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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

TAMAN WON'T MAKE EXCUSES FOR 0-4 ROUGHRIDERS

In his weekly appearance on 620 CKRM's SportsCage on Monday, Saskatchewan Roughriders GM Brendan Taman said the cure to the team's ails is simple; start playing better.

Taman didn't blame injuries, the new CFL rules or officiating for the team's four game losing streak to open the 2015 campaign.  Simply put, they need to fix their errors.

"We gotta win a game!" Taman said.  "That's what this all comes down to.  We can digest everything we want but until we win a game, it's not going to matter."

At times - in all three phases of the game - certain things have gone wrong which have led to the club losing all four games by a combined 12 points.  And little things add up to big things.

"It's not like there's a lot of major issues we have to address," Taman explained.  "But there's a lot of little things that can creep up and bite you during a game which have done that.  We've got to get that fixed."

One of those things is allowing B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay to rush for over 100 yards in Friday's 27-24 loss to the visiting Lions.

"We gotta clean that up, there's no doubt about it," Taman said.  "But we didn't play well enough to win and that's the bottom line.  When you do that, you're not going to get any breaks, any favours, any calls or whatever you want to make up.  We just have to be better.  That's the bottom line and we all have to be, from me on down."

Taman also disclosed the team will be adding 5-year veteran CFL defensive back Alex Suber to the practice roster.  The former Blue Bomber has been brought in due to an ankle injury to veteran corner/returner Tristan Jackson.  The injury is believed to be serious enough that Jackson will miss this Sunday's home game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (5:00 pm, TSN, CKRM Rider Radio Network).

48 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Maybe Mr. Taman should be looking for a punt/kick returner instead of using Dressler who we need on offense.

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Anonymous said...

I'm no perpetual optimist who ignores problems, but this talk of firing Chamblin is starting to get embarrassing. Are we so fickle as fans that after 4 losses (3 of which were very close), we're ready to fire a coach that brought us a Grey Cup as recently as 2013?

Have we forgotten that Durant's injury might have something to do with it?

Yes, the defense has been terrible, but with the combination of roster turnover and injuries, you can't expect it to be good right away. We lost our entire linebacking corps!

Patience, people! The Riders failed to win their division even once during my first 30 years on the planet. Now we're ready to fire a Cup-winning coach after an 0-4 start?

Lewis Grant

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Lyle Pederson said...

To me the two items on page C2 in today's Leader Post personify some of the Rider D woes and huge league issues.

Abou's comments on Lulays runs and new LBs is an example of how players trying 'too' hard can be costly ... while we admonish them for blowing the play. We've all done it ... want it so bad we go overboard. I want players with that determination and desire. Once you gain experience (confidence) you act smarter but with the same desire.

The Montreal item does a good job of describing what some of us find frustrating. Including my pet peeve ... dragging down the excitement level while we wait for head office to decide if we should be excited. Remove spontimaity from the experience and you lose the best part of the fan experience.

(Well said Lewis Grant)

Anonymous said...

Lots of deleted comments! RP protecting the hand that feeds him again?

Chris said...

I think CC would do everybody a favor and take some heat off of himself by taking some of the blame for this 4 game slide. Express some humility and say, "I'm partly to blame for some of this. I am the head coach and I am accountable and accept responsibility". That is all it would take and a whole lot of people wouldn't be so pissed off, especially from that arrogant interview he gave last week which he basically told the fans to kiss his ass. Very disrespectful from a guy who has the biggest ego on the team. One of the reasons the team stinks right now.

Anonymous said...

Dear Lyle Pederson,
your point is absolutely true.....in novice and peewee. the kids get so excited and want to make it happen so bad, but they miss or try to hard and it gets messed up. you however are talking about grown men, playing hmmm "pro" football(I just threw up) if that excuse flies with you as a fan shame on you. once again rider fan is just lapping up the piss coming out of the the chapel of rider. keep whining about the refs too, because none of the other teams have to put up with any of that. I will say it again, THE worst fans in the history of the sport.

Charlie from the chocolate factory

Anonymous said...

clean up little things like tackling?? The d is sucking and really need a new DC....

Anonymous said...

