In my opinion, it was premature to fire Greg Marshall at this point in the season or at any point during the season for that matter. It was a panic move, on the part of the ownership to appease some fans. 0-4 is a terrible start for this season but we should have won two of those games which were lost by the performance of the players on the field not by coaching decisions on his part.
Greg Marshall should have been given the opportunity for the rest of the season to mold this team, which is a completely new team with many new players. This team has not jelled yet. They are making mistakes that a new team will make. Jason Maas has not performed to expectations producing only 14 points in total in the second half of four games. Kevin Eakin should start the next game to shake him up and should be inserted into the game in the second half of future games. Joe Paopao has to take some responsibility for the offence not putting points on the board. Dumb roughing the passer penalties have cost the Cats points on the scoreboard. These individual players should be fined for such selfish play. Jamie Boreham is missing field goals that Ti-Cat fans and coaches expect to be made. Ian Fleming's punting average is not good either. Bring in a new field goal kicker to replace Boreham. I know there is one in camp already which may put pressure on Boreham to produce.
Quit referring to last year's 5-13 record. That team is gone. That season is done and has no bearing on this season. I predicted that the Tiger-Cats would be 9 and 9 at the end of the season under Greg Marshall and the Franchise and make the playoffs. To expect a championship team this year is unrealistic. In Bob Young's 5 year plan, this is year 3 to turn it around and get a championship in year 5. Can Lancaster produce a 9-5 record for the remainder of the season? That remains to be seen, but I doubt it. Fire Greg Marshall at the end of the season if needed and bring in a new coach next year. After all, the Ti-Cats have to pay him for the rest of this season and next season as well.
Firing Greg Marshall may appease the season ticket holders who were vocal about his dismissal, but it won't give us a winning team this season. Under Lancaster, we will go 7 and 7 and end up 7 and 11 is my prediction now. He is going to make the changes with the players that Greg Marshall should have been allowed to do.