What do you think of what Petrie said about the Renegades, in the same article in which he talked about the Riders now being too cocky to be likable?
We'd like to say you heard it here first.
But, by now, it's a widespread belief the Canadian Football League only has a short time remaining in the nation's capital.
Many thought owner Lonie Glieberman would run the Ottawa Renegades into the ground and he's well on his way.
Not only did Ottawa (6-11) miss the playoffs for a fourth consecutive season. But Glieberman lived down to expectations with a couple of lame promotions, got rid of some good football people, alienated fans and torched most of the goodwill other teams had toward the Renegades.
Now, he's going to hire John Jenkins as his head coach.
While the flamboyant Texan, who most recently was the Calgary Stampeders' offensive co-ordinator, has some football credentials, it's hard to imagine him possessing the skills needed to lead his team to respectability.
Players hated his coaching in Calgary. How will they react in Ottawa? How will his eccentric ways work as a head coach? How will he handle the media? Will he waver from the pass-only approach that hurt him in the past? And, most importantly, who will work for him?
All these factors will be problems.
This organization needs stability. It needs respectable people from the top to its head coach, to its scouting department and its co-ordinators. That won't happen and players won't want to be there. Neither will the fans.
Ottawa doesn't have the same fan base as Calgary, Regina or Edmonton and the margin for error is much thinner. Give them two seasons and the 'Gades will be gone.
I gotta say that I really, really hope that he's wrong - and that the Renegades will stay - but I do honestly fear that he's right. The CFL can't lose Ottawa again. We need ten teams, not nine. Ottawa must stay! At all costs!