Lewis is an apologist. Some teams remain consistently good. Like Calgary. Everyone can see the talent level and depth had deteriorated under BT versus Tillman or even Shrivers. Durant masks a lot of weaknesses. Team would probably be 3-1 if he were here. But the foundation of Cdn talent, depth and young imports is eroding. Really hate how many draft picks get traded under BT. You erode your Cdn foundation doing this.

Anonymous said...

For a province of micromanagers firing is natural. It's the simple mind, simple solution, for complex problem approach.

Anonymous said...

Love to be a fly on the wall at the next board meeting....can't imagine Prez Reynolds ain't getting too much sleep in his first term.

Anonymous said...

Are we that thin on recruiting that we have no one on the roster who can replace T-Jack? Is Suber really the answer when he's currently not even good enough to make a practice roster on another team? If we don't have anyone as good as a veteran player who is not good enough to even practice with another team (see Geoff Tisdale) then this GM has flat out not done his job.

Anonymous said...

I think these guys have earned an opportunity to right the ship. Injuries and change over are a reality of the business. Give them a chance to adjust and respond. I would even argue that if we are crap all year they should be given an opportunity to rebuild and see if they can reload. Both BT and CC have proven capable. Why start all over?

Anonymous said...

I love how 'fans' regard Taman as unqualified because he brings in old wash ups. Glenn/Richardson/McCallum have been absolute gold for the Riders. Imagine where we would be without those guys.

Add in R Smith, Doughty, Knox, Walker, and a few others and we have an ok mix. We have an uphill fight but I still believe we will be in the fight at the end.

Anonymous said...

will be in the mix at the end? of course you will every team makes the playoffs in this shit league. 2-16 sure just cross over and play in the opposite division. you are talking about starters being so much better than the back ups? they are all garbage, just that the garbage in sasky is very below the " average" crap in the CFL. quit whining about the refs, every team is dealing with that. quit whining about injuries, your coaches, your GM.....no one cares. Worst fans ever, without a doubt in any sport.

Anonymous said...

Always bring up draft picks. I wonder how many picks beyond first round actually ever have a career in CFL. I would guess less than 20%.

CFL draft is most over rated thing ... for every team.

Anonymous said...

Calgary recruit? They are the most veteran team in the league. The Riders have the most first year players in the league but their age/experience factor gets swayed because of the handful of older guys.

Anonymous said...

It is a compliment for some of the people who made comments that were then blocked by RP. It could mean we are getting close to the truth. Rod - relax - sometimes the truth hurts.

Please remove all idiot remarks as no person wants to read them. But when comments such that a Rider fan feels that Cory Chamblin is an excellent Head Coach however that same fan is skeptical of the decision that Chamblin also has taken over the defence - Rod - it's just a comment - relax.

Obviously it is your blog to do what you want, but non-disrespecting comments are not the problem, it is idiotic comments that are the problem.

Respectfully,

Kel

Anonymous said...

No need to fire anyone. Just need to hire someone. That someone is Mike Benevides. Give the man a blank cheque and a contract to sign. He should be our new defensive coordinator and assistant Head Coach.

Anonymous said...

I buy into all the injuries being a problem. What I don't buy into is a Head Coach that is also the Defensive Co-ordinator. You can't be focused on clock management when you are trying to be focused on calling defenses etc. Coach Chamblin needs to be the Head Coach. If he has no one he trusts to call the defence then go back to being a DC so BT can hire a HC.

Dave in the Hat

Anonymous said...

A good/great coach does NOT tell the media/fans that it's not all on him and that the players need to look in the mirror. While I do agree with him that should be kept in house. He should have taken the blame and said he and his staff need to be better. That is what a great coach does.

Dave

Anonymous said...

Good to see you think so highly of everybody & everything. I wonder what you actually see when you look in the mirror or if you actually do.

Victor in Brooks, AB

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Steve W said...

Four points:
1)It is not a four game losing streak, over the last 15 games, we are 2-13....that's right 2 WINS and 13 LOSSES over the last 15 games.

2) We need LINEBACKERS!!!

3) Worst defense I have seen in recent memory both strategy and talent.

4) Offense still looking good even with our injuries.

Anonymous said...

Free falling.
Canadian Football League basement, sad.

Anonymous said...

