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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

RIDERS CLEAN HOUSE, ROLL THE DYCE

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced on Monday they have fired head coach Corey Chamblin, and vice president of football operations and general manager Brendan Taman.

The Roughriders are coming off a 35-13 loss to Ottawa on Sunday that dropped their record to 0-9. They are the only winless club in the CFL this season and sit in the West Division basement - six points behind the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who are 3-6.

"We are not meeting our expectations or our standards on the field and these changes were necessary to move us forward,'' said Riders president and CEO Craig Reynolds.

"Brendan and Corey worked tirelessly for this organization and I thank them for all that they have done for our team. But we are in a results oriented business and the current position of our team is unacceptable and this decision was necessary for us to build this team towards sustained success.''

Both vacated positions will be filled on an interim basis with a full search being conducted at seasons end. Jeremy O'Day has been named interim VP of football operations and general manager, while Bob Dyce has been named interim head coach.

Chamblin led Saskatchewan to a Grey Cup in 2013, but this season was a struggle right from Week 1 when starting quarterback Darian Durant went down with a season-ending injury. Veteran back-up Kevin Glenn followed Durant with an injury, leaving rookie Brett Smith at pivot.

Chamblin joined the Riders in 2012 and went 29-34.

CKRM/Sportsnet CFL insider Arash Madani broke the story Monday night and provided the following analysis...

MADANI COMMENTS ON 620 CKRM ON THE FIRINGS

"I think there might some kind of impression that Brendan Taman went down on the sword -- that he was told to fire Chamblin or he'd be out the door as well.  However the information I've been given is that that's not the case at all.

"Taman was, at this point, ready to part ways with Chamblin as the coach.  He knew he lost the team with how things shook down Sunday in Ottawa and it was time to turn the page.  But by that point it was too late.  The organization had decided it was time to end their time with the GM and the coach.  A GM whose first coaching hire was Corey Chamblin - a coach that brought them a championship - and was not given an opportunity to hire a second head coach.  That's what's most puzzling of all."

ON O'DAY AND DYCE

"At this point there was no other option.  You're not going to bring in a head coach worth his salt to take over an 0-9 team, to be a dead-man walking, with no quarterback, with no assurances past this year.  You had to go internally, you had to find somebody and the show has to go on, not only for Labour Day, the Banjo Bowl and the remainder of the season.  That's how things will be moving forward.  I'll be surprised if at sometime Jeremy O'Day isn't named the full-time GM in the months ahead but there will be a national search for the next head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders."

THE OTTAWA GAME WAS THE LAST STRAW FOR CHAMBLIN

"Totally agree.  Corey Chamblin lost his football team in Ottawa with how that all shook down.  Going with Tino Sunseri, a guy they weren't even fans of last season, cut in training camp, and you're supposed to be evaluating and developing for the future and you bench Brett Smith because of a sideline altercation in an emotional game?  These are supposed to be grown men and grown professionals making intelligent decisions.  This wasn't one.  While it wasn't the cause of Chamblin's demise, it was definitely the final straw that had him leave midway through this 2015 season."

(With files from the Canadian Press)

82 comments:

Anonymous said...

The board got it right on this one, now the search begins for the right people!

Anonymous said...

Thank god it's about time both were an embarrassment to this organization!!!

Anonymous said...

BINGO!!!

Now I can sleep tonight.

Owen Nine

w said...

Thanks Coach Chamblin.
I believe he did his job with the best intentions everyday.

Anonymous said...

Never good to see someone loose his job however the ego this guy had when he stated how he's very employable...guess time will tell! O'day isn't the answer yet, like "Justin" "he's just not ready" but needs an extension as assistant gm and possibly director of player personnel.

Anonymous said...

Not so sure that Tamen should have been fired. I can't see that he did any thing wrong.

Pat Strain said...

Finally .

Anonymous said...

No he wasn't the first! Mike Stackhouse from Yorkton beat him to the punch. Here's the release:

News Release

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have relieved VP, football operations & general manager Brendan Taman, and head coach Corey Chamblin of their duties with the Football Club.

