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Thursday, January 3, 2013

DICKENSON RESIGNS

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that Special Teams Coordinator Craig Dickenson has tendered his resignation.
 
"My decision to resign is based on off-season commitments I have made that I intend to honour and also to a conflict of schedule which could not be worked out," Dickenson said in a written statement to the Club. "I appreciate the effort and work of the players and coaches I had the privilege of working with during my two years in Regina.  I want to thank Coach Chamblin for hiring me and supporting me this past season.  I especially want to thank and express my sincere appreciation to Jim Hopson, Brendan Taman, and Jeremy O'Day.  Thank you Rider Nation for your support and enthusiasm these past two years."
 
Dickenson joined the Riders in 2011 after spending the previous season with the Oakland Raiders as a Special Teams Assistant.  A well respected coach, Dickenson also had stints with the Calgary Stampeders where he spent seven seasons and the Montreal Alouettes where he spent the 2003 season.

40 comments:

Parkside said...

Strange...

Larry said...

Did not see this coming? We will have to wait for more details.

Anonymous said...

Methinks Chamblin and Dickenson don't see eye to eye on how much work needs to be done in the off-season.


Oh well, Thanks Craig, you made us forget those horrendous years with Daley pretty quick.

Good Luck!

Larry said...

Dickenson teaches skiing in Montana over the winter and couldn't be around that much to plan for 2013.

Anonymous said...

Yup,

5 and 8 wins made us forget all about Daley.

Anonymous said...

Dickenson to Hamilton within 24 hours.

Anonymous said...

He will be going somewhere

Good luck

Anonymous said...

Kirk Penton:

Craig Dickenson will be #Bombers new special teams co-ordinator.

Jarrett said...

Why are people crapping all over Jim Daley? His unit in Hamilton generated how many TDs last year?

Good luck Coach Dickenson in all your future endeavours.

S. White said...

What about Dickenson honouring his commitment to the Riders?
The only reason Daley had Special Teams TDs last season was because he had Chris Williams. Not because of coaching.

Anonymous said...

Is this what Chamblin meant by “there will be no more changes to the coaching staff unless they decide to leave”?

The fact that Dickenson had to pick up a second job in the offseason says how well he was paid to coach. If the Riders wanted coaches to commit for 12 months then they probably should pay them well enough to do so.

Anonymous said...

This coaching staff is a joke. I can't wait for the Taman and Chamblin era to be done here. When it is I will be getting season tickets once again.

Big Ed said...

The idiot who is denouncing the Taman and Chamblin "era" is a fraud. I wish there was a way to expose these Bomber or Eskimo fans who invade Rod's blog like a virus.

Anonymous said...

Sorry big Ed I am no fraud whatsoever. I have never ever liked Taman as a GM and name me one other person other than maybe a Rider fan who thinks Taman is an excellent GM? His record speaks for itself. Chamblin isn't what I call a great coach either although it was his first year.

Anonymous said...

Some of the comments these clowns make are ridiculous. Have you ever found out what these coaches make? I have heard that Rider coaches make good money compared to others. Maybe get the facts straight first before ya beak. We will be just fine in Riderville.

Anonymous said...

We will be fine in Riderville???? with Taman? and this coaching staff? Its nice to dream buddy

Nathan Zafar said...

can we get lapolice back? seriously. i'm not kidding. can we?

Anonymous said...

Maybe back to the NFL?

Anonymous said...

hes in winnipeg now !!! as the winnipeg sun says

Anonymous said...

I believe Dickenson was the highest paid ST coach in the CFL. Him and Chamblin did not agree on him having to work in Regina during the offseason so he left and rejoined his friends Casey Creehan and Tim Burke in Winnipeg.

Nothing to see here. Of course, this is a huge loss to our special teams.

Count me in for not being a Taman fan either.

Anonymous said...

What boggles my mind is that the Riders seem to be fine with keeping Dyce instead of trying to upgrade to Cortez who is an offensive guru. Only in Sask.

Anonymous said...

I guess I am in the minority of those that didn't renew my 4 season tickets for my business this year.

Anonymous said...

Is he under contract with the Riders?
Didn't TO get fined for something like this last year?

Anonymous said...

Full support to Mr. Dickenson for taking the approach of telling the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club to go cram it.

Enjoy your ski time, and all the best to you in 2013 Mr. Dickenson. He will for sure resurface somewhere.

People with options can do what he just did today.

Anonymous said...

