Canadian Football League

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Is Printers headed back to Canadian Football League?

The 24-year-old Printers, who won the 2004 Most Outstanding Player award with the B.C. Lions, was just one of the big names released on Saturday as NFL teams tried to trim their rosters to 53 players.
Now the question is whether Printers will clear waivers and find a spot on the Chiefs practice squad or make a possible return to the CFL.
When he signed with Kansas City in January, Printers was thought to provide a young, athletic back-up for 36-year-old Chiefs starter Trent Green.
But he played poorly in four exhibition games and fell to fourth on the team's depth chart behind Damon Huard and Kansas City's third-round draft pick Brodie Croyle.
In three years in the CFL, Printers passed for 6,763 yards and 45 touchdowns and rushed for 849 yards and another 11 TDs. But after replacing Dave Dickinson in 2004 he lost his starting job at the Grey Cup when Dickinson returned from injury. B.C lost the game 27-19 to the Toronto Argonauts.
In 2005, the simmering quarterback controversy continued, with Printers losing out because of injuries and his public complaints.

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Canadian Football Lague Week # 12 Picks

Lions vs. Als

Dickenson is back. Does it mean a win? Not a given. But the odds of a win in Montreal
improve. The Lions are in a strange part of the schedule where they have two byes
very close together. They could use the win before another break. The Als on the
other hand will let us know this week if the losing streak is something to be worried
about. It should be a close one.

Als by 4

Bombers Vs. Riders

Glenn and Stegall are back. It will take time to get the chemistry going again.

Riders by 14

Eskimos Vs. Stamps

The battle of Alberta part #1

This one is easy. Stamps by 10

Argos Vs. Ti-Cats

Tons of changes in Hamilton does not mean a change in results.

Argos by 17

Last Week 2-1 Over-all 24-16

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Canadian Football League Players Of The Week

Calgary Stampeders quarterback Henry Burris and defensive back Coby Rhinehart claimed the CFL's offensive and defensive player of the week honours Wednesday.
Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive lineman Fred Perry earned the lineman of the week award while Winnipeg Blue Bombers kick returner Albert Johnson III bagged the special teams prize.
Burris completed 18-of-31 passes for 295 yards and three touchdowns in Calgary's 41-23 whipping of the Montreal Alouettes. He also added 16 yards on the ground on three carries.
Rhinehart, meanwhile, made two interceptions and four defensive tackles in Calgary's third-straight victory.
Perry recovered a fumble and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter as Saskatchewan crushed the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 51-8. He also had two sacks, one tackle, one forced fumble and one pass knockdown.

Johnson posted a total of 242 kick-return yards in Winnipeg's 18-15 loss to the Toronto Argonauts

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Desjardins lands first Canadian Football League GM Job

Rob Katz looked to the perennially contending Montreal Alouettes for his successor, hiring Marcel Desjardins as the new general manager of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Desjardins spent the last four-plus seasons as an assistant to Alouettes GM Jim Popp and previously worked at the Canadian Football League's head office in Toronto.
This may have taken a little bit longer than I had expected or wanted," Desjardins said at a news conference Tuesday. "But I'm very confident that this is the right job and right organization."
A native of nearby Burlington, Ont., Desjardins is in charge of running a Hamilton outfit that is last in the Eastern Division with a 2-9 record.
"Growing up near Hamilton and following the Ticats as a youngster, this is a dream opportunity for me that I couldn't pass up. I'm very excited," Desjardins said.
Katz said he was impressed with Desjardins's recruiting skills and ability to build a team within a system.
"Marcel has quite a unique skill set to become a successful general manager in this league," said Katz. "I'm convinced his experience and leadership will help us build a winning team."
On Monday, Katz fired offensive co-ordinator Joe Paopao and offensive line coach Kani Kauahi in the aftermath of Saturday's embarrassing 51-8 home loss to Saskatchewan.
Ticats owner Bob Young promoted Katz to interim GM on Aug. 11, 2005, after the latter had worked in the team's business office.
Katz has a strong background in sports marketing and communications, but had never worked in a football operations capacity. He will now focus on the club's business interests.
Katz made one last move Monday, trading defensive lineman Adriano Belli to Montreal for defensive lineman Clinton Wayne and defensive back Phillip Gauthier.
On Sunday, Katz told the Hamilton Spectator on Sunday that all phases of the team's football operation, including coaches, would be reviewed.
"We're going to spend the better part of [this week] looking at how we do everything as an organization," he said. "We need to get better in a big way."
Hamilton, which hasn't scored a touchdown in three consecutive home games, will host archrival Toronto Argonauts on Monday in the annual Labour Day Classic.
Ticats interim head coach Ron Lancaster, offensive assistant Perry Marchese and player-personnel director Craig Smith will handle the offence.

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.