Stampeders Facing Massive Personnel Changes

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This off-season marks the most turnover at key positions I’ve seen in this club in recent memory.

When you come from a winning organization as a player or coach, and a winning Grey Cup performance to boot, it usually means some of that talent will find greener pastures South of the border. It’s normal for any team in the league. But what’s abnormal this year is how many and who. The all-star linebacker corps? Gone. Alex Singleton and Jameer Thurman have signed in the NFL. The QB? We’ll find out this week if he’s going South (highly likely). Two receivers (Michel and Matthews), NFL as well.

The team is going about its business signing the likes of Kamar Jorden and Terry WIlliams on offence. Brad Erdos signed today as well. News out of the Stamps camp today was another addition to the new defensive coaching staff. Coach Claybrooks moved to BC to take on the head coaching job there. A new linebacker coach was named today, much to the surprise of all: JC Sherritt. You may remember him from such places as last year’s football season. He suited up for the Green and Gold up North. At 30 years old, he announced his retirement two weeks ago, and signed with the Stamps today.

More changes are coming to the Stamps, but if there’s one thing we’ve come to expect with this club, is that John Hufnagel is a master GM and has multiple aces up his sleeve. Year after year he keeps this organization in winning form. But this year, unlike previous ones, will mark the first time he’ll have to replace key positions. Who slots in will be a surprise, some from free agency and some from left-field. What fans can hope for is that one or two names reported to be leaving, will in fact stay (*cough* Mitchell) and provide the team with some needed stability.

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