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Sunday, July 12, 2015

MOSAIC PLACE RECAP: LIONS 35 RIDERS 32 (OT)


VANCOUVER (CP) - The B.C. Lions' offence woke up just in time.

Travis Lulay threw a four-yard touchdown to Manny Arceneaux in overtime Friday as the Lions picked up their first win of the season with a wild 35-32 comeback victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"I'm just proud of my guys,'' said Lulay, who finished 34 of 44 for 404 yards and three touchdowns. "Phenomenal effort to overcome a bit of a slow start.''

The Lions (1-1) trailed 29-18 late in the fourth quarter before Lulay hooked up with Austin Collie for a 46-yard touchdown plus a two-point convert with 1:38 to play.

Trailing 29-26, B.C. elected to kick deep and got the ball back after stuffing Saskatchewan on third-and-short near midfield.

Lions rookie kicker Richie Leone then stepped up a few plays later and hit his fifth field goal of the night, a club-record boot of 56 yards, with 15 seconds left on the clock to send the game to overtime.

Former B.C. kicker Paul McCallum, who was cut in training camp, nailed a 33-yard field goal to put Saskatchewan (0-3) up 32-29 in OT before Lulay hooked up with Arceneaux for the clinching points.

"It's a big win for us,'' said first-year Lions head coach Jeff Tedford, who picked up his first CFL victory. "I know it's only one and it's early, but to be able to come back like that says a lot about our team.''

The Lions stumbled in the red zone in a 27-16 road loss to the Ottawa Redblacks to open their season last week and that was the case until the fourth quarter against the Roughriders.

"You could tell it was weighing on the group a little bit,'' said Lulay. "For us to get over that hump and open up the gate a little bit ... it gives us confidence.''

Weston Dressler caught two touchdowns for Saskatchewan, which has lost back-to-back games in overtime and will host the Lions in the rematch next Friday.

Kevin Glenn made his second straight start for the Roughriders after No. 1 quarterback Darian Durant ruptured his left Achillies tendon in Saskatchewan's opener and wound up 23 of 29 for 271 yards to go along with two touchdowns and an interception.

Anthony Allen and short-yardage QB Brett Smith accounted for the Roughriders' other TDs.

Lulay, who also had a touchdown toss to Rollie Lumbala, made his first start at B.C. Place Stadium since September 2013 following two seasons marred by injuries to his throwing shoulder.

"It's important for us to play well at home and defend our turf. It doesn't matter how you do it,'' said Lulay. "You could sense how important the win was for the guys once we started to give ourselves a little bit of life.''

With the Roughriders down 9-7 in the third quarter after Leone connected on a 12-yard field goal, Dressler caught his second TD on a 10-yard pass from Glenn. Saskatchewan went for two, with Dressler hauling in another Glenn pass to go up 15-9.

The Lions responded with a 42-yard field goal from Leone, but Glenn - who started all but one game for the Lions last season with Lulay out injured - drove the Roughriders down to the Lions' one-yard line before Smith rushed for a short TD early in the fourth.

McCallum added his second 32-yard convert of the night to put Saskatchewan up 22-12.

B.C. scored its first TD with under seven minutes to go on a seven-yard pass from Lulay to Lumbala, but Leone missed the convert to keep the Roughriders up by four.

Saskatchewan then looked to have salted things away when Glenn drove the ball down the field again to set up Allen's 10-yard TD run that made it 29-18 after McCallum's convert with just over two minutes to play.

But the Lions didn't quit, as Lulay hooked up with Collie before Leone sent the game to OT.

"We wanted this one bad,'' said Lulay. "You could feel that and I could sense that. When Richie knocked down the kick we felt really confident going into overtime. I certainly did. I could feel that from the group.''


POSTGAME COMMENTS

HEAD COACH COREY CHAMBLIN

- Right now our season is coming down to inches.  We get that third down, that's one part of it and we're celebrating right now.  T-Brack was inches from an interception.  We're so close.  We just have to continue to push.

- We gotta find a way.  Everybody else is.  Last week I called more man and we got penalties.  Penalties move the field.  Clean football is what we have to play.  We call three-, four-, five-man rush, we just have to find a way to get off the field.

- Like anything else, we got caught at the end and they scored.  If we make those tackles, we win that game.  Everything is close right now with this football team.

- That's the deal.  We've won 58 minutes of football two weeks in a row but we have to close the deal.  We need 60 minutes of luck, not 58 minutes of luck.

LB JEFF KNOX

- That's a tough one alright.  I want to win so bad.  Our vets are gonna bring us back up.  We'll come out swinging next week.

- It's a good thing (facing BC on Friday).  We know them.  They know us.  We'll be ready.

- Penalties can't affect us.  We're a football team.  We're a good football team.  That don't matter to us at all.

