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Thursday, July 30, 2015

GLENN TO 6-GAME / SMITH TO START FRIDAY

REGINA (CP) - First Darian Durant, now Kevin Glenn.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders' situation at quarterback became more desperate Wednesday after the team placed Glenn on the six-game injured list with a torn pectoral muscle. The veteran suffered the injury in the club's 31-21 home loss to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday.

That means rookie Brett Smith will make his first CFL start Friday night when the Riders visit the Edmonton Eskimos (3-1). Saskatchewan (0-5) is the league's lone remaining winless squad.

Glenn took over starting duties after Durant suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Saskatchewan's season-opening 30-26 loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Head coach Corey Chamblin said Glenn won't require surgery.

"Just to have two back to back at that same position that's the biggest thing,'' Chamblin told reporters. "Things that Darian did Kevin did differently.

"Things that Kevin does Brett will do different so I really think it's an opportunity for that kid to grow.''

Smith will have big shoes to fill as Glenn, 36, leads the CFL in passing yards with 1,483 and has six TD tosses and five interceptions.

"I'm not putting pressure on him, it's football,'' Chamblin said of his rookie starter. "He doesn't have experience but he has youth.

"He has a good arm and also has legs and that's the thing. Jacques (offensive co-ordinator Jacques Chapdelaine) will do a good job of giving him what he needs to be successful.''

Smith's mobility could be severely tested against an athletic Eskimos defence that likes to get after opposing quarterbacks.

"It gives him the opportunity to get out of trouble,'' Chamblin said. "You don't want to sit in there and take that heat.

"We understand who we're playing we understand that he's going to have to get on the move.''

And Chamblin isn't expecting Eskimos head coach Chris Jones, who also orchestrates the club's defence, to change his game plan given the Eskimos will be facing a first-time CFL starter.

"Nothing more than he's dialling up every week, every damn blitz he can find,'' Chamblin said. "I mean, that's what Chris does.

"I can tell you, I've been with Chris and it doesn't matter if it's Kevin Glenn, Darian or Brett Smith, he views all quarterbacks the same. It's time to blitz them.''

Tino Sunseri, who saw action last year after Durant's season ended with an elbow injury, will serve as Smith's backup during Glenn's absence. Chamblin said the Riders will look to add another quarterback shortly.

"I don't know if it's going to be a veteran at this point but I do know we will be bringing in a new quarterback,'' he said. "The time frame on that, I'm not sure of.

"I know we've discussed it and we do have a list of names.''

(Canadian Press)

53 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will be interesting to see what the guy has. Just hope he is not pressing too hard as I suspect some of our guys are now. Looking forward with my glass half full.

Anonymous said...

Oh boy....

Anonymous said...

Uh oooooooo.

Anonymous said...

If your glass is half full then it better be straight liquor. What's the CFL record for sacks in a game ?

Anonymous said...

Zzzzzzzzz

Marc said...

eskies 44 riders 12

Anonymous said...

As of late in Sask it never rains, it pours!

Anonymous said...

That's tough news. I sure hope the defence finally shows up and keeps the game close to give Smith a chance.

Anonymous said...

Well now those fans saying we need to develop young QB's finally get their wish! All the best for 22 year old Brett Smith - he will need it.

But if it was up to me as senior armchair GM for the Riders, I would now make a trade with the Argos to pick up Ricky Ray.

Brendan Shaman

Anonymous said...

People the season is lost. Time to sit the old and the tired and let the young in. We will see if Taman can recruit. If he can we will win 4 or 5 games. If not, we'll be 0-18. I'm actually starting to feel bad for Chamblin.

Anonymous said...

Hi,

Don't trade for Ricky Ray. That would be 9 week rental and cost us more draft picks that we don't already have. Let the young guys play. Chapdelaine will be better on them than Cortez was in my opinion. Fans have been saying for years that we have to develop a QB or two to succeed Durant. We developed Willy for Winnipeg and many others!! Perhaps Smith or Price is one we can have here for depth. Glenn will be healthy about the same time as Ricky Ray this anyways!!

Aaron Anderson

Anonymous said...

If you are going to trade for a QB trade for the kid backing up Nichols in Edmonton. At least he's young. Who would Toronto want for Ricky Ray? Nobody!

