Thursday, 20 December 2012

Cats Hiring of Condell Not Surprising

The Ti-Cats announced the first addition to Kent Austin's coaching staff today, naming Tommy Condell the team's offensive coordinator and receivers coach.

This is no surprise given that Condell worked with Austin at Cornell while he was head coach there the last two seasons. In fact, Condell was considered the front runner by many to take this position after Austin was hired. Condell has one year of offensive coordinator experience in the CFL, with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2006. That year, the Riders were the third-highest scoring offense, behind only BC and Calgary, finished second in both rushing touchdowns, behind Montreal and receiving touchdowns, behind BC, and fourth in total yards. The Riders finished third in the West Division with a 9-9 record and made it to the West Final before losing to the eventual Grey Cup champion BC Lions. It's a small sample size, just like with Austin, but it shows he has been successful in the past in the position he will have with the Ti-Cats.

Now the team needs to act just as quickly in naming a defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator. I would hope that Jim Daley is retained by Austin since he did such a stellar job in 2012 and my wish is to see Greg Marshall return as the team's defensive coordinator. But who knows what Austin will do.

We'll hopefully know very soon who will fill those positions, but Austin acted quickly in naming his offensive coordinator (though that probably came because of their previously relationship), so hopefully he acts just as swiftly in filling out the rest of his staff.

1 comment:

  1. I'm okay with the OC hiring. He's had some experience in the CFL and he's familiar with Austin. No issues for me there.

    I am on the fence right now about bringing Marshall back. My issue was with his bend but don't break defense between the 20s and pressure from the 20s in. I felt we gave up a ton of yards and field goals plus never really getting lots of 2 and outs.

    He would be a major upgrade over what we had but I kinda would like to see someone different. We've seen his defense and it's just okay. He's not defensive genius/guru like Sutherin. I personally just want to see some one different.