SB WESTON DRESSLER

- That's a good question.  Going down the stretch we felt good about the position we were in.  They found a way to make a few more plays than us in the end.

- We're doing some good things on offense.  There's things to improve but we're moving the ball and we scored more touchdowns this week rather than field goals which is a good sign.  But we need to find a way to score one more point than them or score a touchdown first in overtime and put the pressure on them.

- I think the biggest thing right now for us is recognizing the pain.  It should hurt.  We should have guys in the locker room that care about winning football games.  I'd be worried if guys weren't quiet in there and weren't hurting.  We have guys that care.

- We're right there and we gotta keep that in our mind.  We can't give up on ourselves and we're not going to.  We just have to find a way to win games.

- We just gotta clean it up as players.  We know the rules.  We're three games in.  As players, we have to sharpen up and hone our skills better and stay out of the positions that take penalties.

- We're already looking forward to next week now, learn from this film, and move on.

116 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can our Defence actually hold the lead for us? just gave up 6 and only have a 4 point lead now. Only hope is the offence keeps scoring.

Anonymous said...

I thought the defense was supposed to be better without Ritchie. It's going to be a long season if this keeps up.

Anonymous said...

Two weeks in a row a TD taken off the scoreboard due to a dumb penalty by the oline. Was it Labatte both times? Killer penalties.

Anonymous said...

This D sucks. Can't get a stop when they really need it. What is up Chamblin??

Anonymous said...

ANOTHER FOURTH QUARTER COLLAPSE!!!

Finding ways how to lose and not to win. Becoming a concerning trend.
Can they finally pull it off in OT? Not much hope with the D winning that is for sure.

Anonymous said...

This loss is completely on the coach.

No guts in OT. I like him, but he is utterly delusional in thinking the better choice is the d stopping them then getting half a yard (even after being stopped the last time).

I literally want to puke.

Eventually, the defense has to make a play... just one in he last two minutes of a game.

Anonymous said...

Chamblin cost the team the game by kicking an FG. Junk coach horrible defence. Welcome to last place! When does Taman get fired?

Anonymous said...

Last week playing prevent d and this week not going for 3 and 1/2 yard?!?! Our coach is so soft and playing scared. Save me the we were stopped earlier. If you can't get a 3 and 1 you don't deserve to win. Third blown 4th quarter lead.

Anonymous said...

Chamblin doesn't trust his team to get less than a yard on third down????? Get outta town!!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely pathetic display. Bush league rules gave Riders every chance to put it away. Once again Chamblain pathetic D and moronic play calling cost us. Getting tough to watch

Chris said...

Chamblin is the biggest choke job pussy in this league. I would be looking for a new coach. The poorest decisions I have ever seen. Shambles, you SUCK!!!!

Dennis said...

Blame this one on the coaches, less than 1 yard and you have empty backfield with game on the line, and in ot you have to go for the first down and decide to kick field goal. All these flags is making game very hard to watch, been cfl fan for 30 years but cant wait for nfl to start this year!!

Anonymous said...

Once again out-coached.

Anonymous said...

Fire Taman and phone Tillman to beg him to come back.

Anonymous said...

15 secs left and you're grounding the football? Huh!? WHY?
PBB

Anonymous said...

Welcome to last place.

Anonymous said...

What spin can be put on that pile of crap. This team is embarrassing how they choke on a lead. Amateur execution and preparation. This does couldn't stop a high school team when a game is on the line!

g.k said...

I'm in shock!! WTF!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow terrible defence and terrible coaching!!When is Chamblain's job in jeopardy!!

Murray in Yorkton said...

Why do we kneel down when we could have gone for the kill shot.
Dressler, Messam and we kneel down . And lose. Again.
Murray from Yorkton.

Anonymous said...

Tillman was spotted in a major restaurant on Thursday having breakfast ,just wondering why he is in town again

Anonymous said...

Nothing more enjoyable than Whiney crybaby riders fans on a losing streak I hope they lose every game this year I LOVE IT

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Chamblin. My name is Murray McCormick. Was that the defence you envisioned?

Anonymous said...

The BC kicker missed a convert and I was laughing at how bad their kicker is, and then he hits a 55 yard field goal. Ouch! I guess that's football.

Anonymous said...

So I guess an o-lineman taking a penalty to take a TD off the board for 2 weeks in a row is nothing of concern. Still the best o-line the media dimwits will say.

Anonymous said...

The hindsight GM's and coaches will be out in full force. One more loss and the fair weather/bandwagon fans will be giving away season tickets.

Anonymous said...

Too bad we did not have a Rider team with the 2014 defense and the 2015 offense, we would be in first place instead of last.

Anonymous said...

