Ticats coach has much to answer for

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:35 PM ET

TORONTO - A few thoughts on the Tiger-Cats following the 16-13 loss at the hands of the Argonauts on Sunday afternoon in the East Division semi-final:

Though he probably will keep his job as head coach, there's nothing wrong with wondering about the future of Marcel Bellefeuille.

The argument has been put forth that the Tiger-Cats were improved over 2009, when they finished 9-9 and lost the East semi at home to the B.C. Lions.

This year, they finished 9-9 and lost the East semi at home to the Argos. In the big picture, that's not a step forward. Sideways, maybe, but not forward.

A year after the Lions were swept in the regular season by the Ticats, they made adjustments and won. Ditto for the Argos in 2010.

It might not be inexcusable that the Ticats lost, but Bellefeuille will have to answer for plenty in the coming days. One thing for Ticats supporters to consider: Their team was 6-1 against Toronto and Winnipeg in the regular season, 3-8 versus the rest of the league.

QUARTERBACK TROUBLES

With the criticism that Argos quarterback Cleo Lemon has endured, plenty should be directed at Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn.

A 10-year Canadian Football League veteran, Glenn seemingly had the tools at his disposal to get the best of the Argos' defence. But it didn't happen.

Give Glenn props for returning to the game after leaving with an injury, but throwing two interceptions was unacceptable. Glenn's stats actually were not bad Ñ 24 completions on 35 attempts for 314 yards.

It's the zero touchdowns that sticks out. It's true that Glenn was hampered by a Toronto front four that dominated the offensive line.

Yet few would have bet that the Tiger-Cats would be held to one touchdown, and that it would be scored on a three-yard scamper by second-string quarterback Quinton Porter.

OH NO, SANDRO

Five times a West Division all-star, Sandro DeAngelis signed with the Ticats last February, expecting to bring to Hamilton the same kind of success he had with the Calgary Stampeders.

For whatever reason, DeAngelis was a bust in his first year in the Hammer. During the regular season, DeAngelis was good on 76.2% of his field-goal attempts Ñ his worst success rate in the CFL.

On Sunday, he missed what should have been an easy 17-yarder.

The stinger came in the dying seconds, though, as Bellefeuille decided to go for more yards rather than have DeAngelis attempt what would have been a 48-yard field goal.

We'll never know whether DeAngelis would have redeemed himself, as Glenn was intercepted.

TALK THE TALK

Arland Bruce III said during training camp that he figured the Tiger-Cats had a championship-calibre team.

Interesting, but Bruce never did light up his former team during 2010, and his failure to get his fingers on a catchable throw from Glenn led to the interception by Byron Parker in the final seconds. Still, we would take Bruce, who has been a model citizen since the Argos traded him to Steeltown last season, on our team any day.

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