“We are not meeting our expectations or our standards on the field and these changes were necessary to move us forward,” stated Riders President & CEO Craig Reynolds.

“Brendan and Corey worked tirelessly for this organization and I thank them for all that they have done for our team,” continued Reynolds. “But we are in a results oriented business and the current position of our team is unacceptable and this decision was necessary for us to build this team towards sustained success.”
Both vacated positions will be filled on an interim basis with a full search being conducted at seasons end. Jeremy O’Day has been named interim VP, football operations & general manager, while Bob Dyce has been named interim head coach.

News Release

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today they have relieved VP, football operations & general manager Brendan Taman, and head coach Corey Chamblin of their duties with the Football Club.

“We are not meeting our expectations or our standards on the field and these changes were necessary to move us forward,” stated Riders President & CEO Craig Reynolds.

“Brendan and Corey worked tirelessly for this organization and I thank them for all that they have done for our team,” continued Reynolds. “But we are in a results oriented business and the current position of our team is unacceptable and this decision was necessary for us to build this team towards sustained success.”
Both vacated positions will be filled on an interim basis with a full search being conducted at seasons end. Jeremy O’Day has been named interim VP, football operations & general manager, while Bob Dyce has been named interim head coach.

Anonymous said...

Hey 'Great Coach' who's the boss now?

Gary said...

Great news, I'm proud of the boards decision. With this new leadership, we will redefine our goals and have a new beginning. GO RIDERS GO!

Anonymous said...

Jim Hopson you owe the Roughriders $1.5 million for your stupid decision to fire Tillman and give these clowns long term contracts. THIS IS 100% ON YOU JIM!!!

Anonymous said...

Your an idiot. Taman's record as a GM 83-105-1.

Anonymous said...

O'Day and Dyce ...... now that's a confidence builder.

Anonymous said...

Go be great somewhere else! I will bet dollars to dimes coach C doesn't head coach in the CFL ever again and Taman doesn't GM anywhere. Best of luck to their futures

The Woz said...

So since 2013 we have fired our oc, dc, hc and gm. And now we have oday in the chair to rebuild for the rest of the year....what connections does he have?

Oh well the mob got its wish once again. It is back to the 1980s circus.

Who is going to want to join the organization where the mob runs the show and torches someone every year.....well i tuess someone who wants to get rich in a hurry. Come on in sign a long term contract and when we torch you then you will be a millionaire.....

Good decision on chamblin. Bad decision on Taman.

I guarantee that three months from now they will announce that oday is the new gm because they looked outsidevand could find no one better. But hey now you guys can sleep and dream of the next person to get fired.

Anonymous said...

Goes to show how much Luc and Rod know.
Luc has far to much of a players perspective and not enough realizm. Rod just agrees with him and his buddy Arash.

Anonymous said...

Don't let the door hit your visor on the way out.

Anonymous said...

The people have spoken and The HC and GM are gone. Guess the reporters in Wpg weren't wearing green sunglasses like Rod!

Anonymous said...

Roddy is back on the team plane!

Ryan

Anonymous said...

After the Grey Cup:

- Chamblin started to get freaky with his benching of the running backs for a fumble - that is weird!

- Chamblin, more recently, now pulls and benches QB's for interceptions (strange how Kevin Glenn was not pulled for his once a game interception

- Chamblin cuts Sunseri, then brings him back along with two others from U of Wash and U of Alabama... What gives Chamblin (and Taman), get rid of Sunseri and let the others in... Oh well, someone else will now have to get rid of Sunseri

- Chamblin decides that he is such a good HC, and also such a good Def Coach, that he will now do both... Suddenly the team loses focus and the Head Coach does not look so good with the results.

Thanks for the Grey Cup Chamblin, but you should have stuck with what worked --- PS, don't get so freaky!

Kel (outside the fish bowl)

Randolph said...

Maybe this is the way a rebuild should happen. You could have a .500 record and fool yourself that you are a legitimate playoff contender. This way, you realize that more than one component needs fixing to right the ship. Like the Detroit Lions in 2008, sometimes it takes a stinker season to get your act together.

