Ticats defence built piece by piece

A Ticats defence built almost from scratch by Orlondo Steinauer, which improved week to week as the...

A Ticats defence built almost from scratch by Orlondo Steinauer, which improved week to week as the season moved along, reached its peak in the East final, capping a shutout second half by breaking up this last-ditch pass to Chad Owens. (Reuters)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:35 AM ET

REGINA - Rome wasn’t build in a day. Neither was the Tiger-Cats defence but it was solid a lot sooner than Rome ever was.

Under Orlondo Steinauer, the Ticats defence took shape methodically. Steinauer was new to Hamilton this season, coming from Toronto,and there was familiarity with a couple of former Argos in Evan McCollough who moved down the QEW with him and, to a lesser extent, Dee Brown who was an Argo a year earlier. But for the most part Steinauer was pretty much starting from scratch.

He had a middle linebacker in Jamall Johnson he was familiar with from his years in the league. He knew of Brian Bulcke, the defensive tackle brought in from the defending Grey Cup finalist Calgary Stampeders.

But other than that there wasn’t a whole lot Steinauer knew about the defence he would oversee.

More importantly there was a lot his charges had to learn about him.

Clearly both sides were quick learners.


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