After loss to Riders, there’s trouble in Tiger Town

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are in trouble, the only question is how much.

The Ticats lost 37-20 Saturday night in Regina, repeating many of the mistakes that cost them dearly in the season-opener against Toronto – an anaemic offence, a suspect secondary – while adding some new ones as well. The most concerning: a shocking lack of discipline, including 15 penalties for 187 yards and the ejection of linebacker Will Hill that is likely going to be the subject of additional discipline.

Quarterback Zach Collaros was 19 of 34 for a paltry 189 yards and a touchdown – the only offensive major the Ticats have scored in eight quarters this season. With exception of one scoring drive in the third quarter, the offence was largely devoid of rhythm and the protection was, at best, suspect. The one surrendered sack on the stat sheet does not properly reflect Collaros’ constant need to run for his life.

And don’t just blame offensive coordinator Stefan Ptaszek for the unit’s woes: head coach Kent Austin resumed the play-calling duties against Saskatchewan after allowing Ptaszek the opportunity to do so for exactly one game.

The defence was no better. For the second straight contest, new coordinator Jeff Reinebold’s unit got strafed by a veteran quarterback, this time allowing former Ticat Kevin Glenn to throw for 380 yards and two touchdowns. Yes, they had a pick six and the occasional defensive gem but there were also moments of mass confusion and discombobulation, with players seemingly unsure who was supposed to be on the field.

The penalties were frequent, costly and mind-numbingly boneheaded at times. The Ticats took three unnecessary roughness penalties on the same drive to open the third quarter, allowing the Riders to push their nine-point lead into double-digits. Brandon Banks, the smallest guy on the field, managed to take one of them from the bench.

Then there’s Hill, who grabbed an on-field official by the jersey after the aforementioned third quarter touchdown, earning himself an ejection, a likely review by the CFL and an instant reputation as a loose cannon.

Austin, who had his own issues respecting the personal space of an official last season, all but threatened his players after the game.

“Penalties are a concern, especially stupid ones. Undisciplined players aren’t going to play for us,” Austin said. “If you’re going to hurt the football team and you have a pattern of doing that, you won’t play for us.”

Here’s the glass has-at-least some-backwash interpretation of the situation and one Austin trotted out to his players post-game: the Ticats have been here before. They started the 2014 season with a 1-4 record and opened the following year at 1-6 before making the Grey Cup games both times.

But this is year 5 of the Austin regime and it is therefore not unreasonable to expect this team to have some sense of stability and continuity. Austin’s had full control of the players, staff and every other aspect of football operations: whatever this is, it’s his to own.

The Ticats are 0-2 this season and while that’s bad, it hardly seems insurmountable – especially given this team’s history of doing things the hardest way possible. But they are also 1-9 in their last 10 regular season games and 4-12 if we go back a little further. That’s the glass-is-broken-and-let’s walk-on-it version.

Let’s go full doom and gloom: all-star linebacker Simoni Lawrence and veteran centre Mike Filer went down early in Saturday’s game due to injury and though they returned in the second half, their status will bear watching – those are key pieces on a squad already missing some talent. And the Ticats now have four straight games against tough West Division opponents coming up, including next week’s home opener against B.C.

Trouble in Tiger-Town indeed.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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108 Comments on After loss to Riders, there’s trouble in Tiger Town

  1. You this was bad wait till BC Crushes them in season opener
    The Ticat should never give Austin all that Power
    GM and head coach He’s not going to fire himself
    Tell me Scott Mitchell are you going to fire him?
    Bob Young Era is failure And Get What Hamilton your Stuck with all them

    • Buddy, two Grey Cup appearances and missed a third on a fluke play late in the game. There is nothing wrong with Kent Austin as head coach.

      • Caledonian // July 9, 2017 at 3:41 pm //

        Those two appearances were with the remnants of a team he inherited, just like in Saskatchewan. This team has been in a downward spiral since he took full charge and it is not going to get better. He is the worst coach in the league.

      • I beg to differ. Austin should be on a short leash now. I doubt Bob Young would change skippers in the middle of a storm, but I’m sure he’s wondering why things are going DOWNhill after 4+ seasons. Austin seems to be unwilling to delegate authority. He took over offensive calls after one game? That’s all you need to know.

