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Monday, July 6, 2015

MOSAIC PLACE RECAP: ARGOS 42 RIDERS 40 (2 OT)

REGINA - The legend of Trevor Harris continues to grow, while the Saskatchewan Roughriders' slide continues.

The Argonauts QB led his team on a last-minute touchdown drive to send the game into overtime and then threw two touchdown passes in extra time to lead Toronto to a 42-40 double-overtime victory over the host Saskatchewan Roughriders on Sunday. Harris, in his third game as starter for the injured Ricky Ray, led Toronto (2-0) to a 26-11 upset over the Edmonton Eskimos in Week 1.

"I just want to be the best possible back-up I can be,'' said Harris, who went 30 for 38 with 267 yards and four touchdowns and one interception in the game. "Ricky Ray is one of the best quarterbacks ever in the CFL. My job is to steer the ship in the right direction when he's not available.''

Playing in front of 31,907 fans at Mosaic Stadium, Saskatchewan led the game 28-21 with just over a minute left in the game. Scrimmaging from the Toronto 25, Harris led the Argonauts on a last-minute touchdown drive, capped off with a 16-yard touchdown pass to Chad Owens, to send the game into overtime.

In a crazy overtime session filled with penalties and a few reviewed plays, Saskatchewan opened up the scoring on its first possession when Rob Bagg took the ball one yard into the end zone on an end around. Running back Jerome Messam was tackled in the backfield on the ensuing two-point conversion. The Argos stormed back with a nine-yard receiving touchdown by running back Brandon Whitaker in their first overtime period. They, too, failed their two-point conversion attempt when Harris was sacked by Rider defensive back Macho Harris.

In the second overtime, Harris threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Tori Gurley and then hooked up with running back Anthony Coombs on a three-yard strike for the two-point conversion to put Toronto up 42-34. Saskatchewan (0-2) had a chance to tie the game after QB Kevin Glenn connected with Chris Getzlaf for a 25-yard touchdown on the next drive, but Glenn just missed Getzlaf on the ensuing two-point convert.

"I was on the sideline and coach said these are the moments you live for,'' Harris said. "I remember thinking, 'I've done this in my backyard a few times. Now you've just got to go do it with 30,000 thousand people in the stands.' We took a punch in the mouth from a great football team and we were able to come back and keep fighting.''

Owens, who led Toronto receivers with eight catches for 88 yards and one touchdown, said the team has always believed in Harris' ability to lead.

"He's a guy who doesn't go out there to prove guys wrong; he just goes out there and does his job,'' Owens said. "This just shows that this a guy who can go into a hostile environment, go into a situation where there's still question marks surrounding him, and get the job done.''

The Riders put up over 500 yards of offence in the loss. Glenn went 33 for 40 for 477 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Riders, while the Riders' Ryan Smith led all receivers with eight catches for 174 yards and one touchdown. It was a similar story in Week 1, where the Riders put up nearly 500 yards in offence in a 30-26 home loss to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"It's bittersweet since we didn't get the victory, but I'm still proud of the guys on the offence side of the ball because we went out and showed a lot of resiliency,'' Glenn said. "We don't want to be 0-2, but that's what professional sports is all about. We'll learn from our mistake in this game and move on.''

Veteran kicker Paul McCallum, who returned to Saskatchewan last week after being released by the B.C. Lions on June 3, hit all four of his field goal attempts in the game, including a 49-yarder.

(Canadian Press/Craig Slater)

POSTGAME COMMENTS

HEAD COACH COREY CHAMBLIN

- We should be talking about a win right now.  Everybody sees that.  Pass Interference, an interception, the drop.  We're real close to protecting all those things. I told the guys I'm proud of them.  We're real close.

- A lotta good signs in all three phases.  We gotta get points.  We have to have points if we have 500 yards offense.

- We gotta fix some things, go on the road and learn how to win a football game

- I told them I'm proud of the effort.  They did everything right this week getting ready for the game.  We were this close to a tie or a win.  Keep doing things right and we'll be in the victory column.

- There were some things.  We had a three man rush and we were too shallow (behind it).  We had nine men deep and they had an 18-yard pick up or something.  There was a penalty too.  We have to play it better when the ball's in the air.

