I have a lot of respect for Austin as a coach. He has taken us to two Grey cups in three years, narrowly missing last after key players suffered season ending injuries. We are still in with a chance this year in spite of an injury list that would have eliminated most other teams from contention.
However, I often think that his management of the game is not very smart. I am talking about the decisions that have to be made during a game, which might seem like small decisions, but taken together make an impact on whether you win or lose.
The decision to make the opponents kick-off after a field goal is a good one of the kick is against the wind. There have been a few times this year when we have asked the opposing team to kick-off with the wind behind them, including one in the Edmonton game which put us back on our eight yard line. That is not good coaching
Wasting the last few seconds of the first half, as we did in the home game against Ottawa, when Masoli took a knee with sixteen seconds left on out own 45. Why not throw two deep passes, and if one of them connects you are field goal range. In the game against Edmonton, we were on the opponents 46 (just out of field goal range against the wind) with 17 seconds left, third and two. Why not go for a first down? If you miss, the other team has maybe 11 seconds left and will most likely take a knee.
Time management seems very poor. In the Edmonton game we needed three scores to win or tie with about 7 minutes left, but we never used the hurry up offense. We wasted precious minutes letting the play clock run down on nearly every play. Then with 4.02 left, needing two scores to win, we decide to kick the ball away on third and nine. Collaros made it very clear that he didn't agree with that decision, which probably took away our only real chance of winning the game.
Perhaps Austin is trying to do too much during the game, and he should be delegating some of the decision making to his offensive, defensive and special teams coaches.