      • I would have to disagree. they kind if made it cause the rest of the east was not so great. Ottawa and TI are better at this point. and there is one thing smug about Austin. something not right. I don’t like hiss assistants now and I don’t have faith in his ability to stick with players as turnover under his watch is the only constant .But he dies have argos X QB and that’s a great start. But I think he needs to win now to keep his gig. and something keeps saying he can’t do that anymore.

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    • who cares what you think ,Bob Young’s era is way from over also he has been to the cup twice has a new stadium ,sells out every game ,the season is young we will regroup and claw our way back as always ,i would hate to be your team 2 losses and your ready to dump your team what kind of fan is that ?

      • Sea of Dead // July 9, 2017 at 9:09 pm //

        A fan that actually has a few neurons firing above the shoulders and can spend his time or money better doing other things rather than watching a dreadful team implode even further.

    • CarolynS // July 9, 2017 at 6:04 pm //

      dave D Your spelling and grammar are very poor and the missing words in sentences make your comments difficult to read. It’s hard to take your post seriously when it is written this badly.

    • Plus why give a CIS coach the job of offensive co-ordinator? he’s out of his depth. They need an ex-NCAA or NFL coach that has experience at the major league levels

    • Hors E Power // July 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm //

      The Ticat should never give Austin all that Power
      Austin Power!

  2. Cats are the worst team in the league right now.

  3. I said last nights game would be a measuring stick. It now says we are OK (for a semi-pro team). This has the makings of a very sad season. The offense has not been the same since Condell left. The first play last night said it all. Delay of game. 74 yards in the 1st half against what was the worst team in the league. With 5 more straight games against the west, it is possible we could be looking at 0-7/1-6/2-5 very quickly. For a team that most picked as a 1st place finish, it looks to be a complete and shameful unorganized mess from top to bottom. If we cannot even show up in the next 2 games at home (BC and EDM): which is looking more and more true; the basement is where we may be residing for the whole year. Sad, frustrating, and embarrassing are the only objectives I can come up with. Maybe time to break out the dynamite and get ready to blow it all up.

    • I bet you said the same thing the two seasons in a row they went to the Grey Cup didn’t you ?

      • Not in the least. I picked Hamilton first again this year, followed by Toronto, Ottawa then Montreal. Been a fan for almost 50 years and seat holder for over 10. Truly hope I am wrong, and will gladly admit it, but something is different this year. Hardly any highlight plays, where in the past we were mostly close at the end of the game. Neither game so far has even been close. Let’s hope for a turnaround.

    • Philly Canuck // July 9, 2017 at 10:55 am //

      It was not Condell leaving, it was the knee injury to Collaros…

      He has not been anything close to the same since, and it looks like he is gun-shy…most of the balls he threw off his back foot, as in leaning away from the D-line…even when he had little pressure. Glenn, on the other hand, stood in and took some pounding as well, but completed passes when he did.

      Oh yeah, everyone (okay, maybe not you) wanted Condell gone because his offense was too predictable…

      • Agreed about Collaros. Not the same as 2015, and may never be. He sure looks nervous in the pocket and some really bad throws.

      • CarolynS // July 9, 2017 at 6:08 pm //

        I agree, Collars does not appear to be the same QB as he was before his injury. That is really too bad because he had the makings of a future A.C. Hubby and I are not excited for this season at all and it started with the pre-season games. Things just feel bleak and we’re only 2 games in. I truly hope they turn it around and prove me wrong!

    • What do you expect when you hire a CIS coach as the offensive co-ordinator.

      • You honestly think they’re runnimg a new offence because of the new OC? You Sir are a fool! Are you dummies under the impression that Americans are smarter than us? Please leave the country immediately jackass!

  4. The whole team is undisciplined like the coach Hill has million dollar talent and 10 cent brain! This is Austins mess he can take his micro managing self and GTFO take your buddy tillman with you!

  5. Ticat Mike // July 9, 2017 at 8:29 am //

    Cats are the worst team in the league — I agree. They look lost. Unprepared. Underwheleming. Lack of talent. Offense is predictable and hopelessly outmatched. Defense wonky. Special teams are NOT. Coaching — well, if they look unprepared, undisciplined, unable to make plays, and predictable —- coaching sucks.
    Clock on Austin’s time is ticking. INclude scouts, and most of senior managment team.

