Tabbies not in panic mode

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 PM ET

HAMILTON — Marcel Bellefeuille talks about building a bubble around his team to keep it from being affected by outside influences, outside expectations, and agendas that do not fit with the Ticats stated goals.

That’s all well and good, but another loss tonight against the visiting Blue Bombers would drop the Ticats to 0-3. With Saskatchewan and Montreal looming on the schedule for the next two games, the very real possibility of an 0-5 start exists.

Making that bubble impervious to the outside distractions, not to mention incensed Hamiltonians, at that point might border on the impossible.

Still, Bellefeuille and his loyal Ticats refuse to put any more importance on tonight’s game than they will any other.

“As a team we are not in panic mode,” running back DeAndra Cobb said Thursday. “We know what we are capable of and we’ve just hit a rough patch. We went through a rough patch last year and lost four straight.”

Hamilton fans and Cobb recall the late season turnaround that followed.

Cobb, who is off to a slow start himself, just might be the perfect Bellefeuille player. He takes each game as it comes and refuses to get rattled, even with Marcus Thigpen looming in his mirrors as a potential threat to his own job.

“You just have to be patient and let it all happen,” Cobb said sounding much more like a guy on a 2-0 team than the guy on the 0-2 team whose own sub-par performance routinely gets trotted out as a reason for that slow start.

Bellefeuille though points to the strides the team made from week 1 to week 2 as proof that the team is on the right track regardless of the record.

“We are working on things right now that will make us a better team than we were last year at the end of the season and we’re (experiencing) some growing pains along the way,” Bellefeuille explained. That’s just part of the process. It is our job as a coaching staff, as much as we can, to create a bubble around the team and not let those other things seep in. The most important thing is to know you are doing things the right way even when you are not winning. When you are winning it is easy to know that. We’re just focussed on the process right now and trying to create that bubble around our team.”

Bubble or no bubble, the Ticats need this game tonight.


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