Wednesday, November 7, 2012
WEDNESDAY RIDER PRACTICE
GLOBAL: Were you okay with the decision to open practice to the media?
CHAMBLIN: Yes. The biggest thing was just the understanding what the league policy is. It wasn't a thing where we wanted to be first at it. It was just something that I thought was being done (across the league). It's not about the fine. We want to follow league rules and that's the biggest thing. Even with closing the practice during the year, if it wasn't within league rules I wouldn't have done it.
SCRUFFY: Did your team have the fire in them that was absent the last four games?
CHAMBLIN: The guys understand this is a new season. If you look across the league, not to point fingers, but there was a lot of teams that didn't have that fire. I think once you clinch early, you can some guys that mentally say 'we have it'. But right now, the guys practiced pretty good today and they have the focus. They understand that it's a one-game shot.
LEADER POST: Do you have any coaching ploys to reignite this bunch?
CHAMBLIN: Yah you win or you go home. And I doubt those guys wanna go home. It's a chance for them to, in the post-season, everything you've worked for during the season, to me, practice, this is what it's really about. You play all those games to get to this point to see who's gonna be the champion.
CTV: What helped your run defence since Labour Day? Joe Lobendahn?
CHAMBLIN: Joe's a run-stopper. We did change some things. We moved Shomari Williams to the WILL spot. We've also added Jay Alford and a number of guys and we also had the rotation thing. I just think it's the mix of things. Abe (Kromah), when he was in there, there were some things being done.
GLOBE AND MAIL: What did you learn during your 5-game slide this summer that might help you get out of this losing skid?
CHAMBLIN: We're not in a losing skid. It's 0-0 .... We're not in one. It's 0-0. But the one thing we've learned by having two losing skids is that there's always a win coming after it.
CTV: How did the Riders win in Calgary in the 2010 WDF? (Chamblin was on Calgary's staff)
CHAMBLIN: It was close to Christmas. We gave 'em a gift.
SCRUFFY: How much of a distraction or pain were Rider fans for the Stampeders in 2010 in the WDF?
CHAMBLIN: It's not just that game. It was all during the season. I was fairly new to it, so from that standpoint it was like 'Whose home is this?' I mean I'm serious. Sometimes it looked like it was 50/50 in those stands because the green would stand out and the crowd was going for both sides. It's a very exciting place to play when the green comes to town.
QUARTERBACK DARIAN DURANT
CBC: Does the body feel better after the one week break?
DURANT: It does. Feel refreshed, feel good, and just ready to go. Looking forward to going to Calgary and having a semi-home playoff game.
SCRUFFY: What's the mood knowing you can't lose anymore games?
DURANT: It's self-explanatory. It's win or go home. I think the mood in the locker room is good. We know what's at stake. We've played these guys tough all three games so we know we're capable of winning. We just have to go out, execute, and make sure we limit the mistakes and give ourselves a better chance to come out on top at the end.
GLOBAL: Are there any secrets left between these two teams?
DURANT: No, not really. These two teams, especially the veteran guys, know each other. We've played each other at least 4, 5 times every year since I've been here. We know what they're gonna do and they know what we're gonna do. It's just about the team that goes out there and executes the best.
GLOBAL: Do you watch for DE Charleston Hughes?
DURANT: Not really. It just comes down to us not holding onto the ball and allowing him to make those effort plays that he's good at. He has a high motor, is relentless, and makes a lot of plays just hustling.
GLOBAL: Can you believe Jock Sanders may play this soon after his injury?
DURANT: It's unbelievable. That's just a tribute to the young legs that he has, to be able to heal up that fast. To be able to come out and practice and go through these drills, it's remarkable. We'll work him in a little more tomorrow and see if he's good to go come Sunday.