Faster, stronger Ti-Cats

KAMAU PETERSON

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

In previous years, this may be a game that some would look past as somewhat of a walk in the park, but let me be the first to tell you if you don't already know ... those days are long over. Hamilton is currently seated second in the East division and it's a game that has due attention paid to it once it comes up on the schedule.

The Ti-Cats have been rebuilt from the ground up by one of the best team builders in the league's recent history -- Bob O'Billovich.

Bob has been a successful coach in this league and is regarded as one of the best talent eyes going, bringing in a truckload of all-star players over the years, myself included, when we were in Calgary together.

I noticed the absence of football minds in Hamilton during the time that I was there in 2005/06 and have watched the talent grow on that team for the last two years since Bob's appointment.

The offseason was good to the Ti-Cats as they addressed the most important collective position on the team, in my opinion, by upgrading the offensive line.

Adding Goodspeed and Gauthier adds to the content of what was already the makings of a good line and provides stability to the team on the whole. They have found a gem of a tailback in Cobb, to go with an already impressive stable of tailbacks from last year's roster.

Chris Davis has emerged as a reliable threat for them to complement Prechae Rodriguez and the newly acquired Arland Bruce III.

Defensively, this may be the fastest group of linebackers in the league with Floyd, Johnson and Knowlton flying around the ball. Their secondary has proven to be opportunistic and has ball hawking capabilities, as we learned last game, and we'll definitely need to be aware of them if we are to have success offensively.

It has definitely been a long climb for the Ti-Cats in their effort to get back to the level of success that some of the Hamilton teams have enjoyed previously, but in my opinion they are well on their way.

This promises to be a hard-hitting physical game, and we'll need to limit the big play while making a few of our own if we are to have success.


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