new Ticats head coach...

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are expected to announce a new head coach by the end of the week and it's almost a certainty now that it will be Winnipeg Blue Bombers' defensive co-ordinator Tim Burke, who had been the frontrunner for several weeks.

Earlier this week, the Ticats received permission to talk to Buffalo Bills' quarterback coach George Cortez, who has a long history in the Canadian Football League as an offensive co-ordinator and has worked with Hamilton's recent acquisition, quarterback Henry Burris, in Calgary.

Sportstnet.ca has learned Cortez's financial demands and his wanting total control of football operations will prevent discussions from going anywhere significant. Cortez has been the Bills' quarterbacks coach for two years and the Ticats wanted to interview him, but had to wait until the Bills' season ended to receive permission. The Bills ended the 2011 season with a 6-10 record, and fired their defensive co-ordinator, but left the offensive coaching staff in place.

Cortez politely declined an interview request from sportsnet.ca.

The Ticats fired head coach Marcel Bellefeuille after the season, and had an interest in keeping defensive co-ordinator Corey Chamblin, who left the team to sign with the Saskatchewan Roughriders as head coach.

Cortez isn’t stupid, he’s seen the merryOBround for four years. Ticats need to retire him. He’s lucky the Bombers were patient.

I've heard from somewhere (I think it was Arash Madani) that he expects Obie to retire at the end of next season. I don't know if this is the case or not, but Madani is definitely usually very reliable.

Tim Burke; Good luck. You'll need it. The East appears to have become more competitive in the off-season and the Ti-Cats are in a win now state. Their window of opportunity is not all that big and this is an organization that has been a perennial under achiever.

Burke definitely deserves the opportunity in the past few years he’s put together some of the best defences in the CFL

I'm not sure if he is the right man for the job, but since it screws over the Bombers I'm all for it... :thup: :smiley:

....sorry your 'screw job' didn't work....looking forward to our Burke led D ,running Henry all over the place :wink:

Congratulations. Hope this ushers better fortunes to Ticats and their fans. Looks like a great choice. :thup:

So much for Burke. Cortez named HC