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11-13-2012, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Kyle McMahon View Post
Higgins wasn't fired solely for a fake punt that backfired in a playoff game, even though it kind of grew that appearance over time.

Higgins was not a great coach. The fact that he was better than Maciocia and Reed is not exactly a compliment. He couldn't manage a clock to save his life, and his in-game decision making was generally poor. A great many times we punted when we should have gambled, got aggressive when we should have been conservative, etc. under Higgins.

And at that time, the team was used to success. We won the Cup in 2003, then went 9-9 and lost at home to Sask in the western semi. That result was considered unacceptable, and so it should have been. Those were back in the days of accountability with our sports teams. It all changed with Maciocia though, and he was allowed to destroy the franchise, whereas anybody previous would have been fired in 2006.
No coincidence that all this crap started after Hugh Campbell left in 2006. In hindsight, we underestimated the value he brought to this organization in every capacity that he was in. Sadly, right after that, the Rick LeLacheur era began, and the rest as they say, is history. We've been in a big pile of muck since then.

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