Monday's interview was Schultz's first appearance in the Cage in the New Year, and he offered this assessment.
"Well listen, to look at what's been done, there's been some wholesale changes to say the least," the Old 96'er chuckled. "It is a 100% new-looking entity and I've said this many-a-time; talking with co-workers and fans alike on the street, either it's really going to work, or it's really not. I'm excited and I think these guys know what they're doing. They have a plan and they've been executing it. It's not like they've been keeping this under wraps. These guys have made some meaningful changes to this organization. Some haven't been so popular but they believe it'll get them a Grey Cup bid."
What exactly does that mean?
"That's the million dollar question," Schultz explained. "Everyone has this fantasy and love affair with the 'legends'. But they were also part of that 3-15 season and they contributed. They're getting older and it's debatable either way on how well they contributed and all these factors. Would Dressler have caught more footballs if he had a better quarterback? There's all these things. Then you look at the younger and cheaper route and they feel they can do that. But there's a lot to be said for experience and I look at the third phase which is special teams. That's what can kill you. There's so much to contemplate on special teams with rules and things that guys aren't used to. You can bring in some young studs and get them up to pace on the Canadian game pretty quickly on offense and defense but to me, what I've seen over the years, is you can't expect to just put a bunch of young guys out on special teams and expect them to be uber-productive."
Overall, like the rest of us, Schultz is keenly watching how the trio of Chris Jones, John Murphy and Jeremy O'Day is constructing this football team as each day goes by.
"I think from a business perspective, I give myself a little bit of credit there, but the business perspective of football is a little different," Schultz continued. "They've made some changes on the management side of things and some of them haven't been popular. Chick and Dressler were great community guys too. They do have a plan and at this point, like all good media folks, I'm with them. Then I'm gonna play hindsight pretty hard."
The full interview with Scott Schultz is available on the podcast at www.sportscage.ca.