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Sunday, August 2, 2015

CHAMBLIN'S AIRPORT COMMENTS

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin met reporters at the Regina Airport upon the team's return from Edmonton and Friday's 30-5 loss to the Eskimos which dropped their record to 0-6.  Here are some of his quotes:

HOW DO YOU KEEP THE TEAM'S SPIRITS UP?

CC:  That's always tough, regardless of the situation.  The guys that were in that room last night are the same guys that have been in the room.  We'll sit down and find ways to not only have a good fight but always come out with the win.  That's the toughest thing right now - you're doing some things right and there are some things that are not being done right.  With all the things that we've had go against us, we have to find ways to get out of it.

HOW MUCH OF THIS IS ON YOUR SHOULDERS?

CC:  Being the head coach, that's a part of it.  It doesn't matter how much I want to take or don't want to take, being the head coach that's what it is.  The one thing I said I'd never do is start to point fingers which I never do.  My job is to give this team hope.  My job is to make sure that until it's actually done, to keep life and keep pushing this team forward.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO BETTER?

CC:  I can't throw the ball.  I can't run the ball.  Like anything else, I think I can just keep the course with what I'm doing.  Me doing something better, I'm not sure what a head coach could do better.  I'm constantly analyzing myself, analyzing where I am.  Doing better?  I can't give you that answer right now.  If I could, I would do it.

WHAT ABOUT ALL THE ADVERSITY THE TEAM'S FACED?

CC:  You guys understand that.  You can see that.  I'm never going to rely on an excuse.  I'm not built that way.  There's reality and there's excuses.  The reality is we have had adversity.  I think the good mark of any good football team and any good coach is fighting through the adversity and that's what we're doing.

WHY DID YOU PULL QB BRETT SMITH?

CC:  That had nothing to do with Brett's play at that point.  That was just one of those things where I told Jacques, "Let's see Tino".  That was not a negative towards Brett.  I told Brett, "You're not being pulled.  I just want to see Tino at this point".  It was at the point where the game wasn't going to be won.  A lot of people asked why we didn't leave Brett in to get those reps but we have to see what Tino has at this point also.

WHAT HAPPENED IN YOUR EXCHANGE WITH NIC DEMSKI?

CC:  The one thing you'll never see is me light into guys on the sideline.  That's very negative when you see that.  I get after the guys enough, but I don't like to do it on the sidelines.  I might have been wrong for doing it to Nic but I didn't light into Nic.  The actual conversation was about me saying, "This is an opportunity for you to fight.  Don't have your head down".  That's what I lit into him about, because he had his head down.  I never want to see a player come off the field with his head down.  I don't care what the situation is -- never give up.  That's what I got after is -- don't ever put your head down.

58 comments:

Anonymous said...

Chamblin's excuses have run out and the final result will happen Sunday afternoon or Monday morning. So long, see yuh !

Anonymous said...

To do a coaching change at this time of the year with the circumstances the way they are, I see no benefit unless of course there is a lot more to this as I suppose he has lost the room. This according to Garry Lawless of TSN..... http://www.tsn.ca/cfl/video/chamblin-s-days-with-the-riders-at-an-end~670256
Polkabill from the Peg

Anonymous said...

Well, let's out the Rider Executive who leaked this information to an outsider and lynch him also while we're at it.

Anonymous said...

CC"The one thing you'll never see is me light into guys on the sideline."
CC"I might have been wrong for doing it to Nic but I didn't light into Nic."

then

CC"That's what I lit into him about, because he had his head down"

So what was it, did you light into him or not?

Anonymous said...

I feel bad for Chamblin because the print media sharks & 2nd Tier radio guys have the pitchforks out and pounding the stake into the ground at Mosaic. The team is hurting but Chamblin doesn't deserve the level of venom hurled at him. His age is showing through and he's made some errors both on the field & in the context of his interviews that are adding to the stress. Its clear he feels he can't admit to them because again, the public perception detailed by the media hacks and the arm chair GM's on the blogs will simply add fuel to the fire. Everybody loves you when your winning - Chamblin may be on the ropes but he certainly doesn't deserve the treatment he's been getting.

Riders on the Storm said...

