CFL: Hamilton Tiger-Cats dismiss defensive coordinator Jeff Reinebold

According to numerous reports including from Drew Edwards of 3Down Nation, TSN and the Sporting News, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats have parted ways with defensive coordinator Jeff Reinebold, 

The news first  began breaking late Monday, three days after the Tiger-Cats’ 33-28 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos, and was later confirmed by Reinebold on Twitter.

The Ticats have not yet confirmed the move. There are unconfirmed reports that he may be shifted to another position within the Hamilton organization. However, his tweets indicate otherwise.

Reinebold, who first entered the CFL as a receivers and special teams coach in 1991 with the BC Lions, was in his first season as the Ticats’ defensive coordinator after four seasons as special teams coordinator.

The coaching shakeup comes amidst an 0-6 start for the Ticats, including a defense that ranks last in the CFL in virtually every major category including points, passing yards and rushing yards.

According to the report by Edwards, Phillip Lolley, currently the team’s linebackers coach and defensive run game coordinator, will be replace Reinebold.

After back-to back-games in Alberta — losses to the Stampeders and Eskimos — the Ticats are back at Tim Hortons Field on Saturday to take on the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Despite their winless start, the Ticats remain only three games back of first place in the East and four points back of a playoff spot with two thirds of the season remaining.

Well known in Europe

Jeff Reinebold’s name is well known in the European football community. In fact, his European adventure began in 1996 when he was a coach of the Rhein Fire of NFL Europe. After coaching stops in both the CFL, NFL Europe again and the NCAA, he returned to NFL Europe in 2004 as senior manager of international player development and it was those connections that led him to Sky Sports to serve as an emergency replacement for one of the other American studio analysts who couldn’t make a broadcast.

Sky Sports commentator

He has been doing it ever since. He currently handles the TV color commentary on NFL games and the Super Bowl for Skysports, co hosting the biggest NFL podcast outside of North America – Inside The Huddle.


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