Defence is incapable of holding an opposition to less than 30 points. We're not going to win a game this year!!

Anonymous said...

History in the CFL will tell you that a coach's job is in jeopardy at a mid-season when there are one or less wins. If the play-offs are missed, then there is a review at season end.

Anonymous said...

I'm speechless!! Extremely tough loss. Can't fault the effort. Players played hard, just can't finish. Everyone can second guess the coaching, but it is a lot of 'what ifs'!!! Seriously, who would you really want as a head coach right now. Players play hard for him. He is not the issue believe it or not. Scheme likely isn't either. Defense has a ton of new players playing in key positions. Need somebody to create turnovers and make a play on defense. No sacks, not even close to one and no turnovers. We have one INT in three games and no forced fumbles. Still searching for an identity.

Aaron

Anonymous said...

At long last, the Sask army of Richie Hall haters are eating crow.

Anonymous said...

Someone tell the Riders to get back to the Future. It is like they got in the Delorean and went back to the 1980's and we are the worst in the league again.

Anonymous said...

It is really time to take a look at Chamblin and Taman. Recycled talent and getting out coached badly. They delivered a Grey cup with veteran team but not seeing signs that this combo can move forward and be successful.

Anonymous said...

Does anybody know Greg Marshall's phone number?

Anonymous said...

It's a sad, sad thing, watching Taman and Chamblin destroy what for a decade was the best franchise in the CFL.

w said...

Not a team more deserving to be 0-3. They earned every minor league play to get there.

Anonymous said...

B-rad says
I will never stop cheering for the Green.
When you have an offence that lays golden eggs why trust a defence laced with Kryptonite?
Coach you are smarter than this.

Anonymous said...

Chamblin is not the only coach that uses it, they all do. But that play where Smith fumbled on the third down gamble is the stupidest play in sports.

You put 23 full grown large men in about 20 square feet and then try to run through it.

Stupid call.

Anonymous said...

I was at the game. There was mass coaching confusion on the sidelines. It was a late decision to send McCallum out for the OT FG. Chamblin did not put his players in position to win.

Anonymous said...

Utterly disturbing two weeks in a row. This team is mentally soft and melt under pressure. Game in hand and the riders find a way to self distruct. Did they learn nothing from previous weeks. Oh sure they have their moments, but like clockwork , you ' re just waiting for the bubble to burst, and it does. If they want to learn how to play defence, watch winnipegs last minute and a half against montreal. I don' t think we have the personel on all segments of this defence. They are weak, and not mentally and physically tough enough. It only gets tougher and tougher as these loses start piling up. Every week a new excuse, same result. Don' hold up much hope for this squad. Extremely disappointed at how they lost. Good luck next week.

Anonymous said...

When is the bye week? We won't lose then.

Anonymous said...


Haha ... phone Tilman and ask him to come back.... what are you talking about, you got no clue........ how bout fire greg quick and get some balls on 3rd down and run messam and allen as a two back set.

Anonymous said...

Chamblin needs to own up to his mistakes!

Anonymous said...

Rod, do you believe that Smith got enough for the first down, on that 3rd and 1 gamble?

Anonymous said...

It's not my place to ask for anybody's firing. Those kind of things will look after themselves. Organizations fail from the top down. No point firing underlings and be like the Edmonton Oilers were for decades. Top down is how failure happens.

What I see is an 0-3 team. It's pathetically stupid for anyone to say we are better than our record. We are what we are and that's 0-3, because we haven't found a way to win a football game. Not having a high end DC is our first mistake. Not finding a couple beasts at the DL position is another. The exceedingly poor play of our DB's is an issue too. O-line doing a good job but costing TD's in consecutive games is a problem. Far too many illegal use of hands (a penalty last year too). It's the second week in a row where our Defence failed us most of the game and were as bad as could be in the 4th quarter. A lot of poor play and no leadership by vets. D-line is very bad. Some questionable calls by coaching staff on both sides of the ball.

Bad teams get people terminated. Right now this is a bad team. If it were a good team it would be 3-0. Right now I don't have any confidence for next week. I had more for this game. Lulay is finding his game, and we haven't found anything but how to blow games. The trajectory is bad and this could get ugly in a hurry.

Anonymous said...

If the 3rd down play by Smith was not ruled a fumble by review, why was the ball spotted on the 48? Sure looked to me that Smith gained something on the play - only half a yd was needed. Anyone have any idea?

Anonymous said...

I am from beautiful BC and I just can't believe all the raging football idiots in Saskatchewan...Take a sedative...Your team is fine..no Durant...Long season...no matter what..
You drove Ritchie Hall out of town, and picked up two excellent coaches from our team with proven track records. ( I happen to think they are overrated.) I see your missing Hall.
But its not like your getting blown out, games are close.

