New Hamilton HC George Cortez was the Buffalo Bills' QB coach in 2011.
It turns out the Hamilton Tiger-Cats' lengthy wait to pick a head coach may have paid off, as they got their man. Back in December, a source indicated Buffalo Bills' quarterbacks coach George Cortez was Hamilton's top target, but they had to wait until the NFL season ended to talk to him, and it was never a sure thing he'd leave a prominent job south of the border to take a CFL job. The Tiger-Cats pulled it off, though, and team owner (or, as he prefers, caretaker) Bob Young announced Cortez's hiring as head coach and director of football operations on Twitter Saturday. Cortez has a reasonably impressive history in the CFL and the NFL, and he's worked with new quarterback Henry Burris and general manager Bob O'Billovich in Calgary, so this move could turn out quite well for Hamilton. However, it's still a gamble, as Cortez hasn't been a head coach at any significant level before.
It is interesting to note that the Tiger-Cats did this on Twitter and their website on a Saturday rather than waiting for an official press conference (which they'll probably still have). From this corner, this is a much better way of doing things; when teams wait for the initial conference to make things official, the news inevitably leaks early, but it still carries the disclaimer of being unofficial (and it leaves to several days where things are formally in an awkward state of limbo). Announcing a move like this over the web reflects the new world we live in where things don't always just happen in-person during the nine-to-five workday, and that's just fine from this angle. Good for the Tiger-Cats for being proactive and getting the news out quickly instead of waiting for the formal conference. They can still do that ceremony, and officially introducing the new coach to local media is probably still a good idea, but this avoids several days of awkwardly declining comment when everyone already knows what you're going to do.Read More »from Tiger-Cats announce George Cortez as new head coach—on Twitter