Ticats part ways with head coach George Cortez | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

CFL.ca Staff
- With files from The Canadian Press

HAMILTON -- The Hamilton Tiger-Cats announced today that George Cortez has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach and Director of Football Operations.

“After a thorough evaluation of our organization and our goals moving forward, we have determined that a change in direction is needed,” said President Scott Mitchell. 

“We want to thank Coach Cortez for his contributions to the Tiger-Cats and wish him well in his future endeavours. We will immediately begin the search for our new General Manager and Head Coach.”

The Ticats also announced that as part of their longstanding agreement with Bob O’Billovich, he has been offered a position within the organization as a consultant to the President and the Football Operations staff.

“Bob has done a very good job of bringing competitive football back to Hamilton and we look forward to working with him for many years to come,” said Mitchell.

Cortez said he was surprised by the news, but seemed to be taking his dismissal well when he talked to reporters Tuesday.

"That's the way things go,'' he said. ``We didn't win enough games, and ultimately that's what you're judged on.''

When asked if he would have done anything differently over his tenure in Hamilton, he replied: "I would have won more games.''

"I think we had a good plan of how we did things,'' he added. "It was pretty much based on places I'd been in the past and how we'd done things successfully in the past, so I don't do a lot of second-guessing. Once you make a decision you move forward.''

Cortez said he would like to return to coaching next year, possibly as an offensive co-ordinator. He said he hasn't ruled out a return to the CFL's head coaching ranks, but noted that as of right now job vacancies are hard to come by.

"I know obviously there's going to be a job in Ottawa in a year or two, but as of right now there's no jobs out there,'' he said.

Fan Comments
ed ohmnes
myself, i'm really sorry for the way they discarded cortez, much like what the riders did to marshall. but i think it's great if kent austin goes to hamilton, as they need to start regaining interest not only for the city, and league but also for bob young, a good owner.
December 15, 2012 - 6:50am
als rule
what? BIG DIFFERENCE!! marshal fired in the season and cortez after the season!! austin would be another huge mistake for a good owner like bob young!! whomever gives young advice is in left field!! your right he does deserve better!!
December 15, 2012 - 9:59am
als rule
marshall fired early into the season while cortez fired at the end of the season!! so how are they the same? there not the same other then getting fired!!you want the same then it's greg marshall and paul lapolice both getting fired during the season!!
December 15, 2012 - 7:44pm
als rule
GTC: you still don't get it!! TFmcb: where are you? several months ago told you on this site that bob young would fire cortez and O.B. BUT of course you didn't listen or believe which for you is normal!!LOL LOL LOL
December 13, 2012 - 8:55am
A usual you think people are hiding when they don't comment! Just back from Calgary and visiting my daughter and new grandson and was not on internet although I did hear of the firing. From all I have heard, this was totally unexpected by pretty much everyone in the league but of course you know everything better than the experts! This does not reflect on Cortez's success as a HC or lack of it but on management thinking he would take on both HC and GM responsibilities when he was hired but that didn't work out. Obie was NOT fired but is choosing to retire from the GM position and act as consultant. Had he remained as GM, this action would likely not have occurred. You of course yelled for his firing based on the season's record which was solely your opinion. There is far more to this action than you realize but then no one else knows anything, do they?
December 16, 2012 - 11:00pm
I liked his discipline at the beginning of the season. I didn't like that he really seemed lost during games. He didn't use Porter nearly enough and if you're not using all your weapons, you'll lose the fight. I hope the Cats learn that long term contracts breed complacency. Now to find a quarterback. Ti-cats have an amazing arsenal, but need leadership badly on the field and sideline. When was the last time they brought a new QB up from the ranks? The 60's?
December 13, 2012 - 6:00am
He didn't have clue, neither backup QB threw a pass during the regular season. What about developing QB's which supposedly is his speciality.
December 12, 2012 - 2:37pm
You don't develop a qb from nothing in one year. You do realize, don't you, that Henry Burris turned out to be the league leading qb. If Cortez had replaced him, then you boo birds would have had a hissy fit about that too.
December 12, 2012 - 6:33pm
als rule
burris wasn't the league leading QB!! AC #13 was!!
December 15, 2012 - 7:38pm
Burris' rating: 104.4 with 5,367 yds & 43 tds. AC's rating: 98.3 with 5,082 yds & 31 tds. Check the stats on this website.
December 16, 2012 - 6:35pm
One year and out is just ridiculous. Another example of "if you can't think of anything intelligent to do, fire somebody." So now the players have to learn new systems under new coaches in addition to getting used to the inevitable new teammates in 2013. I don't see how this is going to necessarily help with the 'Cats main problems, D & O line. That's what drafts and trades are for. Maybe the Als & Bombers will fire their HCs too and we'll ALL start again. Those coaches didn't win enough games either.
December 12, 2012 - 12:52pm
CFLer Forever
George forgot about our defence but did a great job on offense. All the best Coach.
Cat Fans need a coach that motivates and Paul LaPolice is available!
December 11, 2012 - 10:09pm
VERY UNCLASSY Just before Christmas good job
December 11, 2012 - 7:22pm
Tazz, keep in mind Cortez is still getting paid.

Not only that, even if he wasn't he is a wealthy man I could only assume. At least wealthier then middle class.

Now is not a time for "feelings." This team hasn't been in a grey cup in more then a decade. I wish they would have kept him for another year, but that's just what happens.

December 12, 2012 - 10:17am
Seems foolish, give the guy one more year. The Tabbies had plenty of fire-power just fell short on Defense. Stability means something too.
December 11, 2012 - 6:36pm
WOW, the Ti-cats are at it again !!! They can't seem to give anyone a chance to repair the wreck they have created over the years.
December 11, 2012 - 4:11pm
als rule
bye bye bums!!
December 11, 2012 - 3:35pm