Tuesday 11 October 2011

No Mo' Mann

In a bit of a shocking move, the Tiger-Cats traded Maurice Mann to the Toronto Argonauts in exchange for Defensive back Dee Webb.

Acquiring Webb will hopefully help a battered and maligned Secondary. Webb is a decent player who is familiar with Defensive Coordinator Corey Chamblin from their days with the Calgary Stampeders. (Both were there in 2009.)

But the bigger news, in my opinion, is the trading of Mann. Mann came to Hamilton with the hopes of forming a potent one-two combination with Arland Bruce. That never happened, and now both players are gone.

In his first season, Mann caught 56 passes for 787 yards and five touchdowns. Decent production, but hardly Earth shattering. This season, while he dealt with injuries, Mann hauled in 35 passes for 346 yards and two touchdowns. He lost six games to injury, and never seemed to get back on track.

I was never a big fan of Mann's. I never felt like his production never matched his hype, and while I was never a fan of the trade in the first place, I held out hope that he could turn into something. It never happen.

His play on the field tended to be overshadowed by his off-field antics, most notably. when he took to Twitter last season to complain about his role on the team, calling out Marcel Bellefeuille in the process.

I can put up with someone who talks a lot – my affinity for Avon Cobourne proves that – if the talk is backed up on the field. Cobourne backs up his play with solid performances week in and week out; Mann runs extremely hot and cold.

That was my biggest problem with Mann, is that he was very inconsistent. He would do things that would make you say "WOW!" and then do things that would make you say "WHAT!?!?"

Now we'll see if he is the cure for what ails Toronto's woeful Offense. He now has his chance to be the featured guy, and we will all see what he makes of that opportunity.

As for his time in Hamilton, I think two words will define it: potential and disappointment.

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