Anonymous said...

and then have ricky ray and darian Durant for next year....complete stupidity from another rider dumb ass

Anonymous said...

It's possible that by Labour Day Tino is the starting quarterback. Who would have thought that given last year and being cut this year?

Anonymous said...

I'm fine if we don't win a game all season, granted we take the time and develop the two young guys we have. Both have proven they can play in their college careers and can easily be solid starters in this league with playing time.

Lets face it, Durant could come back and be his former self or a shadow of his former self with the severity of the two inures he has now had (both being very serious for a QB). Now is not the time for a rental QB, development and thinking forward is the only positive from these unfortunate circumstances.

Reynolds, Taman and Chamblin all need to address the media (fans) and explain they want to win however they're in a tough spot. In turn, Reynolds needs to give his backing to both Taman and Chamblin and explain they're going young, going to develop and get Rider football back to winning ways for years to come based off how they play out the rest of this year. The fans of this team will support that decision rather than trying to piece together a team with a bunch of old cast-offs that most likely still won't get this club any closer to the playoffs.

Just this old guy's opinion.

Fred


Anonymous said...

Thank you Cory Watman for taking the Procedure call on 2nd and short which forced the 2 and 6 where Glenn threw the pick.

Preventable penalty.

Unpreventable stupidity.

Anonymous said...

May be time to bring in a QB coach to help out with the younguns.

Sad to see Glenn go down too - he was on pace for a 6000 yard year and Dressler was also heading for a huge year receiving.

Wally and The Beav

Anonymous said...

To those wanting to trade for Ray, why? Let's develop a quality potential back-up and or starter for next season this season is done.

Y'er Welcome,
Obama's mother-in-law's neighbour's nephew's step-son's twin



Anonymous said...

If they could get a guy like Ray, they would be smart and probably using foresight. A lot of great minds here don't realize the nature of DD's injury. If he makes it back in time is a huge question mark, what he might be like if he does, and how susceptible will he be for further injuries. There are fewer success stories than not with this type of injury. Just because he says he will be ready doesn't mean he will. Bravado is often running rampant. If for any reason he doesn't then who would be our starting QB. Certainly Glenn does not and never has fit that billing. He's an injured backup. It's Smith's turn up. If he doesn't deliver then who? Sunseri? That's laughable. Start the carousel because Price will be up next to be fed to the wolves. A true starter would be a long term insurance policy and something we don't have now.

Anonymous said...

I am waiting to see who Taman will bring in as a QB. Sorry to say, but both DD and KG are getting older, and the Riders need to develop their future.

Anonymous said...

Where's the cyanide tablets??

Anonymous said...

We couldn't win a game with a 37 year old Glenn at QB. And with DD having health problems for a while now it couldn't be a better time to give a young guy a shot. Maybe we won't make the playoffs this season but at least spend the time to develop a young QB for the future. These injuries are getting ridiculous though....now our FB is hurt too. This upcoming game has all the makings of a blowout but who knows. Anything can happen in the CFL! Go Riders Go!

-Barry

Anonymous said...

To the person who suggested we bring in a qb coach??? I would hope that DD & KG are not just sitting at home collecting very large paychecks! The experience our 2 top guys have should be passed on to our rookie qbs. If we are paying them, we should use them & help develop our young guys.

Anonymous said...

Fred's made more sense in his one post than the rest of you knuckleheads combined.

Anonymous said...

I love that everyone just assumes DD will be back next year like nothing happened. That injury can be a career ender for 22 year olds, never mind an aging QB. I'm sure he'll try to come back, but it may not be in the cards...

Anonymous said...

There is no option but to go with the three young QB's who are still learning Jacque's offensive system and develop some comfort with their seniors, until KG is able to return as starter. It makes no sense to bring anyone else in unless KG is deemed done for the year. Even if there was a vet available - I know of none, it will take time to learn the system.

Anonymous said...

The loss of Moore is a hit too. Any chance Scott McHenry is ready to come back on the roster?

Anonymous said...

Players are not breaking their ankles to play in Regina lol they are not . good luck

The Professor said...

