Grey Cup winning coach with the BC Lions in 2000 currently OC with the Calgary Stamps. I believe Cat Management should look at Steve Buratto as a potential candidate for HC Job.
Some Stats on Steve Buratto.
Steve Buratto - Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
CFL: Entering -26th Season
Stampeders: Entering - 4th Season
Steve enters his second season as Offensive Coordinator with the Stampeder Football Club.
In 2005, Buratto brought together a bunch of new faces and moulded them into one of the most feared offensive units in the CFL. Near the end of season the Stampeders hit their peak, making them nearly impossible to stop on several occasions. The team finished near the top of several categories including first in average gain per pass (9.3). They would also finish in the top three with most yards total offence (6,913), average yards offence per game (384.1), most yards net rushing (2,311), average yards rushing per game (128.4), most times rushed (391), average gain per rush (5.9), fewest yards penalized (1,409) and fewest QB sacks (27).
The unit was led by Quarterback, Henry Burris who completed 265 of 435 passes with a 60.9% (career high). Despite missing three and a half games, Burris still managed to throw for over 4,000 yards finishing the season with 4,290. He also rushed the ball 82 times for 513 yards (career high), averaging 6.3 yards per carry (career high with over 2 attempts) and 9 touchdowns (career high). For the first time in his career he was named to the Western All-Star team. Receiver Nik Lewis in only his second season, finished second in the league with 80 catches (career high) for 1,379 yards (career high) and nine touchdowns (career high). Running Back Joffrey Reynolds finished the season fifth all-time in Stampeder history with 247 carries for 1,437 yards, averaging 5.8 yards per carry, and eight touchdowns. His 1,437 yards was the 2nd highest in the CFL.
In 2004, Steve led the BC Lions as offensive coordinator to several number one categories in the league. Under his tutelage the Lions led the league in the following categories: most points scored (544), most td’s scored (63), most TD’s passing (45), average points scored per game (30.2), average time of possession (31:55), most first downs (429), most first downs passing (262), most yards total offence (7726), average yards offence per game (429.2), average gain per pass (10.1), most yards net passing (6335), and average yards passing per game (351.9). The Lions also finished second in several categories; most yards net rushing (1985), average yards rushing per game (110.3), most passes completed (409), and highest percentage pass completions (65.2%).
Also in 2004, various Lions players reached career highs in several categories. Quarterback Casey Printers looked unstoppable at times under Buratto’s system, finishing the season as the league’s Most Outstanding Player. His numbers were remarkable including his pass percentage (65.8%), average gain per pass (10.3), passing touchdowns (35) and touchdown percentage (7.1%). Printers finished the season with the highest pass efficiency rating in the league (115.0).
Steve’s offence also had two of the top three receivers in the league, Geroy Simon finished on top with 103 catches for 1750 yards and 14 touchdowns while Jason Clermont was third in the league with 83 catches for 1220 yards and 7 touchdowns.
In 2003, Steve entered the season as the Lions offensive coordinator. Under his offensive system the Lions led the league in the following categories: most TD passes (42), most yards total offence (7593), average yards offence per game (421.8), average gain per pass (10.0),and highest percentage pass completions (67.6%).
On August 20, 2000, Steve was named Head Coach of the Lions where he remained until the 2003 season. In 2001 the Lions finished the season with 8 wins and 10 losses, which was the same record as the eventual Grey Cup Champion Calgary Stampeders. In 2002, the Lions bettered their record winning 2 more games, finishing the season with 10 wins and 8 losses.