Wednesday, November 7, 2012
NEVER A DULL MOMENT
GLOBAL: Why the decision to close practice?
CHAMBLIN: Just looking at it, it's playoff time and there's some things that you'll probably do that you haven't been doing and that's just one of those things that you're always looking for a competitive advantage.
GLOBAL: With all due respect closing practice didn't really help the regular season that much. Why do it in the playoffs?
CHAMBLIN: It helped us get to the playoffs.
GLOBAL: It was 8-10 though. You know...
CHAMBLIN: 9-9, still in the playoffs. First round, playing Calgary 12-6, first round.
GLOBAL: Didn't get first place either...
CHAMBLIN: We wanna go back and forth all day?
LEADER POST: Is there that much information out there from practice?
CHAMBLIN: No there's not but the biggest thing is the practice is not closed. There's a partial portion of it that's closed. You want to make sure you have a competitive advantage at certain times. That's all it is. It's not that you're not trusting the media or anything like that. At the same time we have a job to do and you want to make sure you don't read what you're doing before you actually see it.
CBC: Do you have an example of where practice reports have benefitted a team?
CHAMBLIN: I've been on several coaching staffs and some have been where it's been closed and we've been in first-place and home playoffs. Some of that is because of information we've used and there a couple of teams doing it now, especially western teams. I don't want to dive into the past but we were able to use some of that information.
LEADER POST: You got it from the media?
CHAMBLIN: No, no, no. If you read that Nik Lewis is lined up at 1-Strong today, well that's something you don't usually have. Those are things you can use. Having a coach's mind is different from a fan's mind.
CTV: Drew Tate will start for them. Does that change anything for you?
CHAMBLIN: No they named the starter but they didn't say the finisher so you still gotta prepare for both.
CTV: Are Tate and Glenn similar?
CHAMBLIN: No they're different. Kevin knows that he isn't a runner so he has a great, quick release where as if you look at Drew, he doesn't have as quick a release as Kevin but he has a bigger arm and he has legs.
SCRUFFY: Does this decision surprise you?
CHAMBLIN: No. There's a couple of people who wanted to bet me on it but I always knew Drew Tate would be there. He was their starter and he started the season. Kevin's done some good things for their organization but that's the decision they decided to go with.
CBC: Could this divide a locker room?
CHAMBLIN: I don't know. That's something that's yet to be seen. I don't know what's going on in their locker room. They may have 90% of the guys for Drew Tate and 10% for Kevin. Maybe there was something all year they didn't like. It's put out there that he's the starter, but that could be only one play. That's what a starter means to me. If they come out and say he's the full-game starter, and he'll play the whole game, I'd go off that info.
CTV: How much do you hammer the fact this is a new season and the four straight losses don't matter?
CHAMBLIN: It doesn't because you're in the playoffs and what I mean by that is if you look at it, not to dive back in the history, the 13-5 or 14-4 teams haven't always won it. Also if you look at it, you just take it one game from one game, not how many games they won. 9, 10, 12 wins, there are still losses. All eight teams have had losses. You go into the playoffs, it's a one game run and if you lose that, you're out.
LEADER POST: Any guarantees for this game?
CHAMBLIN: I think the guarantee right now is the playoffs. This is the biggest thing and we knew what we had to do during that stretch to get to the playoffs. The guys did it and played with a lot of intensity and a lot of focus. I think they know that it's the playoffs now and if you win it, you move on to the next one. If you lose it, you're done.
LEADER POST: Anything for Jon Cornish this time around?
CHAMBLIN: No we need to stop Cornish. Now there's an added threat in Drew Tate and Nik Lewis. We just gotta play quality football.
LEADER POST: The league policy says the practice has to be open. Did you talk to the league about this?
CHAMBLIN: I think Ryan Whippler already addressed that before I came in. We're still in the works with it. Ryan and those guys do a good job with it and they'll take care of it.
GLOBAL: Has this been part of your plan all along?
CHAMBLIN: Actually Murray (McCormick), the other day in BC, told me I should close practice. He started this so if you guys want to get at anybody, Murray started this whole thing. Talk to Murray about it. No it's one of those things to where I thought that was league policy because I've been on several teams that's done it. It was a shock to hear that it's not league policy. Being a rookie head coach, I go off what others do.
SCRUFFY: What will it be like for a Rider playoff game in Calgary?
CHAMBLIN: I've been on the other side of those and I was never sure whether we were the home team or the visiting team. Seriously half the people you meet, I don't think anybody's actually from Calgary, they're from Saskatchewan. It'll be good to have fans there. If it was an eastern trip, you'd still have fans but I think we'll have more fans because it's not that far away.
LEADER POST: What's up with Deangelis and Milo?
CHAMBLIN: Milo kicked the other day and kicked pretty good. I wouldn't say he's 100% but he hit it pretty good into the wind and with the wind. It's very tight right now which way we'll go with that but he looks like he'll kick some this week and we'll make a decision late in the week on how it goes.
CTV: Tristan Jackson?
CHAMBLIN: Same thing. Tristan had an injury in the BC game so we have to see how he goes in practice. He said he feels fine now but I want to get him some physical contact to make sure he stays fine.
CTV: Jock Sanders?
CHAMBLIN: You know what, I'm not gonna say a definite because Jock is running now and I think he'll take the next step. He's one of those miracle cases to where I don't want to put a percentage on it but I'm not ruling him out for right now. Jock has made some tremendous strides from the injury till now. I'm very shocked by it. He recovered and he's pushed through tirelessly to the point he is. We were in the game plan meeting and his number came up once or twice. If he gets there and he's healthy enough, that may be something that we do.