Anonymous said...

We want Trestman!

We want Trestman!

We want Trestman!

K

Anonymous said...

Good Riddance. Maybe now we'll get some leadership from the likes of Chick, Dressler and Labatt, I believe the egotist had them on a gag order.

Anonymous said...

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bobd said...

I don't know about BT but it was clear yesterday that Corey had lost the room and that is a fatal infliction. I suspect BT stood up for Corey and that is why he took the gas pipe too.

It's sad given what these two did for the franchise, and they weren't responsible for the injuries that beset the team; however, after supporting them up until yesterday, it was clear Corey had lost the players so he had to go. I think BT was just too loyal....at least that is my guess.

Sad.

Anonymous said...

OMG

Anonymous said...

lost all respect for chamblin after leaving tino in all game...sooo disrespectful to the team and all of "rider nation"!! just wish the organization could have made these two shag balls @ practice,fill water bottles,do team laundry etc.,etc.,to repay some of the $$$$ they will not "earn" now! now in last five years rider nation is paying for the marshall debacle,miller "payout",now taman-chamblin salaries,all under the watchful eye of a former school teacher...did hoppy teach accounting 101?

Anonymous said...

lawless was wrong. had chamblain left smith in the game, he's still the riders HC.

Anonymous said...

Driving between MJ and Regina listening to some country tunes when on comes Scruffy and Rod with the news I had been waiting to hear. Good job gents!


Perry

Anonymous said...

A GM whose first coaching hire was Corey Chamblin - a coach that brought them a championship - and was not given an opportunity to hire a second head coach. That’s what's most puzzling of all."


Really Mr. Madani?

You must forget that Taman was the GM of the Blue Bombers, and after getting to the Grey Cup in 2007, Winnipeg hasn’t made the playoffs since! Look what mess he left there. And this comes as puzzling?

Let’s hope it doesn’t take the Riders 8+ years to recover from the Taman experiment!

Anonymous said...

They need to go outside the organization for the GM after the season. O'day, a career 'rider, has not learned a thing except what a mediocre team has taught him. We need someone who can bring new ways of doing things, new connections, new strategies.

As well, when the new coaches watch the film, any player that has "quit" on a coach or organization needs to be shown the door. Professional, adult players need to play for themselves, a paycheque and pride. This isn't a grade 7 basketball team that won't play because they are upset their buddy is benched. There are many people lining up to play pro football, the scouts just need to find the next one.

Rob in S'toon

Anonymous said...

- Chamblin started to get freaky with his benching of the running backs for a fumble - that is weird!


To be fair, Sheets just didn’t fumble. So if he did, he may have been part of that revolving circus too

Curtis said...

Now the Riders faithful do not have CC and Brendan to whine about any more.

This is a situation that where it will be very difficult to attract the quality GM and HC that the team needs to be successful. Be prepared that when a new GM is hired, they will have their own ideas who they want as the new HC. Then a new HC will then pick their own OC and DC and so on. One could expect a totally new coaching staff next year.

That means in addition to picking up the salaries for CC and BT, the Riders could also be on the hook for the contracts of the entire coaching staff. All told, this was probably a $ 2 Million dollar decision.

As for possible GM's the list is pretty narrow, but O'Day is on that list, but I would welcome other names as well. As for HC, Trestman should be a coach the Riders should target. If Trestman says no, who else is on the list ?

Anonymous said...

Unfortunate for a local boy in Taman to be fired. Difficult to know what the inside stories are. A GM hires his HC and shows faith in him to turn it around. The same faith the fan base wants the HC to show in his leadership role as the coach of a struggling team. Seems as though Taman's ability to show leadership and faith in people was his ultimate demise as he tied himself to a narcissistic leader whom interpreted all success was only a factor of himself...

"It is better to lead from behind and put others in front especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership" Nelson Mandela

I think that quote sums up Taman's relationship with CC

"No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself or get all credit for doing it" Andrew Carnegie

And I think that quote sums up CC

All the best to Brendan Taman, thanks for your hard work in your time as GM for the Roughriders.
LS

Anonymous said...

