And let's not forget that the Argo offense at the time when Austin was there was terrible and their defense carried them to the Grey cup, reminds me of Winnipeg's season this year. Only difference was that the double blue won it and the single blue blew it. Not sure if it was entirely Austin's fault, as I don't think their personnel was all that great.
And while we're on the subject of the the blue gang. I would NOT want to see O'shea on the Hamilton sidelines for ANY purpose. He doesn't have any experience as a co-ordinator, let alone as a head coach. He has already reneged on this team TWICE. Therefore, whose to say that should he be hired as this team's next leader, he would not walk away after a couple of season to go back to Toronto at the first opportunity. He's proven to me enough that his loyalties lie there and not here. I feel silly just mentioning his name.
Meanwhile, Austin's time in Regina was better. He did have Eric Tillman bringing in talent. However, he did have some obstacles to overcome, like Kerry Joseph, who got traded in the following off season. I think Austin's success there was fair.
Milanovich is a good OC, but he didn't do all the scheming (just the run game) for Montreal as Trestman had a hand in it too. And because he makes a good OC, that may not translate into being a great HC. Same with all the other co-ordinators whose names have been tossed around over the last few days. They may be good with their department, but as a head coach, they have to be able to see the ENTIRE picture.
Austin, at least, has some experience and success in the job and knows our game as both a player and as a coach. He's also demonstrated in a real way, in both capacities, his leadership skills, and could also be quite handy in developing the junior quarterbacks on this team.
I, personally, have had enough of this team using it's fans as guinea pigs while trying to develop coaches. It's time to install a head coach who doesn't require an extensive learning curve before this team can move ahead.
Whether it be Kent Austin or Turner Gill, it's time to put someone in the lead chair who's been there, and not a name who only wishes they could be.