Changes to Ticats coming?

Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn wants to

Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn wants to "move on" from Sunday's lopsided loss to the Alouettes. (Reuters)

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:26 PM ET

HAMILTON - It was time to hit the reset button.

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats convened yesterday for their first practice since being thoroughly humbled by the Montreal Alouettes on Sunday.

Centre Marwan Hage is still not back with the team while LB Markeith Knowlton and OG Peter Diakowski were given maintenance days.

This is a pretty banged up bunch and playing on a short week won’t help, but more than anything the Ticats have to figure out how a team that could play so well one week could come back the next game against the very same opponent and lay a colossal egg.

The same Tiger-Cats that pounded Montreal 44-21 on their home field came out six days later in Montreal and were thumped 43-13.

Not everyone handles losses the same way. Quarterback Kevin Glenn is of the opinion that only negatives can come from dwelling on a loss as one-sided as the one on the weekend.

“You gotta have a short memory especially when you have a short week and another good team coming in,” Glenn said. “The biggest thing is to not dwell on it. Everybody that played in that game understands and knows what they individually did wrong or didn’t do. You come back, you try to fix it, get better at it and move on to the next chapter. That chapter is Edmonton. We’re not even thinking about what happened last week.”

We’re with Glenn up until that last line about not even thinking about last week.

Glenn can say that but there’s little doubt that less than two days after a crushing defeat, the players are still thinking about it.

The same way they were still thinking about that huge win over the Alouettes for at least the six days in between games.

It’s human nature to think back to your most recent accomplishment or, in this case, failure.

Head coach Marcel Bellefeuille, as you would expect, isn’t about to forget that game any time soon.

“You can never look at a loss, especially one like that, and blow it off,” Bellefeuille said. “You have to do a little soul-searching and talk about things and resolve it. But at the end of the day you also know that is what good teams do to each other. We are a good team. (Montreal is) a good team and we went back and forth not unlike a heavyweight match. Now we look at the reasons why and address them but at the end of the day we’re both good teams.”

On the surface it seems the coach and the quarterback are miles apart in their approaches.

Glenn would just as soon forget it and move on. Bellefeuille wants to first analyze the loss and learn what he can before moving on.

The difference is, it is Bellefeuille that must determine whether changes are necessary before the team moves on. On that front, he’s still deliberating. He admits he’s contemplating at least a few changes.

“We’re looking at our lineup to see where we can improve but when you have a loss like that it makes you a little more introspective,” Bellefeuille said.

One thing Bellefeuille admitted on Tuesday was that none of the changes he’s considering involve the quarterback position.

“We feel good about our quarterbacks and what they are able to do. That scenario we are not looking at,” he said.

As far as Glenn is concerned, every Hamilton player had a role in the loss and every player has to get better, himself included.

But he also knows every player on the Hamilton team is capable of that.

“We know that from the week before,” he said referencing the 44-21 win. “This kind of thing happens in professional football. We’re over it. There’s nothing we can do about it now. We have to move on to Edmonton.”


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