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Monday, July 20, 2015

THE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE


THE OPENING RANT

Hopefully you didn’t come here to find answers for the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ 0-4 start to the 2015 CFL season.

Because today I got nothin’.

After confidently, and privately, expecting the Roughriders to charge out of the gates 4-0 before a Week 5 showdown with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Mosaic Stadium this Sunday, I now find myself as confused as anyone with what’s gone on over the past month.

The facts are the facts and they can be dissected any way you want.  The Green & White have lost their first four games by a combined 12 points.  Three of those have been at home, and three have been against West Division opponents.  All bad news.

And if last Friday’s 27-24 loss to the visiting B.C. Lions is any indication, the team is getting worse.  It’s the first time all year they never had a lead at any point in a game.

Injuries, of course, are a major factor.  However during the golden era of this club dating back to 2007, the use of injuries as an excuse has been beaten out of me.  They’ve always seemed to be able to struggle and emerge.

But not now.

The Riders went into the B.C. game with 12 players on their injured list and it grew by a few more over the course of the game including stars Rob Bagg and Tristan Jackson.  It truly impacted what they were able to do on the field.

However it was gut-wrenching to see the team take a time count violation and have to burn a timeout while on offense late in the game when they were attempting a rally.

“We had some guys get hurt and when you have to mix and match, it's gonna take some more communication than normal,” explained receiver Chris Getzlaf.  “It won't run as smoothly as you’re used to.”

That was clear, and I suppose, understandable.  The club also continued to struggle with the new Pass Interference rule instituted by the CFL this spring.  These things killed them Friday night.  But the good teams adjust, band together, and find a way to overcome all obstacles.

Unfortunately right now the Saskatchewan Roughriders simply aren’t a very good football team.

“The one thing I'll tell you is there's no more tears in my eyes,” said a sombre Rider head coach Corey Chamblin at his postgame news conference.  “What I mean by that is the worst has already happened.  So it's time for us to stop worrying about what's going to go on on the outside, who's gonna get fired, who's gonna talk bad, stop trying to answer the questions from the outside and answer them from the inside.  That's what we have to do.”

And just where did this talk of anybody being fired come from anyway?  There’s been heat on Chamblin no doubt, but the first I heard of a firing came from Chamblin himself Tuesday afternoon.

“He's a very sharp guy as you know,” Rider GM Brendan Taman confided to me on the weekend.  “I think you get to a point sometimes where you hear so much and you get that negativity around you and you think 'Hey I've had enough of this'.  He's really good (mentally).  Corey is focused on winning moreso than anyone I've ever been around.“

Chamblin went so far as to say if he’s coaching somewhere other than Saskatchewan next season, he’s prepared for it.  But again, where did this talk come from all of a sudden?

“He sure doesn't want that to happen, that's for sure,” Taman continued.  “Like anybody in this business, we all get paranoid at some point.  When you're losing, a lot of things seep into your mind.  But our focus is on getting this thing turned around.”

Worrying about being fired isn’t going to help matters so it’s best for Chamblin and his players to flush this from their minds entirely.  However if they themselves don’t think better days are ahead, we truly can shut off the lights.

But I know that’s not the case.  If you think you can't do it, then you definitely never will.

The complainers are the same ones who griped back when the team was winning that they weren’t winning by enough points.  Darian Durant wasn’t throwing for enough yards.  Blah, blah, blah.

Those people never should’ve been listened to in the first place.  They love the scandal, the drama, and aren’t happy unless they’re unhappy.  These folks demand perfection from others yet are far from perfect themselves.

It’s times like this that I recall a conversation I had with former Rider coach Danny Barrett a decade ago when he said, ‘You’re the team’s voice.  If the team could speak, what would it say?’

It would say, “Don’t give up on us yet”.

