Started by TecnoGenius, February 09, 2024, 05:37:52 AM
Quote from: TecnoGenius on February 09, 2024, 08:31:03 PMIvey (not Ivy I guess) was miles behind Richmond in development... If I/we didn't think Richmond was ready, then Ivey must certainly not be either? But I guess potential desperation can lead to unorthodox decisions?
Quote from: TecnoGenius on February 09, 2024, 05:37:52 AMLosing Yoshi (Hardrick) is huge, but not insurmountable. So do we finally move Gray (if retained) there, or slide Neufeld in, or risk it on Ivy?Does Gray walk? No chatter yet in the tamper period, so it's looking good for retaining him, I guess. Does Yoshi walking let Gray ask for mega-$$ if he knows he's our only option at RT??Eli is set, but Dobson is still a question. We usually can retain the dev guys. I think Spooner is the last good dev guy we lost in FA? (Going by memory.) I'm thinking we do keep Dobson? I would make it a priority. He's great as the 6th and clearly will be good enough to be a starting G in another season or so. And isn't our NAT OL cupboard bare after those guys?So have at it. Let's hear the best guesses -- real good guesses -- as to what we're doing to fill those 2 gaping holes as well as 6th spot and new guys for the hopper. What are the odds we go 4 NAT OL? Is an early/mid-career FA IMP a possibility? KW has done it 3 time before. Can Ivy possibly get it done? Or will the scouts come up with near-impossible magic (never been done in WFC?)?After QB (where we're set), these questions are probably the most important ones that will define the success of the team in 2024.
Quote from: theaardvark on February 12, 2024, 03:23:18 PM6'2 286 is a little on the small side for a tackle, no? I hope his feet and speed make up for it...
Quote from: CrazyCanuck89 on February 12, 2024, 07:48:34 PMWho is this size?
Quote from: Jesse on February 12, 2024, 02:12:00 PMI obviously don't have any inside knowledge, but I've read a couple of time that Gray is expected to move on? I imagine we want to keep him around and might be the best option at taking over at tackle. But perhaps he must also be looking for that pay raise - whether from us or elsewhere. Can't imaigine we'd willingly move on in a year Hardrick leaves.
Quote from: TecnoGenius on February 12, 2024, 10:08:54 PMStill no replies to my questions about McGloster... how did we let him walk? Was it a case of him getting good enough he wanted to start (and be paid) and we simply couldn't afford it since we were clearly set at OT?Or was it we thought he stunk and just let him walk and he didn't even get a pay raise?Or was this around when Lapo walked and he stole away McGloster? Ahh Aha.... the cfl stats site shows he started 2021 with OTT (weird, no line for MTL, but it's the same guy). So Lapo spotted his talent and offered him more than PR money. That wily Lapo. It finally starts to make sense.So then the ultimate beneficiary was MTL stealing him from OTT (FA? trade?) when it all fell apart post-Lapo and the witches had to be burned (baby & bathwater & all that).It just kind of irks me that we're sitting here ruing the loss of our star RT and trembling because we have zero idea how to replace him, when we had his perfect ready-made replacement in-house a few seasons ago, and could have probably kept him if we had bumped up his pay a little bit to match Lapo. But apparently we liked Richmond instead.GC-win-caliber OT to boot!! He was a shut-down RT in that game. Frustrating
Quote from: Pigskin on February 12, 2024, 10:59:49 PMMcGloster: Signed with Winnipeg in May 2019. Made the AR out of TC. Went to the PR after game 3. Then was released. Probably asked to be released to join LA Chargers.Aug 2019 signed with LA Chargers. Was released at the end of TC. [...]July 2022 signed by Montreal. PR all season. 2023 played 9 games.
Quote from: TecnoGenius on February 13, 2024, 01:15:44 AMWow! Quite a journey for him. Makes a little more sense now.But as for MTL... The instant they benched Rice and put McGloster as RT starter was when they started their big 8+ game winning streak, culminating in their GC win. I know this because I track Rice's career pretty closely.I don't think it's so much that Rice stunk as McGloster has become pretty darn good. Again, check out his GC performance against Willie & co. Yoshi got beat more than McGloster did...I would still consider Rice as a "no other option" RT option, especially if Gray walks. He's still sitting with no calls in FA == cheap(ish). If we did end up starting 4 NAT OL it opens up all sorts of extra roster / scheme options on D, which could really help with our soon-to-be underpowered D.Other FA OL still out there:N StewardN RichardsA TateA RileyN SaxelidN Van ZeylN JohnsonA KellyA LoftonN CampbellN SceviourA ThorntonN St JohnN ThomassinA NormanWow! There's actually a whackton of OL still in FA! Cross off everyone above who can't play OT. Who's left?Anyone know how good Tate is? No other names stand out to me.
Quote from: theaardvark on February 14, 2024, 08:53:11 PMIf we start the year with Bryant, Dobson, Kolankowski, Eli and Neufeld as our Oline, we will still have one of the best in the league.
Quote from: theaardvark on February 14, 2024, 08:53:11 PMRanking the "musts" this off season, Oliviera and Schoen were much higher than Hardrick, Jeffcoat or the other FA's we lost. We were never going to be able to keep them all, the fact that we got the top 2 pending FA's in the league to sign here is amazing.