HAMILTON - Khari Jones isn’t the screaming and yelling type but with the stakes raised this week even the even-keeled Ticats offensive coordinator found himself needing to dish out a little tough love.
During the morning practice Jones was not at all happy when his receivers, who were chatting amongst themselves while he explained a drill, didn’t follow instructions.
Jones stopped the drill and let his charges know exactly how unhappy he was.
It was a rare dressing down from the coach, but one his starting quarterback felt was warranted given the circumstances.
“I’ve heard him a few times let it out like that and usually when he lets it out like that he means it because he doesn’t do it often,” Kevin Glenn said. “I think the guys know that when he does get that emotional about things, they understand there’s a sense of urgency. ‘Let’s get it together now.’ They know the type of person he is and they take it as coaching and get back on track.”
With the regular season behind them and the playoffs before them, Glenn and Jones both understand the stakes have been raised.
DON'T WORRY, BE HAPPY
Heading into the playoffs on a two-game losing streak may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it doesn’t seem to be bothering Ticats head coach Marcel Bellefeuille that much.
Even though those two defeats were against the only teams that didn’t manage to make the playoffs.
But Bellefeuille cautions not to take losses to Saskatchewan and Toronto at face value.
“Look, the game in Regina was what it was,” Bellefeuille said. “I think everyone saw that Saskatchewan played well down the stretch and they are a good football team.
“The last game in Toronto we did what we had to do to be healthy for the playoffs. We sat a number of starters and didn’t bring a number of players back. Credit Toronto for the win but at the same time, you know, our No. 1 objective was something else.”