But the comments to get rid of Chamblin and Taman...hell they wouldn't be out of a job for long, they are winners.

So my advice to you Rider Fans in Saskatchewan, is light one up and relax...You will make the playoffs, you will start winning after you go 0-4....and then you will probably go on a run.

Go CFL Go!

Anonymous said...

Nobody is getting fired this year for the exact same reason we have a team of old guys. When it comes to Riders everyone in this province lives in the past. CC dumps RB and kickers for not doing their job week to week but now 2 games in a row lost to poor coaching decisions down the stretch (clock management and now a 3rd and half a yard & the story is we are soo close...

Anonymous said...

You fire your defensive coordinator and then you put a figurehead in - with everyone knowing you are the actual guy calling the shots and running the defence - and then you won't punt the ball and count on your defense to hold the lead? This guy is yogurt. He started off real sweet but he has gone sour and stinky and gross. He isn't even coaching to save his job anymore. It is worse than that – he is coaching in defiance of the fact that he is even capable of making a mistake. He is running this program into the ground and in this day and age of plenty to do, I am not going to shed a tear over it. They have had my Xtreme fandom for years. Not anymore until this guy is gone. It is not the fact that he is a horrible coach. It is the fact that he is so arrogant and treat people so poorly. The stories coming out of that locker room in the way he is treating people – yes from people on the inside – are unbelievable. Why are we letting this guy run this program into the ground?

Anonymous said...

I find it very hard to watch any CFL game now with all these penalty's. At one point there were 6 penalty's in a row with only 20yrds to go. 3 1/2 hrs a game, come on pretty boring to watch. The D line is horrible to watch, are they even playing? Getz-a-laugh better learn not to eat popcorn before the game because he is getting brutal at trying to catch a ball again. Chamblin better wake up and grow a set, if you want to win you go for the throat not sit down to pee and kick a f/g in OT when looking for the first win of the season.

RINTIN

Anonymous said...

Time for coach Chamblin to look in the mirror! His inability to let his coordinators coach puts this 0-3 start and 2-10 record since Durant went down last year on him. Richie Hall's defence is 2-1. Whether you keep Richie or not, you can't be a head coach and a d coordinator. Too many bad coaching decisions last night proves that out. Pick one and step aside and let either a head coach or a defensive coordinator do his job!

Anonymous said...

Running backs get benched for fumbles, what about the stupid penalties taken by the O line, let them sit it out too.
Carm, I bet Leone looks pretty good to Wally now.

Lyle Pederson said...

Jeez ... relax everyone. (Yes I also question a couple decisions that almost suggest a lack of confidence) But I also feel we are a spoiled lot. Somehow we expect to carry on despite losing our franchise QB. Lucky to have KG of course. But it's time fans recognize DDs capability to 'make it happen'. That trait doesn't make the stats sheet but it gets you to the 'cup' without the best record. Gets you wins by the guy's sheer determination and physical strength. And spoils the very fans who dump on him.

'You can't use injuries as an excuse'. But that's just a sports cliche. I can use injuries as a 'reason' why our team is having troubles. On top of DD there are a bunch of D changes that somehow fans think don't matter. (Drink the 'excuse' Kool Aide?) Injuries is one thing but when it's to 'key' Canadians that's a killer. Already having to adjust at LB this year then lose Emery ... then backup Cdn LB and new starting Cdn safety. Inexperience brings mistakes and mistakes brings inconsistency. Couple that with the plan for more aggressive D then rules change and 'aggressive' D no longer allowed.

But there are good signs and who can complain about the 'entertainment' of the games. Pee'd at outcome? Me too. But take a pill and don't fire everyone game by game. (It seems to change a lot BTW)

Anonymous said...

Too many mistakes. Too many penalties. Too much meddling by the head coach has led to this.
Enough said.
Imagirl

Anonymous said...

Time to take down the Rider flag at the legislature. No one wants to support a losing team. Time for Rider fans to switch support to a real team with outstanding talent in all positions - the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Curtis said...

Before I vent I the Riders, I have a question. After the measurement, why wasn't the clock running. The previous play was a running play. As soon as the ball was set after the measurement, the clock should have ran.

With 3 looses by a total of 9 points. This is getting freaking frustrating. After 1 game, the team was still learning. After two games, we only had minor mistakes. Now after 3 games, we have a trend. Strong individual performances are being wasted because of a let down. The season is already 1/6 over and we are seeing the same mistakes again and again. If Sr. Rider management held Coach Chamblin as accountable as his holds his players, then he would be gone. I am not saying that he should be gone, but he needs to improve as well. Here are the mistakes that are repeating themselves.