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CARTERI'S CORNER

Each week we provide the postgame analyst from 27-year Roughrider radio colour commentator Carm Carteri.  Here's what he had to say after Friday's loss to B.C.:

"I'll tell ya Roddy, the score really flattered the Riders in this one, 27-24 for BC.  This was a game that the Riders did not lead at any point in the football game and it felt like it.  It felt like the BC Lions were in total domination and in talking about BC, it's all about Travis Lulay.  This quarterback, last week he was tentative, but tonight I think he surprised everybody.  I'm going to give you a stat that will blow you away: seven rushes unofficially for 103 yards.  I think that's the biggest thing the Riders have to address, is allowing Lulay to get outside.  He really hurt this football team and not just with the two touchdowns he threw in the air.  I think his running controlled this game.

"On the flipside for the Riders, they did not handle the second half well.  After coming out of halftime to open the third quarter what did the BC Lions do?  They took the opening kickoff down to about the Rider 17 and boom, the very next play, a run play, their great Canadian running back Andrew Harris basically went untouched into the endzone before anybody got back to their seats.  Tell you what, give the BC Lions a lot of credit for the way they came in here.

"For the Riders, you can talk about talent or playing for pride, when you're coming up over the ball with the game on the line and you're letting the clock run, there was no real sense when the Riders had the chance to steal it from the Lions like BC did last week in Vancouver.  It didn't happen for the Riders and boy oh boy, they're gonna have to go back to that locker room and put the pieces together because they're going to have a hungry Hamilton Tiger-Cats team in here coming in off a loss.  But this loss for the Riders, this one's tough.

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MONDAY MORNING QUICK HITS

- Proving the slogan We Walk Among You, I ran into a couple of Roughriders on the weekend.  OG Chris Best and his wife at the movie theatre on Saturday and WR Rob Bagg at the gas station on Sunday.  Bagg left Friday's game with injury, but moved fine while carrying a propane tank two days later.

- Two thumbs up from the MMG, by the way, to the flick Trainwreck.  Every seat in the theatre was filled for the show Saturday night.  And the hotdogs continued to be the best in town.

- The club informs me the injury to Rob Bagg is not serious and he's tracking to fine.  The report of an injury to RB Jerome Messam was false.

- However the injuries to CB/KR/PR Tristan Jackson and REC S.J. Haidara are more serious and they're expected to be out this week.

- I'm also told to expect some "personnel adjustments" this week.  That's certainly an ambigous comment, but leads me to believe the club realizes what they're doing right now isn't working and they'll make the necessary moves to correct their approach.

- Rider GM Brendan Taman will be on 620 CKRM's SportsCage today at 5:05 pm.  It's the only time the Riders will speak in the media until after Wednesday's Day 1 of practice.

- On May 13, 2015 an article was published regarding Corey Chamblin being called "Mr. Untouchable".  It stated that the Riders could go winless in 2015 and the head coach would still retain his job.  So ... which is it?

- Regarding the "New CFL" with its rule changes, TSN play-by-play man said during Saturday's Winnipeg-Calgary game "this is getting weird".  Colour commentator Glen Suitor chimed in with, "it is".

- In a Twitter poll I conducted over the weekend, I asked respondents if they like the "New CFL".  380 voted 'no' and only 37 voted for 'yes'.

- With this 0-4 record, many around here are pointing to the B.C. Lions' 0-5 start in 2011 before they rallied to win the Grey Cup.  Or the 2014 Hamilton Tiger-Cats who started 1-6 before earning a Grey Cup berth.  I look instead at the 2014 Winnipeg Blue Bombers who started 5-1 only to miss the playoffs at 7-11.  The point?  It's still early until the opening third of the season (six games) have been completed.

- Love how the media gets blamed for the Riders' poor play.  Trust me, no question I could ask is going to make the team win.  Similarly when a team raises the trophy and pronounces, "I'd like to thank the media for their help in us winning the championship!", then I'll share the blame when they falter.

- In sports you've got the team on one side, the fans on the other, and the media in the middle being yelled at  by both.

