Coming into the 2011 CFL season, expectations were high for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Coming off a solid 9-9 campaign in 2010, which saw quarterback Kevin Glenn mentioned among the Most Outstanding Player (MOP) candidates, and receiver Arland Bruce come within 70 yards of the CFL receiving title.
With the passing game coming off a stellar season, and the off-season addition of running back Avon Cobourne. The Tiger-Cats offense was expected to lift this team to new heights, and perhaps give Montreal a run for the eastern division title.
Despite the positive outlook many had – fans and analysts alike. The Hamilton Tiger-Cats find themselves in a dark place after the first two weeks of the 2011 CFL season. The team is off to a horrid 0-2 start, the offense has failed to produce, and there has already been a quarterback controversy brewing amongst fans in Hamilton.
Bright spots of note: The defense has played considerably well, taking into account lack of support the offense has given. Also, the consistent kicking of Justin Medlock. Although his opportunities have been limited. He has connected on both of his field goal attempts so far, which is something Tiger-Cat fans could get used to, given the erratic nature of the kicking game in years past.
Tiger-Cats early season history under Marcel Bellefeuille
Marcel Bellefeuille has lead the Tiger-Cats to a 9-9 record in each of his first two seasons as the Tiger-Cats head coach. Now in his third season behind the bench, Bellefeuille’s Ticats have a combined record of just 1-5 after the first two games of each season.
|2009 – July 1st||Toronto 30 @ Hamilton 17||L|
|2009 – July 10th||Hamilton 31 @ BC 28||W|
|2010 – July 2nd||Hamilton 29 @ Winnipeg 49||L|
|2010 – July 10th||Calgary 23 @ Hamilton 22||L|
|2011 – July 1st||Winnipeg 24 @ Hamilton 16||L|
|2011 – July 9th||Hamilton 10 @ Edmonton 28||L|
Should we be reaching for the panic button this early in the Tiger-Cats season? – hardly
Despite the slow start, there is reason for optimism. If history repeats itself, the Tiger-Cats should be able to bounce back from this slow start. Just as they have done in each of the past two seasons.
In the next two weeks, Hamilton will face the Saskatchewan Roughriders (0-2) at home, and the BC Lions (0-2) on the road. If the Tiger-Cats offense can get on track, the team could dig themselves out of the hole they’re in just as fast as they got in it. Given the history, a 2-2 record heading into week 5 would be an improvement.