by WestCoastJoe (Posted Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:40:41 GMT)OV – 54:40 wrote:WestCoastJoe wrote:Couple of ex CFL QBs …
Doug Nussmeir … OC at Alabama … $680,000 per
Mile McCoy … A few mill per year as HC of the Chargers
Out of our range, but nice to see the CFL alumni doing well. McCoy’s rise has been meteoric.
In that vein , sort of – McMaster HC Stef Ptaszek – former CFL receiver, won a Vanier as an OC at Laurier, won a Vanier as a HC with McMaster … might be one of the best offensive minds in Canadian football – shows diverse and smart offences… BUT – doubt he would leave a sweet CIS HC gig, AND, doubt Wally would consider him.
How much faith do we have in Wally and Benny to make the best decision here? Based on how this OC firing/search for replacement has gone, I would suggest there is cause for doubt. It is a decision making case study. And it is a case study in sports management.
Ptaszek might be terrific. And I agree that the odds of his getting hired by the Lions are very, very slim.
At this time, I expect Benny is worried, and has been since his Plan A and Plan B turned him down. Now I expect he is leaning towards the safest, most palatable choice he can find. That is probably Khari Jones, it seems to me.
And Khari may be just fine as OC. We don’t know …
This “case study” in decision making and sports management goes back years. The JC comings and goings. The assistants turfed. The logjam in the ranks, with veterans holding spots that could have gone to up and coming coaches. The Old Boys Retirement Club. Cozy, comfy lifers. Lack of mentoring on the offensive side. Now we hear more and more rumours of the “going to church” angle. Not knocking church, but I can’t say that is the way to choose or build your staff. What worked for 20+ years is not guaranteed to work forever. New ideas are needed in a competitive environment. And the CFL is becoming ultra competitive. The talent level is high in all teams. It is coaching that makes the biggest difference when the talent is at a parity level.
(Why we have failed in the playoffs, and why we find ourselves in this unfruitful OC search.)
Stefan Ptaszek …
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Collegiately, Ptaszek played CIAU football for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks. He was named an all-Canadian three times and was part of the 1991 Yates Cup and 21st Vanier Cup championship team. Ptaszek was also named to the Golden Hawks Team of the Century and holds the school’s records for most receiving yards in a career and in a season. As a professional player, he played for four seasons for the BC Lions, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, and Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League.
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
Ptaszek served as the offensive coordinator for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks for three seasons. During that time, he helped his team to win back to back Yates Cups in 2004 and 2005 and the 41st Vanier Cup.
Ptaszek became McMaster’s head coach in 2006 and won the school’s first Vanier Cup championship in 2011. Ptaszek also coached the Marauders to the longest winning streak in CIS history, winning 21 games in a row spanning over the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In 2012, he was named the CIS Coach of the Year.
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