HAMILTON -- It took 14 years, but Orlondo Steinauer has made his way back to Hamilton.
“It’s good to be back in the Black and Gold,” Steinauer told reporters shortly after being introduced as the new Defensive Coordinator of the Tiger-Cats.
The last time Steinauer, 39, was on the home sideline in Hamilton was in 1999, which coincidentally also happens to be the last time the Tiger-Cats won the Grey Cup.
On that team, Steinauer anchored a defence that was among the leaders in points allowed.
Could the return of Steinauer be what the Ticats need to take the next step in the East Division, and ultimately the entire league?
While that might be too soon to tell, it certainly couldn’t hurt. Steinauer, however, believes there’s still plenty of work to be done off the field before he begins concentrating on improving Hamilton’s defence on it.
“Right now we have to get staff in place,” said Steinauer.
“There are definitely some reasons why Hamilton missed the playoffs last year, but it’s a collective thing. I think there are a lot of good players here, we will evaluate all that with (Kent Austin) and we’ll ultimately field a very competitive team,” he added.
Steinauer’s arrival in Steeltown comes just short of a month after Kent Austin was named Head Coach and only three weeks after Tommy Condell was handed the reins to the powerful Ticats offence.
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