  6. Ticat Mike // July 9, 2017 at 8:32 am //

    Propp and Trestman were available, but Young or Mitchell or whoever is watching over Austin either has no courage, is unwilling to eat the rest of Austin’s contract which they foolishly extended, or is unable to evaluate how poorly Austin’s team evaluates talents, coaches, prepares players, and recruits much needed talent to compete. Now, we wait — and when a bona fide CFL experienced executive and coach are available — you pounce. What would it take to extricate Hufnagel from Calgary?

  7. I hate repeating myself but …..offence stinks defence stinks coaches stink ticats will be 0-6 once these western team get through with them . As I have said before collaros is terrible on the run or not and Reinbold needs to be fired now or put back in his previous position .Austin took over play calling duties so after 1 game you have taken away the OC job with the same or worst results ptaszec should walk away now go back to Mac get as far away from Austin as possible just like condell did!it’s gonna a long dissapointing year folks Smh…..

  8. Marty Mathieson // July 9, 2017 at 8:45 am //

    No question right now we are the worst team in the CFL. The woes of the offence are what trouble me the most – face it, we knew the secondary would struggle given that key personnel are hurt and it takes time to jell as a unit. The offence are mostly returnees and does not have that excuse.
    Fortunately, we are in a forgiving league where 6 of 9 teams make the postseason and 2nd place Montreal is only 2 pts. ahead of us. (I think we can assume a crossover again) 16 games to go so it is too early to pull the plug.
    That said, I wonder if the players are tuning Austin out. I think Kent rates being cut slack given the job he did keeping the team focused in 2013/14/15 through the stadium chaos. However, patience has its limits and lack of discipline/mental errors fall on the shoulders of the coach, fair or not.
    As for the “Bob Young era being a failure”..while the man is not perfect (who of us is??) without his investment and involvement we would not be having this discussion as the Tiger-Cats would no longer exist. Keep that in mind, folks.

    • Offence is all about field position. Key DBs being out is not going help that situation. Just like last season where they lost two CBs in pre season. Austin must be wondering why it keeps happening to him. 1

      • Philly Canuck // July 9, 2017 at 10:57 am //

        I know I keep wondering that…

      • Yes but it happens to other teams too, you have to step up and find replacements.
        You don’t excuse losses by injuries. It was getting annoying listening to fans during the second half of 2015 and the first half of 2016 “just wait til Zach returns” !!

  9. Sea of Dead // July 9, 2017 at 8:57 am //

    Well, if it wasn’t obvious enough last season … then it sure is now. We have a team that is on a severe downward spiral and absolutely no question: CATS ARE THE WORST TEAM IN THE CFL.

    To those of you that have consistently supported Austin … Well, I can tell you that the players gave up on him early last season and the rest of you should give up the ghost now. Those of you who thought he could resurrect the team in 2017 after bringing back essentially the same cast of losers from 2016 should give your heads a shake.

    The coaches and players who left the team knew what was likely to happen. And it apparently has … BIG TIME!

    • Caledonian // July 9, 2017 at 3:47 pm //

      Absolutely correct and dead on! This guy had his chance and is not up to the task. He is arrogant, undisciplined, juvenile and incompetent. Anyone watching the same result over and over and expecting a change is an idiot. Next up BC, Edmonton, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa and then a trashing at home on Labour Day. 0-9 to start the season. I sure am glad I gave up my seasons tickets of over 20 years!

  10. I want to buy a ticket to the next home game just to have a chance to tell Austin and Mitchell to there face the suck and they should fire themselves then leave. Good ridence.

  11. Nanaman // July 9, 2017 at 9:43 am //

    Wowsers… That was horrendous.

    Biggest concerns:

    1. Collaros. Nothing positive to build on;

    2. Disorganized. Top to bottom.

    3. Lack of emotion from players. Simoni was key in getting the players pumped before. Now he’s not a captain and just looks to be a solid player doing his thing. No spin off effect. Even after he made a great play, he showed lil emotion.

    Anyways, I came close to buying season tickets this year, however because I love in Scarborough, I hesitated. Now I’m trying to unload my labour day tickets.

  12. As I’ve said before – there is scouting issues

    When you re-sign an injured player to a contract ( Fantuz ) and leave good Canadian rookies out

    Um – lol

  13. Collards can’t do much running for his life all night.Masoli is better at making plays on the run.Time to at least give him a shot until they shore up the Oline. Where did they find Swindle? If that is the best the US scout can find after looking for a year,he needs to go

    • Collaros is NOT the problem! The horrible defense is that secondary is so weak they’ve been picked apart 2 weeks in a row DBs chasing guys around because they are lost on the play…STOP TAKING STUPID PENALTIES!!!

