argos dont try for pre-season?

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In last Friday's pre-season debut at the Rogers Centre, the Tiger-Cats clearly showed some things on offence and defence that collectively contributed significantly in their 31-3 win. Hamilton employed its starting offence at the outset, while Toronto didn't put in its projected starting unit until one play before the end of the first quarter. And Hamilton's defence played with an intensity and specific purpose, blitzing often.

That totally rattled Toronto's quarterback, Spergon Wynn, who is in his first year with the team and just learning the offence, along with many of the players who began the game. A touchdown on a series after a Wynn interception contributed to the opening points, while sloppy tackling on defence contributed to the second major.

But what became apparent throughout the game is that Hamilton wanted to play a tough, physical and meaningful game to perhaps make a statement that it is not the pushover of a year ago in games against Toronto.

It will be interesting then to see what happens tonight at Ivor Wynne when Part Two of this bizarre opening three-game series commences at 7 p.m. at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

"We're going to do a little bit more in a couple areas," Toronto offensive co-ordinator Kent Austin said yesterday. "I'm not going to let them get our stuff on (game) film to prepare for the first week. We play them three times in a row. That's stupid (to show what you're going to do).

"What we do in the pre-season will only be part of what we do in the first game. The other part of it we're not going to show. I don't care what the score is. We're playing for the regular season, not the pre-season."

Austin said he was not surprised Hamilton showed some things in the first game rather than play what is often called vanilla, meaning a basic package.

"We talked about it at length. I was just surprised they did it as much as they did it. You put on a pre-season game out in Halifax (last year) and the third play of the game they blitzed us, so it's actually good for us. It helps our guys get reps live and not just the quarterback, but our guys up front and our backs and protection and blocking the right guy and sorting it all out. All that helps us. We were very happy they did that."

"We're going to do a little bit more in a couple areas," Toronto offensive co-ordinator Kent Austin said yesterday. "I'm not going to let them get our stuff on (game) film to prepare for the first week. We play them three times in a row. That's stupid (to show what you're going to do).

"What we do in the pre-season will only be part of what we do in the first game. The other part of it we're not going to show. I don't care what the score is. We're playing for the regular season, not the pre-season."

Austin said he was not surprised Hamilton showed some things in the first game rather than play what is often called vanilla, meaning a basic package.

"We talked about it at length. I was just surprised they did it as much as they did it. You put on a pre-season game out in Halifax (last year) and the third play of the game they blitzed us, so it's actually good for us. It helps our guys get reps live and not just the quarterback, but our guys up front and our backs and protection and blocking the right guy and sorting it all out. All that helps us. We were very happy they did that."


Was what Kent Austin had to say accurate or was it just trash talk? Is he making excuses in advance as he prepares to see his team get defeated decisively again? And yes, that last sentence was consisted of talk that was somewhat trashy, but I could not resist. :slight_smile:

And I like Austin's "we're playing for the regular season, not the pre-season" quote. Remember that the blue team had its starters on defence on the game's last drive to protect the lead they had in last year's preseason game at IWS. You should speak for yourself, Kent.

Anyway, you also have to wonder if them not showing us what they'll do will make much difference. Will the blue team's offense be that much different this year? And with everything we have on offense, I'm sure that whatever they see us to will only be a fraction of what we throw at them in the games that count.

Personally I could care less what happens in the preseason, winning and losing means absolutely nothing, and wasting fake punts in the preseason when they could be used in a meaningfull game makes no sence. In Spurriers first year as head coach Washington went 4-0 in the preseason and were putting up 40 points a game, then the regular season came and they struggled to win 4 games all year and they barely averaged 10 points a game.

We all remember last season's preseason game when Mr.Pinball put his first string players back in the game in the fourth quarter to preserve their win......simmering memory....

We all remember the A team running up the score on us at the Dodgers center last year ...simmering memory #2......

These games mean nothing

Ya ,my butt they don't...

But Ya ,they don't mean two points untill next Saturday,then watch the A team get it from the C Team......

ahhhh..... simmering memories :twisted:

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above post is double blue after tonights thrashing...
eeeee haaaaaaa!!!!! :thup:

It's hard to argue against that point. We're trying to evaluate punters - was this part of the evaluation criteria?

I agree that pre-season means nothing and showing all your stuff in the 1st game is strange BUT I am sure that there is much more to the Hamilton Offence than what the Argos has seen so far.

Who does Austin think he is talking about? The OC is not new to this league. Coach P has been around for a few more years then Austin.

I think it is trash talk. The way i see it is the coaching staff want to set the tone for every game. Play to WIN for every game preseason or not. I love the thought of the Tiger cats playing a preseason game like they would the championship.

Strap it up and bring on the Argos

Just my thoughts

smac

EXACTLY! It's only a matter of time until all of the teams will have film on one and other.

Also, it's a lot easier to make a confident decision about who to cut when you've seen the player perform in a regular season like setting.

$0.02

I wouldn't say the Argos didn't try......I'd say the Cats tried more.