1. Sloppy tackling cost this team at inopportune times
2. A total lack of pressure from the D-Line is hanging the secondary out to dry
3. Lack of discipline at inopportune times is either taking points off of the board or giving the opposition points
4. Clock management. Everyone could see that the clock did not move after the measurement in the 4th quarter until the Riders came up over the ball, why was the ball snapped after only 5 seconds, why wasn't the entire 20 second play clock used
5. Coach giving up on his team. With 16 seconds to go, that was enough time for at least 2 plays and a field goal attempt. With only needing 30 yards, why not try
6. For being a defense that was 'supposed' to be better with Richie being gone, here are the results from the last 4 BC drives; TD, TD, FG, TD.
7. Lack of depth on active squad. After the injury to Brown, BC took advantage. Either the recruiting needs to improve or Coach Chamblin needs to be better at putting the right players on the active roster

With all that being said, I would not want to be the BC Lions next week. The Riders are probably doing to take out their vengeance on them.

Anonymous said...

What a great Friday night of CFL football !!!

Anonymous said...

No need to panic; yes, Riders have made their share of mistakes and blunders (players & coaches) and they have frustrated the heck out of their fans and themselves, but there is no team in the west that is running away in the standings. Riders will continue to improve and will have a strong finish to the season AND Kevin Glenn will win his first Grey Cup as the Rider QB.

Anonymous said...

Post game interview with Chamblin, "We need 60 minutes of luck, not 58 minutes of luck."

That says it all. It's a sad state of affairs when your coach is relying on luck to win a game rather than admitting he made a bunch of bad decisions. C'mon Corey man up.

Anonymous said...

Did John Chick even play last night. If he did then he must have been triple-teamed this game.

Anonymous said...

Taman and Chamblin = Lowe and MacT.

We all know nothing changed in Edmonton while they were in charge.

Anonymous said...

Just listened to the Broadcast on CKRM podcast. Wow, Carm sure puts his foot in the mouth on a regular basis. "Buono wishes he had McCallum back after missed convert", opps I have to take that back after the 56 yarder, pardon me while I open my mouth to change feet.

Two minutes left in the game and he is talking about the 2-1 Riders next Friday, could it be the Riders also just thought it was over?

Jim Regina

Anonymous said...

Is it only me that thinks we will turn it around. See this is the problem with rider fans. As soon as there is trouble everyone has to be fired and start over. ever year we seemed to have to wait for the offence to click while the defence held us in games. Now it's role reversal. We will be fine.

Guy from emerald park.

Anonymous said...

2 years ago chamblim was Vince Lombardi of the CFL. Now he iis the " gutless choke job pussy in the league!" Fire everyone, start all over! Here is nothing better than this collection of mentally unstable group of fans called riderville. When things are good oh my god everyone is happy, diseases are cured and the riders would win Super Bowls let alone grey cups......as long as they don't have to count how many players are on the field. BUT the second it turns for the worse, th plague returns, crops don't grow, people everywhere are crying for no reason. Rider fans are THE most fickle, fair weather fans in any sport and any league. They win one game well hell obviously they will win it all. They lose some games and fire everyone and hang the gm. One day I hope you look back on it all and realize just how retarded the whole lot of you are. Enjoy going 0-16 let the madness begin.......we will all sit back and love it!

Anonymous said...

2 years ago chamblim was Vince Lombardi of the CFL. Now he iis the " gutless choke job pussy in the league!" Fire everyone, start all over! Here is nothing better than this collection of mentally unstable group of fans called riderville. When things are good oh my god everyone is happy, diseases are cured and the riders would win Super Bowls let alone grey cups......as long as they don't have to count how many players are on the field. BUT the second it turns for the worse, th plague returns, crops don't grow, people everywhere are crying for no reason. Rider fans are THE most fickle, fair weather fans in any sport and any league. They win one game well hell obviously they will win it all. They lose some games and fire everyone and hang the gm. One day I hope you look back on it all and realize just how retarded the whole lot of you are. Enjoy going 0-16 let the madness begin.......we will all sit back and love it!

w said...

Look no farther than 2 TD's in 2 games taken off the board because of O-line penalties. Holding and hands to the face 2 b exact. What did Ronnie used to say? Never take points off the board?

w said...

Brett Smith leaves about 15 seconds on the play clock before the 3rd down fumble.
Clock management still failing.
Good thing they cleaned that up after the Toronto choke.

Anonymous said...

The riders love to lose... some things never change. If they cared they would have won.

Anonymous said...

Good discussion on the placement of the ball by the officials on the controversial third down play. The TSN panel (see TSN website) said it was a 1st down, and after looking at the replay I would agree with them.

But the past is the past and the ONLY thing we as Rider fans can do is hope for better success as the season progresses. Our game analysis is fun and the ranting and raving of is entertaining, but that's all it is. I trust that the players and coaches WANT to win and will WORK at learning from and avoiding the costly mistakes they are making.