Comrades,

Now that there is NO HOPE for getting into the playoffs - Winnipeg and Sask can fight over 4th place - I endorse the notion that Mike Benevides be brought in after Labour Day after his vacation in Europe. This will firm up the coaching staff for 2016 and allow Mike to evaluate assistants and players for the 2016 training camp. I think that the three coaches Cory, Mike and Jacques could put together a real contender under the leadership of Durant.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if Blair shows up to the press conference wearing his Rider jersey, gets it autographed and then proceeds to ask the "tough" questions about what the riders are gonna do next?

Anonymous said...

Geez, are you still on what people wear? Who cares!

Now, on to bigger things. I think I saw Anthony Calvillo on the Alouette sideline. Hmmm, makes you think.

Anonymous said...

Where to get a QB hmmmm...???

How about Jonathan Crompton out of Montreal by way a trade? It seems likely he will not be happy sitting on the bench following up to the young Mr Rakeem Kato, so why not try to get Crompton?

Also, you know Montreal would be very interested in a trade due that they will want to restructure their contracts. Crompton is getting paid as a starter and Kato is getting paid as a 3rd stringer.

So there you go... Hey just an idea...

Kel in Victoria

Anonymous said...

Durant haters wanted young guys to get a chance to develop the past several years. You got your wish, 13 meaningless games to grow the next generation of Rider QBs.

Anonymous said...

It's a way deeper than an injured QB. Our DBs are a step too slow and four inches too short. Our D-line is too old and our O-line is like swiss cheese. They could get God to quarterback but he'd just get dinged up unless Taman and Chamblin do something about the alleged O-line.

Another thing is the young fellow shouldn't have to be learning Chapdelaine's system on the fly. Chapdelaine should be adjusting his system to the youngster's strong points.

But none of this will change as long as Taman and his band of blind scouts are there.

TH

Anonymous said...

Well said Fred! Durant may be done and even if he is okay he is injury plagued and either needs a very capable #2 or a ready #1 who knows the playbook. The season is done i for one would rather watch two young guys develop and see who could be number 1 than watch a mismatch of old guys to try and win a total of maybe 4 games?

Anonymous said...

There are many false assumptions going about, and we all know what assume means. The notion that DD will be back in all-star form next season is an enticing notion, but it may or may not be reality. What if he doesn't return to the DD of old. This injury has been career ending for many athletes. We all hope he does come back stronger than eve but there are plenty of hurdles. Like buying insurance; you hope for the best but plan for the worst.

Edmonton, Hamilton, Montreal, Toronto and for that matter most teams have gone through a tons of QB's until they located a genuine replacement starter. Toronto got Ray gifted to them, Edmonton traded for Rielly, Hamilton traded for Collaros, Winnipeg got Willy from us, and the full Cato story hasn't been told. Montreal may have got him gift wrapped from us much like an astute Tillman got Durant off of Hamilton's list for us.

The message behind all of this is that a lot of teams don't develop the QB's they are now succeeding with, and traded to get one. We may need to do the same thing. There is no assurance than any of the QB's we currently have are going to be our next star pivot. Odds are than none of them may be the answer. Sunseri hasn't shown much, Smith will get his chance and likely Price as well. It comes down to reality that we may need to make significant trade to get a QB. Forget about developing our own BS because most of the teams mentioned didn't develop their own, at least not for their respective teams.

If we get a chance to bring a potential starter, then we would be well advised to do that. Those who talk about letting the season become a testing ground for young QB's with no regard to our record are smoking sh-t. The management, players, fans, sponsors and everyone connected to the club won't tolerate it. If this team ends up 0-9 , 0-10 , 1-12, I bet that someone gets a pink slip, and perhaps more than one. Whether that is right or wrong, deserved or not the team can't afford to let itself slip into the abyss and become a laughing stock.

Right or wrong something will happen if this futility continues at it's current levels.

Anonymous said...

TH,

Going after the offensive line! Really! Lots of problems, but the O-line has been the one solid group, save for a couple of dumb penalties. Best rushing attack in the CFL - give the line some credit. Low number of sacks as well. Some fans just can't help throwing out dumb comments.

THC

Anonymous said...

