You raise some good points, JH.JohnHenry wrote:Joseph actually played pretty well against the Lions in their last regular season game in B.C...moving the team smartly down the field with his feet late in the 2nd Q, before being pulled (thankfully) near our goal line.
From Tillman's perspective, if Ricky Ray was so valuable why have the Esks struggled to win over the past few seasons? Then there's Ray's salary dump, which saves the Esks $200k by acquiring the 3 new players. And the Argos have already paid $100k of Jyles $175k base salary for 2012. Tillman also hinted he wanted a scrambling QB. Perhaps Jyles won't get the passing numbers of Ray, but he's much more dangerous on the ground. The success of the trade will come down to wins and losses...either Tillman is a maniacal genius or a frothing-at-the-mouth miscreant.
But I suspect it is more about Ricky Ray being loyal to Danny Maciocia, and not buying into Tillman and Reed. Just a hunch, a guess. If he doesn't buy in, then of course he has to go. Perhaps Ray just did not show any enthusiasm for what Tillman and Reed were selling. Something like that ...
Other than that ...
Wins/Losses, Salary dump, Scrambling quarterback ... These kind of things would not IMO justify "giving away" a quarterback of Ray's calibre.
It will remain a mystery for a time. I expect what was behind the deal will eventually come out. I for one do not subscribe to any conspiracy stuff. I suspect there was a disconnect between Ray and Tillman/Reed. That would be unworkable, no matter how good a QB Ray is.
Trading Ray was radical surgery. As it stands now, IMO the Eskimos quarterback roster is not too promising.