For Ticats, secondary is primary concern

Defensive back Matt Bucknor (left) will return to Tiger-Cats camp as part of a group charged with...

Defensive back Matt Bucknor (left) will return to Tiger-Cats camp as part of a group charged with bringing the club's secondary back to a level of respectability that was absent last season. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun FIles)

BILL LANKHOF, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:08 PM ET

HAMILTON - Henry Burris led a Tiger-Cats offence last season that set single-season records in passing yards, completions and passing touchdowns. It led the CFL with 538 points.

Oskie-wee-wee. But mostly, just wee.

The problem was the Ticats failed to live up to their tradition of stalwart defence. The offence didn’t help by forcing that defence to stay on the field and average of 32.05 minutes per game, longer then any other CFL defence.

Plenty of time for things to go wrong. And they did, to the tune of 576 points allowed.

If the Ticats hope to go anywhere this season, new defensive co-ordinator Orlondo Steinauer will have to avoid similar bloodlettings.

One of the biggest challenges will be rebuilding a secondary that Ricky Ray and Anthony Calvillo won’t use as a GPS to the Hamilton end zone.

 


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