- (Pass Interference on Weldon Brown) is a judgment call.  Judgment means whatever he sees at that time.  We have to play the ball better when it's in the air.

- I'm not going to say undisciplined.  My team is disciplined.  They had just as many penalties as we did.  Each year presents its own challenges.  This is about getting young players and veteran players to play together.

- They (the CFL) wanted to see the points up.  I have to have to find a way around it, being a defensive coach.  Two or three plays differently, and we're sitting around here talking about a win.  One play different and we're talking about a tie.  But they didn't go our way and we're talking about a loss.

- It's a positive that we're starting to see playmakers.  It's not just Getzlaf, Bagg and Dressler.  I believe in Ryan Smith.  I told him before the game he's going to ball today.

- Kevin Glenn wishes he had that ball back (on the pick six).  The team tried to fight back but the mindset was different after that.  Defensive points against are tough to get over.

- I thought we were stoning them early.  We had a good couple of quarters but after that interception, it doesn't matter about the yards.  It's about the points.  Things got away from us at the end.

- The good thing about it is, and I tell the guys this, if you lose games tight, you're close.  If you get blown out, you're not close.  As the guys continue to grow, we won't be losing by two and three points.  We'll be winning those.

- I won't say concerns.  We have a lot of yards.  Jacques wants to be in the endzone.  We'll continue to look at things but we need to have the points.  We need to find a way to score points in this new league.

- (Injuries).  It's too early to tell.  Ivan tells me who's out and then the doctors assess it when we meet after this news conference.

- I will let Brendan Taman speak on the medical.  I don't want to talk about Darian's injury or surgery.

- (On pressuring the quarterback) That's always a concern.  We'd like to get pressure without sending five or six guys.  We'd like more pressure but teams are smart and sometimes they'll put out double tight or an extra back to stop the pressure.

- I've very pleased with my football team and we're very close to getting it.  We're on the right course and we're close to getting it.

RECEIVER/RETURNER RYAN SMITH

- We fought really hard today.  We took that next towards winning a game.  It was just kinda crappy luck but we'll step back next week and we'll be alright.

- I'm good.  I got a little shocker but I'll be alright.

- Our heads are held high.  We came out there fighting and that's all we can ask for.  We came up a little short today but next week we'll be ready to go.

- I try to just go out there and do what I do.  If the ball's in the air, I try to make a play on it.  Just help out the quarterback and team as much as I possibly can.

- I've been told about the 24 hour rule.  You watch the previous game's film, learn from your mistakes, and then come back and focus on your next opponent.  That's what I'm gonna do.

LB JAKE DOUGHTY

- We had a lot of things going.  I loved our intensity and energy.  Sometimes the wins and losses don't fall your way but we'll regroup and be a good football team

- (The game) was incredible to say the least.  A roller coaster to say the least, that's for sure.  But we'll be back to fight next week.

- (Chamblin) just said he liked our intenstiy, he loved our effort and we're that close.  We're a couple inches away and we'll be a good football team


106 comments:

Anonymous said...

Here's a couple of ole ditties from the ole repertoire bag of tunes,

Go RoughArgos .......
Go RoughArgos .......
riding all the way .......

Swayze, Swayze Waters ......
King of the CFL .......
(Even when he's on the sidelines).

Andre, Andre, Andre Proiux.
Yeah Andre, he's the man !

Just a couple of ingrained brain teasers for your listening pleasure riderville.

Argonauts win in riderville today !

Anonymous said...

What can you say about this defence? Can’t cover, can’t tackle, manhandled at the line of scrimmage. This was going to be a long season Durant or no Durant!

Anonymous said...

coach shows no faith in team 3 tries from the 1 so kicks field goal. How sad is that. Toronto gets all their 1 yd needs. Be interesting to see if no faith is returned by the players it has every time in the past.

Anonymous said...

Anon # 2 and # 3 go back to bed and bitch to your wife or do something and just get the hell off of here where True Rider Fans are.

Anonymous said...

Where are anon 2 and 3 at now? Glenn is threading the needle today. Makes quick reads and gets rid of the ball quickly.

Anonymous said...

I think anon 2 and 3 are blue bummer fans haha

Jay said...

Please win this week riders, I need a week of silence from the negative "fans" in riderville.

Anonymous said...

Taj Smith lack of grit and workerthic on that pick. Why is he here?

