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By the way , Orlondo did not tell Tm White to take a knee giving up a single point. He told Tim to decide what he should do . I think the ball could have went over Tim's head or Tim could have bobbled it and then taking a knee might have made sense instead of maybe asking Masoli to start from maybe the 5 yard line against the wind. Taking the knee puts the ball on the 35 and puts us 3 points down.
I think Orlondo had zero confidence in our kicker especially against the wind so I think Orlondo was going to plan to play for the touchdown and play 3 down football gambling on 3rd which they did once in the drive. In the case where the ticats are playing for the TD it doesn't matter if they are down 2 or 3 a td wins the game for them. One question is whether Tim White and his world class speed running straight could have made it beyond the 25 yard line with the wpg tacklers being so far behing th elong kicked ball . if it was me , i would have told Tim White to only take a knee if he feels he cant get out of the end zone or beyond the 5 or 10 yard line .
Tim White fielded the ball cleanly on the goal line and based on his speed and the distance of the wpg tacklers , i feel he could have made it to the 20 yard line untouched and likely close to the 30 or 35 and even a possibility for more and even a touchdown with the amont of speed he would have already generated . Time White was 5th ranked triple jumper in the USA this year and just missed going to the olympics had he finished 3rd or better . It is clear Tim White has world class speed amd is explosive and has had plenty of kick returnining experience at the Univeristy of Arizona. So , I would have preferred Tim White to not give up a point if he fields it cleanly and id preferrred that Orlondo would have given him those instructions . The chances are that Tim would have returned the ball to somewhere between the 25 to the 45 yard line and then only be down 2 with a chance to win with a field goal agaianst the wind.
If Orlonro made a wiser decision, they likely would have won the game with that short field goal as masoli was able to move the ball very close the endzone for an easy field goal that even our weak kicker can make against the wind.
This year Orlondo has shown that he is nowhere near as good as a coach as I thought he was. I am assuming he has a very large say in player personnel .
Since 2019 , we lost a great national kicker/ punter in Lirium H to the NFL. Orlondo and company did a horrific job of replacing Lirium to the point that we were using one import position for place kicker . Our canadian placer kicker hit the uprights on the extra point after touchdown late in the game in toronto that should have put us into overtime .
Our place kicker is without question the worst in the league and not of CFL quality and not of good enough qualiy to go into a grey cup game .
Our gloibal punter was ok at best during the year and was absolutely horrific in the grey cup shanking at least 3 balls 2 against the wind and one with the wind and he missed two attempts to kick the ball out of bounds with the wind in between the 20 yard line and goaline . In both cases he failed and we were charged with a 10 yard penalty . One of his shanks against the wind was 9 net yards including the 15 yard unavoidable no yards by the ticats tacklers . Overall, I give orlondo A ZERO OUT OF 10 for his handling of he kicking position since 2019 and had him and others found better quality we likely would have won the Grey Cup as I think if we had a decent place kicker he may not have told Tim White to do what he thinks is right on the kickoff as Orlondo had no faith in the place kicker especially against the wind and was playing for the TD.
Orlondo and coaches also did a horrific job handling the running back position. Their nationals are clearly not good enough and clearly not starters. They chose to not dress an import running back for most of the year and did not bring in enough import backs to compete for the job. When ORLONDO Finally figured out that Don jackson is head and shouldlers above our national running backs , it was alraedy too late to make up for so many terrible games form the running back position . i will give him a 1 out of 10 on his handling of the running backs only because Don Jackson had about 4 or 5 great games including the Grey Cup and playofs .
The offensive Line .
i think orlondo and company made many mistakes. They did not bring in enough quality experienced import tackles and they stiIL dont have 1 good import tackle . chris van zyl our national tackle was injured most of the year and he might be ready for retirement . They did nothing significant to upgrade eiter tackle position and likley should have signed or traded for an import tackle with cfl esperience. letting go experienced center mike filer and moving a good guard to center was something that just did not work out well as ciracco was injured alot and also did not perform as well at center as he did at guard.
It also made orlondo decide to use an import at center for many games which is not good use of the ratio and yarbrough was stil average at best . They also left ciracos's old poisition in the hands of unproven rookies in gibbon and woodmansey which both dont look very physical and may not be starters in the cfl .
National okafor playing for van zeyl was a disaster as well. i would have to give orlondo a zero out of 10 on the handling of the oline and their ability to find any talented imports or nationals.
They should have made a trade or sign a veteran national amd veteran import but they seemed to try to force poor players in there and none really developed
i feel orlondo needs to get tougher and not baby his players all the time . he treats then like a kidergarten class. i am not asking him to be like a kent austin but his team was up 22-10 with 10 minutes to go in the grey cup game at home and choked and lost the game and all he has to say is praising the team and worrying about how they feel .
Can you imagine how kent austin would have reacted ? i think it is good to stay positive and create a comfortable environemnt but you have to kick some butt and get angry and call a spade a spade every once in a while and that grey cup collapse deserved a tongue lashing and not babying and praise over that collapse .
Orlondo did not once even mention that his team needs to get tougher and learn to finisg games and have a more killer instinct
The team aslo has had a lot of bonehaed penalties all year and that falls on the coach and alot of bonehad personnel decisions and poor in game decisions by orlondo all year including the grey cup.
We allowed montreal and toronto to come back and beat us at home during the year and it was pertially due to mark washingtons defence playing prevent defence and not being aggressive. i blame orlondo for not micro managing a bit and working with his co-ordinators to work on these type of mistakes .
Due to orlond's lack of doing this it came to haunt them again in the grey cup as wpg was able to march down the field with short passes and an eventual td in the 4th quarter. If the defence kept playing aggressive like they did all game then we woould have won the grey cup .
The Oline and offensive coordinators were weak all year/ our oline is not physical enough and we abandon the run game far too early.
Our play selection has ben very weak all year and our offence struggled most of the year mostly due to a weal oline , weak national rbs starting and poor east / west short pass and not enough north south plays .
I think these 2 coordinators have to be replaced . why did condell not have masoli just lean into his lineman on 2knd and one and then 3rd and one when they gambled on 3rd and one and failed on their own 40 yard line . 2 very very por play calls . also very poor play calls when they were on the the wpg 3 yard line and settled for a field goal.
Orlondo is far too over rated . i like the guy and he crates a nice friendly happy environement but that isnt always productive in football .
i think orlondo is going to coach in university of washington next year anyway as their defensice co-ordinator for a million bucks a year .
He is leaving the ticats high and dry and could have caused some free agaents not to sign back with us like jgared davis for example...i hope i am wrong......i say they give reinbold the head coach job to keep the ulture but get rid of condell the oc ,
I have seen enough and oline coach gibson has to go as well.
the defensive back co-ordinator maynhave to go as well it is craig butler .