Thursday 11 March 2010

Cats Round Out Coaching Staff

The Tiger-Cats announced today that they have added two new coaches to round out the 2010 staff. Steve Buratto will be the team's new Offensive Line Coach, and Tim Kearse will be the new Receivers Coach. Every other coach from last season has been retained by the team.

O-Line coaches and Receiver coaches are hardly big-time news, but when one of them is a former Grey Cup-winning Head Coach, people will pay attention. Steve Buratto won the Grey Cup with the BC Lions as Head Coach in 2000. He has bounced around the league some, being employed most recently by the Argos as Offensive Coordinator in 2008 and Special Teams and Running Backs coach in 2009. Uh-oh. The Argos have had one of the worst offenses in the CFL the past few seasons, so hopefully that was an aberration. It's not like Buratto will be calling plays or anything, so we shouldn't have to worry about the Cats replicating the punchless Argos offense of the past couple of seasons. The one upside the Argos did have last season was their running game, as RB Jamal Robertson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark. Robertson was probably the lone bright spot for the Argos last season.

I don't know much about Tim Kearse except for what I read in the press release the team put out. The Cats already have one the best, if not the best, WR corps in the CFL, so if Kearse's credentials are accurate, then we could be headed for even better things from the Wide Receivers and Slotbacks in 2010.

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