Tuesday, July 14, 2015
TAMAN DEFENDS CHAMBLIN
Brendan Taman was asked about the second-guessing head coach Corey Chamblin has taken for in-game decisions made in Friday's 35-32 overtime loss at BC. The debate began with the Riders gambling on 3rd-and-1 on their own 47-yard line with 1:00 to go and a three-point lead. They weren't successful, turned the ball over, and the Lions tied the game with a 56-yard field goal sending it to overtime.
Chamblin was further criticized for not gambling in a 3rd-and-1 situation at the BC-26, electing instead to kick a 33-yard field goal. The Lions subsequently won the game with a touchdown on their first possession.
"Well I'm not familiar with what exactly he's getting (the heat) for," Taman said. "I know there's a lot of debate about calls, and why did this and why he did that. I know at the end of the game when we gambled on 3rd-and-a-half yard, we got the first down. Anybody with a brain could see that so that's to be talked about for another day with the league office.
"The thing that happened in overtime, we never got a measurement on that play. So Corey, to his defense, coaches can't ask for measurements anymore so it's up to the refs to decide on how long it is. When they don't measure it, you're gonna presume it's longer than it actually is and everybody could see on TV it actually wasn't that far. I'm not making excuses but some of the heat he's getting is really wrong."
Taman further pointed out that the officials' influence greatly affected Chamblin's strategy.
"It changes a whole bunch of things," Taman explained. "From Corey's vantage point on the bench to that point on the field (in overtime), he can't tell how far it is. And we can't ask for a measurement anymore. If he gets a measurement there, I'll guarantee he's gambling. I'll guarantee he's gambling.
"I'm always going to defend my coach."
Taman also disclosed the team is adding veteran CFL defensive back Geoff Tisdale, a 2014 All Star with the Montreal Alouettes. Tisdale may be pressed into service this Friday when the Riders host the B.C. Lions due to injuries to veteran DB's Tristan Jackson and Weldon Brown.
Taman also said the injury sustained by Canadian special teamer Levi Steinhauer in Friday's fourth quarter is likely season-ending.