Anonymous said...

great chamblin defence the one he envisioned LOL

Anonymous said...

How you feel about your o-line taking a TD off the board with selfish, stupid, undisciplined penalties coach?

Anonymous said...

After seeing this Rider defence for the past 2 games, give me back that "Richie Hall Defence" anytime now! PLEEEEEZZZ!!!

Anonymous said...

I hope they lose with this kind of undisciplined showing. Chamblin had better run the whole team in the heat and smoke until they puke.

Anonymous said...

Penalties every down. Horrible football. The Riders have gone from bad to worse. Chamblin has zero discipline on this joke of a team. And that's on top of can't tackle.

Anonymous said...

These refs are making an absolute joke of this league.

Anonymous said...

Anyone who thinks this is a good game ought to have their head examined. The Riders could have won this if not for selfish, stupid penalties by the oline that took points off the board.

Anonymous said...

No offside on that Toronto 2pt.???

Anonymous said...

And that is why Kevin Glenn has 0 Grey Cup rings.
He just got schooled by a rookie.

lee said...

2011, Hamilton Ti Cats DC coordinator Corey Chamblin, defence ranked seventh in a eight team league 2015 Corey Chamblin riders D C coordinator
enough said

Anonymous said...

Riders lose in double overtime. Nothing wrong with the effort today other than Anthony Allen and Taj Smith. But Chamblin and Quick were simply out-coached by Milanovich.

Anonymous said...

Riders are at the bottom of the league where they belong.

Anonymous said...

Last week no tackles. This week 2 many penalties. Things will get better . The Riders looked good and will get better. Glenn was fantastic, except for the unfortunate pick off.

Anonymous said...

WOW! We could score 60 points and still not win. One of the worst defences I have seen around here in a long time. All from a suppossedly defensive minded coach. Pathetic, pathetic, pathetic. And of coarse all those mistimed penalties and mistakes. Trying to be optomistic,but watching that defence, not so much.

Anonymous said...

ARGOOOS beat the lowly riders who now have the worst record in the cfl ,Canada's worst team .Just wondering if the riders will win a game this year,I'm loving it

Anonymous said...

EMERGENCY ALERT !

Murray, stay clear away from Roughriders dressing room with your hard accountable questions of a very old team, and their coaching staff + buffoon gm. Toronto Argonauts dressing room welcoming all media question with open arms.

Anonymous said...

You had 579 yards of offence and lost.
You also took points off the board, ahem lower than average IQ O-lineman, trying to one up each other with stupid penalties.
You could not stop a rookie QB who made you look silly today.
The guys taking dumbs penalties should buck up big $$ to Messam the beast who actually left it all on the field today.

Anonymous said...

That pick off basically cost us the game. Add to that the worst defence since the Riders averaged 43 points given up in 1991 and this team is destined for the basement of the West Division. Average of 36 points given up in two games. This GM is running this team into the ground. We can't beat a horrible Winnipeg defence last week and a 2nd string QB with our so called saviour Glenn. Can't wait for this s$@t season to end!!

Anonymous said...

no pass rush!....pathetic.... monster game by ryan smith....chamblin should show ryan hi-lites all week to try and inspire "courage" and "heart" from rest of his "disciplined" troops!

Anonymous said...

I think they'll win six games. No more than that. What a joke of a defence! And what huge missed opportunities on offence. Kevin Glenn should be ashamed of that pick 6. It's going to be a long season. Let's credit the star of last week's halftime show Jim Hopson's for installing the worst GM since Al Ford. Can't find a QB other than the one Shivers recruited 14 years ago.

Anonymous said...

Hey hey hey, leave the hard questions to me. I'll point blank ask the board of directors, gm and his hand picked head coach about his non defensivel team in the last minute of play while also asking about the West Division nosedive to the basement.

Mini Me Murray.

Anonymous said...

Anon #2 is still here

What happened in the last minute and a half of the 4th qtr? I’m a “real Rider fan”, its just that I’m a little more knowledgable than you and can see and accept the Riders shortfalls - the defence lacks attitude and physicality. Can’t believe Chamblin actually thought this definse has the makings of a grey cup team coming out of training camp.

Hopefully the remaining 16 games are entertaining to the end, although the flags are slowing the game down and the league is turning into 2 hand touch

Anonymous said...

