Tillman and Austin are not taking the initiative to make deals and improve the team and go into a specific direction like fire sale or rebuild or add to what we have.
My example is that they did not decide to trade Chick as part of a master plan to rebuild. But instead Tillman quoted that Edmonton called him a few weeks ago inquiring about Chick as their DE Howard got injured. Tillman went to Austin and Austin said not yet. After the Ottawa loss Edmonton called again and this time Austin said yes mainly due to ratio issues with Laurent injury where they chose to stay Capicotti and he looked good to Austin. Thus they could only start ONE import forseeable future so they felt Tracey could replace Chick and they could save some money and get a 2knd round choice .
My issue is these don't take charge to address weak areas on the team . The oline and dbacks have been weak for the past 2 years and they let Lewis, Figueroa, Olson , Simmons and Dyakowski go from the oline and only bring in import Fulton and a host of rookies including Holmes .
In the Secondary , they made a smart move signing Kanneh at halfback but he got injured. They also have been plagued with Butler's year and a half injury . They did not bring in very good db candidates and did .
The reason Edmonton is a good team is that they see Howard go down and go out and get a great replacement in Chick in no time.
I went on the Edmonton site and asked them why the west is so much better and one guy said " Wally and Huff" . This is in reference to the head guy in BC Wally Buono and head man in Calgary John Hufnagel .
Well there you go ..it could be a big reason why the ticats are so weak because Austin is running the show . Tommy Condell our OC walked out on him and then ended up on Toronto this year ..something is fishy there ..and orlando also walked to coach in US college .....many ex players have voiced a dislike for Austin including Simmons and Plesius...
Austin then replaces the OC , DC and offensive line coach with coaches that are overmatched . The OC comes from Mac University , The EX DC was a better special teams coach and proved previously he is not a good dc and oline coach has no CFL experience ..Not good hires and big losses in coaching .
Problem is Austin .
Austin is also stubborn and sticks with never running the ball and sticks with cj gable that merely blocks and rarely runs or catches the ball and when he does he is not very good at it .
He sign Collaros to 3 year 1.5 million dollar contract which made him the highest player in the league ...we ll that was a huge mistake considering our entire cap is just a bit over 5 million . He is in love with Laurent and overpayed him as well at 275 k.
A free agent was quoted as saying he can;t sign with hamilton because Ted took all the money ..so we lost a lot of guys like Rico Murray and Johnny Sears Jr both starting for the Argos, Beau Landdry , trade of Plesius, release of Lewis ( starting for Montreal ), loss of Figueroa( starting for Edmonton ), trade of Simmons ( .Starting for Montreal )
I think we need to do what the Argos did. They realized that Barker and Milanovich were not getting it done and they replaced them with Jim Popp and Marc Trestman
Well we need to do something similar asap and they will take care of hiring the right co-ordinators and bring in the right rookies and the make the right signings and evaluate talent proper and make good trades ...
as long as we have Austin we are going 0-18 ...with zac running for his life and having lost confidence in running..and gable continuing to start and only block ..no screen plays or draw plays and a defence that offers no pass rush and has db's that play 10 yards of the ball and we hardly see the other team punt which means they either get 3 or 7 on each possession .
I am not sure who the replacements should be but off the top of my head I am think Dunnigan, Stubler, Benevedis, Lapolice ....all good CFL minds
The rest of this season is going to painfull to watch if you choose to . If they make trades or cuts they will likely get rid of the wrong guys like they did with Chick.
Caretaker will wak eup when he looks at all the empty seats ....