Rumours of CC getting canned from Lloydminster radio station I hope are just rumours. He's our best chance at fighting through this mess. Don't give up on him! We will pull out of this.

Anonymous said...

Dead man walking.

Curtis said...

When CC says "I'm not sure what a head coach could do better" is the answer of a guy who is in trouble. When any of us are asked that same question, we know ourselves what we can do better.

If CC does not know how he is to improve then how is he supposed to improve. I am NOT advocating for a coaching change in mid-season that does not work. However, there needs to be a serious review of the entire football operations at the end of the year. From the GM to coaches to scouting it all needs to be evaluated. If changes need to be made then, fine, but go with a plan of moving forward. But this club has evolved from making reactionary moves that solve nothing.

Rod McNabb said...

Well said.

Anonymous said...

Who cares what Chamblin even has to say at this point. Love it.

Anonymous said...

Man i used to be a huge chamblin fan. But i guess tough times truely measure a mans character.

Anonymous said...

No doubt that the Riders would be at or above .500 save for the fact that injuries robbed our coach of Durant, then Glenn, Emery and Brown and an ongoing cast of others- key players on the D and O. Another coach won't provide what the team lacks due to injuries. Its all about 2016 now.

Anonymous said...

Would YOU want to coach the Riders with the type of fans in this province...would anyone? "We're with you win or tie!"

Anonymous said...

2nd tier radio guys. Why are you being so kind to those clowns?

Anonymous said...

The Rider Executive who is buds with Winnipeg's Lawless needs to have his position terminated asap.

Anonymous said...

My Dad says he has a source who told him on Saturday that Paul Lapolice will be coming in very soon as the new head coach and will appoint Mike Benevides as his Defensive Co-ordinator.

Dennis kreklewich said...

the guy that should be fired is the guy that call himself the GM not CC

Dennis kreklewich said...

the guy that should be fired is the guy that call himself the GM not CC

Anonymous said...

the guy that should be fired is the guy who is the GM not CC you trade away our first around draft picks a get older guys does work in this league also why are we getting the most penta lies it's because of are age of the team

Anonymous said...

It was/is Chamblin's ego/arrogance/defiance that got him into this situation. A more humble man taking and admitting accountability for the error of his ways following the first 3 losses would have received more respect and tolerance and optimism for positive changes being on the way.

Anonymous said...

I really feel for the coach. He has made some mistakes, etc., but does not deserve the level of criticism that he is getting. Unfortunately, when a team is struggling it can get ugly fast.
I feel Taman needs to act quickly here and either support his coach or fire him as the rumours suggest. Really poorly done by the organization.

Anonymous said...

While there's no doubt Chamblin has taken on too much and pissed off a lot of people, at the end of the day a coach can only do so much with the horses he's been given. Before everyone says injuries aren't preventable the fact is the older your team is the more injuries become an issue. That's on Taman. And who hired Taman, Jim Hopson. It's first and foremost on Jim for this debacle.

Anonymous said...

It is always easier to coach when you are doing well. The character of people show when things start to slide. If they change HC this better not allow Taman, scouting, and recruiting off the hook. Looks like there are bigger issues. Never fails in any sport when GM's and coaches receive long term deals a comfort sets in. Sports is always a what have you done for me lately profession. Too many injuries, getting to old, bad trades, recruiting, it is probably a mixture of all. But it comes back to management and coaching as there perception was this team was better than it is.

Anonymous said...

rest assured Taman is in the process of protecting his own ass. If that means firing his chosen HC then I believe he will. Injuries were the cause of this mess but neither the coach nor the GM stepped up to the plate. Poor drafting, poor trades by the GM and not at least admitting he could do a better coaching job is on the coach. For a guy that claims to not throw his players under the bus it sure seems like he does.

Anonymous said...

Way too much criticism, led by the media -esp the guy from WPG who thinks he has any sort of credibility. Lay off and give the coach a break. Yes, the Riders are in a tough position, but it is never as bad as it is made out to be and the season is not lost.
As for the guy in WPG, wonder if he has ever made any mistakes or made wrong/questionable decisions ??? Guys like him taint the media profession and create cynicism and distrust.
Report the news - don't create the news story.

Rider Nation - Stay Strong and Loyal !

Anonymous said...

