As you hear from Head Coach Bellefeuille and other Ti-Cat people this season's results should be viewed as great given that last year the team was 3 - 15. This is simply a load of dung. The 2009 Ti-Cats had the component pieces to be a much better team than it showed. It doesn't matter when the team puts together those component pieces. If they happen to put them together after a 3 - 15 season that doesn't mean a .500 record and a lost first round play-off game should be seen as a successful season.
Bellefeuile made idiotic decision after idiotic decision all season long. The biggest of course was putting the success or failure of the team in Porter's inept hands for much of the season. When everyone could see he simply wasn't the guy Porter would be trotted out again next game. Only when the entire season looked like it was destined to go down the sewer was the starting QB job finally given to Glenn. When the Ti-Cats were fighting for their play-off lives at the end of the season everyone from football experts to my 11 year-old were saying the Ti-Cats wouldn't even be in that position if the grand Porter experiment had been ended mercifully earlier - and let's call it what it was, namely "an experiment" as there was nothing that Porter had done to show he could read a defence, throw quickly or protect the ball.
In the play-off game Bellefeuille made decisions that put the team in peril even before the game began. Against a BC team with at least 2 great returners he decided to install for the first time new returners who just happened to be named Slow and Immobile. This logic ensured we lost the field position battle terribly.
The Ti-Cats had stumbled out of the gate all season so how do they start their first drive? By throwing short on first down for six and then running on second and four. The fresh BC defence of course stopped the run early in the game and BC got the ball and the immediete momentum. The BC defensive coordinator must have been licking his lips. Want to run do it on first down. The Ti-Cats remained in an offensive funk far too long - sure there was some dropped balls but the play selection was just terrible. If BC was making a point of not allowing the run surely that opens up the screen pass and quick hitters in the flats. It took the Ti-Cats far to long to figure things out.
Somehow the game gets to Overtime. BC surprises the Ti-Cats with a successful run on first down. They eventually score a TD. So what do the Ti-Cats do on first down? Run!!! - however, there no longer is any element of surprise as BC just did it and were now prepared for it in the unlikley event the Ti-Cats tried a run too. I was pulling my hair out. The Ti-Cats never recovered as BC, of course, brought a ton of pressure on second and long as they should have. An unsuccessful third and long and it was over.
Now to the Coach of the Defense Marshall. Printers hadn't been reborn. He was the same inept choker he was in Hamilton. Apply smart pressure and he'd collapse from brain farts just like he did time after time in Hamilton. However, let any QB simply stand back with no pressure or easily slide outside as there is no contain and and any QB will have success and Printers did. However, Printers didn't have success because he was great, Printers had success because Marshall's approach was ridiculous. In any game there are certain key plays that are enormous. The Ti-Cats had BC pinned deep in its end a number of times where Printers had to operate from his end zone. There were key plays that screamed for the bringing of pressure and Marshall didn't. For example Printers wasn't great when he completed the very long pass on I believe 2nd and 15 from his end zone. That type of slow developing play should never have even been possible. It was only possible because Marshall played a defence that allowed Printers to sit back in the pocket forever as his receiver ran far down field. The proof was in the pudding against Montreal who made Printers look exactly like the inept choker he was in Hamilton.
Here is what should have happened this year and would have happened this year if different coaches were in place. Glenn should have been the starter out of training camp - as an aside he would have thrown for 5,000+ yards and been the Eastern Nominee for MOP. The Ti-Cats should have had a play-off position locked up with many games left in the season especially with Toronto imploding and Winnipeg struggling due in large part to larger than life cartoon coaches. I refuse to celebrate a .500 season and an immediete exit from the play-offs when so much more was possible. KLZCat