- According to oddsmakers at the online sports book Bovada.lv, the Calgary Stampeders have the best odds to win the Grey Cup at 7/2.  The Eskimos have the next best odds (9/2).  The rest are B.C. (11/2), Toronto (6/1), Hamilton (13/2), Winnipeg (15/2), Saskatchewan (8/1), Ottawa (25/1).  The Montreal Alouettes weren't mentioned!

- Vancouver Province football writer Llowell Ulrich referred to Regina as "the football capital of Canada" in a Friday article.

- According to the Calgary Sun, former Roughrider Jock Sanders has put his 2014 Stampeders Grey Cup ring up for sale online.  The asking price?  $15,000.  Obviously he wants to hold onto his 2013 Roughriders Grey Cup ring.

- Former Rider defensive line coach Mike Walker begins a new job this week as a small business banker based in Pullman, WA.  He's one of the finest guys to come through here.

- Had a great visit with Lions assistant coaches George Cortez and Johnny Holland on Friday.  Both are former Rider assistants.  Holland and I discussed Saturday night's #4 jersey retirement in Green Bay for Brett Favre which was carried live on the NFL Network.  It was a four hour ceremony.  "It'll be a great time!" Holland, a Packers Hall of Famer said.  "Brett loves to party!"

- A survey published by Emory University in Atlanta, GA last week found that the Dallas Cowboys have the NFL's best fans for a fourth-straight year.  Their data was based on which fanbase spends the most money on its team.  The Miami Dolphins were found to have the worst fans.

- The Arizona Cardinals were found to have the biggest "bandwagon" fanbase.  This was based on the team's attendance figures as they relate to the team's record.  Oh how I'd love to see a survey like this done for the CFL!  I'd conduct it myself, but the results would be skewed by Rider fan voters.

- Congratulations to the 12 inductees into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame over the weekend in Humbodlt!  Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Wendel Clark led the way along with Dave 'Tiger" Williams, Vic Lynn and Guile Fielder in the players category.

The builders category saw Dave King, Dr. Gerry Rooney and Jackie McLeod get inducted while the 1934 Saskatoon Quakers, the Simpson Flyers senior hockey team and the 2002-03 Humboldt Broncos went in in the teams category.  Kevin Muench was inducted in the officials category while Elgar Peterson was named to the grassroots section.

- Regina Pats great Bill Hicke passed away 10 years ago on Saturday.  The occasion was marked on Facebook by his son Danny, who now lives in Phoenix.

- Regina's fourth Gold's Gym location will be opening in September behind the Victoria Square Mall.  Join now with their introductory offer of $10/month!  See you there.

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THAT'S ALL FOR TODAY.  TIME FOR DOWN MONTH TO END!

RP
@sportscage

66 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks Rod and Carm for the insight. This game on Sunday is a must win just so this team believes ir can win. 0-5 with four losses at home is almost a guarantee of last place. Yikes!

Anonymous said...

My compliments Rod. That's the first honest appraisal you've ever given the Roughriders. You must have took off your green glasses because it's the first time you've actually seen what everyone else could see. My compliments.

Anonymous said...

You're right Rod, It had to be said. Just not a good football team right now. Never adjusted to new rules, a step behind on defense, and out coached. Carm's assessment is also bang on. More of this analysis. Less Mitchell Blair.

SkRoughie said...

Rod and Carm are the best in the buisness when it comes to the Riders.

Anonymous said...

Listened to about 2 min of the other guys after the game on friday, and is easy to see where all the talk about replacing Chamblin is originating. Couldnt believe what I was hearing, would never hear Ball or Luc talk liked that, very unprofessional!

Anonymous said...

Agree, Sunday is a must win or last place is almost guaranteed ours.

Anonymous said...

Finally , Pedersen can actually see the light. The Riders will be working on a "Miracle" for the rest of this season just to make the playoffs. It can be done, but with a whole lot of help from other teams .

Anonymous said...

Simon says (not Geroy) if our record stinks in a month, look for big changes. History has proven that point. And, history tends to repeat itself.

Anonymous said...

