Murdoch wrote: ↑
Tue Jan 28, 2020 10:42 am
Coincidence or does it seem like Mike Reilly is influencing the decisions with Jordan Maksymic and Danny OBrien set up to run the offence. Sounds like those he likes are re-signed and those he doesn't are gone. Almost a be careful what you wish for situation where others are problem but the five step drop is far from an issue. Good luck with that one however it goes.
Will be surprised if Ryan Lankford is back which will be no big deal in Rick Campbells opinion. I keep thinking to give Jon Jennings a break because Ottawa was a tire fire last year and then I remember that RC was the coach. I hope it works.
Having watched the Lions practice and play last season this looks to me more like a decision on who has the smarts to run the offence and how well these coaches fit with the star QB versus Reilly demanding new or these coaches. Don't see Reilly that way at all.
I say this as I could not get my head around how brutal the Jarius Jackson layered pass routes weren't working and were a DBs dream fantasy. DBs like fans like me knew that a big pass rush meant that REC like Duron Carter were not SCHEDULED to turn like the short REC were or the REC streaking on a Post route. On top of that was the play calling and Jarius is no Paul LaPolice when it comes to calling plays. We shall see if being a HC and OC distracts Lapo from the kind of rhythm he was used with the Bombers and his ability to bring in Streveler for a change up.
I don't grasp either how Reilly wasn't screaming for changes in the offensive structure as he could see the film too. He just seemed to take the blows and keep his mouth shut most of the team. Rare but I have been on teams where a player leads a revolt when things aren't working. Not a common thing but seen it.
O'Brien clearly built his CFL career on his strengths and unlike most back ups hoping for his starter to get nicked and miss some plays, he was comfortable in the role he had. Not many backups want to go this far. I know how most guys think ... but they're still alive so no stories lol
“It’s no secret to those that know me that a big reason I was able to play for six years was that I was good at providing a second set of eyes for the starter,” explained O’Brien.
“I played behind three potential future Hall of Famers in Henry Burris, Trevor (Harris) and Mike. To earn their respect you have to see it the right way and add value to the quarterback room. I think that helped prolong my career in general. I think that kind of bridges the gap between me playing and coaching. It will be pretty similar.”
O'Brien will be a good coach and who knows - he could still come out of retirement and suit up.