jetsniper Posted June 12, 2008 Share Posted June 12, 2008 (edited) I need somewhere to talk CFL football and the other one was inexplicably closed. Calgary and Edmonton get it on at McMahon tomorrow night in our first pre-season game. It should be a good test for our O-Line which is probably the biggest question mark going into the season. Tsoumpas, who we drafted 2nd overall in May, has basically been handed a starting role after the injuries ran through the team. We picked 3rd overall as well and took another lineman in Jesse Newman but he injured his groing and is going to be out for a couple more weeks. New personnel changes as well, which I think were for the better although the team didn't handle it very well. Old Stampeders QB John Hufnagel comes in to coach the team who has had nothing but glowing reviews. He was recently the New York Giants offensive coordinator and with his CFL experience, has the potential to be a very good coach. We also stole one of the best defensive coordinators in the CFL from Montreal in Chris Jones. His units usually end up top 3 in the league so I'm looking forward to what he can put together by next season. One of the bigger things they're trying is WR Marcus Howell playing CB. They're not sure if he's going to make it at this point as a CB, they want to see how he does in an actual game first so his play will be another thing to watch. Offensively, the biggest news was Dave Dickenson coming home to back up the true MOP Henry Burris. Had Burris not been injured for 5 games last season, the trophy would've been his hands down. I still thought he deserved it but meh. Calgary could never find a reliable back-up last year and went 0-5 in the games Burris didn't play, thats where Dickenson comes in. Hopefully all we need is his leadership and guidance for Burris who has already learned from another of the games greats when Danny MacManus was the backup a few years ago. The offense should continue to be the best in the league, depending on how quickly the O-Line gels together. Defensively, if Chris Jones can get them to play atleast moderately better then the Stampeders have a real good shot at getting to the Grey Cup. And finally, I'll end this with a quote from Chris Schultz which I kinda liked even though I don't like him. Being head coach of the Stampeders may be the best job in CFL football. The city is great, the province is prosperous, the fans are dedicated and the talent is present right now. Mods, feel free to merge and unlock the CFL thread Pierre created. I still don't know why it was closed. Edited November 30, 2009 by jetsniper Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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