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Author Topic: GM Kyle Walters | End of Season Address  (Read 1142 times)
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« on: December 01, 2018, 06:04:32 AM »

Kyle Walters comments on the past season, free agency, the upcoming CBA and players such as Matt Nichols, Adam Bighill, Jovan Santos-Knox and Jackson Jeffcoat.

GM Kyle Walters | End of Season Address - Ed Tait

1. ONE STEP CLOSER = PROGRESS


The Bombers were 10-8 in 2018 and finished third in the West Division after going 12-6 and hosting a playoff game in 2017. But Walters felt that the playoff win in the West Semi-Final and their showing in a West Final loss to the eventual Grey Cup champion Stampeders represents progress.

"Like eight of nine teams who don?t win that final game, you're disappointed," he said. "But when you look back and evaluate the whole year, I'm proud of the team. We went through a tough stretch in the middle of the season where a lot of people had written us off and said it wasn't our year. And then after that bye week we came back and went on a nice little run and we're playing really good, sound football down the stretch and won a playoff game in a real tough environment.

"We gave Calgary all they could handle and it was a three-point game for an extended period in the second half where it just felt like whatever team was going to make a play on offence, defence or special teams to get the ball rolling was going to win. And to their credit, they were able to make a play down the stretch and we weren't. But I was proud of the way we battled. Am I happy with the progress? For sure. I think we're really close.

2. THE 'BIGGIE' WATCH


No free-agent addition had a bigger impact on their club in 2018 than middle linebacker Adam Bighill. The veteran defender didn't just fill a hole in the Bombers defence en route to becoming the CFL's Most Outstanding Defensive Player, he brought leadership and an attitude to a defence that needed both. But Bighill is heading into free agency again this winter. Walters said he has spoken casually with the star linebacker and met with his agent at the Grey Cup in Edmonton. Asked how confident he was in bringing him back, Walters wouldn't tip his hand.

"Who knows? There's the player experience, which I'm quite confident in this city that he enjoyed his experience this year, that he saw what a first-class organization we are and that he enjoyed his time here and had success on the field," said Walters. "But then there's the business end of things and his agent's job is to take a deep breath and figure out what Adam wants financially, personally, and all that sort of stuff. It's very hard to predict at this point of the year who is going to come back and who's not. There's a lot of uncertainty heading into the offseason for both sides.

"I look at the list in front of me and Adam Bighill's name is at the top of the list of guys we certainly want to have back in the organization. Adam enjoyed his time here by all accounts. But nothings going to get done any time soon with a lot of these free agents in the league, in my opinion, particularly with the high, high end guys and Adam Bighill is a high, high end guy.......?

Read the rest of Ed Tait's article here and the embedded Kyle Walters' video.
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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2018, 12:15:05 PM »

Ideally we keep Bighill and JSK, but if we lose both, we are in trouble.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2018, 02:51:42 PM »

Walters: "... we?re awful close to being a Grey Cup team with Matt Nichols as our quarterback." Notice how he doesn't say he thinks Bombers can actually WIN a GC with Nichols.
He also says Streveler is as good as gone to the NFL after next year.
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2018, 02:59:01 PM »

Ideally we keep Bighill and JSK, but if we lose both, we are in trouble.
You just don't replace the MOP defensive player and another future all star with rookies or guys like Ian Wild who are waaaay past their prime.   This past season Bighill played a major role in creating a defence that could be dominant at times and JSK improved to where you might consider him all star material as well. 
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2018, 04:21:50 PM »

You just don't replace the MOP defensive player and another future all star with rookies or guys like Ian Wild who are waaaay past their prime.   This past season Bighill played a major role in creating a defence that could be dominant at times and JSK improved to where you might consider him all star material as well. 

Exactly what I said.  If we lose them, we?re in trouble. 
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2018, 04:40:34 PM »

Jeffcoat and Knox trying out NFL...

"We're one step closer"...at this pace it'll take ten years to just get a Grey Cup berth...

If Walters considers this progress...it's no wonder we don't win Grey Cups...other teams just blow by us!!
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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2018, 05:23:51 PM »

Jeffcoat and Knox trying out NFL...

"We're one step closer"...at this pace it'll take ten years to just get a Grey Cup berth...