I am sorry, no team in the league can absorb 2 quarterback injuries like we have and win. Add to that the other injuries and you won't win.
Chamberlin's message has been positive and working hard. I can't fault him for those messages. It is what needs to be said, and what needs to be done.
I am not happy for our defensive scheme's but that seems to be improving.
I wish the damm players would stop taking stupid preventable penalties.
Edmonton is the best team in the league right now defensively and I think we looked ok for one practice and the third stringer.

Anonymous said...

Demski still hasn't did anything...

I suggest two scenarios:

1) He is either another Shomari Williams; or

2) Maybe if, or by the time, he does become something, the timing would then be perfect for him to bolt to Winnipeg...

Sorry folks... but I think I am still p*ssed at Shomari and what a disappointment he turned out to be.

Anonymous said...

"poor drafting, poor trades"

Such a lazy mentality behind the need for some to throw out baseless comments with no evidence to support their allegation.

Was Heenan as bad choice because he decided to go to the NFL? No one is accusing Huff of that when Jones went south. Was Demski a bad choice? Have not heard anyone saying that. Was Ainsworth a bad choice?

Was the Emery such a bad deal? Only because of his injury, but going for a younger player and a Canadian at linebacker made sense. If Foley was still here, you can bet the same lazy comments would be made about him and the team being too old. And you don't see Foley with many if any sacks thus far. What was the other "bad trade"?

These anonymous posters are of course free to throw out any unsubstantiated comments, but the credibility behind the statements is ZERO.

And funny how these same lazy comments seem to buy the fantasy that all the injuries have not lead to the sad state of affairs for the team. The team was ready to roll in 2015 with a great mix of talent, youth and vets and then the roof caved in. The notion that the lower paid back-ups are somehow as proficient as the higher paid injured players who won their jobs at training camp is ridiculous.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Week was short and you need to let players rest but don't extenuating circumstances require extra effort? Maybe squeeze in a extra practice. At least for offence. How many receivers went offside? Looked like nobody knew what to expect from cadence.

Anonymous said...

They let Chamblin go now, I hope they go 0-18

Marc said...

I am so glad our coach feels he can not do things any better, I would hate to have our team win a game or an onfield decision be a good one. I have stood up for this coach, but those comments drive me nuts!!!!!

Anonymous said...

When the driver (Chamblin) says "I can just keep the course" and not seeing the cliff ahead, at what point are those still on the (band)wagon going to jump off? And yes, I'm off, and nobody needs to tell me to stay off.

Anonymous said...

My Mom always said, "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything." So I'm not publishing my opinion about Chamblin or Taman.

TB

Anonymous said...

This is not a personality/popularity contest.
It's about perfomance - wins and loses.
Since the Grey Cup win CC has not done the job!!!!!
It's simple, you do not do the job then you're fired.

Anonymous said...

Old Hank: Go back over BT's record, both in Regina and Winnipeg. I just don't see him the equal to Buono, Huff, Popp, Austin/Tillman, Barker and possibly the Eskie GM(name escapes me). He is not still in Winnipeg for a reason.

Dave in the Hat

Anonymous said...

Faceless posters have been told on many occasions that there is a next man up attitude. This would imply a similar performance level. It would appear that the backups are playing up to the level of the starters. The D was not good last year and would have and is taking a step back this year. Funny to see Alex Hall roll into the offence for yet another penalty. The offensive penalties are all by vets. The third and one fumble fest looked like last year. Last year we were lucky this year the talent and coaching is closer to reality. Man up an admit it's rebuilding time, accept no excuses, find someone to do the job and do it. Edmonton did it not to long ago but then they are not willing to accept a decade of losing. Maybe it's time to let go of the Old fan mentality

New Hank

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing that we all know so much about what the coach is doing wrong; what the GM is doing wrong; what is going on in the locker room; even what every player's assignment is on every play! I have been a Rider fan and a CFL fan for a lot of years and probably watch more games than most. I watch every team play every game. But I will not profess to know what goes on behind closed doors and cannot give advice to coaches and GMs or players. I simply love the game. So give the team, including management and coaches, a break. No coach is going to have any success with the injuries we have sustained in key positions. Let them handle this situation. They certainly don't need help from "fans". The one who deserves criticism is whoever spoke to Garry Lawless; IF someone did; and Garry Lawless himself. Lower your expectations for one year. The Riders will fight through this without criticism and useless advice. They have given us a hell of a ride for the past ten years and will again.