I find it funny that people think that all it takes to develop a QB is playing time and *poof*, magically you're a successful CFL quarterback. Didn't exactly work out for Dinwiddie, Sunseri or Doege. The only one that's had moderate success was Willy and what has he done in WPG? Thrown more INTs than touchdowns and not made the playoffs.

Kory Sheets handled a torn achilles pretty well...in 2012 and 2013. The fact that he was a 30+ year old running back obviously came into play after his last injury and prevented him from continuing his career. But he bounced back from that first injury just fine. You hope it's not too much of an issue for the soon to be 33 year old Darian. But he is one tough mother. Even if he's perfectly healthy it's tough to think that he hasn't played one full regular season game between Banjo Bowl '14 and (hopefully) the season opener in 2016.

Poor Weston Dressler. Comes back from a strong NFL training camp, wins 3 of his first 4 games back and I think they've won only one since.

Lastly, do the Riders still wear their retros? The lime greenies have grown on me but those retros still look good...especially the road whites.

Anonymous said...

BRING BACK COLE BERGQUIST!!

Anonymous said...

Any CFL back-up who gets a shot and shows they can play will at some point seek a team where they can start during free agency. Some ways down the road, when Durant has to or chooses to hang up his cleats, then decisions can be made in terms of what is on the roster at the time - probably in five years time or maybe more - or seek out a new starter in free agency - or via trade as the case may be. So I am not getting too excited about what happens in 2015 in terms of the guys to emerge after Glenn retires.

Harvey Dad in the three-o-six

Anonymous said...

Here I thought my toilet flushed on its own, when really it is the Riders season.

Have the Riders ever started a season 0-10?

Anonymous said...

Be Positive Guys ! I Am.... Esks 47 Riders 9

Anonymous said...

To the anon that was bashing TH. Go back and re-read the posting, then try to argue the logic. Durant wasn't injured because of the O-line and neither was Glenn but that's because they are both super tough, they were both beat up before they were injured. To say they weren't hurried with every throw would be BS. The alleged O-line needs fixing or no rookie QB will survive.

TH

Anonymous said...

I seldom listen to the sportscage because I can't stand the ego that oozes out of the radio but I jumped into a friends truck today just on time to hear Chamblin talking about "the leaders on this team".

BULLCRAP.

Since DD got hurt the only leader on this team is Weston Dressler and it appears that the only follower is Ryan Smith because everybody else is running around like a chicken with their head chopped off, and that includes John Chick. Unless someone steps up we might be 0-18.

Real Rick

Anonymous said...

The Riders would be 0 and 5 with Darian. If the D cannot get it done with the leagues best offence, Darian would make no difference. Rather than panic and start revolving qbs it's time to bring in D linemen and dbs, tall ones that are fast. Yes they grow on trees down south in the football factory.

Anonymous said...

Quote from Corey Chamblin when talking about Edmonton's defense---

"I can tell you, I've been with Chris and it doesn't matter if it's Kevin Glenn, Darian or Brett Smith, he views all quarterbacks the same. It's time to blitz them.''

So why don't the Riders do that?

Guess who has the league's best defense and who coaches the league's worst defense.

Normally I think Taman is the problem but when I see crap like this I wonder if Taman's choice for coach isn't the problem.

Rex in Red Deer

Anonymous said...

The most unfortunate thing about KG's injury is that it buys Taman and Chamblin more time.

Pat Strain said...

The irony in all this is that Chamblin's job is now secure for the remainder of this season anyways. Glenn will not be back this year so it is all about playing the young qb's and making the best of the situation. Nobody will expect wins out of Chamblin under these circumstances.

Anonymous said...

Hey Pat Strain. I totally agree, and that is a big time mistake. Things won't turn around until the narcissist is gone so we're viewing at least a two year project just to get things pointed uphill and that won't happen as long as Taman's address doesn't change.

Anonymous said...

"seldom listen to the Sports Cage"

Odd that the 'Real Dick' would even read this blog when he is no fan of Rod and his guests. Must be his friend in the pick-up truck told him about it on the way to get some beers.

Fake Rick

Anonymous said...

When are injuries an excuse?

Anonymous said...

Is Joe "747" Adams still availablee?

Anonymous said...

GC 2013 seems like so long ago!!