      • CarolynS // July 9, 2017 at 6:18 pm //

        I disagree, I think Collaros is part of the problem for sure. He is not playing up to the standard that he set before his injury. He is not performing like a starting QB has to. After last night’s game I’d say the biggest problem is that the Cats don’t seem to be a team who want to win. They were not working together and the outrageous attitude problems are going to drown them.

      • I think you are right, he’s not the problem. We forget that the coaches see the QBs everyday for hours. We only see the QBs during a game and the backups rarely. If Masoli showed better in practice and the coaches thought he was better, then he would start.
        Collaros could be traded to another team for a good receiver and the cap could be reduced.

      • He is a problem because he is not the same QB he was post injury…his quick release has evaporated due to heavy pressure and he cant figure out where its coming from or how to react to it..Defense is the main problem due to injuries and schemes…hey im 54 and might be able to get open a few times vs this def…it can be fixed but against these lower level defenses so just not as confident the coaches even now how to proceed.

        maybe against better competition they will step up

  14. Clay Connor // July 9, 2017 at 10:09 am //

    Ticats lost the war in the trenches on both sides of the ball last night. The offence will never develop any consistency without much better play from the offensive line. I wonder if Zach Collaros has been instructed not to run (other than for his life). He’s at his best when he plays the QB position like a point guard.

    • Caledonian // July 9, 2017 at 3:49 pm //

      almost 900 yards in passing given up in two games, a completely predictable offense and a kick returner whose best days are long past. Things are looking bright.

  15. brian johnson // July 9, 2017 at 10:14 am //

    All good points. Nice to hear a variety of opinions.
    2 games do not make a season. Next week BC comes to town, being the real test.Up or Down. We will see?

  16. Riderfan Ron // July 9, 2017 at 10:21 am //

    Hamilton has an overall lack of talent, but the area that I think hasn’t been mentioned enough is the DL. Ray had all day to pass. Glenn had pretty much all day to pass as well, and these aren’t the most mobile QBs. Cappicotti only ever had a couple of good years in Ottawa. I don’t think he’s a starting calibre DE at this point in his career. I didn’t hear his name all night long. Chick is quite old for a DE as well and maybe it’s starting to show. Laurent is a good player, but I wouldn’t have known who your other DT is without looking it up this morning. And where’s your depth? Who are the young players pushing your starters? I think this team is in decline because you’re not finding enough good young talent.

    • Philly Canuck // July 9, 2017 at 11:02 am //

      I disagree…the D-line actually got a lot of good push last night, but Glenn has played over 200 games in the CFL and did what kept Calvillo successful for so long – threw as soon as he got the snap…there were very few opportunities for the rush to get there before he threw (and no, I don’t he is as good as Calvillo was).

      The other big difference between the QBs last night was that Glenn stood in against the pressure and threw a lot of balls, stepping into the throw, at the very last second…Zach has looked gun-shy since he came back and in both games so far, has been throwing off his back-foot more often than not…can’t be accurate that way.

    • Ticat Mike // July 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm //

      Riderfan — you are right. Our front four does not get enough pressure on opposing QBs. They need to rush more, and even then — it gets picked up. If you feel like opposing QBs have a lot more time in the pocket than Collaros — you are right & this is a huge reason (not the only one but a large one) why the team is and will continue to lose against well coached teams.

  17. TicatTO // July 9, 2017 at 10:22 am //

    Ultimately it is Kent Austin who is responsible. He has absolute control of this team.
    As Drew mentioned this is year five and the Ticats even with injuries should be a more consistent team instead this club appears to be a disorganized and dispirited bunch with poor discipline. That to me is a reflection of coaching.
    Airlifting players won’t work. It’s never worked. Unfortunately, there is nothing substantial that can be done at this point until after the season but perhaps a realization that most of us were mistaken about the quality of this football team.

  18. Solara2000 // July 9, 2017 at 10:45 am //

    WOW! Where did all this animosity come from. Disappointing performance, yes. A team in trouble, yes. Bright spots, didn’t see many. But this crapping over the club from top to bottom, give it a break. And to all those 20-20 hindsight experts, get real. Your prescient, told-you-so, analysis in the rear mirror is of zero value.
    Oh, and to the guy who is planning to buy a ticket (probably a big deal in and of itself) so he can confront KA face-to-face, let us know which game that might be; should be interesting.

