After nine-years with four different Canadian Football League teams, Geoff Tisdale certainly understands the cutthroat nature of professional football. But that doesn’t necessarily make it any easier.
The team released the veteran defensive back on Sunday, less than 48 hours after a 28-3 loss to the B.C. Lions in which the Ticats were dominated in virtually every phase of the football game. But it was Tisdale, who was burned repeatedly by B.C. receivers and took a couple of costly penalties, who paid the ultimate price.
“I’m all the way fine. I can’t really be down – I don’t see the sense in that. You have to look at the situation I was in: I didn’t get a training camp, I didn’t even get a pre-season game, I only played four games last season, ” Tisdale said. “To expect me to go out there and make something happen right away. … I’m sorry, that’s a little crazy.”
After a string of injuries ravaged their secondary during training camp, the Ticats signed Tisdale just four days before the week one match against Toronto and installed him at the busy boundary corner spot. He seemed to hold his own in the win over the Argos, but was just one of the many issues against B.C. in what was one of the worst performances of the Kent Austin era.
“Not real happy with the film and we had a lot more mistakes than we’ve had in a long time, ” Austin said Sunday. “The good news is that’s it’s all correctable and we have time to get better. But way, way, way too many missed assignments.”
Austin said Tisdale’s release is simply an attempt to improve the team and wasn’t intended as a reminder of the consequences that can follow a poor performance.
But veteran offensive lineman Brian Simmons says that point was made, anyway.
“It’s harsh and it let’s everybody know they have to come ready to work. Guys had their eyes opened, ” Simmons said. “That’s a veteran guy that just got let go and it will definitely send a message to the rest of the guys on the team.”
The Ticats were back on the field Sunday after just a single day of rest, courtesy of a short week of preparation ahead of Thursday’s home game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
The schedule allows them to put the B.C. loss behind them quickly, but forces them to do so with tired arms.
“From a mental standpoint, I think it’s probably a good thing, ” Austin said. “Physically, I’m not so sure.”
Still, practising with a few aches and pains is preferable to the alternative, given that Tisdale will have all the time he needs to recover.
This could be the end of the road for the 30-year-old.
“The Ticats wanted to go in another direction, that’s the name of the business. All I can do is thank them for the opportunity and just move on. I have no hard feelings toward anyone in the organization, ” Tisdale said. “I did my best with what I was given. I know for a fact if I was given more time to prepare, given another game to bounce back, it was going to come to me.
“But you play the cards you were dealt – you can’t be mad at the dealer.”
NOTES: Ticats guard Ryan Bomben missed Sunday’s practice with the flu, while defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steinauer was absent while dealing with a personal matter. Both are expected to return in a day or so.