I have to laugh at the one or two people who sit at home and do 20 or more posts in a row. Makes me wonder what province they are posting from. Blah, Blah Blah - go out and play.

Bob from 306

Anonymous said...

As I posted yesterday, the team that wins the coin toss wins the game. Happens all the time in a windy game. Riders lost the coin toss again ergo loss of the game.

Anonymous said...

It was special today to witness the emergence of a new CFL star today - Ryan Smith. He is sure to be a favourite in Rider Nation for years to come!

I also see good things ahead for Jake Doughty.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Interesting that in 2015 all the western division teams are slow out the gate, while the east division seems to have its mojo early.

w said...
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w said...

O-lineman Dan Clark Hands to the Face penalty - red zone drive killer
O-lineman Levy Adcock Face Mask penalty takes TD off the board. Those pts would have won the game.
O-lineman Dan Clark Hands to the Face penalty kills red zone drive
O-lineman Chris Best Clipping penalty kills late 4th quarter drive TOR gets the ball back and scores FG
The whole O-line cannot block up a run from the TOR 1 yard line and settle for FG

Sounds like a good in the office for the phat boys, yes?

Anonymous said...

Save for the very end of the game, it was a heck of a lot of fun today at Mosaic. Very entertaining. Hopefully the CFL picks up a few more fans here and in the USA, especially among the yute.

Wilfred in the 306

Anonymous said...

Did Alex Hall not dress for this one??

Anonymous said...

Typical of riderville blaming the refs. Why don't you blame the gm and his head coach who assembled the joke of the league.

Anonymous said...

Outcoached, plain and simple. But I'm betting the media will still pump Chamblin's tires.

Anonymous said...

I for one am glad that as a rider fan we can attract all the buffoons from other teams here, just goes to show sask has the best fans and team. If we didn't these goofs wouldn't come here to create drama. Hahahahahaha

GP

Anonymous said...

One bad throw turns a win into a loss.

The INT turned the game around.

That's what you are going to get with Kevin Glenn.

16 games to go RiderFans!

Anonymous said...

THAT INT was Taj Smith's fault! Plain and simple! Not Kevin Glenn! If Taj didnt play like a chicken and actually come back to the ball, There would not have been an interception for a TD. YEAH 0-2 SUCKS! BUT this season is barely 2 weeks old and there is a lot of football left to be played! Those who want to be bandwago jumpers and give up on the Riders already, just go ahead! The Real Rider fans will hang in there and be patient! This season is not over yet! 0-2 is nothing! GO RIDERS!

Anonymous said...

#2 and #7 = the Twins.

Anonymous said...

Pick six not Glenn's fault. Taj Smith quit on his route back to the ball. Easy pick for a TD.

PVO said...

That pick 6 was not Glenn's fault. taj has to come back to the ball. In the replay you can see Taj calling for the ball but than stops and waits as the Argo makes the play on the ball. Its a long throw-the receiver needs to come back to the ball. Dont be surprised if Taj gets even less field time next week.

Anonymous said...

Hey . . . just caught a Saskatchewan reference on the newest episode of Dwayne Johnson's "Ballers." Funny, but not complimentary. Happens about 7 minutes into the episode.

Anonymous said...

"Typical of Riderville"

Where the heck is the town of Riderville? Must be near Hooterville.

No mention of bad referees on the riderville website, ever.

Sure, there are many in Rider Nation who lament the low caliber of refereeing, and you could hear the groan in the crowd at the start when it was announced that Proux was the head ref, but criticizing the refs, like criticizing the players and coaches is part of being engaged (and enraged) as a fan in any league.

Harv

Anonymous said...

Great photos of today's game action on the CFL website!

Mark said...

Am I the only one who thought the Argo receivers were offside on multiple occasions throughout the game and did not get called while the clueless CFL officials were more worried about pass interference and major foul calls.

Anonymous said...

Open letter to Mike Benevides: Please come and fix our defense. Mr Chamblin might be a good HC but he is not, I repeat, NOT a good defensive coach.

Anonymous said...

I think Taj Smith time has come to an end. When he was on the field he was very ineffective and looked out of it. He could have prevented that interception if he had tried. Get Korey Williams in there

Anonymous said...