2016...Trestman!

Anonymous said...

And so mediocre football results descend for another decade is Sask. The new regime needs to win two games for a noticible improvement.
It's time to completely clean house. Get rid of all the Regina management structures including the media and replace them with sask based management. The Regina old boys have had their 100 plus year run of futility.

Danny said...

It's truly astonishing how quickly coaches and management personnel can go from heroes to zeros. Particularly for this team. The pitchfork mob was in top form on this one.

However, I almost get the sense that Chamblin WANTED out.

As for Taman...sure, he wasn't the greatest, but is there really a sea of better options out there?

Anonymous said...

Very good news for the team's future. I would absolutely not settle on O'Day as a permanent GM..

Anonymous said...

Trestman MIGHT take the GM and Head Coach if offered to him. Otherwise, he makes more as an OC in Jacksonville than we could offer. That one might be a dream unfortunately.

Calgary's assistant GM, John Murphy, will for sure be a top candidate. The problem is he is getting paid huge $$$ in Calgary and nobody wants to leave that organization. Too good of a situation under Hufnagel there.

There will be other good candidates emerge. The off-season is always interesting. We just have to get it right!!

Aaron Anderson

Randolph said...

You mean Joe Mack has left Canada?

Anonymous said...

Unless the Baltimore Ravens have the 32nd ranked offence in the NFL, Marc Trestman won’t be coming to the Riders

Mtl and Ham DC’s are the most notable names out there who don’t have HC experience. Benevedies and Lapo are the experience ones out there. Riders have had problems with defensive minded HC’s (Chamblin and Marshall). Is third time the charm?

Calgary’s asst GM should be given serious thought. With Hufnagel moving upstairs to be the GM only, this may be the time to snag him.

For all the heat Chapdelaine has taken, he has a pretty good record of developing QB’s (Lulay, Reilly, Dickensen played well under him, and now Smith has made big strides over 4 games). Might be something to remember since the Riders can’t rely on Durant staying healthy and need to find the next franchise guy.


CS

Anonymous said...

umm yeah..you are such an idiot..Where's tillman now ? Guess Grey cup wax nothing then...idiot...

Anonymous said...

Keep dreaming on Trestman

Anonymous said...

1) Tillman was not fired you fool, he resigned due to being guilty of criminal misconduct and for his own well-being. Know your local history before making such a stupid statement.

2) Trestman has a contract with Flaco's Ravens and will not leave the NFL for the CFL in 2016. He has been there, done that.

3) Orlando Steinhauer and Noel Thorpe will be in the mix, if the bombers don't grab him when they clear house at year end.

4) Aside from the injuries, the 65 yard field goal against Calgary and the Brett Smith/Tino decision Sunday sealed the fate on the Rider's 2015 season and its leadership. A winning streak was possible but destroyed due to bad choices.

5) Looking forward to Labour Day and some fun football with Brett Smith back at the controls. I like Bob Dyce, very smart man and wish him well.

6) 2016 will be a year to look forward to as our roster is replenished as key players like Durant, Brown and Emery return healthy, along with up and coming stars like Rossevelt, Knox J etc.

7) The #1 draft pick for 2016 should help with the O-line, as will the possible return of Ben Heenan.

8) The past is now the past and time to look forward and enjoy the football remaining before winter sets in.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

Woz: I hear you about the "80s circus" but Chamblin had to go based on his record, the dysfunction of the team and that last game. The players surely had quit on him. I'm not sure about Taman. If he would have made a move 5-7 games in when it was clear that this season was going nowhere he would still be GM more than likely. I am curious about what you think should have happened. Me, I never liked Taman, was very disappointed when he was brought in after the Tillman fiasco. There had to be better choices. You always defended him. So, again, based on the state of the ship, what would you have done?

Anonymous said...

The BOD did what needed to be done, and they have to be commended for taking the only action that made any sense. I'm pretty sure there will be a lot of unofficial contacts being made, and they won't start the process from a standing still position.

