Let’s wander to our northern neighbors, Canada. CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats have been in the news all this week and have come under scrutiny over the hiring of Art Briles. Again, if you’re a football lover, or follow the game, you’re probably scratching your head saying, wtf? I swear, no one does background checks anymore.
IF you’re new to the situation, Art Briles was fired from Baylor University for a major sexual assault scandal involving the football team when was the head coach. On August 28th, it was reported that Briles had received a position as a coach for the Tiger Cats. Shortly after that, Briles was fired.
How in the hell did this guy get hired by a CFL team in the first place? Did the Tiger-Cats not do a background check? Was there no questioning during the interview? Is there a huge lack of offensive coaches that the team had no other choices? I personally and probably hundreds of other people are thankful that Hamilton thought twice and took another look at this person who was to have a leadership role. Honestly, Briles should never be allowed to coach again. Why isn’t he black balled?
Not only did Hamilton have a shyt storm of backlash for the Art Briles move, to make matters worse, the team worked out Johnny ‘football’ Manziel later in the week. Again, unless you haven’t been following football for the last decade, why wasn’t this an immediate red flag? What are you doing Hamilton?
Manziel, who is one of the biggest busts of the NFL in my opinion, has proven time and time that he’s not ready for the spotlight. Everything about Manziel screams cocky and immature, who also had an incident with an ex-girlfriend. His off field problems were too much to handle that NFL coaches didn’t want to deal with him. Johnny may have had success as a college athlete, but quickly proved that he couldn’t handle the NFL.
I personally wonder who’s doing the scouting and hiring for the Tiger-Cats because they need to be fired. There has to be other qualified QB’s and offensive coaches out there. Did you really have to scrape the bottom of the barrel? I’m pretty sure that Hamilton would just rather just scratch this week like it never happened. But, it did and we all saw it!