TSN analyst says there’s ‘tension’ between Austin and Collaros

TSN analyst Glen Suitor made some interesting comments about the state of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats during an interview with a Vancouver radio station earlier this week.

Speaking to TSN1040, Suitor said the team misses former offensive coordinator Tommy Condell, who left the team abruptly before the 2015 season.

“They miss Tommy Condell, who was sort of the right-hand man for Kent Austin. Tommy was a buffer between the two, he was like the quarterback coach, co-offensive coordinator that would calm everyone down when Kent would get excited. And Kent gets excited, he’ll say it like he sees it and sometimes that can be quite abrasive. Some players take that in a good way and some players don’t and I think Tommy Condell was a good in-between.

“It seems disjointed because they have good players but they are not playing together. Zach Collaros is a very good quarterback. two years ago we were talking about Collaros as runaway MOP around Labour Day and then he blew out his knee. That’s the type of player he is and yet he is not playing like it right now. He’s not getting much help around him as far as protection.”

Suitor, who played with Austin for seven years when the two were with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, was also asked about the play-calling situation in Hamilton.

“Even if Kent is calling the plays, he told me before the Saskatchewan game that they’ve had lots of opportunities to score and they’ve missed them because they haven’t executed. I talked to Collaros and he says ‘we’ve got some young guys who are learning, there’s a lot of changes in the offence each week’ … there’s a disconnect there. One is saying its execution, the other is saying we’re kind of bombarded here with changes.

“What a contrast when I talk to Marc Trestman and how he treats Ricky Ray and how their relationship is right now. He knows they are intertwined, the head coach and quarterback and he gives them the keys to the car. I think there’s some tension between Collaros and Austin.”

Listen to the full interview here.


58 Comments on TSN analyst says there’s ‘tension’ between Austin and Collaros

  1. Hors E Power // July 15, 2017 at 12:51 pm //

    In matters like this the coach always losses. It’s time for a change in Steeltown..Jim Barker will be coach/GM on labor day

    • Hopefully they would hire someone less abrasive. Barker (the name pretty much says it all) is 40-grade sandpaper on the abrasive scale. I am not recommending he be hired back but maybe a Marcel Bellufeille type would gel more with Collaros.

    • Better a clever devil on other team’s articles than a fool on the Cats.

    • doobzacheria // July 15, 2017 at 10:59 pm //

      If Austin is the problem, Tillman would not hire another GM to be coach. My money is on Austin playing out the season, but with reduced duties. Then come the off season maybe Austin is turfed. But it might be a minor thing, and they just need to get a new OC. Austin, while not winning a Grey Cup in Hamilton, has been pretty successful at getting to the Grey Cup.

      • Tillman is powerless in this situation because Austin is still Director of Football Operations which means Tillman reports to Austin and not the other way around.

    • Fire that offensive co-ordinator – he an amateur.
      Hire someone with at least CFL experience or NFL/NCAA

  2. Lindsay Wilcox // July 15, 2017 at 12:55 pm //

    The LAST thing this team needs from the media is opinions like this, and that’s all it is – his opinion

    • Delvin Breaux sure liked Austin and returned form New Orleans to visit Hamilton.Austin fully supports his players and often men through-out history with a temper were the best of leaders.

    • doobzacheria // July 15, 2017 at 11:04 pm //

      Yeah, this is such a BS article I am surprised it doesn’t target the Riders. Austin is not going anywhere. Maybe Collaros isn’t as good as everyone thought. Maybe, from what I saw from him, he has some kind of PTSD like Willy. Quick throws before anyone is ready, cringing without any defender in the backfield. Him sucking isn’t Kent’s fault.

      • Bench Collaros, fire Ptazek. Start Masoli or a trade for Collaros and hire an experience offensive co-ordinator

    • that’s it exactly Lindsay. Suits no more knows what is going on inside that locker room than we fans do. I think he had better stay clear of Austin for a while. Stupid thing for him to comment on.

      • I thought Suitor had some credibility only because he spent quite a bit of time in a locker room with Kent Austin and probably has a pretty good idea of what an intense guy he can be. However Austin knows that the team will go nowhere without a healthy Collaros and he was his hand-picked quarterback and chose to re-sign him.