If Walters considers this progress...it's no wonder we don't win Grey Cups...other teams just blow by us!!
Yes we finally won a playoff game but it's quite clear that the way to getting to the dance is to be first in your conference like Calgary has done and the Als at one time used to when they had AC.   That has to be the mindset of the entire franchise and with a QB as underwhelming as MN I'm not sure we will ever achieve it.   You have to go for the Cup EVERY year because of how players come and go from year to year.  This long term plan is only good if you are consistently showing up for the Grey Cup and winning it.   Other then that it's only providing job security for Walters, MOS and Wade Miller!   
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« Reply #7 on: December 01, 2018, 07:27:48 PM »

Walters: "... we?re awful close to being a Grey Cup team with Matt Nichols as our quarterback." Notice how he doesn't say he thinks Bombers can actually WIN a GC with Nichols.
He also says Streveler is as good as gone to the NFL after next year.

I didn't hear that part, but that's interesting.
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« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2018, 08:26:07 PM »

Walters: "... we?re awful close to being a Grey Cup team with Matt Nichols as our quarterback." Notice how he doesn't say he thinks Bombers can actually WIN a GC with Nichols.
He also says Streveler is as good as gone to the NFL after next year.


That was a bit of a bomb drop in his address. I think the only chance we have of keeping Streveler beyond is if he's able to grab the starter's position next year. Which is possible. Aside from an injury to Nichols, he does get a fair amount of looks in this offence to show what he can do.
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2018, 08:31:30 PM »

I'd hate to see Streveler go to the NFL, as I think he may be the QB of the future here. And it has been a long time since WPG has had 2 QBs that can play.

Having said that, I'm not convinced that Streveler is the QB of 2019. So if that the alternatives are that Streveler is a starter for WPG or he goes to the NFL, I'd let him go and take a crack.

Now, Walters did say, 'after next year' so I think we still have all of 2019 to figure it out.
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2018, 09:28:55 PM »

I have said it a few times now. Streveler isn't going to stand on the side lines bouncing a ball off the turf in the CFL for $75-80K, when an NFL team will pay him much more to come in a run a package like Hill does for the Saints. He came to Canadian to play with his buddy Wol82, and get some playing time in a professional league. I also expect Wol82 to take a shot at the NFL in 2020. He mite need a little more size, but like Zylstra this kid can play.
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2018, 10:21:36 PM »

I'm not worrying about 2020 right now. Let's just get through 2019. I also believe that we're close to finishing in first and winning the Grey Cup. The thing is we have to somehow keep Bighill and JSK. We won't win without a good defence. As for Streveler, if he would rather go be a back-up in the NFL when he could be starting here in a couple of years well he's going to go.
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« Reply #12 on: December 01, 2018, 10:51:33 PM »

To take the next step we need better backups at DB and LB. We have a lot of guys at the LB backup position but not good enough for the next guy up, eg: Wild or the other ST NATS LB are only ST guys. If there isn't any better DBs to replace Fogg again poor backups or replacement starters or poor coaching not giving Fenner or someone else a better shot.
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« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2018, 02:23:26 PM »

To take the next step, we need better DBs period, forget the backups. We also need a Qb that can consistently move the ball and not simply whine about it after in the presser. We also need a big play receiver that dominates defenses like a Rogers or Derell walker . We could have grabbed posey this year but didn?t, I think the same will happen this off season where our lists of wants will go unaddressed
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« Reply #14 on: December 02, 2018, 02:30:52 PM »

I have said it a few times now. Streveler isn't going to stand on the side lines bouncing a ball off the turf in the CFL for $75-80K, when an NFL team will pay him much more to come in a run a package like Hill does for the Saints. He came to Canadian to play with his buddy Wol82, and get some playing time in a professional league. I also expect Wol82 to take a shot at the NFL in 2020. He mite need a little more size, but like Zylstra this kid can play.

Who knows what lies ahead for Streveler. Posters said the same things about BLM, M. Reilly, J. Franklin and so on. All of them are still in the CFL.

Not many CFL QB's land an NFL contract even on the PR. No one is saying Streveler couldn't do that but the odds are long.

Let's see his progression in 2019. It's just as possible that by 2020 he has a new contract from the Bombers.

I think we all agree that we're close but OTOH our 2019 roster may not look anything like our 2018 roster.

Could be better, worse or the same. The reality is we won't even have any idea until we get an idea of who is coming to TC across the league. 300+ potential free agents. Could be some big losses or big gains in every city.

Here's hoping Walters is able to retain the players he wants and adds a few gems in free agency.

The number of our defensive players that are potential free agents is scary. That includes both starters and most of the back ups.
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