To the guy commenting on my comment we will be fine in Riderville. Ya your right the sky is falling sell your season tickets, fold up the team and call it a season all because we have lost our special teams coordinator. Sorry for being positive and thinking we will be ok! How Roddy puts up with you negative Nelly's is beyond me. I guess its the Rider way bitch,whine, moan and complain. If you have all the answers put your name in the hat. I for one am happy with Coach C and the direction he is leading with this team but heh its winter and its cold and people are bored and got nothing else to do but complain about the Riders. Ill be in the stands next year. GO RIDERS

Anonymous said...

So the Riders best coach of the last 2 years just jumped ship! I can't say I blame him he's been around long enough to know that this Taman/Chamblin regeme isn't going to win anything.

Veeseven

Reid said...

Can't you all see the opportunity? Burke will be done by labour day. Putting a young and experienced coach like Dickenson in after is the future especially with brother Dave to be available sometime soon. Just my humble opinion!

Anonymous said...

Chamblin is asking for a full time professional approach to the game. Sounds like there was a disagreement here and Dickenson chose to go with the off season philosophy. Too bad, but the game is so volatile, that this happens. Really, how well did our ST's do this year???? 2011 they were the only bright spot, this past year not so much

Parkside said...

Hey Anon, you better get on a waiting list now for your season tickets. haha. I'll enjoy my view in Sec.24 when the Riders hoist the cup at home.

Anonymous said...

Its a big deal when an assistant coach you liked leaves the team, but when a guy like Chris Sweet leaves you go "MEH" because Sweet wouldn't give you the precious answers you wanted or be nice to you.

Anonymous said...

Yup, full professional approach. Sit here in the snow all winter, freeze, drink Pilsner, and figure out how to improve on 8 wins when Special Teams weren't the issue.

That same professional approach the Riders are going for works in Montreal where Jim Popp and Marc Trestman both live in North Carolina during the off season. Roy Shivers is in Las Vegas, and there is a list that goes on and on proving you do not have to be in the place you work.

See Al Gore invented this thing called the internet which allows for sending all types of information over fibre optic lines and even satellite link ups. There is this thing called Skype, and there is also this invention called a telephone that allows you to contact a person when you need them. Personally I think because the Rider braintrust mandates Taman/Chamblin sit here year round it means the rest of their staff has to suffer too.

For Rod to give props to Craig Dickenson let me ask you this. When Rod's friend passed away how many of you offered condolences? It was written on this Blog that Craig Dickenson was one of the first to make that offer. He's a class act, and that is why guys like Dickenson can tell the Riders to shove it.

Y'er Welcome
Obama

PRIDE IN RIDERVILLE said...

For once I agree with Obama in saying there is no reason that any coach should have to be here 12 months a year to coach. I mean come on everyone has a life outside of there regular jobs and if any employer said to there employee you have to do work on your holidays or days off, that employer should be told to kick rocks and cram it. I liked Chamblin but I am starting to think he has a God complex and the world should revolve around him. If he chooses to live here year round and deal with football matters, great but don't expect other coaches to give the short amount of personal time they get away from football for you. I am very disappointed that we let not only a premier coach but a very classy guy leave because of something like this. I guarantee THIS WILL come back to bite the Riders in the ass!!! And to thinks ST wasn't even a problem it was possibly the best part of the on field play this year. Coach Chamblin for you sake to better have an Ace or 2 up your sleeve or we'll be calling for your head before Labor Day!

CM said...

Don't blame him not for living in Sask yr round. Winters seem unbearable. Best of luck to him he's a good coach. Chamblin did fine in his first year. He's not the problem, although the current OC leaves a little to be desired. Look how the Seahawks use Russell Wilson. To me DD should be used the same way. No reason DD should stand in the pocket like Dan Marino.

The Woz said...

Obama - you have no idea what the facts of the situation are - neither do I - but you choose to jump to the conclusion that the Riders wanted him here year round.

None of us are in the backrooms of the Rider Admin offices to know what offers/negotiation was tried. What seems to be clear is that the Riders wanted him here a little earlier than his Montana snowboarding instructor job would allow - I am hearing they wanted him here Feb 1 instead of March 1.

The Head Coach of this team has the right to run this team whatever way he wants - and if his way is not successful then he will pay for it by losing his job. He wants his staff here in person in February to get ready for this critical home Grey Cup year - what is wrong with that? Craig could not come sooner and therefore had to resign - what is wrong with that? Use of internet and phones works in some jobs and in some situations by it is the HCs call if he wants his assistants here in person to build game plans, assess talent, possibly assist with offseason tryouts or training programs, build teamwork and comraderie within the coaching staff, etc. Obviously what Chamblin wants cannot be accomplished over the internet.

I fully support the HC and management to do whatever is necessary in their minds to get us a Cup. If that means losing a coach because he cannot meet those requirements then I fully support that.