  19. Play calling needs to be adjusted for a horrible online both 60 and 58 got pushed around. There were no short crossing routes for quick passes. We need a better PlayBook if our online is gonna play like that. Oh and some kinda dazzle dazzle plays with masoli. Oh and a running game. But it ain’t end of world we’ve had a good run with austin. Remember last time we ditched a coach that got us into the playoffs we got Cortez the sharpie chewer.

  20. Fascinating how a team can be overestimated and then turned on. The old saying about wait until Labour Day still applies. But don’t assume Hamilton will recover. The only reason they made the playoffs last year was the tie breaker with Montreal. Both had only 7 wins.

    • Sea of Dead // July 9, 2017 at 12:32 pm //

      And that apparently was enough to extend Austin’s contract. Talk about dumb and dumber!!

  21. Harebare // July 9, 2017 at 11:44 am //

    Not sure how you can expect to win a game when you take 185, yes, that’s right, 185 yards in penalties to your opponent’s 90. Not sure blow you expect to win a game when you TAKE THREE unnecessary roughness calls on the SAME BLOODY DRIVE. This club has been the most penalized in the league and it HAS to stop. In that dreadful drive, they gave the ‘Riders free passes worth 45 yards. They might as well have just handed them the six points and said you’re welcome. The whole penalties issue is purely due to a complete lack of discipline. I believe that Austin has lost the room. I’m not saying he’s a bad coach , the players have simply tuned him right out. He needs to step down as head coach and concentrate on his other duties. There are lots of eligible coaches available, get one of them in here and let him peel the paint off the walls in the locker room. This club has enough talent, in my estimation, they just need to be brought under control.

    • Sea of Dead // July 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm //

      Yes, the team is undisciplined AND the talent level is dreadful overall (most are returnee’s from the pathetic 2016 squad) AND Austin and his group of bad high school coaches are useless. The team does not have the talent or coaches to even get them to 0.500 this season so the house needs to be cleaned from top to bottom. No way that Austin should be retained in ANY capacity on this team (Not even water boy).

    • Hare. Take a close look at those calls. At least two of the calls were just plain wrong. Unfortunately the bad calls got under the skin of the Cat defenders – especially Hill. Can’t let that happen but the officials were egregious on that series.

      • Caledonian // July 9, 2017 at 3:52 pm //

        I watched other games this weekend an saw horrendous calls, but no other team whines about so much and no other team manhandles the officials. The lack of discipline from the head coach down is why this team is going no where.

        • CarolynS // July 9, 2017 at 6:26 pm //

          Caledonian I agree, I cannot remember a game where players from one team physically touched officials for penalties twice in one game! And it takes a lot to throw someone out of a game. Will Hill will be lucky to have a job next week. Seeing this kind of behaviour shows a lack of discipline everywhere in the team. After Speedy B’s drug testing last year you’d think he’d be on his best behaviour but apparently he didn’t learn anything from that.

      • But the calls were not what lost the game.

  22. Now for something completely different.Out of the chaos,the horrible stink of defeat one man struggled to make a difference and that was Jalen Saunders.A few more of these men and the Cats could make the playoffs because time is on our side.
    Finding out you have a problem early makes for a better chance of turning the team into a success story.An airlift of new talent can change your fortune when executed with care and a clear goal in mind.

    • I mostly agree with what you say but I think there is enough talent on the roster – some of it is sitting on the sidelines. I don’t like the look of Collaros’ play but until he feels like he’s not going to get killed or face too much pressure on every play, it’s likely to continue. I also saw some good plays from the young DBs who wouldn’t even be on the field if Butler, Kanneh and Davis (as in Emanuel) were available. As it is, they’re getting some valuable playing experience. The penalties – most deserved although about three seemed iffy – are concerning but can be improved. Saunders played well when Collaros got the ball to him and I look forward to seeing more of him. The early bye week did this team no favours – except maybe in the standings – but they now have a stretch of games to build some chemistry and improve on the areas that are a concern.

  23. Eddy Rayner // July 9, 2017 at 12:28 pm //

    Glad to see the decision to sit Gable and Elliot paid off (sarcasm)! Would they have made a difference? Hard to say but when your qb is running for his life, I would rather have those 2 guys in the game. Or they are preparing for a salary dump.

