All this talent - 6 wins - no playoffs

What a frustrating season!
The Good:
Chris Williams. (and the guys who blocked on all those returns, of course)
Luca Congi. (Crazy Good this year)
Special Teams in general were pretty good until we inexplicably took about 100 holding penalties in the last three weeks on returns????
The Offence:
The brilliance that this team showed from time to time on offence was unprecedented in my 40+ years as a Tiger-Cat fan.

The Bad:
The Offence:
Although this was the best offence I've seen as a Cat fan, I'm sure we also set a record for most punts after getting within field goal range, by backing ourselves up with an unnecessary penalty or a really strange play call.
And we seemed to always find a way to self destruct on offence at exactly the wrong time. If you review the films of the games you'll find many situations where we had a 7-10 point lead, were driving to put the dagger in and start the rout, and... bad turnover (hank forces a pass into triple coverage in the red zone - pick six!/Fantuz or Grant or Giguerre fumbles carrying the ball like a loaf of bread at the 10 yard line.) Momentum changes, the opposition closes the gap and never looks back.

The Defense:
Awful, as a whole. All season. Worst pass rush I've seen in a very, very long time. I really think that the injury to Knowlton hurt badly, and later Johnson when Markeith came back. But I also think we were slow to make changes in the secondary (get Webb in at Safety in place of Bucknor who was overmatched). I actually thought our secondary looked better with Tisdale, Webb, Colclough than it did early on. But we still need help there for sure.

At the end of the day, the defense gave up way too many points regularly to win, but the offence has a share in this too, I think, in spite of the crazy numbers they put up.

I saw an interview with Roethlisberger when his team was 2-3, and he was asked about the fact that he had led them to a fourth quarter lead in each of the games they lost only to see the defense let it evaporate. His answer was that the offence had a chance in the fourth quarter of each game to put the game out of reach and they didn't execute. He said 'it was on him" to not put the defense in that position. I think that he could just as easily have been talking about the Ticats season.

Great post & great summary DougBrewer. Agree 100%.

I remember that interview with Big Ben & almost posted about it here because it rang so true with the TiCats.

Good is never good enough. We need excellence. This team was medicore. CW hot dogged his way to a fumble. These are the little things that win close ball games. Until these guys grown up and deliver they are good at best and most often only mediocre. Time to clear house expecially at the management level of the team.


How could we show up so flat in a must win game against the hated Argos . A game in which meant nothing to the Argos and everything to us.
They did not dress their star QB in Ray and their top RB was out and key OLINEMAN were out .

As a team the TICATS were not desperate enough and nt hungry enough and not prepared well enough and did not show the proper discipline .
This game should have been like 33 – 10 for the TICATS if the TICATS came in with the the right attitude and preparation.

The main fault lies with Cortez and Creehan as they are responssible to prepare and motivate and to come up with plays and schemes that will work .

CREEHAN will most certainly be fired and I think if there is any way to bring in a new Coach then I would do that as well

I don’t think Cortez is liked by the team and this game illustrates it .

Players like Giguerre and Fantuz just go through the motions . Did anyone see the play where Coburne ran into Giguere because Gugure chose not to block and just stood there.

Burris had good stats but he didn’t perform in the first half when we needed him to and he threw into double and triple coverage a lot where at least 2 or 3 could have been intercepted and 2 actually were and one was a pic 6 .

He also passed into the corner to stala with mcculough all over him and he passed to Williams over throing him in the endzone when Williams crashed into the people .

He also was out of synch with Chevon Walker on a hand off and he doesn’t see,m to be inm synch with what Dile is doing as Dile let’s them go inside and then Burris goes inside and vise versa …. Dile had a terrible game too an d was called on so many key penalties …

Burris also had too many penalties..time count etc

All these penalites and out of synch plays are the fault of coaching .

Burris also fumbled the ball once as well .

Burris also took way too much time getting the 2knd to last touch down when there was about 10 minutes left ..he needed to push forward more and cortez needed to call plays that were for more than 4 yards and 5 .

When Beli pushed our guy and was offside we should have not retaliated as well and let Belli get a huge penalty of off side and unnecessary roughness .

Fantuz as well should be ashamed of his season , trying to gain an extra yard to two against 3 tough Argos looking to strip the ball is just dumb
He got away with it once earlier and tried it again ..just dumb …

Fantuz also ran a route where he only got like 6 or 7 yards when we needed 10 and then we went back to him to get the extra 3 or 4 the next play and he got slaughtered .

If I was Hamilton, I’d trade FANTUZ to SASK as they probably still love him and we can get Bagg and maybe a good DB or DLineman in exchange .
Fantuz has shown that he is NOT a gamer and NOT a wInner ..From the botched up field goal hold to dumb fumbles and strips of the ball ..He also can’t run after catching the ball ..He is very over rated …He has size and hands and can run decent routes but he has no toughness and is not a gamer or winner …..and he is being payed like one .

The Defence :

We finally found a defensive End that can get to the QB and we refuse to play him . # 96 Peguesse .
Our DLINE was going against a melted down OLINE yesterday and rookie QB’s and we couldn’t get a pass rush ..and CREEHAN did not do anything to scare these rookie QB’s …..

Bordeau and Peach are average at best ….Moore looks like a good DT no doubt and Davis as well but we need to the rush end and we need a linebacker blitzing or DB too …but we just don’t …

Tisdale had a very bad game and he gave the receivers was too much space ….
Rey Williams was invisible again

We need to get rid of CREEHAN and Rey Williams and Tisdale ….We still need DB’s that can cover man to man and we need guys that can rush the QB. .

I wish Avon did not have to reply on this team for a job because I know he knows what is wrong with this team and he could likely tell us all …You can see his frustration out there on the holding calls and dumb plays ..this never happened to him in Montreal ….

I would keep the following and the rest can go :

Bkari Grant
Aron Kelly
Chris Williams
Webb, Dee
Congi, Luca
Knowlton, Markeith
Colclough, Ricardo
, Rwabukamba, Chris,
Hinds, Ryan
Ryan Hinds
Beswick, Marc
Walker, Chevon
Bartel, Josh
Kanya, Nathan
O'Neill, Tim
Husband, Cody
Baillargeon, Pascal
Charbonneau-Campeau, Simon
Stala, Dave
Jones, Onrea
Peguese, Brandon
Moore, Terrence
Davis, Torrey
Johnson, Jamall
Dyakowski, Peter
Hage, Marwan
Thomas, Carlos
Mallett, Martell
Grant, Terry
Steele, Eddie
Fournier, Samuel