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Saturday, December 20, 2014

ROUGHRIDERS GO WITH CHAPDELAINE

On Friday the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced the hiring of Jacques Chapdelaine as offensive co-ordinator.

The veteran coach has spent 13 seasons coaching in the Canadian Football League after originally entering as special teams co-ordinator and receivers coach with the Calgary Stampeders in 2001. The next season Chapdelaine was named as the Stamps offensive co-ordinator.

The 53-year-old went on to spend ten of the next 11 seasons (2003-2006, 2008-2013) with the BC Lions including six years as offensive co-ordinator. He spent the 2007 season with the Edmonton Eskimos as assistant head coach and offensive co-ordinator.

Through eight seasons as the head signal caller, Chapdelaine’s teams have compiled a 79-64-1 record, playing in four division finals, winning two grey Cups.

Chapdelaine joins the Green and White after spending last year as head coach at his alma mater Simon Fraser University in the NCAA’s Great Northwest Athletic Conference. As a player, Chapdelaine starred with the SFU Clan in the 1980’s before moving on to a seven year career in the CFL making stops in BC, Montreal, Hamilton and Calgary. 

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Good hire, but the Riders will now need to make some changes on the O-line. Chapdelaine’s pass protection schemes don’t suit Picard at center or Heenan playing Tackle.

Dickenson, Pierce, Lulay were all mobile QB’s and they got bounced around and injured a lot. Pass protection was a weakness of the Riders O-line last year, and personnel upgrades are required on the line to keep Durant upright and healthy in 2015.

Marc said...

So, we replaced one old stubborn co-ordinator with another old stubborn co-ordinator. He better get a quarterback coach or we will see a repeat of last season

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Anonymous said...

I remember him having a rift with players at times, especially the year he was in Edmonton; it wasn't a good relationship there so this could be interesting...

Anonymous said...

Some people have no clue.....Chapdelaine is a brilliant coach. Two years ago I was at a football seminar and he was the speaker. Give the man a chance for goodness sake!
Stomper

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Anonymous said...

Etch just about lost us the west final on the last play of the game BC scores. A boneaded defensive scheme just about sank us... thanks but no thanks to Etch
The Rock

Anonymous said...

A masterful hire? What a load of bull!!!
Give me a break! Jacque's schemes are telegraphed and stink of old school mentality. Chamblin had all kinds of opportunity to hire someone that brings new twists, confusing schemes for the defence and an all around refreshing change. Instead we get an OC that was fired from his previous 2 CFL stints.
Paul Lapolice would have been an upgrade to this hire and even Paul's offence has seen its better days.

Anonymous said...

If Darian was in fact part of the interview/hiring process, then this should work.

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Anonymous said...

After the horrible year in Winnipeg, it will probably be sometime in ever until Etch gets hired as an DC in the CFL - his best bet may be in the college ranks.

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Anonymous said...

good move, now get some receivers.

Anonymous said...

I see lots of comments removed; I guess they feel like I do about this hire and they're not toeing the party line and raving about how great this year will be.

Anonymous said...

If the Darian and Coach Chamblin are good with this then the naysayers can go to ----.

Anonymous said...

With Chapdelaine running the show Darian will be on the injury before Labour Day.

Anonymous said...

The fact this gentleman was let go from a couple of teams is irrelevant because that's what happens in the CFL. iF memory serves me right Cortez was fired from Hamilton and effectively from Saskatchewan. You can't hold previous firing against a guy. I do agree however that there should be an injection of new blood, new ideas and schemes. It begins to feel that the CFL is becoming one team that changes uniforms every season. The movement of players, recycling of coaches etc leaves this fan rather cold.

Anonymous said...

RIDERS MAKING ALL THE RIGHT MOVES - SHOULD BE A EXCELLENT YEAR

Anonymous said...

Merry Christmas Rod!

Anonymous said...

Let's give the guy a chance first. He certainly said the right things when interviewed. Taylor Shire (sp?) was very impressive as an emergency co-host.

Anonymous said...

The CFL used to be exciting. Innovative play calling and high scoring. What happened? Maybe the above poster is right. No new blood or ideas. Just recycled players and coaches. Chap better think about some innovation or not only he but us fans will be gone too.

Anonymous said...

"The CFL used to be exciting" ??? Like in the last ten years when BC had an electrifying offence that was a threat to score from everywhere on the field.
My last memory of Jacques is the '13 West semi where the riders d couldn't get lulay off the field. If DD doesn't take over that game the dream season is over.

Following that the lions 'upgraded' to Khari Jones.

Anonymous said...

gr8 news for the "green" program....after all,it's all about "recycling"! jaq went out with a whimper in b.c. ,fans were all over him for his conservative,predictable calls....weak hire corey..I now begin to question the captain of this ship??? etch for d cord. corey?...be "green"...Recycle!!

Anonymous said...

Bill Belichec was fired from Cleveland, Pete Carroll was fired from New England. They turned out to be OK coaches. Rider fans need to R-E-L-A-X to quote A Rodgers.

Anonymous said...

As a Rider fan and not some anti-rider-fanatic I look forward to the 2015 season. The new-re-cycled O.C. is welcomed given last seasons last half flop. How the fanatics can blame G.C. or Dyce for the flop is another thing. The whole organization has to take responsibility for that and some of them have.
If the GM and coaches look at 2015 like they did 2013 I believe we will have a great season. Best to DD and his recovery and the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Best to Rider Nation, Merry Christmas and success in 2015!

GpS

Anonymous said...

GpS: Finally, a sane Rider fan.

Merry Christmas to the Rider players, coaches and staff.

Dave in the Hat

Anonymous said...

Comment sections wiped out, lots of comments deleted... I genuinely hope all is well with you Rod and some shitty politics aren't at work on your blog.

Merry Christmas to you and your's Rod.

Anonymous said...

Sad to hear of the death of CFL great Dick Thornton. Many who watched the 1971 Grey Cup will recall the game losing fumble in the rain by Argo running back Leon McQuay. The player that had put the Argos in position to defeat the Stamps in that game was Dick Thornton' interception.

Anonymous said...

This OC was for all intensive purposes run out of Edmonton. Then the Lions fans couldnt wait for him to be gone. I give this hire 1 year and fans in SK will be calling for his head. Our O-line is no where near as good as everybody was saying it was in 2013. Corey Sheets unique stutter step created far more holes than the Oline did. This past year was a perfect example. We have a dirty Oline that holds far more than any other teams does and was proven with about 25% more holding calls than any other team. Jacques schemes and Darian's injured arm spells disaster.
I would bet a lot of money that Darian did not pick Jaqcque Chapdelain over Paul Lapolice. Darian may have been a smart part of the process. However Darian is not going to undermind his HC.
I personally think the hiring of this OC is a bad, bad move!

Anonymous said...

Chamblin hire someone (Paul) who has strong proven credential looking over his shoulders?

Anonymous said...

You "fans" are hilarious. What a bunch of know it-alls. Half of you wanted Lapo gone when he was here before. You have no clue what the negotiations were about, what Coach was thinking, you all just assume. Well, you know what they say.