Hellard promises changes are coming

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 8:29 AM ET

Minutes after his club's second annual playoff collapse, Ted Hellard said it was clear no one's job was safe -- including quarterback Henry Burris' or his own.

"It's too early to determine what the core set of issues are but what we clearly know is there are issues and we have to deal with them to move forward," said the Stampeders president and co-owner.

"This is a setback to our organization, there's no question. You can't stick your head in the sand and say nothing occurred here.

"It's not about Henry, Ted, Tom (Higgins, head coach) or Joffrey (Reynolds, running back.)

"We have to take our time and be analytical. It's just way too early to come to conclusions now. We'll look at all positions, me included. If I don't feel like I can be part of the solution and taking us to the next level, I'll look at replacing myself."

Insisting he wanted to take the emotion out of any decisions by waiting a couple days to talk to the ownership group before making assessments, Hellard made it clear a core once thought to be set in stone could be radically altered.

"You have to be careful not to overreact or you could set yourself back in a deeper hole," said Hellard, who took over the team with local partners two years ago and turned it around with two winning seasons.

"We're 21-15 the last two years. You can't pretend you're not moving in the right direction.

"We're further ahead now that we thought we would be. But when you get ahead of the game, you still have to continue moving ahead. It's important the fans know we're not satisfied."

Asked if he was worried season-ticket holders would start to abandon the club following a second straight playoff collapse, Hellard paused.

"You've got to keep things in perspective -- the team has progressed significantly from where we were," said Hellard, stung by the team's 30-21 loss.

"Calgary fans are pretty loyal. I don't believe they're going to eject themselves in masses.

"But I think they have a right to have an issue with what we've done in both our playoff games and it's something we have to try to address."


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