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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

TAMAN DEFENDS CHAMBLIN

In a sure sign that the temperature is rising here in the Wheat Province due to the Roughriders' 0-3 start, the team's General Manager came out swinging in his weekly radio appearance Monday on 620 CKRM, the team's radio rightsholder.

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.

47 comments:

Anonymous said...

That's comforting, I've always believed every word Brendan ever spoke.

Anonymous said...

That reads like a Roy Shivers interview about Danny Barrett early in the 2006 season.

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Anonymous said...

Typical rider... let's blame the refs. Chamblin blew it, no matter how you want to spin it taman.

Anonymous said...

Excuses! You have to roll with the punches. Yes. it was a bad call by the refs, but that still doesn't tell us why he took a knee at the end of the 4th and then didn't gamble on 3rd and 1.

That's a weak attempt!

Anonymous said...

Riders fans are seriously becoming the losers of Canada. But I guess it makes sense since WE (yes including I) have nothing else in the province sportswise besides the Riders to care about. But if we think for a second we are viewed as "neat" or "cool" from other province's fans, think again. We are band wagon hill billy bumpkins and that's all.

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Anonymous said...

All teams have to follow all the rules no matter how stupid they may be. Would not be in the same situation 2 weeks in a row if perhaps they could tackle and play a heck of a lot better on defence.

Anonymous said...

Everybody is a coach nowadays....he shouldn't have gambled late in the game but he should have gambled in OT....whatever! Hindsight is 20/20 and its always easy to criticize after the fact. I believe in our coach despite the bad start....this season will get turned around. GO RIDERS GO!

-Barry

Rod Pedersen said...

To the 2nd last Anon:

I beg to differ. Stronger brand than the Oilers, Flames and Jets, Stampeders, Eskimos and Bombers. And many more.

Anonymous said...

My first comment was removed. After I posted it, I realized how stupid my comment was. I can see Rod has been removing many comments this morning. Are they all referring to the same thing? I'm thinking they are.

Glenn said...

If you haven't coached at an elite level, then don't make a comment about the coaching. The third down gamble at the end of the 4th was the right call. In OT, the field goal was definitely the right call since you don't know the distance. A rookie head referee should have had a measure at that point. The problem is with tackling and penalties. Coaches will fix that. Don't break you ankle jumping off the band wagon, the season is young.

Glenn

Anonymous said...

This is like saying "husband defends wife" taman will stand by his man no matter what they are a package deal. Im also pretty sure that plays under 3 minutes are automatically reviewed so no he didn't definitely get the 1st down

GWil26 said...

Guys, really? Coaching sounds easy when most of you spout off about it. Sometimes things workout and others they don't. Not even 2 years ago people were going off about how great Chamblin was and now you'd think he had never won a game in most of your eyes.

Again last night in the Stamps win the constant barrage of flags is so painful. Scoring doesn't even look to be up it just looks like the new penalties allow the stripes to keep games close because it's such a meaningless fine line between penalty or no penalty. I thought the Riders got away with 2 or 3 very physical PI calls in the first 3 quarters and then suddenly barely breathing on a receiver became a penalty. Extremely frustrating. How can the players learn to play with the new rules if they are instituted so god damn poorly.

Anonymous said...

Of course Taman isn't going to second guess is HC. If he did then we're in even more trouble than I thought. Let's all chill and move on from last game. This Friday is where it's at. We win and we're right back in the race. Imagine! If Chad Owens doesn't have such a crap game last night, Toronto wins and Calgary would be 1-2. Let's not forget we were 1-2 at this time last year before ripping off 7 wins in a row. There's still hope in Riderville.

John said...

There was nothing wrong with the third down call BUT don't empty the backfield and tell the opposition what you are doing AND you have 2 running backs averaging over 7 yards a carry and are big as a bull, doesn't that tell you something?

Gord said...

Hey Roddy, can you explain to me the measurement rule. IF you cant ask for a measurement, how are you supposed to know how far you have to go for a first down? Are the officials supposed to measure this? You would think on 3rd down and short and in overtime a measurement would have been done. IF the coaches cannot ask for one how does a team get a measurement? To be honest I don't blame Chamblin at all. How is he supposed to know how far he needs to go? These new rules in the CFL are absolutely ridiculous.
Can someone explain to me the measurement rule please

Anonymous said...

