Discussion in 'Calgary Stampeders Talk' started by Bronko, Aug 8, 2019.
Hopefully, the stamps will sweep the Eskimos ,on Labor Day .
The Smirk Man of Alacatraz, Mike O'Shea brings his career coaching record to 4 games over .500 with the Bomber W tonite, no thanks to the continually slumping Matt Nichols. Great defensive stands, key pick-offs and 2 punt returns for TDs by GG Grant
Note to Huff:
Please find the Stamps some Canadian receivers. Harder said than done.
Oh yeah maybe a RB would be nice. I don’t know how Sutton is, but he would be an upgrade.
Second half the Stamps were just taken to task in the trenches. Looked like were fighting the energy every play.
Tonight special teams was terrible.
I am beginning to be concerned with all the turnovers this team is having this year.
And A defensive line that brings pressure.
Reserve quarterback (with all of 6 pro starts under his belt to date, and still 4 and 2 over those starts), the loss of Jorden and Marken to the NFL, Daniels to the Esks, Matthews to the Bombers, Durant to the Lions, a carousel at RB and along the O-line due to injuries for most of the year, and there's too many turnovers?
Especially after only 5 days' rest following an emotional win last weekend against their most hated rival?
I'm surprised there weren't more of them to be candid about it.
Still second in the west with 10 games to go, and Bo on the way back.
Let's see what they do against Les Larks next week and the Esks at Labour Day before we haul out the tar and feathers...
The way it looks now, the bombers and riders will give the stamps the most
trouble in the west.
Oh yeah I agree Tundra. Plenty of turnover on the roster and with shorten week for the Stamps they played as well as expected. Imagine if Harris got injured for the Bombers? Where would they be? Tomorrow night I’m interested see Hamilton plays with injuries they have.
5-3 I’ll take that record.
I don't think any team who had Matthews is displeased they lost him. This guy typifies the "American Hobo" stereotype we often talk about. A tall (6'5") WR with only slightly above average speed. His hands have shown to let him (and his teams) down more often than not. He doesn't fight for high profile balls and refuses to help his QBs with check-off comebackers. Jorden, Michel & Daniels were serious losses to the Stampeders but their scouting & recruiting shadows NFL/NCAA like no other CFL organization. Its almost plug-n-play, combined with superior coaching & management.
If Bombers can claw their way to another 6'2"+ WR off the NFL cuts or get Darwin Adams back in a couple games Chris Matthews days are numbered. Maybe a couple more stints hoboing around with Toronto or Ottawa, even BC but his attitude and disrespect for CFL coaches has now been exposed. Not quite a full blown cancer like John Manziel or Casey Printers but darn close!
Not hard to surmise the Stampeders are a superior organization to Bombers in many ways; particularly recruitment and retention of hi-level quarterbacking.
But some nice things happening to the poorly managed bombers. (only 25,300 in stands for Grey Cup champions, 550 freebies given out to armed forces, at least another 1,500 papered in - so really only about 22,500 paid to get in.
1. Even though I've rightfully accused Mope Nichols of being just that - a field mope, I also remember the grand old days of Bomber football, Kenny Ploen & Bud Grant from 1957 to 1965. Often Ploen was injured (bum shoulder or knee) but forced to continue as backups like Hal Ledyard were terrified to get onto the field. So the Bombers played routine 2 & out football, handing off to Leo Lewis on 1st down for 3 yds, then Ploen or Gerry James would lug the piggy for 2 or 3 on 2nd down followed by a punt by Choo Choo Shephard or Ed Ulmer. Bud Grant put together a fearless defense that constricted other teams offenses.
2. Matt Nichols doesn't have Kenny Ploen's talents as a field general. Nichols is a game manager, at best - Ploen could play near error free ball. Bombers didn't have any real deep threats - Ernie Pitts had game but was shunned for off-field activities by many of his teammates. Farrell Funston, another bomber legend could barely run the 40 in 5 seconds. Thus, Leo Lewis was used much like Andrew Harris. Passing/Receiving/Running and even returning kickoffs and punts.
3. Bomber D doesn't have any Dr. Deaths or Granny Liggins or Ed McQuarters but they put sincere pressure on other team's QBs. Bomber LBs are tough as nails but its obvious Mr. Fabulous, Adam Bighill is still ailing - his pursuit is stiff and half-legged. He's still laboring. At the safety spot - Jeff Hecht is showing why other CFL squads shunned his services like a vile of Ebola. The guy is slower than a glacier - and continues to whiff tackles on better WRs or RBs.
4. Mike O'Shea, the career .500 coach is still wet behind the ears. Too much talk, not enough action. Keeping Matt Nichols in play is a sheer act of stubbornness - one that could cost the bombers dearly at playoff time. You need a monster QB who can take a very good team to the Grey Cup and compete heavily. Nichols sometimes appears not to believe in himself, agreeing with 90% of bomber fans that he's not the guy to get his team to the promised land.
5. O line is average and continues to rack up injuries. Pat Neufeld is on the 300 game IR, Cody Speller was nicked badly last nite. Hardick has had some moments. Down to scant reserves in this important area.
6. Bombers are almost as gifted as Stamps in pass coverage. Really good this year although Richie Hall philosophy likes to give up big gobs of moderate yardage vs. the big plays.
7. Peeps in blue-ville are miffed as to whether the bomber Wide receivers are bunk or is Matt Nichols the problem. Maybe a bit of both. As discussed earlier, Chris Matthews the current bomber star may be indeed gassed at 30. Lucky Whitehead and Jennarian Grant are both 5'6" to 5'7" tiny monsters with speed. Darvin Adams is gonna be gone several games while Nic Demski & Wally Tarski are very good, they're not game-breakers. Demski has above average speed but goes down to finger contact. Tarski has great hands and great moves but maybe only a tad faster than the Turtle-like Matt Nichols. Bombers need better from their receivers, Nichols won't throw to covered areas, he'd rather eat the ball or toss it out of bounds.
I can now see the Bombers getting to 12-6 barring injuries, outside chance of 13-5. Just can't see a career .500 coach getting to 14 wins, no matter what. Should be good for 1st or 2nd in west, real crack at getting into the Grey Cup.