Kent Austin ...the quarterback mentor

Interesting article on the TSN site about how Kent Austin had such an influence and success with two CFL quarterbacks during his coaching stint previously in this league...

Prior to his current job as the head coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Kent Austin, a former all-star quarterback himself, has had two other opportunities to work closely with quarterbacks in the CFL, and on both occasions, those QB's were named the league's Outstanding Player.

What does all this mean for Henry Burris? Well it is hard to imagine that Burris could improve on his numbers from last year. He threw for a league-leading 5,367 yards and 43 touchdowns, both personal bests. However if there is anyone that could coach an even better year out of Burris it would be Kent Austin. After Austin signed in Hamilton, Joseph sent a text to Burris and congratulated him for getting Austin as his coach, and told him to prepare for his best year ever.

In 2012 the MOP in the CFL was Chad Owens, and no player deserved it more. When you average over 200 yards per game you are the most outstanding player in the league. However, if in 2013 Burris stays healthy, and like Allen in '05, and Joseph in '07, takes his "mental game" to a whole new level, he just may add a second MOP award to his resume.[/b]

Burris in 2013.
6,000+ yards
50 TD's
67.5% COMP.

thank you Kent.


It's funny when an author is selective with the facts to help prove the point he wants to make.

In the 2007 season Austin landed the head coaching job in Saskatchewan and had even more say as to which quarterback would start, and how that pivot would be handled and coached, and for Austin, that meant a hands on approach.

That year his student would be Kerry Joseph again, a QB that was an athlete first and a quarterback second according to the media. Joseph was a former safety in his NFL days but was able to play his favourite position when arriving in Ottawa in 2003. Over the course of four years as a starter Joseph, much like Allen at that time, was being praised for his ability to run the ball, but there were very few mentions of his passing prowess. Joseph was averaging 236 yards passing per game prior to 2007, and had averaged 19.8 TD's/year for the four seasons.

Enter Austin, who Joseph says, "expanded my knowledge of the game, and took my mental game to a whole new level."

I guess it wasn't worth mentioning that Austin was Joseph's QB coach in Ottawa in 2003.