I look at it this way, Burris' contract was up, he wasn't let go, he just wasn't renewed. The reason for that is fairly clear. Henry Burris is a 39 year old hall of fame QB with a hefty half mil price tag. One of the best QB's this league has every known in Anthony Calvillo lasted until he was 40. Meanwhile, a slew of hot prospect QB's hit the market, all with decent amounts of in game experience and all with a much lower price tag then Hank.
I'm sure Kent Austin the coach looked at Hank and thought "Yeah, I can probably go another season maybe two with Hank and likely get what I need to make it to the cup" all the while Kent Austin the manager screamed "Yeah, he's great for now but he's not going to last much longer and he's killing my cap space. How can I upgrade my defense with the likes of Craig Butler and improve the team as a whole when around 10% of my cap is going to Hank.
Sure, we had Masoli and LeFevour showing Porteresque flashes, but in two years it's not very likely you'll see a good QB become available, save maybe Kevin Glenn again, and we've already been down that road. Collaros was a bit of a gamble, yes and I wouldn't quite say he's been a failure thus far, as much more blame I think falls on our O.Line then him, but he was a calculated risk as the cap space he freed up and the performance he showed in Toronto.
I wouldn't say either side is at fault, I wouldn't say the media getting in a QB's grill to hype a game with a former team in uncommon. I wouldn't say Burris has been disrespectful, nor would I say he deserved to be ripped into for it beyond that he's playing for the other side now.
However, this is Hamilton, there will always be people in this city who will have the attitude of "When you leave here we hate you, when you play for the Argos, no matter what reason we REALLY hate you, but the second you don the black and gold you are the messiah." It's part of the grit of Steeltown, it's a tough fanbase for sure, but with that also means it's always somewhat abrasive.