Really read the details of that poll Rod and you see it is skewed. The Riders are #3 in Canada because everywhere else splits the vote. Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg all split their votes between multiple teams. and while the Leafs rule Toronto they still split between the Jays and Raptors.

I am not saying it is 'wrong' but i do think it is misleading.

Anonymous said...

Early Anon said: "Yes. it was a bad call by the refs, but that still doesn't tell us why he took a knee at the end of the 4th and then didn't gamble on 3rd and 1. "

Actually, did you read the article? It tells us exactly why he didn't gamble on 3rd and 1.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion the rule changes were a knee jerk reaction. I find the games boring now, and I have been a CFL follower for 45 years. The penalty parade is just sickening! Every QB will pass for over 6000 yards(don't have to be that good)and the defense seldom stops drives it seems, unless the QB makes a poor throw or the receiver drops the ball. The receivers are getting open far too easily. Maybe it will take some time for the defenses to adjust, but as it stands now its hard to watch. Sorry if that offends anybody....

The Stomper

Anonymous said...

Comment #7 has got that rancid, rotting, sewer smell that only comes from Manitoba. Bitter little people with no future they are.

Old fan said...

There was a time when spontaneity was part of the enjoyment of being a fan. Pee'd at mistaken calls for sure. Bad enough waiting to see what the flag is for. But now we wait for head office review. Should I cheer yet or wait. We have lost something.

Anonymous said...

What everybody is over looking is the fact that the BC kicker made a made a 55 or 56 yard FG. The defense did make a bit of a stand on the last turnover but their kicker came thru. By no means was that a guarantee kick. BC rolled the dice on the kick and it worked for them.

Anonymous said...

Taman is bang on about the officials... they literally have no brains. Especially Proulx. These guys are clowns. The lowest life form in the working world. Cashing paychecks that they don't earn.

Anonymous said...

Calgary 'should' be 0-3 ... Rider 'could' be 3-0 ... it is a fine line! That's sports.

Anonymous said...

Don't forget, toothless banjo playing cotton picking inbreds.

Dr. Suess said there is still hope in Whoville

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod, Riders were a stronger brand only because they were winning. Not so sure right now though. It would be very interesting to see how much better than the Bombers it would be if the club had two seasons like the Bombers had in the last two years.

Anonymous said...

Things Rider fans will be never be smart enough to notice or understand.

1. On a scoring drive in the fourth quarter the Riders caught the Lions with a three man front on 2nd and three. Messam walked to a first down. Its part of the 'new' CFL.

2. Chapdelaine used the draw play twice (!) on 2nd and ten in the fourth quarter. One resulted in a first down the other a touchdown. Why aren't people complaining about the maligned draw play? Why isn't Vanstone saying how its a bad call?

3. You always take the points in OT! That IS called playing to win. Our defence creates any turnover the game is over. It went the other way - that's reality. If you don't get any points on your possession they can lineup and kick. With points it forces them to make a play which can open up opportunity for the defence.

4. Can anyone ever remember a spot being overturned? Watch the play again - no ref actually marks the forward progress. The line judge runs to the fumble.

5. 'IF' Smith didn't get the yard he is still considered a quarterback and not a runner yet. Should have been a flag on the play when the Lions player hit helmet to helmet.

Stay safe people!

Anonymous said...

Taman is bang on right. Love the fact he makes sense of the situation.
Showing he is a great leader.
0-3 and some very tough luck. Team is still playing with lots of pride and emotion.
I can see this country falling in love with this team considering it is starting to build character through the crap storm of adversity.

Anonymous said...

Taman is correct that new rules are stupid and in some cases contradictory. They were put in to address a concern on the smaller American field where it's a land mine field for receivers. For the Canadian field it's ridiculous. The teams can't really play defence. It had nothing to do with scoring. There was plenty of scoring in the CFL. It had to do with Buono and Hufnagel trying find something they could exploit to their benefit. It hasn't been well received in the States and it's even worse here. Need the same rule well let's downsize the field. Or increase the contact area to 10 yards?

