The Hamilton Tiger-Cats made the most surprising move of this CFL offseason so far Tuesday, firing head coach George Cortez after just one season. The team appears to be going for a complete housecleaning on the football operations side, as they'll be looking for a new general manager as well; general manager Bob O'Billovich won't return in that role, but has been offered a consultant's position. There's no dispute that Cortez's tenure was far from perfect; Hamilton went 6-12 and missed the playoffs, and he was directly responsible for numerous mistakes (including missed challenges) while overseeing others (such as the continued employment of defensive coordinator Casey Creehan despite the defence's league-worst showing). However, given Cortez's long and pricey contract and the Tiger-Cats' upcoming financial challenges, it seemed unlikely they'd make a coaching change. Their willingness to do shows that they're quite concerned about the on-field product (president Scott Mitchell said "we have determined that a change in direction is needed"), but it also illustrates the growing lack of patience in this league.Read More »from Ticats axe Cortez, offer O’Billovich consultant role, demonstrating CFL’s lack of patience
Andrew Bucholtz is a Canadian football blogger for Yahoo! Sports.