Dickenson re-signs with Calgary for two more

According to CHCH at 6pm, Dickenson removed himself from the Ti-Cat head coaching sweepstakes.

Call the Bills and make an appointment with George Cortez.

The plan has to be Cortez. There's no other reason to wait as long as we have.

If it's not the plan, then our management has some serious problems.

Hopefully Obie has some assurances that Cortez will be available after the NFL season ends next week, or we might be in deep doo doo.

(I still think Tim Burke should not be overlooked as well. My only concern is that if the Cats haven't signed him as yet, then he isn't their preferred candidate).

Maybe Dickenson finally became fed up waiting in the wings until the Ti-Cats find out if Cortez is going to become available. And, even if he got the HC job, Dickenson would always know that he was not the team's first choice. "We couldn't get the guy we wanted but you'll do" is certainly not the ideal way to start out as HC. The team better hope that Tim Burke doesn't feel the same way.

Maybe, maybe , maybe ...

Maybe Dickenson wasn't getting the job anyway.

Maybe Cortez is staying in the NFL.

I'm sure there are many more people qualified other than Dickenson and Cortez.

The sky is not falling.

The sky is not falling, Kirk? and then again...maybe it is.

If George Cortez told Scott and Obie that he will take the Tiger Cat Head Coaching job

if the Bills Head Coach is fired, then, Scott and Obie are gambling that that will happen.

If Tim Burkes re-signs with Winnipeg in the meantime...or somewhere else...who is next?

There are so many possibilities as to what is happening. Maybe Cortez has already agreed to take the job, but can't say anything until the NFL season is over, and as such, Dickenson was given a courtesy tip to re-up with Calgary. There are countless possibilities right now.

Also, I don't think for one minute that there are only 2 viable candidates (Cortez and Burke). Do you?

As outsiders, we here on a fan internet board know very little about such things compared to those who have been doing this for many, many years.

On an unrelated note, I can't help but wonder if the Tiger-Cats may have a bad rep. Why sign here when you're bound to get canned after a year or two. They talk continuity and support the HC, then fire him. Interview their first year DC for the vacancy and then he bails for Saskatchewan... Doesn't appear to be much effort into sustaining the ballyhooed continuity, is there?

On the other hand, maybe there is someone already poised to take the job, Cortez or not, and the insiders know this.There are many possibilities. Caretaker has already signaled to us that there could very well be someone we and the media are not even discussing here.

It's official as reported on TSN

http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/story/?id=383434

Maybe it is because an offer was made by Hufnagel to inherit the team when he retires.
We all knew that Dickenson preferred to stay in Calgary.
Burke or Cortez are still tremendous candidates.

Seymour wrote:

" And, even if he got the HC job, Dickenson would always know that he was not the team's first choice. "We couldn't get the guy we wanted but you'll do" is certainly not the ideal way to start out as HC. The team better hope that Tim Burke doesn't feel the same way."

Kind of like the situation when Chamblin signed on with the Riders. They wanted and tried to court Austin and waited for his response before going ahead with hiring the second choice. That's the way it is in ANY profession. Cortez has much more experience in BOTH leagues than Dickenson. Of course, he should be the first choice. Obie has a responsibility to his employer to obtain the BEST person for the job. If that bruises Dickenson's ego, then he needs to grow thicker skin.

Captain wrote,
"On an unrelated note, I can't help but wonder if the Tiger-Cats may have a bad rep. Why sign here when you're bound to get canned after a year or two. They talk continuity and support the HC, then fire him. Interview their first year DC for the vacancy and then he bails for Saskatchewan... Doesn't appear to be much effort into sustaining the ballyhooed continuity, is there? "

I thought the upper management were extremely patient with Marcel.
He had 3 full seasons to prove himself and take this team to another level.
The team did improve under Marcel but it was clearly time to move on.
To suggest that the Ti Cats have a reputation for canning their coaches after a year or two is just wrong IMHO.
If any team is guilty of this it is the Riders who unceremoniusly canned Greg Marshall 8 games in last season, not allowing him a decent opportunity to turn the team around and quite possibly destroying his career as a Head Coach in this league.
If anyone in this league has shown an itchy trigger finger for canning a coach it is Taman in Saskatchewan not Obie!!

Hi Grover:

I absolutely agree. I don't know how long fans can be expected to wait for success. Three years seems fair to me. Yes, there
were injuries, but every organization in this league has that problem to wrestle with (see Montreal). The head coach and the starting quarterback here have remained unchanged throughout the last 3 years. All through that time, we've failed to make it to the big game, and have also not succeeded to get past the .500 regular season record. The talent improvement alone should have pushed us past this, but hasn't. Stability is a wonderful thing, unless it fails to move you forward. Then it becomes stagnation.

Yes, if any team should be concerned about gaining a reputation for lack of patience then it should be the Riders.

When a new HC is hired, he almost always brings in his own staff, so to expect Chamblin to remain here, I think, is unrealistic. It appeared to me at the Riders presser for Chamblin, that he wanted to go there as much as they wanted him. He said going to Saskatchewan was like coming home. That doesn't sound to me like he really wanted the opportunity in Hamilton.

Obie has never struck me as the panicky or impulsive type. He helped Marcel as best he could. It's now time, after a period of experimentation and training, to find a truly qualified person to lead this team.

And Dave Dickenson has an obligation to himself to evaluate and seize the opportunity that is most suitable and attractive to him. During the interviewing process, an astute candidate will evaluate the management personnel that he will be working for/with as much or more than they are evaluating him. Perhaps during the drawn-out hiring process here, Dickenson eventually concluded that the coordinator's job in the Calgary organization would be preferable to standing in line for a chance at the HC with the Ti-Cats organization.

A bird in the hand…

Or a partridge in a pear tree.

Seymour wrote:

"Dickenson eventually concluded that the coordinator's job in the Calgary organization would be preferable to standing in line for a chance at the HC with the Ti-Cats organization."

There were other teams looking for head coaches and Dickenson came up short in those situations too. Until he invests more time doing his current job, he will continue to spend more time "standing in line".

............... you'll end up with a messy hand and a messy pear tree.

I think that last year, or a previous year, around Christmas time, some poet posted on this site "The 12 Days of Christmas" --- a CFL/Ticats -oriented version.