Gotta agree with "Crash" on this one...and additionally, the life seemed to get drained out of the receiving corps last year especially when word got out that Coach Maciocca of Edmonton (sp?) was calling our QB regularly on the phone behind our Ticats coaches backs and really messing him up in my opinion....this seemed to be when things really started to fall apart in the Ticat camp (not meaning training camp).....it's just a theory I had and my opinion only....
We had a tremendous (or pretty darn good) receiving corps last year who just lost confidence in the QB (and for damn good reasons in my opinion)......our QB seemed to get really de-railed for many reasons including when a few neanderthals in the stands started harrassing the hell out of him and others....(those idiots should have been removed pronto because I even took the time to go over there and see for myself what was going on.....it was appalling!).....but nonetheless, our QB clearly let it affect his on-field demeanor, performance and it so obviously had him rattled....the shouilder injury was also a huge factor as the receivers had to have known the deep routes were a stupid,useless plan because of his limitations at that time...and let's also not forget about the fact that it was common knowledge basically that all the coaches were being let go at the end of the season......this had to affect team morale....and solidarity
Now, as far as this year goes, I believe it can go either way.....it will be a real struggle to get the chemistry going with an entirely new coaching/football management staff and they will have to make a good impression very, very early in camp with their roster (tons of new players)....the first day almost
They are all great coaches in their own right and quality people but the connection between the players and them immediately will be critical for success......I believe it was a great move to bring back Morreale...... he and Hitch will be the connection between the new regime, new players etc. and the Hamilton football community/history at large (fans included)
A positive I do see is that with an entirely new coaching staff, they were forced to really bond with each other out of neccesity the past few months as they explored the City/surrounding area/Tiger-Cat history etc. together and all started out as 'newbies' equally.....this could play in our favour. (kind of one of those intangibles we hear about)
An "A"-plus for effort though Bob (in the response to the fan's call for change).....we as fans can only hope for the best because nothing is a guarantee in sports....Go Cats!
(The return of the gold pants will help too)
Happy Mothers Day to all the great mom's out there.