The assumption that neither side tried to be accomodating and making inferences that there was some rift between Chamblin and Dickenson or that Taman did not do enough to keep him is naive and not based on any facts.

This was simply a case where competing priorities did not allow for the relationship to continue.

As Obama often says - neither side owed the other anything - Craig could quit if he wanted and the Riders could have fired him if they wanted. Both sides therefore have every right to end the relationship if it is not working out. That is what happened - end of story.

Anonymous said...

....and on top of that they let a premiere guy go without even having a replacement in mind. Maybe the 2 Defensive Back Coaches which is a first in Football can take on some of those S.T duties. I mean 2 minds are better than one right?

I just like the optics to be honest. You have a confidant young Coach who is at the top of what he does, and he builds the lifestyle around the job. What is there to even Coach in the off-season? That's Taman's job to be bringing in players. What would Dickenson even be doing when they meet. He doesn't even know who will be on S.T as the roster turns over or at least it should.

If he goes to Winnipeg or Hamilton and improves them it won't be long before Dickenson is a Head Coach, and Chamblin by that time might be looking to work for him.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mr. Woz,

On a couple issues here's what I want on a go forward basis.

1) When we debate the issues of the day I insist you meet me face to face to have those discussions, because well....that's my right and the way I want it. Somehow the concept of using technology I listed just isn't the same as sitting in a crammed room discussing issues. In your case I can meet you before your Senior Citizen's walking group begins before the shopping mall opens.

2) Planning for the homebound Grey Cup requires doing this all in person in February? 4 weeks can't be accomodated? Just curious, but when Craig was here for last year's Grey Cup and the one before that would it seem just as important to plan for and try to win that one so now why the big need to do this in person? Oh just because the employer can be a dink and tell you they want to do it that way with past precedence showing there is no need to.

3)How many hours do these guys crunch during the season? Why would you not want your guys refreshed and rejuvenated prior to a season starting. In March what is the difference, and during the season that's when you have actual games to plan for with data to assess. You also have Players to coach and speak with.

4) I believe you have no issue with how the H.C and Management do things. Not me, I'm not a Joe Boy that will allow for a man's time to be encroached upon. Craig gave the team 110% during the time here. His Unit did well, and past precedence has shown he could start working in March to get ready. To the victor go the spoils, and he should be allowed to have his team. Chamblin on the other hand - he wants the big chair then it's his job to put the time in and start evaluating what he has coming in.

I told you last year, when you're bringing guys to camp based on their Youtube videos, or you give reports from NFL Camps like a starstruck fan then no I don't hold out much hope for better days, but we shall see.

Dickenson wasn't the issue, and he's going to be just fine. Onto bigger and better as the saying goes. I'll laugh if it's announced he gets on with an NFL team. It'll be like Graham Harrell and Drew Tate. They can't play here, but they can play in Green Bay and Calgary respectively.

Obama

John said...

If the players want too, they will play for anyone who is the coach. I think give corey holmes a call. But i am just a fan
GO Riders
John

Anonymous said...

Give Bobby Jurasin a call

The Woz said...

Obama - neither one of us knows the work that Chamblin has planned for his coaching staff in the offseason.

We were 8-10 last year and this Grey Cup is a little different than others because it is in Regina. Chamblin has the right to demand whatever he wants from his coaching staff in trying to build a winner.

Again it is obvious to me that he feels that his offseason work plan for Craig would not work starting March 1 and it would not work over the internet. Why? I have no idea and neither do you.

But it is arrogant (surprise surprise) on your part to assume that you know how offseason preparations must be done - and flippant to say that there is only one way for it to happen to be successful. Cory has his own way of doing things - good for him - and the success of his system will either result in accolades or his firing - he knows that.

Cory knows that Craig is a good coach or he would not have hired him last year - I also give Cory the benefit of the doubt that he knows what he wants to do and that he simply could not accommodate Craig's needs. Period.

No one person is bigger than the team - you might not like Cory`s approach but it is his approach and he must apply it consistently to all coaches - bending over to accomodate Craig would have sent a wrong message that he was more important than the other coaches. The approach is Cory`s prerogative and I support it.

As for Harrell - he did not want to be here and asked to be released - so what are you talking about? Why would would want someone that did not want to be here anyway?? As for Tate - the great Tillman released him not Taman - so again what are you talking about? Perhaps gets some facts going and reference the proper regime if you are going to impress us with your wit and knowledge.

Tootles.

Anonymous said...

NEWSFLASH ; Saskatchewan Roughriders will not be on the field of play during the 2013 CFLeague Grey Cup championship at Regina, Sk. Sorry to all the putrid wishful green brains who think otherwise.