering from the disaster that was left to him from that "alleged" wife beating jackass, but he has consistantly struggled with retaining talent and acquiring proven talent. We had the youngest team last year, and look to be young again, there just better be improvement.
Also, having to watch another 18+ games of Glen January makes me sick.
Lastly, Jet Bomber, I have watched every single second of Bomber action for the past 5 years, I keep track of all players in and out of the organization via spreadsheet, I live and die Bomber football in the summer and fall, much like Jets hockey in winter. I know that you know your Bombers as well but don't imply I am just a Jets guy please since I disagree that Mack has done an excellent job. He has assembled potential and frankly got lucky last season. When we are a top end team, I will say he has done a great job, for now, he has done an average job.
(Sorry about length)
Last edited by Holden Caulfield: 02-16-2012 at 03:53 PM.
Maybe it's just me, and it probably is, but it seemed like Mack's press conference today was Much Ado About Nothing. "We had a few signings, lost about 3 players to FA, and we're upset at some tweets by our players. Oh yeah, we're still doing fine yada yada yada. Thanks for coming!"
Or I'm just a bitter SOB for some reason tonight.
Please do not run your organization like the WBB. Thank you.
I have little hope for next season, but at least we'll have somewhere nice to watch them play.
The problem once again is the QB. I like Buck, but the offense struggled with him at the helm. He's not at an age or point in career where he is going to show much improvement, we need to look beyond him.
A great defense and lackluster offense does not win the Grey Cup, and the evidence is fresh in our minds.
Well, that's one of the reason why they signed their two backups. Promising up-and-comers who can take over for Buck permanently either this year or next.
I am super excited to watch January do his patented spin o-rama while touching nobody move while Pierce gets killed this upcoming season, now that we have no left guard to even help cover for his incompetence. Our o-line was bad last year and with Douglas and LaBatte gone, how exactly is it going to get better? Muamba better be ready to start since we now need another NI starting on defense. Oh yah, and the most unique talent in the CFL left as well (although I am less concerned about this, the Bombers ALWAYS find import receivers for some reason).
Mack really really really sucks at free agency. Like crazy bad.
They signed most of their key players. Labatte wanted to go back to Sasky and they overpaid big time for a guard.........like 190,000 - 200,000 per season. That's tackle money. Time to see what our young NIs linemen can do this upcoming season. And there actually wasn't any noticeable drop-off in our O-line when Labatte was out of the lineup last season. And Carr? Well Mack had an agreement with him in principle and then the **** turns around and signs with Edmonton for $5,000 more per season.
Mack has to look at the big picture. Can't overpay and sacrifice depth in other areas ie. backups. He has proven in the past he can bring in good import talent at receiver. No reason to believe he can't do it again.
As for the NI issue, with Brown's impending retirement expect to see Muamba and Luc-Labbe to cover middle linebacker duties in 2012.
Oh, and free agency just started. Mack might sign a player or two yet.
Well, with Carr gone, what are the chances that Kito Poblah steps up this year to fill his place? Haven't seen much of this kid, but from the sounds of things, he's very talented.
Also, I can't wait to see the new Bombers' jerseys. I'll probably pick up a home jersey. Won't pick up the road jersey, only because I'm not a fan of gold. (Damn.....just realized I've spent over $700 on Jets/Bomber hats/jerseys this year.)
Reid was finished, Labatte wanted to leave and Carr apparently did too for only 5k more a year. Hopefully this will be the season Brink or Elliott emerge as the number (and not because of injury).
Even though I am not a bomber fan. I have to say I was very impressed with Garrett!!! Man that little bugger can run and Brink was very very decent....I honestly thought they would not resign Buck. Regardless your running game and QBs will be great this year.