A lot of teams have had QB injuries so what are we 0-3 since we have the best backup policy in the league? Offenece is doing great you say, then it must be the defence. Who's running the D? Who can't play his D anymore? Now you see why Taman is so pointed in his defence of Chamblin. Maybe this should have been better addressed at the league meetings last year. No coach or manager stays for ever and I would expect that yes they are a package deal. It's also very ironic that Ritchie Hall was the master of the zone defence, and now that's what you need to play. Until the Riders get the required talent in on D to play the way it now has to, this will be a long season.

I think Taman taking to the air waves after only 3 games to defend his HC may not have helped. He just cast a spotlight on something that may or may not actually be a problem.

Mullinder made himself look juvenile yesterday by saying he doesn't forget people who said negative things about him during his player career here. He goes on to say he still shakes their hand but is still holding animosity inside. Maybe a little two faced? Certainly showed some characteristic traits that are not flattering.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait for "FLAG DAY" again on Friday Night. There were more flags last game including Challenges, than the last time Queen Elizabeth visited Saskatoon. They are simply ruining our game with all the garbage changes that are being made.

Anonymous said...

In terms of bad luck, where the Riders are having trouble is in the coin toss. We keep ending up losing the toss. It cost us the Toronto wind-bowl game and was the key to the BC win in OT. Just think if we had won the coin toss in OT. Our record would be 2-1

Jimmy the Geek

Anonymous said...

CFL REFEREES:

For the first time ever - in my life - I am so looking forward to watching American Football, both College and the NFL, for just one reason: the refs don't ruin each and every game down there!

I just watched the Calgary Toronto game and, there too, another game ruined by the refs.

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE NEW RULES!!!

The problem has gone on for years and years and, now, has only got worse.

That said, I do have a suggestion. Similar to the operating procedures of any business, at some point the business has to take some profit and reinvest in staff training or to review procedures. THE CFL MUST AGGRESSIVELY RETRAIN THE REFEREES NOW!!!

I suggest to the new CFL Commish, who happens to be American, to consider contracting in an American official to lead the refresher training for the Canadian refs as, due to the stark contrast between how the Americans let the players play and how the CFL refs seem to want to call everything (even questionable calls not pertinent to the play); all in all, a drastic change must occur as the CFL is looking bush league and it is only getting worse!

It is actually becoming intolerable to view a game - it is ridiculous!!!

Kel in Victoria

BLaz said...

Reviewed by unaccountable people. Without the aid of a spot and measurement. On field officials failed to mark forward progress, failed to blow down the play when forward progress stopped, for players safety, which is supposed to be important. Then the off field review officials blew the call about having gained the first down. So much went wrong there. The only thing they got right on that play was that forward progress stopped before the ball came loose.

Anonymous said...

GM/Coach have to take some responsibility for losses too. Or do they just get the credit when they win a grey cup. Coach Chamblin is beginning to look like the Saskatchewan version of Danny Maciocia. One GC because of the players, right place at the right time.

Anonymous said...

You tell us not to make comments about the coaching unless we have coached at an elite level. Then you make a comment about the coaching saying the field goal was definitely the right call. So what elite coaching job did YOU have?

Anonymous said...

Fans and media in Regina are a special kind of scum. One feeding off the other. You idiots are going to run Chamblin out of town and then we'll really be shitty

Anonymous said...

I love our coach Chamblin and I'm glad he schooled the few bad fans in RiderNation. Good on him.

Anonymous said...

Dear Regina Media and Sports Fans,

Shut your mouths, step away from your keyboards and quit acting like you know everything. Your ticket entitles you admission to watch the game. Keep your uninformed opinions to yourselves. You're going to run two very capable people out of the province.

Thanks,

The Rest of Rider Nation.

Anonymous said...

I assume you are planning on becoming a ref, after all it's so easy and rewarding. Besides only you are truly qualified to do the job.

Anonymous said...

So not one of the Rider's on the field was able to signal the short yardage needed to gamble on that 3rd down? Seems very likely :)

Anonymous said...

Geez Taman why did you post as anonymous?

Anonymous said...

Which penalties would you like them to ignore?

Anonymous said...

Then why does your opinion count?

Anonymous said...

Riderville? More like Loserville!!!!

Anonymous said...

come on Rod, you do this for a living . Using "less" when it should be "fewer" would get an F in a grade 6 essay