Yep, before the season started the media all said the Riders were the team to beat. Turns out they were right.

Anonymous said...

Ryan Smith is at fault for the loss. Had he not made that fourth quarter spectacular catch there would be no pick 6. The Riders punt and cover. The Argos may score on the subsequent drive but that would take enough time off the clock for a Rider win. What was Ryan thinking?

Anonymous said...

But the media keeps telling us that Chamblin is a defensive wizard.

Anonymous said...

GP = Sk. #1 Buffoon with a capital B.

Anonymous said...

At least Paul had a hell of a game, he needs a ring with the riders this year. Go Riders!

S. White said...

Everyone does realize it is Only Game 2. I am Also Frustrated and Mad But I think we have a Good team. Put up 40pts.
Stupid penalties loss the game. Refs did appear to favour Toronto. Missed!!! some calls on them.AND some calls on Riders questionable!!
I agree that Cory Wiiliams should start next week. Riders will turn it around next week.
Let's get behind them. They need their fans!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Ring? Not with this head coach. That copy one was with a collection of athletes of the players that was highly talented and full of self-starters. Had almost nothing to do with coaching. This guy is a horrible coach and an even worse person. Treats people like garbage

Anonymous said...

If the new rules can result in more exciting games like today's thrill ride, then count me as one who says thumbs up to the rule changes.

It has given new life to great the careers of receivers like Jamal Richardson and Nic Lewis and confidence to the new ones like Ryan Smith and other young speedsters.

It also solves a bigger problem by allowing new QB's to pick up the game quicker than in the past, helping to shore up a problem whereby new QB's with talent lose confidence and get frustrated trying to learn the CFL game.

More importantly, it should lead to a new generation of CFL fans coming on board in other cities who can emulate Rider Nation and build a young fan base for a healthy future.

Defense will adjust in time to some extent and will have to find a way to get to the QB to shake things up, but the dull games we had to suffer through in 2014 should be a thing of the past.

So with all due respect to defensive purists like Mr. Mullinder I am enjoying the changes and see it as a step forward for the CFL.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Any one check in with John Frenzy to see how he is doing? Today must have been a real strain on his old ticker. I trust that his optimism is in tact and that he is not wallowing in despair like some of the posters today in the comment section.

Anonymous said...

I blame Richie Hall. Actually the prevent defense today was worse that Hall's - now that is progress.

Anonymous said...

Four import receivers and Taj is one of them - please sent him packing pronto. Oh and recruiting one or two wouldn't hurt.

Anonymous said...

They say BS baffles brains….the HC's post game comments were pure BS…he thinks this team is playing well, particularly on defence? I guess it's his job to spew that BS and baffle the many kool-aid drinkers out there.

When you score 40 pts at home you should win. Giving up as many pts as we did even a W would not have been impressive. This is the second week in a row where Glenn has tossed up a pic in the red zone. It wasn't Smith's fault, it was clearly Glenn's fault. That was at a minimum a 10 point play. Lose every time. Ball management is all that was required. There is a reason he has never won a GC.

I have said before our defence is putrid and there were a few pooh--pooh's from the mushrooms. No pressure up front, small DB's, and a serious lack of aggressiveness or fight. No real playmakers. Over the two ex games and two regular season games we are giving up around 35 pts a game. It's going to be a long season. Time to find some bigger athletes who can make plays.

This season is already in serious jeopardy and it will get worse. This snowball has started to roll. The only question to be determined is who is worst team in the West BC or the Riders. Next week should answer those questions. Until they seriously find some talent and fix the defence they won't win much. This is clearly not a championship calibre team.

This team won't win with false bravado or with wishing and hoping. Im pretty sure though that the BS will keep baffling some.

Anonymous said...

Hard for the d linemen to make plays when we're sending 3 man rush 70% of the time. Only reason Chick got some tackles is our linebackers still weren't making tackles and he was catching them 10 yards from the line

NT said...

I've always been a Richie Hall fan, and was disappointed when they got rid of him, but even the people that wanted him gone and said his d didn't bring enough pressure have to be wishing our d would bring half the pressure halls did. Disappointing to see R Smith go up and almost get himself killed to make a catch then see taj Smith stand there and watch the ball get picked off the next play. And I want to know what the wireless age has against messam, 2 weeks he's played like a beast and got shafted from their player of the game voting. Lastly Is it just the section i sit in or do the fans just not seem to be as excited and really get into the game since we won in 2013?

