Friday, 9 December 2011

Cats to Interview Tim Burke

The Tiger-Cats coaching search continues, and a new contender has entered the ring:

Tim Burke

Burke has been my number-one choice to replace Marcel Bellefeuille since the day Bellefeuille was fired.

Burke has all the qualities a team looks for when hiring a Head Coach, with the exception of previous Head Coaching experience. And while that is a knock against him, he does come equipped with almost 35 years of experience in the CFL and NCAA, which is impressive in its own right.

But if his CFL record is what really matters, and that is where Burke outshines his competitors.

Burke has been the Defensive Coordinator for the past four East Division champions, three with Montreal and one with Winnipeg. Burke's Defenses in Montreal and Winnipeg were among the best in the league during his time in both places, and wherever he goes (or if he stays in Winnipeg) will see a vast improvement on the defensive side of the ball. Simply put, the man gets results, and those results usually find teams playing on the final Sunday in November. Success follows Burke wherever he goes and that is not a coincidence.

Burke might not be the big name some are looking for, but he would be an excellent choice as the next Head Coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.


  1. agree 100%. he's been my choice from day one too.

    players like him, and he gets results.

  2. To be honest, I don't get the Austin love. Yeah, he had a good year on a good team... ONE good year, in his ONLY year as a head coach. Had some success as an OC with TO. Seems to have found a role coaching at the college level.

    He's not the Messiah. He's been bestowed legend status by some, and clearly seems to be asking a lot because it will take a lot for him to jump from a comfortable situation to one that may be very risky (more so in Regina, where the talent pool needs a major skim and some fresh chlorine)

    We're better off, in terms of value-for-money, with someone with a longer coaching track record if not accolades as a head coach. Burke fits the profile, a few others as well.