  3. Marcel is my pick. Should never have been fired when he was. 9-9 season and only up direction

  4. Suitor may very well be right, but all he’s seeing is what happens during the tension of a game, not how the relationship works the rest of the week. So he’s forming an opinion based on a very limited set of observations. And he likes to talk… and talk… and talk.

    And his reference used to illustrate “disconnect” doesn’t really do that — “young guys learning” may very well have issues with execution, and changes to the O may carry with them the same issues until players have the plays down. I don’t see that what Collaros is saying is disconnected with what Austin is saying, Kent is speaking the obvious and Zach is more about why. And lots of work needs to happen to put the players in a position to execute well but we all know Austin isn’t going to give details, though he must know the solution is an all-around improvement in many areas of their offensive game.

  5. Ahhhh did someone hurt Zack’s feelings ? He makes more money by far than anyone else on the team. He has to perform . It goes with the territory !

  6. If one of them(coach or player) has to go, send Zack back to Steubenville.

  7. Austin has problems — another loss or two — will turn off the Hamilton fans. Another crossover Playoff seems likely.

  8. Billinburlington // July 15, 2017 at 2:25 pm //

    Only wild rumours and speculation. The team has only played two games thus far and people are already in a doomsday mood calling for Coach firings and player trades! Give me a break!! Yes, play has been brutal thus far as has the injuries. Please give the team more time to gel together and try to overcome the slump and play to their potential. Rarely does drastic change turn a team around mid-season. Heck, if the lowly Allouettes can defeat the mighty Stamps then anything can happen!

  9. Condell, Orlando Steineaur, Medlock, and a litany of other players have all left or been sent away because they could not deal with Austin. Time for a change, and before you ask who’s better…it’s not necessarily better we are looking for it’s just different, someone who will look at the talent we have and use them accordingly (ie run the ball more than once a quarter)

    • Brent people and players move on. Orlando took a job at a large college Medlock wanted qb money. Its football to seriously think that Austin isnt a pro you need to give your hwad a shake. Hes the boss and has expextations. We dont always like our bosses nor do we need to for them to do there job.

  10. He goes to two Grey Cups in a row and loses in the East final on a fluke play and he can’t coach and doesn’t know talent. Ok now I’ve heard everything.

  11. Terrence Whittaker // July 15, 2017 at 2:44 pm //

    I would rather see Ed Hervey replace Tillman. Never Barker, remember the Willy trade he made!

  12. Hors E Power // July 15, 2017 at 2:47 pm //

    Yes Barker has made some bad trades but I seem to remember a pretty bad trade he made too while with the Double E. He literally destroyed the Evil Empire for a few years

    • Hors E Power // July 15, 2017 at 2:48 pm //

      Tillman I’m talking about

    • White Horse // July 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm //

      Hors E. Barker was never in Edmonton but he pulled off the biggest theft in CFL history by plundering Tillman into getting Ricky Ray for I believe Patrick Watkins and a slurpee. Then he took a marginal football team in Argos nd beat a superior team in the Stamps for the 100the Grey Cup. Barker however, is a very bad choice. He might be a better choice for GM than Tillman.

  13. Why don’t you guys just relax ? Everything is going to be OK. Forget about Barker and Hervey . Just watch the game and enjoy yourself. 4

  14. Solara2000 // July 15, 2017 at 3:06 pm //

    Slightest indication things are not going according to plan and out come the predictable names of other teams’ castoffs and retreads as the saviours du jour (at least no mention of members of ‘The Panel’ or broadcast booth).

  15. Nanaman // July 15, 2017 at 3:08 pm //

    E. Davis.
    A. Kanneh

    The D would be incredible with these guys back in the game.
    And Fantuz is the easy option for Collaros on every play.

    If there is an issue, that’s for them as professionals to sort out. In every facet of life, there are conflicts. No biggie…

    • Absolutely. Collaros was asked about it on tonight’s post game show and he couldn’t figure out how his comments had been misconstrued to come up with the idea that there’s tension between coach and QB.