Anonymous said...

Typical Glenn. Can move the ball between the 20's, and fails time after time getting TD's.
Hope the riders enjoy their field goals.

Anonymous said...

If the media and fans are going to call for hard questions then lets start with this one ... Does John Chick plan on getting anywhere near a quarterback this year? Got a freebie in week one. Let's start at the top!

Anonymous said...

And when you need Glenn to win the game for you the best you can usually count on is a pick 6 the other way. I've seen that way too many times.

Anonymous said...

WHERE'S THE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE!!!

I see Scruffy is whining over the performance by Andre Proulx so let's hear your "expert" ana;ysis.

Is Craig Reynolds still going over it to approve it for publication?

Rod Pedersen said...

I think I'm happy to make you wait for it.

Plus it's not sponsored so I may take a week off.

I'm got lots to do this morning.

RP

GWil26 said...

Could have just said no MMG this week! Sorry guys... But okay haha.

Anonymous said...

I think Carm's comments during the game told the true story why we lost. The Toronto 4th quarter touchdown was scored with 9 seconds left. Had Kevin Glenn and Chapedalain managed the clock better on the last 2 plays before our 4th quarter touchdown this game would have been ours. This was one of the closet games I have ever seen and the smallest of mistakes lost it. Those last 2 plays left 15 seconds each on the clock. Sadly the football gods were not with us this week.

Parkside said...

Great photo of Ryan Smith!
Those PI calls were abysmal. Tough to watch. People will eventually tune out. Its supposed to be football.
Not flag tossing.

Anonymous said...

Dirty dirty clipping play by Best. Should be fined this week, that's how people get hurt out there.

Anonymous said...

Send Taj Smith to fight forest fires!
Bob

Anonymous said...

The penalties were frustrating, but I don't buy the grand Proulx-Riders conspiracy theories.

To me, the really disappointing flag was the one on T-Brack on Owens - that was a good, hard football play. I don't think the "new rules" are trying to eliminate that, are they??

Anonymous said...

30,000 fans leave Mosiac disappointed and our head coach tells the boys that he's proud of them. I guess they should be proud. They fought through some pretty lousy coaching to make a game of it.

GWil26 said...

Best should be fined for sure. Not sure if he was falling or what but either way. I was more frustrated with the Maze UR call in OT. Only saw it the one time maybe it was bad and I just didn't see it that way but that call bugged me.

Anonymous said...

There has been much moaning about the Rider defense, but the other teams have been similar or worse. Richie Hall is certainly under fire in Winnipeg. Ricky Foley was invisible, as was their vaunted pass rush.
So maybe people need to keep things in context.

Anonymous said...

So Corey, is this the defense you envisioned?

Anonymous said...

Making the legion of anonymous critics and bashers wait for MMG would serve them right. They take your blog for granted and the time that it takes to provide a quality blog.
Keep up the good work Rod.

Marty

Anonymous said...

To RP,

I like reading the various comments and, myself, I have often commented or replied many times over the past couple of years. That said I have just one suggestion.

Possibly you could somehow number the comments or leave some way that we can reply to a certain comment without any confusion. After looking through 76 comments, I realize that over half of them are saying "To Anon" but who exactly are they referring to, because in 76 comments there are anywhere between 60-90% of comments where someone has not given a name or nickname or whatever, so it makes it difficult to reply, but also confusing to read.

Just a suggestion...

Kel in Victoria

Anonymous said...

Kel,

About 80% of the comments are from one person who has a real hate on and obsession with the Rider coaches and management. The same shallow analysis over and over. Its actually become pretty boring. I am starting to long for Obama. Say what you will about that guy (or gal), but the commentary from Obama usually are quite funny and, although often pointless, give evidence of someone who gives careful thought to what he writes here. As my Uncle Herb used to say, its always good to have people beating from different drum sets.

Harv in Regina

Anonymous said...

