Despite some performances from a recently drop-happy Green and Gold receiving corps over the past couple of weeks, Winnipeg Blue Bombers fiery head coach Mike Kelly approached their last meeting with no added confidence.
After all, he knows as much as anyone that a poor performance offers no guarantees of what to expect from his former squad.
"I've got a great joke right now, but I won't say it," Kelly said, before saying it anyway. "Well, they were coached better last year, come on."
Not-so-great jokes aside, the former Eskimos receivers coach who moved to Winnipeg this season has nothing but respect for the players who helped him get where he is today.
Knowing the group of receivers as well as he did - and still does - Kelly called them "extremely resilient."
"I still get text messages from those guys," he said. "After we win a game, I get congratulated by those guys. We had a special year last year with that group and I will be forever indebted to them for getting me back into the league and having the kind of experience that we had as a group last year."
It will take more than a few dropped passes to rattle the likes of Ricky Ray's targets.
"That is a tough-minded group and they never feel like they're out of the game because of the way they can throw the football," Kelly said. "They've proven that how many times this year now? I never take anything away from Ricky and the challenge that he has, but that's a receiving corps that I have tremendous respect for and they make plays.
"When it's not Fred Stamps, it's Mo Mann and Andrew Nowacki is as steady as they come. K.P. (Kamau Peterson), well, the most-outstanding Canadian last year. I mean, that's a good group. I had Jamaica Rector towards the end of last season, they're good football players. I have tremendous respect for them and will for the rest of my life."