Ok, enough on the players, they played a very hard last night. Edmonton was beat up with 4/5 players leaving.
The problem I see now, is COACHING and the decisions they make. The players can only execute what they are told too do. I will try to the best of my ability to show examples here on the coaching issues I saw arise last night.
Last set of plays before the half. The goal is to score points not take a knee when there is time to score going into the half. Even though there was only enough time to set up for a field goal, even if Setta missed, could have scored at least a point going into the half, therefore having the advantage of scoring last before the half. Which can be a physc edge.
Sequence of plays towards the end of the 4th quarter showed a lack of time management, which is so important to the CFL game. Calling a time out on 3 and short with a close game you will need that time out closer to the end of the game.
In the CFL game 40 seconds on the clock is a wonderful amount of time to set up to score when only needed a field goal to win. This lack of organization on play calling comes from the coaching staff. They make the decisions. By huddling up after a play with time running down they wasted 10-15 seconds which in the CFL is potentially 2 plays.
Maas nor Bauman cannot be blammed for this loss. Nor can you totally blame not getting a penality either. You should never bank on penalties to win you game. And it should never have come to that.
The coaching staff has to step up to the plate here.
Stop pulling the wool over our eyes. Hamilton fans are much smarter than this. If this continues, IWS will be a very empty place, sooner than you think.
And don't think the crowd on Labour Day is any indication of support. The Labour Day Game is a entity all its own and thing to do before going back to school and a great way to end the summer. It will be the long haul after which will suffer.
**I would love to be proven wrong. This is a good team, but will need time.