How the 2015 season played out:
The Stampeders entered 2015 as a proud bunch, they were the defending Grey Cup champions and sought to defend their crown. From that first game against Hamilton – which was won by a last second field goal – right to the last, the Stampeders once again showed that they were a force to be reckoned with. They only lost four games in the entire season.
Quarterback Bo-Levi Mitchell had a stellar year where he threw 555 passes and had a 65.6% completion percentage, whilst star receiver Eric Rogers was tied for the CFL lead in TD receptions at ten. Had the Ottawa Redblacks, not had the miracle season they did, Bo-Levi Mitchell could have easily snatched the Most Oustanding Player award – rather than Henry Burris.
Additions and Subtractions
The Calgary Stampeders have had John Hufnagel as head coach since 2007. During his time in Calgary Hufnagel produced two Grey Cups, one in 2008 another in 2014. His replacement, Dave Dickenson takes over what is already a very good football team; it will be interesting to see how he shapes this already stellar roster.
On the field however, perennial MOP candidate running-back Jon Cornish unfortunately called it quits after the 2015 season, retiring with 6,844 career yards alongside 44 touchdowns. His loss will be felt in the running game as his powerful style made him one of the CFL’s elite running threats. Whoever is coming in this year will have big shoes to fill in a wide open camp.
2016 Season Thoughts
Even with the personel change, this team is still going to be a dangerous unit in the West this year, and may just be able to win another 14 games this year. But I am sure that the rest of the Western Division would love to see things work out another way. This is a veteran Calgary team that knows how to win.