They must have looked at BT total body of work and why we tanked last season for lack of a QB. What if DD had been injured earlier. We most likely would have had a losing record and out of the playoffs. This season the inability to fix the defence and the inability to get the HC and team fixed showed he was no doubt deficient in some areas.

CC is author of his own demise and has nobody to blame other than himself. Taking the heat for his team, being more contrite, being less argumentative, etc would have gone a long way to ingratiate him with the media and fans.

We shouldn't be too sympathetic about the plight of both men since they will be heavily compensated. They are both closer to being millionaires that most of us will ever be. Their extremely lucrative situations can be attributed to Hopson. They were too handsomely rewarded for one good season and a Grey Cup. They hadn't proven they could repeat or for that matter even compete. Reynolds got saddled with that one. A case of too big a reward for too little resume.

They need to find not just a good or adequate replacement, we need something a cut above if we want to be a cut above. It would not be prudent to just promote the next guy up automatically. They did that with Taman and really that didn't end well. O'Day should tutelage a bit longer under a more experienced and winning example. Dyce is an adequate fill in but really wouldn't be on any other of the 8 teams short list should they be looking for a HC.

Trestman has been mentioned and it's doubtful he would come. However never say never. If you pay a salary equal to the HC and GM combined he may at least listen. He would want both titles. Whoever emerges can't be an "adequate", "good enough", or "convenient" hire. To be the best we need the best and that's something you can't compromise on.

These actions were needed but so much more needs to be done to get things straightened out.


Anonymous said...

All you clowns clamoring for Trestman, remember he won't be bringing AC as his QB.

A Bears fan that remembers his 2 year destruction of that team.

SK Oiler Fan said...

Agree on Chaimblin wanting out. His decisions and media avails kept getting weirder and weirder. Didn't make any sense. Everyone says he's a smart guy. He had to know as soon as he made the decision to finish the game with Sackseri that he was done. So why did he do it? He certainly had to know that his chances to win the game were less after that decision. Rod make some sense of this please. He just signed an extension and then he commits coaching suicide.
Could he show up with his buddy Tomlin shortly? That's the only thing I can think of.

Anonymous said...

Tamen supported the coach to far, had he fired him weeks ago he'd still be employed.

Anonymous said...

They have to put someone in from within the team, who else is would you suggest, Bill Bellicheck?

Anonymous said...

AC quarterback coach/offense coordinator 2016.

Anonymous said...

How many weeks is it since Chamblin told the Rider Nation where to stick it? Payback's a bitch.

Mike Stackhouse said...

I got it from Madani Twitter feed. He's always first with everything significant.

Anonymous said...

Lawless now predicting that the board of directors of the riders will explore all ways to get Tillman back as the GM of the Riders


Interestingly crazy

Anonymous said...

Ring Ring: Hello Craig Reynolds' office

Is Craig there?

No I'm sorry, Mr. Reynolds is out of the office right now. Can I take a message.

My name is Mike Gibson and I would like to talk to him a-s-a-p about an opening which has just been created.

I'll pass you through to his voicemail Mr. Gibson.


Warren File said...

"The organization is not meeting its goals on/off the field" ... who should go? The CEO despite his "prepared" statement.



Warren File said...

"The organization is not meeting its goals on/off the field" ... who should go? The CEO despite his "prepared" statement.

Nothing is going to improve with today's moves. The correct response from our Board should not be the assignment of blame but to recommend a corrective "best" course of action . There needs to be a shareholder meeting to clear the air, review the performance of the Board and CEO and move forward so that there might be a Rider Pride for our kids and grandkids to inherit.

This embarrassing mess did not and could not occur under the guidance of Jim Hopson because he understood the dynamics better than anyone. He is gone for a few months and the roof collapses,and our Rider organization has deteriorated to a joke. This is not about drinking beer, looking "good" on camera or responding to call-in shows. It has to be about sound management and forward thinking that is within the constraints of our economic reality.