Garth in Brooks

Anonymous said...

I saw Breckonridge run into a guy with his hands by his side. Not sure I saw him tackle anyone. Jake Doughty appears to know how to tackle but I'm sure Chamblin will coach that out of him.

Anonymous said...

In 3 games our vaunted D-line has a grand total of 3 sacks and our DBs have ZERO interceptions. Is this the defense that Chamblin envisioned?

Anonymous said...


The loons are loose!!! The loons are loose!!!

Cmon Roddy, its time for you to bring everyone under control and get everyone back on the same page.


Anonymous said...

Does Lynch still think we are going to finish first?

Take some more cat medicine ya old buffoon!

Anonymous said...

Wonder what player will get blamed for this loss. Certainly can't blame this over rated Defensive minded HC or his clueless boss.

Anonymous said...

all you guys need to shut up we have one of the best head coaches in the league. He won a championship. Is it his fault that the players didn't execute? NO! Defence played a good game except on the last few drives. without a few stupid penalties we would be 3-0 not 0-3. The league better watch out. I say the riders will still make the grey cup.

Anonymous said...

Wow, say what you will about some of the people that write in this comment section, but the word 'immaturity' seems to describe many of you.

Where have the grown-ups all gone? Seems they left the cry-babies and cynics behind.

Where is the voice of wisdom from the great 'Obama'? We dearly miss his carefully considered prose, informed by his educated mind.

Others may think that the Obama's education only consists of a Degree in Jargon and a Doctorate in Nonsense, but his knowledge of football is beyond reproach. The man reads sports books!

I am sure I speak for every one in Rider Nation, including The Woz, when I exclaim loudly: "please come back soon brother Obama", help us make sense of the terrible start to the season. Give us hope that the season is not lost, that a win may happen soon, that we will not go 0-18, that the play-offs are still possible. Save us all from the drivel dominating the great Rod Pedersen's website.

In Solidarity,

Sweet Joe Green

Anonymous said...

Nothing is going to change until Chamblin mans up and admits he's screwed up a few times. For this loss he's pinning the blame on 'Lady Luck' and the next loss might be Carm's fault.

Anonymous said...

So does Brackenridge let opposing receivers catch the ball in front of him just so he can go for the big hit. It sure looks that way. It's not like we ever see him knock down a pass.

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the CFFL-the Canadian Flag Football League. When does the NFL start. Can't wait for real football coached by real coaches, run by real GMs.

Anonymous said...

You can't beat the gonads off fans who are passionate. Seven other teams have players who wish their fans were as passionate and cared as much. We have had to endure some heavy blows, however we can't keep using them as excuses.

Chamblin tried to create an aggressive defence only to have Buono and Hufnagel turn this League into a flag football league (double meaning). The team leader in Durant goes down, Shea Emery goes down who is the lynch pin of our defence. Add in a bunch of big time injuries is tough. Changing your OC and DC in one season is tough. However through it all we must soon find an identity and start to adapt and win consistently. A core group of players are playing far below their ability and expectations. The rookies are having a tough tome adapting.

This is a results oriented business and so far we have not had any results. A few years back when things went on the rails Marshall was gone and Miller struggled the rest of the way. We had Durant and a bunch of players we were told were very talented. We all know how that ended. If some guys are not delivering they need to be replaced. The Ti-Cats replaced a bunch last season and they didn't do too bad! To the team and management "Don't tell me what you can do, show me".

If this team doesn't turn this around and there is no reason to believe they will, the fans become more incensed, the BOD become incensed, and usually some knee jerk things happen. It may not always be right but then again this is a results driven business. So far we haven't had any results. Fans no longer accept perennial losing and the old Rider organizational imbedded mediocrity. Show me the money beef, not the tofu.

Anonymous said...

Yea baby! Right on! What kind of GM would sign a little guy like Ryan Smith?! Or lock Dressler into a long-term deal with an injured Durant? What if he gets hurt too?

Sign a back-up like Kevin Glenn, what the heck was he thinking? A 33 year old geezer like Jamal Richardson, huh? Inexperienced American players like Doughty, Knox Jr., Hollins, Keith Price, Brett Smith?

Sign a has-been like Tristan Jackson! We need younger players. He needs to trade anyone over 30 - now!!

Draft an injury prone player like Nic Demski!! We could of had a good O-lineman. Again what was he thinking, or was he listening to his Assistant GM, who may be the real problem. Too many cooks in the kitchen.

Lousy O-line players like Fulton, Best, Labatte and Adcock - these guys have given up way too many sacks already and they took away the third TD from Dressler which then resulted in Allen getting the TD instead - how fair is that!!

