2018 CFL Season Preview: Calgary Stampeders need-to-know
The Calgary Stampeders have been the CFL’s top team in each of the past two regular seasons, compiling a 28-6-2 record over that span. However, they’ve gone 0-2 in Grey Cup games during that time and that’s all anyone remembers.
It will be odd seeing this team without the likes of Charleston Hughes and Jerome Messam, both of whom were integral to the success of recent Stamps squads, but they are no longer around as the Stampeders made an effort to get a bit younger.
This team remains talented enough to win it all, yet being impressive on paper, putting it all together and peaking in the playoffs isn’t something the Stamps have been able to do since 2014.
General Manager: John Hufnagel
Head coach: Dave Dickenson
2017 Result: 13-4-1, first place in West, lost to Argos in Grey Cup
Starting QB: Bo Levi Mitchell
Key Departures: Jerome Messam, Charleston Hughes, Tommie Campbell, Anthony Parker, Josh Bell, Marquay McDaniel, Rob Cote, Randy Colling
Key Additions: Emanuel Davis, Adam Berger, Ese Mrabure, Derek Dennis, Eric Rogers
Expected team strengths: Defence. There are a few questions on offence and special teams but the defence appears strong once again. Alex Singleton is as good as it gets at linebacker, Emanuel Davis joins Ciante Evans in an intimidating secondary, and even though a leader like Hughes is gone, the defensive line led by standout Micah Johnson should be a nightmare for opposing teams.
Expected team weakness: Chemistry on offence will be something to watch early on after an off-season that had a decent amount of roster turnover. Reigning CFL rushing leader Messam is gone and 2017 special teams player of the year Roy Finch is out of the picture as he deals with legal issues.
This puts plenty of pressure on …read more