RIDER PRIDE was based on a positive and collective support for our team.

Guess who is going to be the head coach of the team that kicks our ass the next time we might get to the West final?

Anonymous said...

Just a week ago 30% of us were idiots and wingnuts, now we're soothsayers and visionaries. LOL

Anonymous said...

Dyce's first order of business should be to cut Sunseri. I believe Chamblin wanted to get fired with all his asinine decisions - I would have ordered him on who to play until he resigned.

Anonymous said...

Like the Riders CKRM should clean house too. Your respones today on your blog stunned me. You are a broadcaster not a fan...... I am sure you will spin it some way but the Wpg media was right and you were wrong.

James said...

Interesting that somebody from out of town knew this was going down before our local sports people. Not in the loop Rod? I predict, years of discontent and lots of unhappy people. Myself, it was pretty entertaining football until the last game in Ottawa. Clear that the coach had lost the confidence of his players. Looking back, quite a few questionable coaching calls, they do tend to add up. How does one go from coach of the year to this in such a short time. His wheels fell off when he lost Darian, so it is clear just how important DD was to the team. Seems to me a lot of people wanted Darian out, don't you feel stupid now?

Anonymous said...

Time for a new Titan poll...

Anonymous said...

May we see Richie Hall back with the Riders in 2016??

Anonymous said...

I thought everybody wanted Bobby Dyce fired as special teams coordinator in the offseason because he was the weakest link on the coaching staff? Now he's the head coach?

Anonymous said...

Lawless is reporting that Saskatchewan wants Tillman back. I don't want him back. His ego is larger than Chamblin's and he left Saskatchewan in disgrace.

Let's continue the year with what we have and look at options after the season is over.

Lawless needs to adjust the potency level of whatever drugs he is on.

Anonymous said...

I was listening to a call in show yesterday after work, and there were people calling from across Canada but also internationally too. All of the callers were mad and wanted Chamblin gone.

I think the comments sections and call in shows are going to be quieter today.

Anonymous said...

Woz take off the rose colored glasses. Tamans team is 0-9 and the worst team in the league. You cant defend a GM when you look at that product. Its indefensible. Bring back ET.

Anonymous said...

Replacements???
Gibson - done in the CFL >> ask the Alouettes and Stampeders if they would have him back. Mike is coaching in the CIS for a reason.
Tillman: won't be back. That train left the station a few years ago.
Trestman: big money with the Ravens - can't afford him.
Benevides : not a HC. Wally gave him a shot in BC and it did not go very well. . He is a solid Defensive Co-ordinator but is not a HC.
Orlando Steinaur : not ready to be a HC. More experience required.
Anthony Cavillo : not going anywhere - Montreal is Home and he has no reason to leave.
Dave Dickenson : big dollars and will be Head Coach in Calgary next season.
Hufnagel and Wally staying where they are. Barker too. He may have been available if the ownership had not changed in Toronto, but is think he just signed a contract extension.
Austin : got a good thing going in Hamilton and will not leave. He is the GM and the HC and is paid accordingly .

Lapolice may be the best choice for HC .
O'Day is a good decision - he has learned his lessons well and will do a very good job. Glad he is here with the Riders.

Anonymous said...

This had to be done now,why wait until the end of the year things would only get worse. Start a new season now, play on a game by game basis as we are not going past the regular season anyway. O'Day and Dice will make the most of this opportunity and will be evaluated at seasons end. There will be lots of interest from outside the organiaztion at seasons end for these jobs. It was a mistake to offer Taman and Chamblin big extensions after one season with a "bought" one year team. I don't know what connections O'Day has but they can't be worse then Taman. Now releae Tino and Getzlaf.
Football is going to be fun again.

Anonymous said...

If this didnt happen, ther'ed be no one in the stands at Mosiac. How you go from Grey Cup Champions to a laughing stock in 1 1/2 seasons is shcoking. Chamblin sez that he dowesnt takcle or blaock mb ut neithe did his players.

The Woz said...

