In the first installment of the Canadian Football League Report for the Independent Sports News, it is clear the days are numbered for Tiger-Cats head coach Kent Austin. One could argue that he has possibly lost command of his team. It is not that Hamilton is losing games that is the complete issue. It is how they are losing them that is.
We all know that the Tiger-Cats did not show up against the Calgary Stampeders. One just has to take a quick glimpse at the score to realize that the Tiger-Cats were completely outclassed in their 60-1 smackdown. However this is not the first time this season that the Tiger-Cats have had problems on both ends of the football field. In week one, the 37 year old Ricky Ray had 506 yards against the Tiger-Cats and in week three the 38 year old Kevin Glenn had 380 yards against the Tiger-Cats. Both Ray and Glenn completely dominated Tiger-Cats quarterback Zach Collaros.
If there was one positive in the Tiger-Cats 59 point loss last week it is that Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell only had 197 passing yards and six incompletions in 17 passing attempts. However the Stampeders didn’t need to throw the football because they ran into the end zone with the football four times and also got major scores through a punt return and interception return.
Parity has been a word to describe the Canadian Football League this season. There just seems to be one outlier at the moment, and that is the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Now there are talks of Hamilton infighting. In preparation for their game on Friday against the unbeaten Edmonton Eskimos, Sportsnet is reporting a brawl broke out at practice.
If you are looking for a possible replacement for Austin, one would have to think that Tiger-Cats general manager Eric Tillman and chief executive officer Scott Mitchell would be looking for an outside replacement rather than an internal one because no assistant coach or co-ordinator in Hamilton is worthy of the job at the moment because Hamilton has been that bad in all aspects.
If you are looking for possible external flashy candidates who could replace Austin, none pop into my head at the present time. Danny Barrett is currently the running backs coach for the Miami Dolphins and Henry Burris is comfortable in his new television role working for CTV in Ottawa. It appears that the Tiger-Cats might just be stuck with Austin for the rest of the season. Luckily for them, they are in the CFL East, and in striking distance of a playoff spot. Even though they are 0-5, the Tiger-Cats are only four points back of the second place Montreal Alouettes.