And our talent at running back sucks - what GM in his right mind would start a Canadian at running back. Messam was a bad signing, he is past his prime. Allen is too slow and already fumbled once this year.

And talk about being short-sighted - surely the GM must have known that trading for an injury prone linebacker in Emery was foolish. Look at us now!

And what good is a long snapper like Jorgen Hus - we gave up a good receiver for him. Are receiving core must be the worst in the CFL. What is the point of having two American receivers, Roosevelt and Wilson, on the practice roster. They should be starting! To hell with the ratio!

Sorry, I am an angry Rider fan who wants Tillman back. He is the one potential GM out there who could right this ship and bring back Kent Austin to Sask. Only He is capable of getting our team a Grey Cup. All other choices are pointless.

(And what is with signing defensive backs like Mark Legree and Marshay Green who can't stay healthy. What good is that.)

Wilf in Dilke

Anonymous said...

You ARE what your record says you are. We Are 0-3.
If you are relying on "a change of luck" to turn your season around Mr Chamblin then you best find another profession.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone else see this looking like the second coming of the Danny Barrett era. Don't worry; Be happy; Everything will be all right. (ie. "close" anyways)

Anonymous said...

Agree 100%. At least Winnipeg as a good Defensive Coordinator.

Anonymous said...

everyone take a pill. No doubt some coaching screw ups and ineffective execution, but at least the Riders haven't been blown out. Probably one or two games or one or two players away from really competing. Lots of changes on defence, including a new linebacking corp hasn't helped. Still 15 games to go and anything can happen. Its the CFL sports fans....

Anonymous said...

So only .... ''Seven other teams have players who wish their fans were as passionate and cared as much. ''

Last time I checked there were 9 teams in the league. Good thing you're so passionate that you knew that.

Anonymous said...

And you're comment proves you're no better hahaha

Anonymous said...

Boy people and their opinions they still would have won if the bc kicker didn't hit the 55 yarder tbc is very lucky time have won that game and the riders simply put unlucky.

Anonymous said...

Haha after they lose to the lions right lol

Anonymous said...

What was Hamilton's record last year and where did they end up?

What was BC's record a few years ago to start the season when they won the Grey Cup?

Just askin!

Anonymous said...

Rider fans it could be worse.

You could have Mike Gibson as a head coach!

Anonymous said...

It sounds like this game was very close for most of it, haven't watched it yet but will minus the last 3 minutes. Chamblin says they are very close and in my opinion that is what early in the season is for. No excuses, they have got to find a way to finish off teams and sounds like penalties are still an issue but three games in I'm not throwing anyone under the bus. Keep working keep cleaning up the mistakes and let's get this team back on track . One win puts them in the mix again, here's hoping this week is the start of some great football. Really like what Dressler said, the team needs to recognize the pain, they should hurt after a loss, it means they care. And we should be upset because we care, we don't need to get stupid about it though.

Anonymous said...

Vegas had BC by 3.
This time next week the sad story will read 0-4 and there will be one less page in the excuse book.
You don't need to be a Vegas genius to figure that one out.

Anonymous said...

Darrell Davis pulls no punches in his assessment of Chamblin's coaching on 3downnation. It's a good read and he's right. He might be the only media member in Regina that has the guts to expose Chamblin, but I fully expect several lemmings to jump on here and bash Davis.

Anonymous said...

Who is Darrell Davis and what the heck is 3downnation? Is he related to Al Davis of the Raiders?

Tim

Anonymous said...

Don't expect any improvement because Chamblin is on TSN saying he has no regrets on the calls he made. Obviously the narcissist hasn't learned a thing. It's everybody's fault but his.

Anonymous said...

http://3downnation.com/

Anonymous said...

Good for Darrel Davis. He rode through some very difficult times with this team over the decades and never bashed anyone. He is just speaking the truth. The bottom line is that this head coach had a chance to coach an All-Star team two years ago and has done nothing in and around that season. There is a growing disconnect between the team and its fans and a tremendous amount of discontentedness toward the head coach. People in this province are forgiving and will stick with the team through tough times – but will never support an arrogant person who does not own up to their limitations. Chamblin is pompous, overrated and clearly cannot read the lay of the land with this program. I don't care if he wins 15 straight games – he is not our kind of guy.

Anonymous said...

I read the Davis comments on the 3down nation site, and it is exactly the same statements I heard after the game from Luc Mullinder and Ballsey, and fans during the call-in show. Seems to me that it is just stating the obvious.

Funny in a way to see the emergence of a new hate target by the usual crew of haters - Chamblin now formally takes the place long held by Richie Hall and/or Darian Durant. Witness the name calling and personal comments since Friday night on this site.