First off I don't understand anyones comments that 2013 was a "bought team". We were a few thiusand over the cap. Big hairy deal. And who exactly did we buy? The only guy i can think of is Geroy that everyone is referring to. One guy is "buying" a team. Frankly I would not trade that year for anything and like them or not I want to thank Taman and Chamblin for their efforts in bringing us that magical season.

Second I am hearing lots of people saying we should habe demoted Chamblin and forced him to do something else so he would quit and we would not have to pay him. Suggest you look at the law. There is something called constructive dismissal. Corey was hired as the hc. If you then move him into another position you have effectively dismissed him and the severance clauses of his contract kick in for the payout. Honestly people should stop thinking they are smarter than the people running this $30 million operation.

Regarding Taman. I disagree with the decision to tank him. He did not pull smith, and do all the other weird things like 65 yard fieldgoals and one fumble and you are benched or becoming dc and hc. And I still say he found talent. The new gm is in far better shape than taman was when tillman left. But his fault was that he condoned what Chamblin was doing and gave him way to much free reign to do all this weird stuff for whatever reason. So he is gone and life moves on.

O'Day will be the new gm. I hear that he has a solid relationship with Reynolds and frankly there is no one else out there. I still question what connections he has.

The new head coach will be Lapo although they will follow process and have a competition. But relationships are key in this business. O'Day is going to tie his can to someone he knows and gets along with. Lapo coached O'Day and he was here in our glory period to 2009 and is familiar with this fan circus. And to many knuckledraggers since the see him on the tsn panel drawing plays he must be smart. So he will be the popular choice. O'Day has no history with Benevides Steinauer, etc.

Anyway I enjoyed being a Rider fan for 2012 to 2014 and there are other periods in the past where I can't say that. So I thank Corey and Brendan for that part of my 40 year Rider journey and wish them the best. They both will not be unemployed long unless they want to be.

Anonymous said...

Greg Quick was hired as the DC and then had it taken away. Just maybe the "Constructve Dismissal Clause" whatever that is - should apply.

Anonymous said...

Woz; Are you not familiar with how Chamblin got rid of Craig Dickenson?

Anonymous said...

Woz: Craig Dickenson was hired as ST coach and how did that turn out? Another in your "constructive Dismissal Clause". What colour is the sky in YOUR world?

The Woz said...

Sorry not following your reference to Dickinson. He left because they wanted him to start working in January not April. But they still wanted him to be the ST coordinator. So yes they changed the terms of his contract but not the position so that is not constructive dismissal. The colour of the sky in my world is blue. Yiu?

Anonymous said...

Sorry , but when Kirk Penton comes out with a statement, there is substance behind it even if it's not 100%. He (and Lawless) were correct, except for a reluctant (gutless?) Craig Reynolds couldn't pull the trigger until well past the target. Taman's dismissal at this point should NOT be surprising....the fact it took until 0-9 should.
Granted it's easy to be an "arm-chair quarterback", but some of Chamblin's calls this season seemed to defy logic: his firing doesn't.

Anonymous said...

Woz: My color? I'm white, what does that matter? The sky? Not sure, been smoky and quite hazy lately. After last nite though, sunshine and lollipops and rainbows everywhere!!!

Anonymous said...

Not sure what you are drinking Warren but this is 100% Jim Hopson's fault! He should be paying the Riders $1.5 million for signing these clowns to four year contracts. Reynolds didn't do that. Reynolds had the stones to send them packing.

Will Chamblin be a head coach again someday? Doubtful. Bring back Tillman!

Anonymous said...

100% agree. Bring back Tillman. He should have never left!

Anonymous said...

Old Hank, Tillman was forced to resign. Hopson's ego got in the way and now we're a laughing stock. Those are the facts!

Anonymous said...

No I'm pretty sure the fact that we haven't won a game this year and the fact that our GM is 83-105-1 had as much to do with the pitchforks.

MarcioWilges said...

They must have had thorough discussions amongst the players to be able to come up with the decision on the removals of the two high posts personnel. Despite many years of being together as a team, the slight turn of events still need to be executed in order for them to progress forward with better management.