It looks to me like the players have quit. Why they've quit is yet to be determined. It's not good when an experienced veteran and proven champion like Avon Cobourne seems at odds with the head coach. A couple games back it was reported he was visibly upset with Cortez for not going for it on a 3&1. Then on Thursday he gets quoted as saying the team wasn't prepared for the upcoming game during the walk-through - a must win game at that.
Cortez punted on another 3&1 last night. It was a long 1 but near mid-field and I believe we were down 14-3 at the time. I can't remember exactly because by that point I had tuned out and was more interested in following the baseball game on my phone. Someone on the 5th Quarter last night mentioned how Cortez has been coaching for nearly forty years and this is his first head coaching gig - meaning he's been passed by for such responsibility many times. Perhaps we're finding out why.
The reality is Cortez is probably not going anywhere. I doubt Bob is willing to buy-out his contract now especially given the decreased revenues of next year's gypsy season. We have to hope he learns from his mistakes and turns into at least a competent head coach. Hiring an experienced OC next year would be an improvement.
During training camp it was reported Creehan was very vocal in dressing down players in profanity laced tirades. That might work in high school or university, but when I read about this style I questioned whether professional athletes - grown men - would respond positively to such treatment. I suspect Creehan's style matched with his inept schemes has created a credibility gap with his players which results in a lackluster performance on game day.
For reasons that still baffle me there remain those who blame Bob or Scott Mitchell for this litany of failure. Neither man is a football professional; they admit this freely. Bob is a self-made millionaire and if you think that's easy why haven't you done it, critics? If not for him we wouldn't be having this conversation right now because the Tiger Cats would be history. Bob and Scott entrusted football operations to Obie - the buck stops there. The Tiger Cats as a business are successful - as a football team are a failure. Bob and Scott need to take responsibility for their top ops guy and find someone new to fix this mess on the field.