Anyone who claims that the officiating was fair in this game is blind or just doesn't know the rules. Yes the Rider D was porous in this one but they still did enough to win but were robbed by the officials late in that game. The PI call on Brackenridge was probably the worst call I have ever seen and it was at the most critical time in the game. Turned a 3rd and 13 to a 1st and goal. Might as well just gift wrap the TD for the Argos....there were lots of phantom calls on our o-line tonight too.
It was sweet to see Laing get worked over by our o-line in this game....that guy doesn't belong in the league with his obvious dirty play.
The offence looked excellent except for Taj Smith's lack of hustle on that pick 6....I think he isn't worth the baggage anymore and its clear that Smith is our new go to target.
Even though the Riders have lost two in a row at home to start the season, there still is some optimism. They are playing competitive football and are a mere play or two away from winning. This team has to rally and come ready to play this week in BC. Go RIDERS! We still belive in you guys!

Jay said...

"If the media and fans are going to call for hard questions then lets start with this one ... Does John Chick plan on getting anywhere near a quarterback this year? Got a freebie in week one. Let's start at the top!"

Jesus its week 2. The guy led the league in sacks and is arguably the best DE in the league and people already complaining about him. Double teamed all game with extra protection and the riders switching to a three man front on a lot of passing downs didn't help either.

Anonymous said...

That was a tough one... Some key plays...

1) Kicking a field goal when we were 3 and 1 from the one...
2) Pick 6 that took us from a 17 point lead to a 3 point lead...
3) Not enough pressure on Harris, especially in the 4th...with a defense leaving way too much space between the linebackers and D backs...

Some other thoughts...Hate the flags...they wiped out two outstanding punt/kick-off returns in the B.C. - Ottawa game...on really suspect holding calls...

In my humble opinion, CFL refs are ruining this leagues excitement...doing exactly opposite of what the league wants...and I'm not blaming them for any teams wins or losses...just loss of excitement...As your first thought after an amazing play shouldn't be worrying about an over zealous ref throwing a flag...That is a sad state for this league...



Anonymous said...

I was impressed by the play for the most part of the game yesterday. In spite of Andre Proulx and his crew the Riders still managed loose a game that they should have won.

The obvious point is now that the Riders need to win the next game to get back on track.

Sometimes it isn't easy being green. In coach Chamblin and Brendan Taman I trust.

GO RIDERS.

JC

Anonymous said...

Regina .... where everyone still blames the refs when the Riders lose. Quick, everyone start sending letters to the league office. I'm sure they all laugh when these start coming in ...... lol

Anonymous said...

Chick wasn't double-teamed in Week 1. Bryant tossed him around like a rag doll.
And if he was double-teamed the whole game yesterday, where was the rest of the D-line?

Anonymous said...

What CC expects us to believe:
1. He is an defensive genius - not proven by what we have seen, nor his time in Hamilton.
2. Wants offense to score more, maybe 800 yards and 8TDs - his "D" could easily give up 60 points.
3. Rush 3 should get pressure and drop 9 should easily defend against a 5 receiver set.

Was I the only one that noticed when our "O" was on the field he was seldom watching .....

Riders need a DC, not a head coach acting as one (Jones can do it, but he is an exceptional DC with a record to prove it)

Anonymous said...

Stop blaming the referees. (Unless you want to talk about a couple of missed offside calls on Argos receivers.) Pass interference has always been a subjective call. The db's on every team need to adjust to the new rule and do a better job of adapting to it. Until then, it will be a flag fest.

Defense played solid for the most part. Well, right up until we needed them to tighten up and stop the Argos. Instead they dropped into the prevent the win defense.

Anonymous said...

I love these "fans" that give the impression that they have sat down and studied the game film (special access no doubts) just like the coaches and can say that John Chick was not double teamed, among other things. LOL

To the goof ball who keeps chirping about Chamblin's days in Hamilton - but not Calgary - who cares? Move on buddy!

Speaking of Hamilton, I do recall Hamilton having very poor starts to their seasons recently and then still getting to the Cup. Indeed, they got their ass kicked real bad by the Riders at the start last year. Since my crystal ball is broken, unlike others, I cannot say that the team will be better down the stretch, but it has been done before. Exposing weaknesses early in the season can sometimes lead to better things.

I know it is hard for some who frequent this blog, and perhaps not part of your DNA, but stay positive. CFL defenses suck in general across the CFL this season goes to week 3.

Yur Welcome

Terry Lansdown

Anonymous said...

