Canadian Football League

Monday, August 28, 2006

Paopao looking for another Canadian Football League coaching position

Two days after one of the most humiliating losses in franchise history, the struggling CFL club fired offensive co-ordinator Joe Paopao and offensive line coach Kani Kauahi.
It's the second coaching move this season for the lowly Ticats, who remain cellar-dwellers in the East Division with a 2-9 record. Head coach Greg Marshall was fired on July 10 and replaced by veteran coach and former Hamilton bench boss Ron Lancaster.
Lancaster, offensive assistant Perry Marchese and player-personnel director Craig Smith will take over offensive coaching duties, the team said. The Ticats may also add another offensive coach in the near future.
"This was a difficult move to make," Lancaster said in a statement. "You're not going to find a pair of better guys in this league than Joe and Kani.
"Unfortunately, our offence has not performed at a level that we had expected this season, so after much deliberation we felt it was in our best interest to make a change."
Paopao and Kauahi joined the Hamilton staff in the off-season after spending the previous four seasons with the Ottawa Renegades.
Ticats looking for answers
On Saturday, the Tiger-Cats failed to score a touchdown for the third straight home game in a 51-8 thrashing by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It was the club's second consecutive loss to the Roughriders after suffering a 46-15 defeat a week earlier.
After Saturday's contest, veteran slotback Mike Morreale had no explanation for his team's woes.
"It was painful to play and painful to watch," he said.
"I can't figure this thing out. The offence couldn't get going.... Basically, we were shut out. It's a disturbing, disturbing situation we have here and I don't know how to fix it, I really don't. People say we're so great on paper. But what do you do with paper, you roll it up and throw it away. We're not good on the field."
The Ticats' struggles have not been limited to playing the Roughriders, however. The worst team in the CFL is last in the league in rushing yards for and against, and last in points allowed.
Hamilton has been outscored 100-10 in its last three home contests and those 10 points have come on three safeties and four singles.


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