SkRoughie said...

Well said CC. Still thinking Taman should be the one to go. Bring in O'day a Saskatchewan guy. Not Winnipegs sloppy seconds.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, it was a GREAT 10 years so lets all chill and be happy to get to a decade of losing. Get back to that mediocrity and just be happy we have a team. Winning was just to stressful. Rider Fans everywhere..Don't worry..Be happy.

Old Sarcasm

Anonymous said...

Taman is a Saskatchewan guy.

Hate to break it to you Dave in the Hat, but Buono, Huff, Austin/Tillman, Popp, Barker and Hervey are not available to come to Saskatchewan. They will retire where they are. What potential GM is out their with the ability to do a better job than Taman/O'Day and bring us another Grey Cup?

Doug in the Cap

Shirley White said...

In order to survive as a Coach in Saskatchewan you have to be "a media" guy. Once the media turns on the coach he is done which is what has happened to Chamblin. I think it is best for Chamblin to be fired. He will Never regain the support of the media. He has taken on too much with being the D. C. And Head Coach. He needs to start over somewhere else and learn to mind his P & Q, The team needs a coach they can be proud of ,especially when they are losing. I don't think the team respects their coach.

Anonymous said...

Nobody wants ten years of losing and nobody wants to accept mediocrity. We should not be happy about it. But that does not mean that we have to give useless advice and criticism. We all talk like we are football experts but we do not live and breath football like the coaches and players do and quite simply do not have that kind of knowledge. We should worry. We should not be happy. But we could be respectful, stand behind the team and let the real football experts make the decisions regarding solutions to the present situation. A new coach and GM will not heal the guys on the injury list and midseason changes often lead to five coaches in three years scenario; which in turn leads to ten years of mediocrity. That is stressful.

Anonymous said...

Chamblin is a dead man walking. Unless he can pull a rabbit out of a certain part of his anatomy, he's gone for sure the end of the year, so why not do it now?? I'd be more conciliatory about the guy, but his mouthing off in the media has done nothing to aid his case. I wouldn't doubt he has told Taman and the rest to put it where the sun don't shine. His time is up. Time to move on. Yes, don't like to see this happen, but he's lost control of his team, and if Taman doesn't do anything, the fan base wont show up to games, and the board, the team and the fans know that. And that's the only thing keeping Rider Pride together right now is the fan support. the way its going now is the Riders are going 0-18 then both Taman and Chamblin are gone. Brendan has to cover his rear......

Anonymous said...

You are right on the money Shirley! I have heard vicious attacks against coaches before, but the rhetoric from Darrell Davis topped them all. He is one vicious pundit who held nothing back for sure. I sensed things turn against Chamblin soon after he said the words, "Bullshit" when asked a lame question from the lovable LP writer Murray McCormick.

If I had been a media adviser to Chamblin, I would have instructed him to stick to the standard coach cliches - "we all have to do better", we will continue to work at solving our mistakes" etc. and stay away from any expression of emotion. I think if he was 10 years older and more experienced, he would have not dropped the BS bomb and brought the attack dogs out against him.

Now it will become the Paul Lapolice show for a while. No other decent unemployed head coaches out there that I can think of.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Is there going to be a live Sports Cage on holiday Monday?

Anonymous said...

Doug in the Cap
A few things:
I don't recall advocating for those GMs, I was merely lamenting the fact that those teams have GMs capable of finding quality talent, although the jury is still out on Hervey(thanks for the name).
Cap-Hat, you are hilarious, good pick up on the name, Cap being a shortened version of where? Just wondering.
Taman has failed in 2 locations, maybe there is an assistant GM that's ready to move up, maybe even our own. Why do the Riders always have to settle? That is my point, why settle?
Dave in Medicine Hat

Anonymous said...

The only relevance Chamblin's public comments have is if they can be proven to have negatively impacted the players -- NOT if they offend the fan base or media. We expect the coach to have a thick skin, but it doesn't work the other way around? But there might be something to this talk about him losing the room, especially if preventable mistakes like the penalties keep on happening. Regardless, that's for the football ops guys to determine.

