After the Cats got killed by the Roughriders, Hitchcock was interviewed after the game. His quote was that the defense can only do so much, and that it's impossible to win when you don't score.
Tonight on CH News, Peterson said the same thing, that the defense is doing way too much and is on the field for way too long.
Add that to the fact that Maas & Lancaster has questioned the poor play-calling, & that at times, plays that Lancaster hasn't even called are being put into action, and it is becoming quite clear.
Ti-Cat players on both sides of the ball are getting fed up with boring, simple and ineffective play-calling. The offense feels handcuffed while the defense is tired, physically & mentally.
There is no way that a team with this much offensive talent should constantly stall on drives. Execution is one thing, and it does appear that Maas is hurt and not into a rhythm. But a completed 3 yard pass on 2nd & 8 still leaves you 5 yards short.
Maas ripped it up in Edmonton, Vaughn is a CFL hall of famer, Ranek was a monster in Ottawa. So, why are they failing here?
This isn't Lancaster's fault, as he never really wanted to coach again in the first place. It seems that PaoPao is doing whatever he wants, even though he's been publicly called out by the offense, defense and interim head coach.
Sorry, Joe. You seem like a nice guy, and maybe Ottawa will rehire you when the 'Gades come back. But don't expect to be coming back to Hamilton next year.
Any thoughts are greatly appreciated.