    • Actually I heard that the reason Collins got the start ahead of Elliott is because he is more familiar with the offense (third year on the team) which was intended to help out less experienced receivers like Tyms and Saunders. I don’t think anything was gained or lost by starting Scheuerman over CJ. What I did find puzzling was a comment I heard from Coach Sal on radio after the game. Apparently they practiced several plays that would help alleviate the pressure on Zach (tight end sets, more FB) and had them in the game plan but used almost none of them! Hard to say if the injury to Filer affected that but he did return in the second half.

      • Austin by necessity must go with five import receivers.Collaros is looking like a potential back-up.Collaros’ mind is taking a hit;he needs an emotional rescue.Masoli should be utilized to give the kid a break.Look what Green has done for Ricky Ray. A go to receiver like Green – Fantuz is a necessity in this league not just a great player to have on your team.

        The Cats are suffering losses because of Fantuz phobia.How many games have the Cats won without the great Fantuz?

  24. Scottsask // July 9, 2017 at 12:29 pm //

    They might be the worst team in the league right now, but I would never count an Austin coached team out. Wait til after Labour day before you start calling for his head.2

  25. Unless the o-line can give adequate protection to Collaros, and he improves on his speed with passing and judgment, I think we need Masoli to be given a chance. Collaros is a pocket passer who seems to be off even on the rare occassion when he has time. He seems to lack patience. So instead of ficusing on getting First Downs and building drives, he seems to want to strong arm with passes in double or triple protection or Hail Mary passes thrown in desperation or frustration. Long passes are when you know the defense coverage is blown or when you actually desperate. Great teams convert downs but the Tabbies are ineffective.

    Unlike Collaros, Masoli, can scramble and make plays happen. He scrambled for yards and he can play even when the pocket collapses.

    The offence is way too predictable right now. So putting Masloi in might work to our advantage. It may also give Collaros time to improve his game. The o-line needs major adjustments too. Maybe moving between Masoli and Collaros would inject some life into the Ticat offense. One positive from loss to the Riders was adding Scheuerman as RB.

  26. In Austin we no longer trust (neither do his coaches or players). Too many hats and he does not have the team prepared. Every game it is the same plan, and every team knows that. No wonder Condell left (went to the Argblows), and Steinhaur to college ball. For the last 3 years the O-line (Collaros used to scramble until the knee injury) and 2 years for the secondary are ill equiped and get manhandled. Every team knows to throw the ball deep on the cats. You need to change up the game plan, coaching staff (ones that will stand up to you without backing down), or most likely yourself. Go Cats Go – but it is going to be a very long season and off season.

  27. On the dark side,the thuggery of Will Hill and Banks is almost beyond belief;and I can not help feel empathy for Austin who should remove them from the team.

  28. Dan Bombers // July 9, 2017 at 1:25 pm //

    No need to panic when you play in the east

    • CarolynS // July 9, 2017 at 6:31 pm //

      Agreed. I was hoping the CFL would go with a no division plan when Ottawa was added. It would make for much more interesting standings and a much more balanced Grey Cup. There is no way Ottawa (regardless of their win) should have been in the Grey Cup last year. At least 2 if not 3 (minus Calgary) of the West teams were better than Ottawa.

      • Christopher // July 10, 2017 at 2:24 am //

        Ottawa was a very good team that lost 2 starting QBs last year… hard to fault them for their season. That being said they did not deserve the Bye tot eh Eastern final… and if Edmonton was better prepared for snow the RBs would not have been in the Grey Cup to win it….

        • CC Rider // July 10, 2017 at 9:55 am //

          In what way do you suppose Ottawa was better prepared for the snow? It’s not like they got extra practice time in it or that snow is a foreign concept in Edmonton.

        • That’s ridiculous, Ottawa got healthy at the right time. Burris played amazing and could rush for 1st downs when needed, even at 41.
          Great play calling too. Besides if you watch the game you can see that the snow had ZERO effect on that surface, no player slipped the traction was good. Proper footwear, wet snow, and a surface that is built to stay dry.

      • CC Rider // July 10, 2017 at 9:46 am //

        And yet Ottawa beat Edmonton three times.