Having said that, injuries DO matter and they are not spread out evenly across the CFL. Coaches and players can't use them as an excuse -- because as soon as you think you've got a reason to lose, you will back that up with your play. But if injuries didn't matter, then why do teams try to acquire these guys in the first place? Because you don't win with a team of replacement players.

Rod Pedersen said...

Yes there will be.

The Professor said...

Dave,
How can you say Taman "has failed in two locations"? - rebuild in 2012, Grey Cup in 2013, in Sask. He may well have won one in Winnipeg in 2007 too 'cept for the injury to his starting QB. Not sure why he is blamed for the current situation given so many of the excellent players he signed or retained got injured. He did a good job in retaining Dressler for the long term, and Durant. Ensuring the return of Chick too. There seems to be little objectivity from haters it seems.

Anonymous said...

Taman is lucky that Chamblin is so obstinate. His stubbornness and refusal to accept any blame have deflected the lynch mob from Taman.

The truth is they both should go. But there's no sense in gunning Taman if O'Day is the replacement because he doesn't have any more connections than Taman does.

Greg Marshall

Anonymous said...

I can't afford to pay 2 coaches and 2 GM's their salaries for the next 4 years. Geez the organization has been chizzling the fans over the past few years and will be with this new stadium coming. So paying 2 GM's and 2 coaches for next 4 years wil hurt everyone.
Let's ride thru this riders, cause that's what rough riders do.

Good luck, we are human remember .

Anonymous said...

Finally a few intelligent and reasonable opinions. Injuries do matter. Starters are starters for a reason. And Taman has brought in good players. That is obvious by the amount of good young talent that other teams lured away after 2013 by offering more money. And Chamblin has not been proved to be a bad coach; only a coach that is a victim of bad circumstances. Loosing Durant two years in a row was not something he coached for. And the unfortunate fact that Tino only looks decent in training camp; cannot function in regular season. Difficult to bring in a good young QB and retain him i.e. Drew Willy.

Anonymous said...

At last, a few reasonable comments. Injuries do matter. Starters are starters for a reason. Taman has brought in some good young talent as evidenced by the amount of players we have lost to other teams who have lured them away with large salaries. A few very vocal fans seem to think that the pastures are greener everywhere else. They want everyone else's QB, coach, GM, scout, etc. Even in 2013, Durant was criticized! All other teams have had some tough years; just look at Edmonton and Winnipeg for starters. Yes, the Riders are in tough this year but I, for one, would like to see the core of this team back next year with Durant at the helm. And that includes having Taman and Chamblin back. Chamblin has not proven to me that he is a bad coach; only that he is the victim of bad circumstances. Any business anywhere would be having a tough time with one third of their staff out with injuries but they would not fire their leaders. They would dig in their heels and try to fight through it. The Riders are trying to fight through this and could sure use some support.

Anonymous said...

Some have such thin skin. Open season to dump on the coach but should he ever fire back we can't handle that. The guy is giving his all and deserves to see it through. Tries to remain confident and positive to keep the team that way. Let him do his job and let's see how we end up. Bet he is twice the coach after coming through this. Problem is he won't want to use that experience here and I wouldn't blame him. As my Stamps friend said, let's see how good your fans are when losing. That's the true test for coaches and GMs and Presidents, board and fans.

Anonymous said...

wtf....4 year extension? hands are tied folks..aka,greg marshall...does rider nation foot another coaching contract windfall?..miller-marshall,now chamblin? at some point one must look at who gives these long-term deals,then they too should be held accountable!!

Anonymous said...

Prof: I bring you 20114. No solid QB behind the starter, little depth, couldn't survive the loss of his QB. Other teams seem to be able to. The Argos for one. Winnipeg in 2007, failed to have an adequate backup behind his QB starter. Just saying he seems to be made of Teflon here, I disagree.

Anonymous said...

"No solid QB behind the starter"

WTF! Kevin Glenn was leading the CFL in passing before he got hurt!

Anonymous said...

we've lost 2 QB 3 of our best defense players and some of you want to fire coach and general manager (GIVE YOUR HEAD A SHAKE)