Fans can hold all kinds of opinions on all aspects of the game. Its all part of the fun. But keep things in perspective. Its just a game and as a sport business, things will work themselves out. All teams evaluate their season when it is over. Good or bad, enjoy the ride.

Anonymous said...

"not our kind of guy"

Is that code for not a white guy?

Anonymous said...

CC keeps saying he wouldn't do anything different. How can you ask player to be accountable to the room when the coach won't? The fact is it would be easy for him to shoulder a bit of the blame and perhaps take a bit of heat off his D, but his ego won't seem to allow that. I'm not sure it is a fire able offense but it may highlight a personality that the team puts up with when times are good but that makes it easy to say goodbye when the team stops winning.

Anonymous said...

The socialist Albertan teams are doing well. The Manitoban socialists are playing exciting winning football. The only way for this sad sack of a province to win again is to change governments. It's stale around here.

Anonymous said...

To; "Is that code for not a white guy?"

Ron Lancaster isn't around so ask Greg Marshall or Grandpa Miller.

It's performance based.

Shirley White said...

Not Chamblin or Tamans fault that in the last two games penalties took away TDs. Would have won both games.
NOOOO to Tillman!!!! He has no class.

Anonymous said...

OBLAHMA!! OBLAHMA! OBLAHMA!!

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's code for you're an idiot?

Anonymous said...

The thing about football is that when coaches make a choice its failure or success is always judged in hindsight.

At the time, I thought that the BC decision to kick a 55 yard field goal was a bad one and that that they should have gambled on third down. When the kicker made it, we saw it as a good decision. If he had missed, than it would have been a bad choice by Tedford as the game would have been lost.

Anonymous said...

So now Weldon Brown and Tristan Jackson are out for the next game. That would explain the signing of has-been DB Geoff Tisdale. More fantastic recruiting by Taman.

Anonymous said...

Shivers, Tillman and Miller set the stage for this crew to take over. Bring in every vet you could and go over the cap but you win your GC after a 2nd place finish, Then go 10-11 in regular season after that. Meh…somethings wrong. Unfortunately we don't have those quality people to set the table again. Most people who care to see and aren't wearing green tinted glasses, can obviously see what direction we're heading. I fully expect we're headed back to the way it used to be winning our obligatory GC every 20 years or so.

Anonymous said...

Over 400 yards passing against Rider D in each game and no turnovers by Riders D.
Easy to see why Riders are 0 - 3
D still has not learn't how to play in the new rules

Anonymous said...

We would have a great team if only we could get Durant, Demski, Emery, Jackson, Brown, Ryan Smith, Legree, and Green healthy and on the field at the same time.

Anonymous said...

Yea, what is up with Taman and O'Day these days? All the good players they signed end up on the injury list. The CFL should allow bigger practice rosters to help deal with the high rate of injuries this year.

Anonymous said...

yeah change the rules because the riders have injuries more rider fan whining

Handy Andy said...

Bottom line ... no one is getting fired. The Riders are 0-3 but with one play change in each game they are 3-0. Nine wins will get them into the playoffs. The Grey Cup is awarded in November, not July. Keep battling, struggle and emerge!

Anonymous said...

Every team has injuries...no excuses. Chamberlain is 2-12 since Durant got hurt..something needs to change. Perhaps Chamberlain should just focus on strategy and game decisions and get a defensive coordinator.

The Woz said...

geez tillman has been gone four going on five years. Let it go already. He is gone and not foming back. You are like the guy who sits at home year after year lamenting an old girlfriend.

Tillman in fact just won with shivers team. He made a couple of small moves via trade to bring in a couple of guys to fill a couple of spots. We have been over this a million times on here but i suggest you go and check out tillmans canadian drafts while he was here.... Mostly pigs. He also left taman with an old team that needed to be retooled and in fact was resulting in 2013 win. That year we had the best canadian content in the league and the vast majority were drafted or signed by taman. But as happens in any winning team we ended up losing alot of that talent to the expansion free agency and cap decisions.....reality was that we could not sign them all nd alot of them wanted more money or a chance to start or wanted to play closer to home. So we lost hurl and newman and butler and shologan and evans.....look around and you see the players taman brought in playong on other teams around the league. And this year we have lso three games by nine points despite losing several key players to injury.

Taman and corey are top notch in this league and would be instantly hired elsewhere. It boggles the mind how just over a season after winning the cup at home that people are throwing those guys under the bus. I have seen it every year for 40 years.....aside from qbs it is constantly looking for scapegoats in the coaching staff.....get rid of richie, cortez is a bum, bellefuille is useless......then those guys move on elsewhere and are doing fine. This year it seems it is chamblins turn to be run out on a rail. I want him here for 15 years like you see with stable successful franchises like bc, steelers, patriots.....

And you would think after four years that people would know it is Chamblin not Chamberlain