  29. Doug Penner // July 9, 2017 at 3:06 pm //

    A few positives from last night’s game:
    Schuermann contributed well in many facets…carried well, blocked well, received well when the ball was catchable. Let’s get a running option going more frequently for GOD’S SAKE!!!!!
    Brandon Bank’s returns seemed less anemic…had 2nd gear a couple of times
    Masoli just adds a spark even if it was only for short yardage. Give him the go ahead.
    Our kicker is succeeding, whereas most thot this would be a problem area.
    Yes they didn’t accomplish much success last night in Sask, but we’re 0-2, just like Sask was b4 last night’s game.
    Their fans were still as loud as anything!
    Let’s NOT let the fan base be the next negative thing on the List of Things We Dont Like Going On With the Hamilton Tiger Cat’s…

  30. Sending Out an SOS // July 9, 2017 at 3:19 pm //

    I was wondering why all these good free agents left the Ticats and I’m beginning to believe the reason is walking on the sidelnes. This team has always prided itself on their locker room comraderie. I don’t think they would have left unless they felt something was very wrong. Kent Austin won’t be able to pull off the same comeback from slow starts as in previous seasons because there are no more pushovers in the East nor West.

  31. Riders13 // July 9, 2017 at 3:46 pm //

    Like Coach Jones said before the game, Kent Austin didn’t forget how to coach, but he sure looked dejected and shell shocked after the game. Is it just me or does he also look a bit unhealthy from all the weight loss?
    Stating the obvious but here are some of the T-Cats most glaring issues (in no particular order).
    – Discipline – fully agree with his assessment that undisciplined players with a pattern of taking stupid infractions shouldn’t play for the team.
    – O-Line – definitely need some O-Line help between the tackles. Their job not made any easier by Collaros hearing footsteps and scrambling before necessary which brings me to…
    – Collaros – he’s scared. Interior of o-line needs to be upgraded but he could help by stepping up in the pocket and getting rid of the ball a little quicker. Thought he was over-rated before his last injury but now he’s just running scared. Masoli deserves a chance to start.
    – Injuries in the secondary – every team in the CFL has some dangerous, talented receivers. Tough to compete when 3/5 of your starting secondary is in the infirmary.
    – Coaching – Reinbold and Ptaszek aren’t Steinauer and Condell.

    Hopefully the Cats can get it turned around and take out BC next week on the 3rd game of the lions 3 game eastern trip!

    • Christopher // July 10, 2017 at 2:30 am //

      Your post is bang on, on most things except one… Zac Collaros is not over rated… He is the best QB in the league… he just plays on a shitty team and gets no help… he is a far better a player than BLM. and if he was on the Stamps they would be in the middle of a Dynasty. and if BLM was on the Ticats.. no one would be singing him praises as the “Best QB EVER” He would be very ordinary…

      NO Ptasztek is not Condell… But why did Condell leave… AUSTIN.

  32. Austin says he will clean out the repeat penalty offenders. I think this sends a clear and needed message to the team.

  33. Eric Tillman as GM will find the players

  34. Ticat Mike // July 9, 2017 at 4:18 pm //

    @ lee — why didn’t Tillman, Austin and the scouting team “find” the players needed to compete during the off season and pre-season camps? Fans here have been citing the same old issues: no run game, poor o line, weak pass rush, we lose in the trenches all the time — opposing QBs have all day, ours don’t, no deep threat, lousy /horrid defensive secondary, inconsistent kick game since medlock gone. Of course, there are some good and even great players on the roster — but they’re not put in a position to compete and win. The opening few series against the Riders told me all I needed to know — stupid ill conceived offensive sets, confusion among the players, penalties for illegal procedure (don’t blame the crowd noise). Come on — they should have had their first 2 to 4 series cemented in their brains ready to execute. And if they did — and it was what we saw — coaching is indeed the issue. All of it. I don’t see one pro calibre coach in the line up right now.

  35. Maybe Hamilton can win 6 or 7 games this season? That may be enough for an Eastern Playoff. Ottawa won the Grey Cup last season with 8 wins.

    • Riders13 // July 9, 2017 at 4:47 pm //

      Yeah but they were playing he choker stamps and they’re not getting out of the west this season.

    • Christopher // July 10, 2017 at 2:34 am //

      There is not a hope that the TiCats are going to win 6 or 7 games… Who in this league are they going to be able to beat???

