I’m a Ticat fan, always have been, always will be. I hope for the best, but try to temper my enthusiasm with some realism.
I wasn’t sold on Burris when we traded for him. I always thought he was streaky, not fundamentally excellent. It didn’t look like a big upgrade for us to move our starter for another team’s backup who had lost his starting job and was aging. Unfortunately, I seem to have been correct. He’s older and less consistent, but still able to perform very well on occasion (so was Glenn), and he’s still smiling. Will he still be doing that next spring at training camp at age 38? I’m not convinced.
I wasn’t in favour of firing Marcel B to begin with, and was never sold on George Cortez being the answer. Decades of work as an assistant does not guarantee success as a head coach. Handing him the keys to the franchise as HC, Director of Football Operations and having him be his own OC seemed to me to be a real risk and overdoing it considerably. His know it all demeanour doesn’t endear him to many on here, and coupled with a distinct lack of success it is winning him few accolades. I hope he can turn it around before the failures mount to the point where the players tune him out. I don’t think that’s happened yet, but I do have my fingers crossed.
I doubt we will make the playoffs this season. Maybe the team will surprise in the final third of the season, but the record to date doesn’t suggest it is likely. This is a serious regression in a year when we were expected to make significant advances and contend for the Grey Cup.
Maybe we never did have the talent level we were led to believe we had coming into this season. So maybe we had unrealistic expectations to begin with. But to characterize this a a developmental year strikes me as revisionist thinking of the feeblest kind. The five-year plan has become eight, and we’re going backwards.
I’m not about to give up on the team or on being a fan, but like others I’m very disappointed.