I agree with both assessments of the game. Although the score was close, I never felt we were in it. Watched the reply of the game and would love to hear a rational explanation for the Kevin Glenn fumble that turned out not to be a fumble. I know the official ruling was the BC Lion player did not make a REAL effort to recover the fumble but it appears he does until the whistle goes. We were lucky there! The two Hoggies that could not catch a cold in the end zone, really!
James - Regina

Anonymous said...

Considering that only 26,000 were at Friday's game, the rider fans have to considered for biggest bandwagon fans.

Anonymous said...

Not going to blame any loss on officiating as Riders are making plenty of mistakes which is contributing to their poor start. However, that PI call against #22 (that Corey challenged and lost) is weak at best. Touching/measuring an opponent is not interference. Where In that play did the Rider player impede/interfere with the BC players attempt to catch the ball? League command centre upheld the ruling on the field, which was the PI call. Would be nice if League Office provided an explanation as to what the Rider player did wrong on that play ????
This is getting silly. Players (all Teams) starting to play tentative, which is inhibiting their skill and natural talents.

Anonymous said...

Bill Hicke's son lives in Facebook? Typo?

Lyle Pederson said...

Too much negativism going on. 90% of comments on the Rider games have focused on the negative. This was bad and that was bad and if you look closely you may find more. I understand ... normal when you lose. Yet we have a team leading the league on offence! Coaches doing a good job? Players doing a good job ... any of them?

Go negative when you lose and you will lose again.

Anonymous said...

If we lose the next two games i would seriously consider shopping John Chick and Chris Getzlaf ... both only have a couple seasons at most left, may return something young and decent, and free up cap space.

If Ben Heenan were to get cut tomorrow, who would you rather invest in? Chick, Getzlaf, Alex Hall??? What if both Heenan and Jones became available?

The absolutely only two players on the Riders that should be deemed untouchable are Dressler and Demski.

Anonymous said...

I said you will see attendance under 30,000 for the rest of the year after the loss to the Argos at home. The game is bad, the Riders are losing and the money is better spent elsewhere according to some obviously.

Anonymous said...

Say what you will about the game. But in my opinion, the game was lost because our defensive ends, primarily on Alex Hall, did not contain Lulay. Lulay is not know as a running QB, but, once or twice I'll give you some leeway. But 6 time for 105 yards amounts to either poor technique by the players, or piss poor coaching by not adjusting the pass rush accordingly.

C in the 780

Anonymous said...

Lyle,

I agree with many of your posts, but sorry, this isn't minor football where trying, coming close and good efforts count and everyone's happy with a participation ribbon at the end. These are professional athletes that are paid to win and a league where nothing else matters but who holds the trophy at the end of the season. I'm so sick of the fans of years back content with 9-9 seasons, we've had better in this province and we expect that we've turned the corner for settling for effort and mediocrity. The Riders have the worst record in the league over the last season and a half, highest amount of injuries out of any team and continue to look worse week after week.

Chamblin's ego is catching up with him and he created this whole fire the coach thing himself like Rod alluded to. Chamblin made a mistake in not hiring a DC and the standings are now staring him in the face and providing the doubt he has in his mind.

Coaches success is measured in wins and losses....what is this coach's record?

Mr. Bo Jangles

Anonymous said...

I've said it on here before why do we have more injuries than any other team? What is the off-season work-out expectations, how are player's monitored during the off-season? How do the athletic therapists, strength coaches compare to other teams with fewer injuries? Do things need to change in how players train and prepare during the off season?

Anonymous said...

I love all the people whining about what the "other guys" are saying, do you people leave SK and travel to major cities with sometimes 3-6 sports stations? Competition is okay, listen to what you want and support who you want but grow up and quit whining about the "other guys" it sounds so small minded and small town SK. We're so lucky to have options and the media attention we do for CFL football in this province, all media types are welcomed in my books when it comes to covering this team.

Anonymous said...