The Riders had a few bright spots. Ryan Smith is for real. Doughty showed some flashes and could end up being a player. McCallum proved he still has it and he really does.

Glenn and the offence did a lot of good things and could have won. However they did enough poor things to grab defeat from the jaws of victory. You need to believe your o-line can get a yard penetration and Messam can grind you out one. The O-line however was not good. They couldn't pass protect well and had too many use of hands penalties. One cost a TD. The O-line really needs some serious help. Glenn didn't manage the ball well on the pic and it probably cost the game, however the o-line and others played a part too. Just enough mistakes to lose.

The biggest issue is the defence. The TO receivers took advantage of our small DB's. The new CFL game will require taller DB's. The D-linemen were ineffective for 90% of the game. There was no consistent pass rush on Harris and the rookie picked our secondary apart. The aggression and swagger is long gone. The personnel or schemes are inadequate, but likely both.

Glenn came here as a backup but has been thrust into a role he has never had success with. His body of work between the 25's has always been good. He is now ahead of Dunnigan all time. The only concern is this little matter called winning games. The guy always has nice numbers but often seems to end up in the "L" column. His shabby defence makes it even harder for him.

If this team goes 1-3 or 0-4 which is likely to happen there will need to be a course correction. I notice the "Harris detractors" aren't out in full force today. Yup he's a one hit wonder much Lulay and Mitchell were! If he keeps this play up the Argo's won't need Ray. I wonder who could use a QB like him.

Anonymous said...

Huge improvement over last game. Still too many mistakes to win but had we won gauranteed there would be alot more people saying it was a great game.

Anonymous said...

When a dullard like Mike AbouMeshrek realizes officials were the problem, you KNOW they were the problem! It shows any dummy could see it!

Trevor

Anonymous said...

How come it's always the losing team that complains about the refs ?

Anonymous said...

Come on really, what's with all the idiots on this site. One interception cost us really? I have no problem with Glenn (you'd rather have Tino?), we now have a kicker, and if we'd send more than three guys to get the QB we'd be fine. When you play prevent defence you prevent nothing. Taj needs to step up and make a play, every other receiver made grabs that weren't perfect. Looking forward to Friday!

Anonymous said...

That interception played a big part in the loss. If the Riders score 7 or even 3 points there rather than give up a TD, the game is likely over. Get used to that with Glenn. I've seen him throw more pick 6's when you need him to be smart with the ball than I care to remember. He's not the guy I want as my QB with the game on the line.

Anonymous said...

Time to turn the page on game #2 and get chatting about game #3. The past is in the past.

I am interested to see how Lulay does. The new rules should allow him to knock the rust off sooner than later.

Having Paul McCallum return to BC to face his old team is a nice touch (although keep in mind that of the 4 field goals he missed all last year, three were in BC Place).

Kevin Glen will also be looking forward to meeting his old team.

B. Hope

Anonymous said...

You sound professional on the radio...your blog replies suggest otherwise.

Anonymous said...

Poor rod no sponsor for his column. Are you not a sports writer.

GWil26 said...

I am not a huge fan of prevent defence as a fan but as a player it is a whole new feeling. It isn't always a comfortable feeling leaving yourself in one on one coverage with no help over top against high end recs.

And lay off Glenn, rough throw but awful route (33/40 for nearly 500 yards isn't too bad...), Taj NEEDS to keep working back towards the ball. That's what Atom players are taught.

Anonymous said...

So we aren't going to talk at all about the brutally bad clock management from a veteran QB,OC and Head Coach? We aren't going to talk about the fact that the defense caved on 3 gotta get a stop series in a row?

Anonymous said...


July 06, 2015

Anonymous said...
"So we aren't going to talk at all about the brutally bad clock management from a veteran QB,OC and Head Coach? We aren't going to talk about the fact that the defense caved on 3 gotta get a stop series in a row?"

Don't expect anyone in the Regina media to mention any of those facts and there will be half a dozen lemmings jump on here and call you a 'bandwagon jumper' just for bringing it up.

TB

Anonymous said...

Andre Proulx has never been a decent official... why would he change now? The cfl loves hiring losers and cheats like Proulx to run their joke of a league. I can honestly say I won't be supporting or watching the cfl anymore... bring on the nfl!!!

-Rank Gary