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HAMILTON TIGER-CATS

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General Manager: Bob O'Billovich (4th season)

Head Coach: Marcel Bellefeuille (3rd season)

Offensive Coordinator: Khari Jones | Defensive Coordinator: Corey Chamblin

2010 Statistics | 2011 Schedule | Team Page



LAST YEAR: 9-9 - 2ND IN EAST DIVISION - LOST TO TORONTO IN EAST SEMIFINAL

Hamilton entered 2010 once again hoping that it would be the year they finally got over the hump – the hump being the Alouettes – to win the East Division, and once again fell short of expectations. Despite stabilizing their quarterback position by making Kevin Glenn the clear cut choice, the Ticats had an up and down season, finishing with a 9-9 record for the second straight year. And once again the Ticats disappointed in the playoffs, losing the East semifinal at home for the second straight year, this time to the Argonauts.

KEY ADDITIONS

Avon Cobourne, RB: One of the biggest weaknesses for the Ticats last season was their running game. A year after making a name for himself, DeAndre Cobb struggled with both consistency and ball security. The Cats made it a priority to upgrade the position by signing Cobourne as a free agent. Cobourne has averaged 5.6 yards per carry in his five-year CFL career.

Renauld Williams, LB: An 'under the radar' signing this off-season, the Ticats tabbed Williams to replace veteran Otis Floyd in their daunting linebacking corps. The 30-year-old returned to the CFL after an unsuccessful stint in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. In 31 games over three seasons with the Roughriders, Williams recorded 97 tackles and six sacks.

Other Notable Acquisitions: Daniel Francis, DB; Justin Medlock, K/P; Wayne Smith, OG; Daryl Stephenson, RB; Carlos Thomas, DB

KEY DEPARTURES

Greg Marshall, DC: Marshall had long been rumoured to be a candidate for various head coaching vacancies around the league, and this year the Roughriders finally nabbed him. Marshall oversaw a Ticats defence that gave up the second fewest points in the league. Hamilton had arguably the best linebacking corps in the league.


Otis Floyd, LB: While there were questions as to whether the 34-year-old Floyd had lost a step late in his career, one thing that was never questioned was his heart. Floyd was the emotional leader for the Ticats’ defence the past two years, and racked up 150 tackles, nine sacks, and an interception in that time.


Other Notable Departures: Chris Bauman, WR; DeAndra' Cobb, RB; Sandro DeAngelis, K; Alexandre Gauthier, OL; Ray Mariuz, LB; Jermaine Reid, DT

THE EXPERTS WEIGH IN

Chris Shultz's Team Overview: The Hamilton Tiger-Cats are an above average football team that, for the last two years, have been playing average football: winning as much as you lose, making the playoffs but then not taking advantage of that opportunity. Hamilton has to take that next step by playing their best as a team when it is most important: the playoffs. More...

Matt Dunigan's Quarterback Analysis: Wow! Kevin Glenn has a bevy of receivers to chuck it to. While watching the Tiger-Cats practice was impressive on many accounts, the Cats' receiving corp jumped out as a hotly contested position. Glenn is primed to lead this team to greater heights and has the weapons around him to do so. More...


Duane Forde's Canadian Content: Slotback Dave Stala and centre Marwan Hage were the East Division’s Most Outstanding Canadian and Offensive Lineman respectively in 2010. Cornerback Ryan Hinds created some breathing room ratio-wise last year when he earned the wide side starting job at midseason. More...


DRAFT OVERVIEW

The Tiger-Cats entered the Canadian Draft with the goal of beefing up along the line of scrimmage, and did just that. Hamilton’s first four picks were used on lineman – two offensive and two defensive. The Ticats traded out of the first round to have two second round selections: OL Moe Petrus, who will return to school next year, and DT Maurice Forbes. Laval teammates DL Marc-Antoine Fortin and OL Pascal Baillargeon were also drafted with the priority of improving in the trenches in mind.

Draft Results

Round (Overall) Player Position School
2 (10) Moe Petrus Offensive Lineman Connecticut
2 (13) Maurice Forbes Defensive Tackle Concordia
3 (20) Marc-Antoine Fortin Defensive Lineman Laval
3 (21) Pascal Baillargeon Offensive Lineman Laval
5 (33) Patrick Jean-Mary Linebacker Howard
5 (36) Tyrell Francisco Tight End Weber State
6 (44) Jadon Wagner Linebacker Brigham Young

2010 Team Statistics

Offence PTS TDS YDS/GM PASS/GM RUSH/GM
Total 481 46 374 296 95
Rank 4th 3rd 4th 4th 8th

Defence PTS/GM TDS YDS/GM PASS/GM RUSH/GM
Total 25 38 388 302 108
Rank 2nd 2nd 7th 8th 3rd




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