Question on these challenges for you Rod; How many and who are they that are sitting in Toronto viewing the challenged play? I'd say they are barely batting .500. So why have a challenge process if they can't get it right? It takes up so much time.

Anonymous said...

Jangles,

How dare you not settle for mediocrity and be okay with 9-9 seasons further more don't crap on Chamblin only Miller and Marshall were allowed to take that kind of lynching but this guy is the messiah because he tells us he is and he will work elsewhere when he's gone from here.

The way this team is playing, I'm more than happy to donate my tickets to big and brothers and sisters for the remaining summer months and enjoy the lake and listen to Rod and Carm instead.

Anonymous said...

Are the people calling for Chamblins job and Tamans job the same people who were calling for Cortez's job and Hall's job...

Hmmmmmm

Anonymous said...

First, the talk of Chamblin being fired started from that other station and was first brought up at 0-2. They love creating some drama for more attention. Second, as one that was at the last game, the weather was pretty atrocious. Cold with a heavy downpour for the first half will keep the older fans and children away. However they may not make it back to 30k if they don't start winning

Anonymous said...

The Tear-Down of a team ..... Taman's Foils
So how did the Riders get here?
Not saying that Taman was responsible for ALL of the following, some may have been beyond his control, but the litany of errors is a long and winding road:
- trading Paddy Neufeld for Alex Hall
- not signing draft pick O'Donnell
- trading O'Donnell's rights for Greg Carr
- trading draft picks for Odell Willis
- the entire Cory Watson debacle and losing the 2nd round draft pick (could have picked Durant)
- losing Butler, Hurl and Newman to free agency
- not getting anything for Picard, a starting O-Lineman
- losing Sholo AND Evans in the dispersal draft
- the strange trades to move up to pick Hurl in the draft, unnecessary?
- somehow losing all the young receivers drafted in recent years - Pierzchalski, Bastien and Anthony.
- trading a healthy and very fit Foley for a broken down Emry.
- the QB debacle of 2014 .... failure to recruit or sign a legit back-up
- the disturbing trend of signing aged veterans like JRich, Glenn, McCallum, Emry, Tisdale etc because recruiting and player development has been a failure. (but I am glad we have KG and Paully, but it shouldn't have been necessary).

Note the trend above of trading Non-Imports and draft picks for Internationals ...
Roster management, especially of Non-Imports, has been lacking, to say the least.
I am not laying all of this on Taman, as I have always suspected that CC is VERY involved in all roster management decisions.

Anonymous said...

Injuries are not an excuse. I can see where it could affect the offense because of timing, it could take a substitute a while to pick that up. However our O has been competitive.

If your recruitment has been good enough injuries should not affect the defense. Defense is react to the ball and tackle people. Sadly we haven't been doing that.

So what's lacking, recruitment or coaching?

Anonymous said...

Fire Chamblin. Trade Chick. Dump Taman.

This place is comedy gold today.

Poster C in the 780 has it right--Hall got torched all game and Chick was double teamed all game. Injuries, inability to adjust to the new rules, and defense is our problem.

Stay the course; Chamblin is a great coach.

- SD

Anonymous said...

Leone horse-collar tackle on Jackson intentional attempt to injure; Payback for Jackson tackle on BC receiver previous week. After tackle Leone stands over/taunts Jackson as he lay injured on the turf. Gutless.
Will League review/fine Leone?

Anonymous said...