  16. Hors E Power // July 15, 2017 at 3:30 pm //

    Barker does have a relationship with Collaros

  17. Horse keep your comment directed at your own team frankly we are all a little sick of your bs

    • Hors E Power // July 15, 2017 at 5:07 pm //

      I can comment were I want thanks Garney
      You should listen, you might learn something

      • Hors es ass the only thing to be learned from you is how to be a loser. Even if you had something remotely intelligent to say no one on hear cares. You’re a homer not a CFL fan as soon as your team starts to tank and they will every team goes in cycles you’ll turn on your own. Go back to whatever hick ville you come from and get back in your basement. I’m sure you’re still upset from being the fat kid everyone picked last. Oh and I know you’ll read this because you like nothing more than hearing someone say your name mostly because this is probably the most attention you’ll ever get in life. Do you get your mommy to do the math so you can post?

  18. Injuries are the biggest issue. Frustration is going to be there when a team loses & especially when they are losing badly.

  19. Joe Zuger still lives in Hamilton. Bring him in, they did nothing but win with that guy. He’ll do it again..

  20. BoDickenHuff // July 15, 2017 at 6:54 pm //

    I hope things can be worked out soon as the TiCats are my second favourite team. Collaros when healthy has the capability to be the most exciting QB in the league. Whatever the situation is, this will be a test of Austin’s communication abilities and Collaros’ maturity.

  21. Dan Bombers // July 15, 2017 at 7:04 pm //

    Suitors opinion means squat

    • White Horse // July 15, 2017 at 7:31 pm //

      Dan Bombers…agree 100%.Two teams he never says anything negative about is BC And Saskatchewan.

  22. Same old tigercats till Bob young is gone they won’t win a grey cup
    Austin has too much power and now Playoff windows has closed
    Cats won’t win game till after Labour day .

  23. As a life long Cat fan….
    There IS big trouble in Hamilton.
    It starts and ends with Kent on the sidelines…period.
    This downward spiral…has not just started in 2017…it has been almost 2 years in the making.
    How many good players have been let go..and gone on to do very well with other Teams ? Far…far too many, that’s only the start.
    Austin is a my way or highway Coach…
    It is very clear he has totally lost the Players and the room.

  24. Suitor’so comments are nonsense.
    LindsAyers Wilcox and msd are right on.
    Suitor is constantly using his position on TSN to push his interpretation of what pass interference is and isn’t.
    His views contradict the new interpretation that the league came out with to open up the passing game.
    It’s not right that he is using his position on TSN to influence the way the game is called. He is a former defensive back pushing a db’s view.
    The new rule changes were supported by Austin and Suitor doesn’t like them.
    Is this part of what is going on with his comments?
    He and Austin have opposing views on how pass interference should be called.
    I support Austin’s views that open up the passing game and have had to listen to Suitor’s non stop pushing of his position.
    It’s wrong that he can use his platform that way.
    He and Austin played together.
    What was their relationship like?
    Austin has done well and has influenced the game.
    Is Suitor upset with this?
    I read that Suitor wanted the commissioners job.
    Thank heaven that didn’t happen.
    So what is really behind these comments?
    Suitor is again using his position but this time in a very destructive way attempting to sow dimensions in the Ticat organization,
    How does this help the league?
    I think that it does the opposite and the league should look at whether they want their TV personalities making statements that are potentially hurtful.

  25. Sorry Lindsay.

  26. They way or the hi way works pretty well in New England doesn’t it. You think Buono is any different in BC. Give it a rest please. It’s a long season to bad you’ve given up already.

  27. I have faith in what we will become.

  28. The Iceman // July 16, 2017 at 9:47 pm //

    less then a sell out at the home opener is trouble.
    Stadium half empty to strt the 4th quarter is double trouble.
    I expect a horrible walk up crowd wednesday which will get the owner looking.
    The offensive play calling was brutal. Throw the ball 40 yards sideways to gain 4 yeards.

  29. I speak with my money. I cancelled my pair of Platinum seats, $1800, this season. Last season was painful enough. Worst DBfield in CFL. No team can win with it. These young inexperienced American players can’t adapt to Canadian field. We need more Canadian players! By end of season, stadium will be empty during games. Need new coach, need Masolli.

  30. “Speaking with your money” is just a cop out for being a fairweather fan. If you don’t support the team through good and bad you’re not really a fan just another bandwagoner

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