  36. Tillman is a joke GM. Talent has never been worse since Obie left. Collaros is a chicken sht – can’t stand in pocket at all. Reinbold was a mistake. D-Line is brutal – can’t get a to qb without blitzing. DB’s are obviously pathetic. Offensive playcalling is HMFA quality. Zero leadership, undisciplined, overpaid veterans and very few rookies to optimistic about. Bleak outlook – but for ticat fans threatening to not buy tickets or happy you stopped buying tix 20 yrs ago – F OFF!

  37. They should sign Vince Young lol

  38. Philski // July 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm //

    Nice to see all the ex TC’s on their respective teams do well this weekend. Not good enough to be on your team, eh, Austin? Don’t let the door hit you on the butt on the way out.

  39. The Vampiro // July 9, 2017 at 7:07 pm //

    Hey guys, what I miss ???

  40. Will Hill’s mistake was he tried to show the official what the other player did to him rather than just tell the official. I think will was “jobbed” with the disqualification.

    • Clay Connor // July 9, 2017 at 9:53 pm //

      That was my initial reaction as well, but you still can’t grab an official.

  41. Christopher // July 10, 2017 at 2:35 am //

    The TiCats only have one problem and his name is Kent Austin… and if Bob Young does not fire him… you can add his name to the list.

  42. Saynotoapathy // July 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm //

    Why in the world season after season after season do the Cats begin with a lousy “O” line yet the miracle Western teams rebuild an “O” line in it seems 5 minutes.
    So here are my thoughts –
    The Cats must focus on upgrading both “O” and “D” lines. The “O” line is a disaster. People are also commenting the Cats can’t rush the passer without blitzing which was my thought as well.
    Can all of this be fixed this season? I hope so but with salary caps, existing long term contracts etc may prevent even the tiniest of airlifts from being attempted.

  43. As a fan their is no way of telling just what turmoil is present in the locker room…we can only speculate due to the play on the field and the choices of personnel and schemes used by the coaching staff…the 900 yards passing is very troubling considering the teams we just played and it is likely to be much worse.

    Without the ability to stop opposing offenses it is virtually impossible for our offense to flourish given teams can pressure at will…wait until we play the elite teams and defenses and see how terrible we are.

    Masoli is the right play going fwd until collaros wins it back by performance and reputation/potential.

  44. Look for a big personnel shakeup against B.C. Unfortunately all the offensive ineptness can’t be laid at the feet of Collaros but there is some definite truth to the comments regarding he has not been the same since his injury…. in his two starts his passing has been subpar and Masoli has shown he can bring a hot hand to the table and win games…my big question has to be why is their offensive line so consistently crappy?…Every year it seems that at the end of the season it is obvious that they cannot be relied upon to protect the quarterback or open up holes for the running game…. then as soon as the next season starts we r talking about the poor play of the O line…. for this reason alone Austin has proven that he is not able to be a successful GM … with his salary based on his dual role he won’t be asked to step down from his GM role… Austin should be let go before by the end of the season , no need to do it now because the better guys in the league are under contract and the this team needs a revamping hard to do mid season…
    meanwhile the flogging continue…

  45. "HAWKS" // July 10, 2017 at 5:10 pm //

    This is not looking good, looks like the Grey Cup drought will continue. Why are the Ticats always in rebuilding mode?

    Why can’t we put together a Grey Cup winning team in couple of seasons like other organizations?

  46. bigplay // July 10, 2017 at 8:58 pm //

    Answer Scott Mitchell President Hamilton Tiger Cats since 2007 equals zero Grey Cups Congratulations!

  47. I see big trouble for the Cats…
    Zac is nowhere near his post injury days…and I do not put all the blame on the o line.
    He is holding onto the ball way..way to long…not moving the pocket..thus getting creamed.
    The play calling is very suspect..and that is on Kent.
    It has been 18 years since the last Grey Cup win for this team.
    And as a life long Cat Fan..every new season.. I say this is our year. is early, but I see nothing that makes me think this Team will even make the playoffs in 2017.
    They are going backwards..instead of foreword…simple truth.
    And since Kent holds all the keys…
    He needs to be held to account..period.
    Should the Cats be blown out against BC at home next Saturday…
    Serious questions have to start to be asked…and changes must be made.
    It’s all on Kent’s shoulders…fix this mess..or step aside.
    Because what he is not working.
    Sad but very..very true.

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