- trading Paddy Neufeld for Alex Hall - HELPED IN GC '13 CHAMPIONSHIP, NEUFELD NOT CONSIDERED A STARTER
- not signing draft pick O'Donnell - FLAT OUT DIDN'T WANT TO BE IN SK
- trading O'Donnell's rights for Greg Carr
- trading draft picks for Odell Willis - LED TEAM IN SACKS, ONLY 'FANS' DIDN'T LIKE HIM. LEAVES AND IS AN ALL STAR
- the entire Cory Watson debacle and losing the 2nd round draft pick (could have picked Durant) - HARD TO DEFEND HERE.
- losing Butler, Hurl and Newman to free agency - ALL CHOSE TO LEAVE FOR GREENER PASTURES. WOULD PAY HURL THAT MONEY TO BE A BACKUP?
- not getting anything for Picard, a starting O-Lineman - SALARY CAP WORLD. CAN'T TRADE A GUY LIKE THAT.
- losing Sholo AND Evans in the dispersal draft. EXPANSION DRAFT!
- the strange trades to move up to pick Hurl in the draft, unnecessary? GOT THE GUY HE WANTED. GOOD FOR HIM.
- somehow losing all the young receivers drafted in recent years - Pierzchalski, Bastien and Anthony. AND HOW ARE THESE PLAYERS CONTRIBUTING ELSEWHERE? DEMSKI/CARROLL FLAT OUT BETTER THAN ALL THREE.
- trading a healthy and very fit Foley for a broken down Emry. MORE TO THIS THAN PEOPLE KNOW.
- the QB debacle of 2014 .... failure to recruit or sign a legit back-up. HINDSIGHT.
- the disturbing trend of signing aged veterans like JRich, Glenn, McCallum, Emry, Tisdale etc because recruiting and player development has been a failure. (but I am glad we have KG and Paully, but it shouldn't have been necessary). JRICH, GLENN AND MCCALLUM ALL BEEN HUGE CONTRIBUTORS. MACCALLUM STILL ARGUABLY BEST FG KICKER IN LEAGUE!

POINT IS - ITS ALL PERCEPTION. AND ITS EASY TO SIT BACK AFTER AND JUDGE. NOT EVERY TRADE WORKS. NOT EVERY DRAFT WORKS. AND YOUR GOING TO LOSE GUYS TO FREE AGENCY. IT IS ONLY THE FANS THAT THINK SK IS THE PRIORITY FOR PLAYERS TO PLAY. BREAKING NEWS - ITS NOT!

Anonymous said...

re: Tear-Down

Seems to be some revisionist history there, that list can be whittled down a bit with some facts.

- Neufeld was on the bench and likely wouldn't have been protected in the expansion draft due to the number of nationals we had, go watch the 2013 WSF tape and find a bigger defensive play than Hall catching Lulay from behind when he was bolting for the corner of the end zone (to take the lead to I think?) and hold them to 3, and then tell us that was a bad deal
- O'Donnell wasn't coming here, so we got a little for nothing
- Butler wanted to play safety, guess who was playing in that spot for us?
- Neuman wanted to start too, didn't think he'd get to here
- How many young national receivers should be developing? Are any of those you listed better prospects then Demski?
- Once Shologan was taken by Ottawa, would you rather we left another starter unprotected then have to replace 2?

Anonymous said...

OK Rod we get that you don't think anyone should be fired now. But where is your line in the sand? They aren't going to go 0-18, but at what point does this team need to make changes? If they have a very bad year it will have been a year and a half since they won with consistency. Is that enough to make a change or do you honestly believe that both the GM and coach are untouched and allow for another round of getting rid of OC and DC's. I personally think that the riders live too much in the past to fire either the coach or GM no matter how bad it is this year.

Anonymous said...

The reality is after four games we're 0-4. Even if we play .500 football the rest of the way (unlikely) we will end up 7-11 and almost certainly out of the playoffs. A cross over may be possible but unlikely. Firstly who would we beat out for 4th? You're grasping at straws when you look to BC's slow start a few years back, or to Hamilton's finish last season. Lulay got healthy and they made some serious changes in BC. Hamilton rebuilt their team and Collaros got healthy last year in Hamilton. Not at all what's going on here.

Offence: aged and rather slow except Dressler and Smith. A lot of mediocrity with no game breakers at receiver. A couple decent backs but this league more than ever is a passing league. Glenn continues to put up big numbers in his losses, like he always has. Not a finisher or leader. 4 games four int's. A leafs ione brain fart per game. Asking a backup to do a role he wasn't brought in for. Have we forgotten last year in BC?

