Stamps Game Day Thread

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  1. iso_55

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    Well, the off season is finally over. Tonight the Eskimos travel to Mcmahon Stadium to take on the Stampeders. Lots of changes for both teams.
    Coaching wise, the Stamps lost two Defensive Coordinators Chris Jones & Dave Walkosky only to be replaced by Rick Campbell. How this plays out schemes wise will be something worth watching. Jones loved to scheme & confuse offenses. Hosever, his defenses sometimes confused the players as well. It required a lot of adjustments & study by players which may have affected performances at times. Campbell promises that simple is better. Not as much assignment thinking by players. Just know what your assignments react & make plays.
    On defense, there are some battles to watch. At safety, Keenan McDougall vs Eric Fraser. After 2 seasons of backup duty, Fraser finally gets a chance to shine as a starting safety. However, depth is important so it'll be interesting to see how McDougall does.
    Linebackers with Joe Lobendahn thrown into the mix with Robert McCune, Juwan Simpson & Malik Jackson. This is a veteran group. We know what McCune, Simpson & Jackson can do. Can Lobendahn come in & play hard? Can he go a season without reinjuring his knee?
    Demetrice Morley moves from safety to linebacker. Morley had a very good rookie season & will be in the mix at linebacker.
    In the secondary, Keon Raymond moves to corner. Can he make the adjustment? The Stamps 2012 President Ring Trophy winner has always performed well whenever he moved to a different position. We'll see if he can keep the same level of performance up.
    At the safety position, Eric Fraser vs Keenan McDougall. Fraser, a third year pro finally gets his chance to play starting safety after languishing in Jones defense the past 2 years. Fraser is being challenged by rookie safety Keenan McDougall. Depth at safety is so important so McDougall will be an important piece of the puzzle if he shows he can play.
    Defensive line was a major problem last year with only 27 sacks the worst in the CFL. Losing Corey Mace with a torn achilles the first game last season was a major blow along with injuries. This season the DL is bolstered by the return of Mace, newcomer Brian Bulcke & the return of Charleston Hughes. Some newcomers will have to step up if this unit is to improve. Having Mace back is going to make a huge difference & look for the emergence of Bulcke to shore up the DL. Devon Claybrooks retired & is now the DL coach. There'll'll be an adjustment period for him as a coach. Be interesting to see how long the adjustment from player to coach takes for the guy.
    Offensively, the biggest question mark is the same as last year... the offensive line. Injuries have once again affected this unit with various players sitting out training camp practices.
    The most serious injury has been the concussion issue with Jon Gott. How long he will be out is a question mark? He looked to be a starter until the injury happened so his absence hurts the continuity of the group. others who have had injury time outs so far this training camp is Steve Myddleton, Edwin Harrison & Tony Washington. Newcomer Mark DeWitt looks to be pencilled in at center. And Spencer Wilson has impressed this season so far with his improvement & progression as a player. "Ou"t is Kris Sweet as OL coach & "In" replacing him is Bob Gibson. The change is like comparing an exploding volcano (Sweet) to a calm, serene lake (Gibson).
    Receives are as always strong. Rambo, Lewis, Bryant, Franklin, Forzani, Arthur along with newcomer Chris Bauman. This COULD BE the best group in the CFL.
    Running back is set with Jon Cornis & LaMarcus Coker. Then there's local Calgary product Matt Walter. All eyes will be on Cornish after his breaakout season. Coker is quick & a threat to score from anywhere on the field. Walter is pushing to be on the active roster so he'll have his shot tonight to impress.
    Quarterback is interesting only from the standpoint of the #3 position. Unless he absolutely struggles, Drew Tate is the starter with Kevin Glenn the backup. The battle will be between Bo Levi Mmitchell & Brad Sinopoli for the third qb position. So far, Levi has impressed & is seesed third. He has a good grasp of the offense & is throwing the ball with more accuracy than Sinopoli. Both will get the second half of tonight's game to impress.
    Larry Taylor looks to be the kick returner again but he will be pushed. At kicker Rene Paredes is the man & Rob Maver is the punter although Maver can do both.
    Okay, it's time to play some football...
     
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  2. Bronko

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    Who's gonna be the first casualty in the coaching/management ranks?

    Candidates are:
    1. Kavis, 2. Reinbold, 3. Gary Crowton

    I expect Marc Trestman is safe, for now - hopefully he doesn't get called up midway thru the season to an NFL team.

    Rationale - Kavis goes down if the Esks really puke up North Country
    Reinbold takes the fall if the Als can't stop dirt
    Crowton either takes off on his own accord or gets into a heay dispute with players/other coaches
     

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