I've been a huge Chamblin supporter and firing him at this stage won't do any good. Let's see what happens the rest of the way. That being said, if things continue the way they are and the season finishes in disaster I do think it will be time for a change in direction. This lack of motivation the team is displaying is not acceptable and yes it traces back to last year too. That foul up on that touchdown pass from the one in the fourth quarter shows a clear lack of focus and motivation. Is it cause of Doubles, the team leader, being hurt? Or does it speak to a broader problem? Just throwing it out there but there may be some players, coaches and team execs who are still suffering that Grey Cup hangover from 2013. They may not think it or say it but in the back of their minds is that thought that nothing will ever top winning the Cup on home turf, so why bother trying. Kind of like 89 when the Riders won and then flatlined for years after that.

Guys, one thing will top that 2013 Cup win: The next one. Let's get our heads out of the sand and re-focus. The season is not lost but staying the course is completely unacceptable.


Dubya

Anonymous said...

Mike Benevides - if you were paying attention you would know he TURNED DOWN the Rider's offer to be our DC. He wanted to spend time with his family while still getting salary from BC. Maybe he will come back to work in 2016.

Anonymous said...

The Roughriders can start playing better all they want, still won't help. Player roster depth lacking and that's on the GM. Other teams in the league ahead with regards to their recruitment of secondary depth by team scouting assignment while the Roughriders continue with other's cast-offs perused via the Internet or CFL waiver line.

Anonymous said...

its a four game losing streak ... you can't tie two seasons together.

we need linebackers? seriously? this has been the brightest spot of the defense. We need defensive linemen!

2011 defense was atrocious. Allowed 482 points against. Current is on pace for slightly more ... just as a comparison.

Anonymous said...

Play it again Sam,how many times have we heard this over and over.

Anonymous said...

Gary Lawless on TSN said the Riders should bring in a Defensive Co-ordinator. I'm thinking they will have a hard time finding someone who wants to work with a meddling head coach. Chamblin should either be the head coach or the defensive co-ordinator, but not both.

Anonymous said...

Victor in Brooks: Who the heck are you talking to?

Anonymous said...

I'm not calling anyone a micromanager but just putting it out there that if micromanagers like Dubya become the majority the Riders will resemble the leafs.
Sheesh.........these are professional players who are paid, motivated and prepared. In a small league winning or losing is never guaranteed . The entertainment comes from watching what happens from week to week. Apparent trends are only in your mind. If you think small town haranguing coupled with motivational speeches separate winning from losing you have missed the professional part of the game. Nose to the grindstone and motivational speeches apply more to the offseason than to a game day. Live in your fantasy world if you want but armchair opinions of what is working or not in professional matters is always misplaced and sadly out of context. Passive aggressive opinions are always ignorant of reality.

Anonymous said...

To Dave in the Hat,

I wish you would comment more, your remarks seem bang on...

Cheers,

Kel in Victoria

Anonymous said...

I imagined Coach Chamblin to be here forever. What I did not imagine was him taking over the defence and the spiralling loss of focus on the Head Coaching issues.

The defence sucks and the major decisions need focus... Come on Coach CC, let's get things back to the way they were the first few years when all was well...

Kel

Anonymous said...

The guys post right above mine. Mr negative

Anonymous said...

Who cares what Gary Lawless thinks...

Anonymous said...

Lol @ "we should bring in a DC" we have one, his name is Greg Quick. He may just be a seat filler and C.C. is calling the plays only the riders know. And those who don't know C.C. record as a CFL head coach is now 29-29.

Anonymous said...

But what about a real live DC?? Quick should be out of here quickly, and Chamblin quit living the pipe dream of being HC and DC it aint working. BTW, Chamblins record from 2014 to date including playoffs is a stellar 10-13.....

Anonymous said...

Taman = Excuse !

Anonymous said...

To the guy that said "where would we be without Mccallum, Richardson,etc" I don't know can you get worse than 0 - 4

Anonymous said...

0 - 5, after the Hamilton Tiger Cats play tease, chew up and spit out the CFL basement dwellers called the roughriders on Taylor Field this Sunday.

Anonymous said...

What bothers me is that the Riders are in freefall and the people that should be 'in the know' are 'in denial'.