Defence: Front four = what front four? totally ineffective. No pressure, no sacks, no use. Linebackers and DB's (injury riddled) are a porous as toilet paper. All in all totally unacceptable.

Kicking: adequate and maybe better than 2014

Special teams - better than last but still suspect.

Coaching: C (at best)

Management: C- (at best) you can only live off Tillman and Miller's work for so long. Horrendous moves, foresight and trades. I suspect it will take us as long as it did in Winnipeg to realize what they came to know. A lot of players brought in but few impact. Poor Canadian talent management and identification plus a tendency to recycle has beens from elsewhere. Boy could we use Foley's engine on the front four now!

There are some things that can be put at Chamblin's feet but not everything. The problems stem higher and we are now seeing how that body of work performs. As some friends in Winnipeg told me; get use to losing.

Anonymous said...

Butler is a better safety than 'no arms Brackenridge'

Anonymous said...

Actually Toronto and Montreal have more injuries than us. And why do we have so many? Because we're an old team. Old teams get injured and take way longer to heal up again. BC know has the youngest team in the league. Watch out!!!

Anonymous said...

Finally !!!!!!! Someone who knows what they speak of.
Hear ! Hear !
"The current gm Is responsible" for said Roughriders on field player product, case closed. Why does the Roughriders fanbase settle for a year after year struggle with obvious downward trending direction to the CFL West Division basement when the team can be so much more? Wake up people !

Anonymous said...

100% bang on Bo! The other station never, ever said Chamblin should be fired!!! That's fans saying that.

Anonymous said...

So did John Chick, Tearrious George and Alex Hall all lose a step over the winter or is it the schemes? (3 man front)

Anonymous said...

John Chick - 4 sacks in last 14 regular season games.

Anonymous said...

Is Purolator still doing the Food Bank sack tally thing? If so, the new rules have put a huge dent in the sack totals this year. Passing yards are way up, sacks way down. Any link? You think?

Boyd Crowder

Anonymous said...

Dead on accurate opinion. Thanx whoever you are.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, let's fire our GM and head coach every year we don't win a championship. That's how they do it in CALGARY and Hamilton.

Oh wait, continuity means something to those teams.

SMH

Anonymous said...

A lot more room on the bandwagon today.

Have fun Eeyores.

Anonymous said...

yup, Cortez sure is a lousy O Coordinator...glad we got rid of him here in SK (roll eyes now)

Anonymous said...

Is it true that Taman just recruited, signed a 0-6 Hudson Bay, Sk. high school QB product, last name Reynolds?

Anonymous said...

Oh yes, the "current GM" -can't recall his name (?) - has to take the blame for 14 injuries, many to key players. LOL

The offense is #1 in production despite the loss of their leader and starting QB.

Special teams are improved, despite the loss of excellent special team players like Steinhauer and Demski. We are solid in the punting and field goal department.

The defensive side of the ball is the weak link and despite the excellent play of rookies Doughty and Knox, we do miss a leader and play-maker like Shea Emery. His loss also messed with the ratio. We put an American in the middle and lose one in another spot i.e. tackle. Jackson is one of the best corners in the CFL and will be missed. The focus has to be on the play of the defense, and in particular on the D-line, not on "the current GM". Our pass defense has improved, but we are weak on the run.

Bert

Anonymous said...

Last year the hate was on for Richie Hall and George Cortez (and Brian Peters for some odd reason). Those guys are gone so the chronic haters have a new whipping boy - Coach Chamblin (and for some odd reason Chris Getzlaf).

Anonymous said...

The crowd that was there must be commended for making the effort to endure bad weather and pretty bad football. Bad mouthing 26000+ fans for that is just plain ignorant.... In every sense of the word!

PBB

Anonymous said...

Let's play the what if game ... what if Taman did fire CC. Give me one name of who could possibly even replace him that would satisfy the all knowing Rider Nation.

Benevides would be top of list i would think.
Lapolice? No thank you.
Maybe Trestman would come back to be the highest paid coach in CFL.

She's slim pickings!

Anonymous said...

Green koolaid drunk, wearing unfocused green color eyewear with side blinders.

Anonymous said...

Oskee Wee Wee,
Oskee Waa Waa,
Holy MAKINAW !
Saskatchewan Roughriders Eat'en RAW !

The Sk. Roughriders Football God Mr. Kent Austin has a plan, It's called winning !

Go Cats Go ! Go Cats Go ! Go Cats Go !

Anonymous said...

Darrell Davis wants Chamblin fired! He has said it on their show so quit saying he hasn't.

Davis is just a second rate hack on a second rate station that does a second rate show.

Shirley White said...

Not having sacks because Foley is gone. Huge Mistake to trade Foley!!!

Anonymous said...

Shirley,

Guess how many sacks Foley has this season in Toronto?

Answer 0

Even Toronto's sack king from 2014 Okapalugo is still looking for his first sack. Sacks are down this year, perhaps because of the change in pass coverage rules.


Old Hank

Anonymous said...

What did you read? Are you dyslexic?

Anonymous said...

There are three teams whose defenses are performing worse than the Riders D - Toronto, BC and Winnipeg. Richie must be getting heat in Bomber land too.

Anonymous said...

Great point Anonymous, you slayed them

Anonymous said...

Lol! You're a JOKE!

Anonymous said...

Davis has never said that! He's merely pointed out what Chamblin has done. And if you did any research, he's one of the few reporters in this city that actually break stories and is a hall of fame sports writer. He's written for the Globe and Mail and is a member of the Football Reporters of Canada. He's hardly a hack!

And further more if you hate Davis and his show so much you must be a fan because you're listening to it a heck of a lot closer than I am!

Let's not forget Davis was the one who broke the story that Austin was headed to Ole Miss despite Kent's reaction that it was untrue.

Handy Andy said...

Some positive thoughts
1. We are moving the ball, both running and passing.
2. Our defense is improving.
3. Our kicking game is excellent.
4. Our Offensive line is playing well.
5. The season is less than 1/4 over. Lots of time left. We have to have a better record than three teams to make the playoffs. Most teams are only two wins ahead of us with 14 games to go.
6. Grey Cup of July goes to Calgary. Let's remember the real Grey Cup goes out in November.
7. We will get some of our starters back. Not all of them are gone for the year.
8. A win this Sunday will be huge.

Anonymous said...

Davis has been clear in his writings of the Rider's trouble thus far that he DOES NOT advocate the firing of Chamblin.

Anonymous said...

If Mullinder is your best, Abou is certainly your worst. Bringing the two of them on together makes MAM look even more stupid.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous Replies,
The JOKE is yourself and the riderville buffoons who continue to accept the perpetual losing of the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club, 0 - 5 after this week-end after the Tiger Cats of Hamilton eviscerate those bumbling fools on Taylor Field! Joke; How many Roughriders does it take to bumble fumble a sure handed touchdown on national television, two. That funny, who called that embarrassing play? HC? or Gm on the sidelines waving his arms?

Anonymous said...

Yes, let's point out what Chamblin has done...

1) won the Grey Cuo in 2013
2). See point number one.

Nuff said

Anonymous said...

Here's a JOKE,
How many bumbling fat guy Saskatchewan Roughriders does it take to knock noggins on national tv and drop a sure fire touchdown?

PS, Lol, Roughriders laughing stock of the sports world.

Anonymous said...

Carteri is too much of a cheerleader to be an analyst or writer. His best description of a good play is usually wow Roddy. His best analysis is the all to familiar, I just don't know what to say!

Anonymous said...


Yes, lets blame Chamblin and Taman for two fat guys making a mistake and dropping a touchdown pass. Its only the way of the obnoxious Rider fan. For a fan-base that says they know so much about football, they come up with the stupidest comments. It really is embarrassing.

Anonymous said...

So if the two guys were not fat the play would have been successful ?