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Sunday, September 20, 2015

MOSAIC PLACE RECAP: REDBLACKS 30 ROUGHRIDERS 27


REGINA - The Saskatchewan Roughriders gave Chris Milo the boot earlier this season in favour of veteran Paul McCallum. On Saturday, Milo was happy to return the favour.

Milo, who signed with Ottawa on Aug. 1, hit three of four field goal attempts - including the go-ahead 14-yarder with six seconds remaining - to guide the Redblacks to a 30-27 comeback victory over the host Roughriders.

Ottawa won its third game in a row and improved to 7-4, while Saskatchewan dropped to 1-11 in front of 30,480 fans at Mosaic Stadium.

"It felt good. You always want to do well against teams that let you go,'' said Milo, who spent four seasons with Saskatchewan. "This team is progressing and playing good football and at the end of the day our ultimate goal is to compete for first place in the division.''

Milo's kick helped him atone for his missed convert with 2:34 left in the fourth quarter that would have put Ottawa up 28-24. The Riders' Tristan Jackson returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards and three plays later McCallum booted a 37-yard field goal to tie the game at 27. Ottawa decided not to receive the kickoff and pivot Henry Burris guided the Redblacks on a seven-play, 68-yard drive capped off with Milo's winning field goal.

"It was all about taking what they gave us,'' Burris said about the drive. "I had to use my feet at times to move the chains and just chip away. There was plenty of time and no need to rush things.''

Burris threw for 477 yards and two touchdowns in the game, relying heavily on receiver Chris Williams (eight catches, 137 yards, one TD). Ottawa's Ernest Jackson caught six balls for 101 yards while Greg Ellingson had 45 yards receiving to go along with a TD.

The Redblacks trailed 20-14 at halftime, but outscored Saskatchewan 16-6 in the final two quarters. It was a similar story last week against the B.C. Lions, when Ottawa outscored the Leos 17-0 in the second half en route to a 31-18 victory. In its last three games, Ottawa has outscored teams 54-9 in the second half.

"We make great adjustments at half time. As the game goes on, our team figures out a lot of the things the other team is doing and we put ourselves in position to be successful,'' Burris said. "Saskatchewan is a great team and their defence played a heck of a game tonight, but we found ways that could help us be successful and at the end of the day it helped us win a big game.''

Kevin Glenn, who was activated off the six-game injured list this week to replace Brett Smith, went 16 of 29 for 227 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for the Riders (1-11). Naaman Roosevelt hauled in three catches for 95 yards and a touchdown for Saskatchewan while Jerome Messam rattled off 53 yards on 10 carries. McCallum hit 4 of 5 field-goal attempts.

It was another case of close, but no cigar for Saskatchewan.

"I certainly can't question the guys' effort, but some of the little challenges we've had in the past came back in this game at inopportune times and we weren't able to finish with the victory,'' Rider head coach Bob Dyce said. "Whether it's a procedure call or sack that takes you out of field goal range, those are things that have to be corrected.''

Glenn moved into seventh all-time in CFL career passing yards, passing Matt Dunigan. Burris made his 215th career start, ranking him fifth all-time in the CFL.

John Chick, who recorded one sack for the Riders, now has seven sacks in his last seven games. Roosevelt's 71-yard touchdown catch was the longest scoring play for Saskatchewan this season.

(Canadian Press/Craig Slater)


POSTGAME COMMENTS

HEAD COACH BOB DYCE

- When you look at the big picture of things, we had a few errors that cost us at times.  I don't think the game should've been this close.  We didn't score touchdowns and we could'nt hold them when we needed to.  I didn't think it should've been that close.

- I think special teams, at times, gave us the ball in good field position.  You need to capitalize.  We had takeaways that we didn't get points from and that cost us in the end.

- At times I thought our D-line, we don't send a lot of pressure, but the front four battled all game.  T-Brack got in there at times.  Offensively I'd like to see it more consistent so we don't get in 2nd-and-long situations.

- It's funny you say I'm in a tough spot.  As a coach, you're always thinking about winning each week and putting the best players on the field.  Jeremy and I will sit down and see what the plan is for the future.  For me, my thought process doesn't change.  I plan to put the best players out there next week to beat Montreal.

- Disheartened for the guys.  I told them after the game I can't fault their effort but some of the challenges of the past came back and cost us the victory.

- That's a good question (why the problems keep costing them).  Whether it's a procedure at one time or a sack that takes you out of field goal range, those are things that have to be corrected.

- The final timeout call was a miscommunication and I'll take that.  Coach Quick was talking to Brack and I hustled in late and he didn't understand my instructions.  I didn't want to take a time out at that time, but rather as soon as they'd run the play.  I should've run out there earlier so he was exactly clear as to what I wanted.

- It's funny, I don't know that everything fell apart.  We just weren't able to capitalize on some things.  If things had fallen apart, we would've been blown out.  Tristan Jackson's returns put us in some great situations but we have to score touchdowns instead of field goals.

- Kevin managed the game well for a guy who hadn't played in a few weeks.  He missed some throws but I thought played reasonably well.

- You never want to give up that type of yardage.  It's hard to win a game when you do.  But obviously we have to look at what allowed Burris to rack up that amount of yards.

- I know the character of this football team.  I've been around it the past 12 weeks.  That's not what we're going to find in the weeks ahead.  We'll prepare to beat Montreal.

- I guess maybe this is where you learn things as a head coach.  I don't know any other way to prepare than to win.  Whoever's on the roster, we'll prepare to beat Montreal next week.

- I told Nic Demski that we have to listen to instructions and realize.  There was a lot of game left and we knew we'd need him the rest of the game.  We go forward from there.

- The first thing I said to him is to lift his head up.  I don't want him to put his head down because that's admitting defeat.  His confidence has risen.  It's just like a loss.  You can only dwell on it so long and you have to go forward.  He won't make the same mistake again.

- I think, like I said, it's a great group of players.  They obviously take this very seriously and to heart but we preach accountability.  We're all accountable so it doesn't surprise me they said they're accountable for their actions on the field.  We as coaches are no less responsible than they are.

LB TYRON BRACKENRIDGE

- We fell a little short today.  We let some little things turn into big things.

- Everybody knows Henry.  He's a big time playmaker.  When you're dealing with a guy like that you have to be consistent and we weren't.

- We have some great young guys.  Hollins shows up week in, week out.  Mertile and Webster come to play as well.

- I love being out there.  My passion takes over and I just fly around.  I'll play wherever they ask me.

REC ROB BAGG

- Playing the slot provides you a few more opportunites.  Getting a win would've overshadowed everything.  This is extremely frustrating.

- Kevin did a good job coming back from injury and running the offense.  I'd love to have that last offensive series back because we could've done some good things but it wasn't meant to be.  But KG did a great job in there.

- The only way you can approach it is prepare your best and play the best because you don't know how many games you have left as a player period.  There's no guarantees so it's essential that each player does their very best to put themselves in the best position for the days ahead.

- I don't have a comment on the future.  It doesn't matter who's on the field.  If you're on the field you have to do your job even if you're a practice player.

83 comments:

Anonymous said...

Kevin Glenn obviously the right choice.

Anonymous said...

Great catch by Roosevelt. Why wasn't he playing all season? Oh yeah, Corey.

Sk_Roughie said...

In Glenn we Trust

Anonymous said...

What is the attendance?

Anonymous said...

Could it come down to a Milo kick at the end.

Anonymous said...

Rod,

mind going down the hall and telling Suitor he doesn’t have to say something every play, especially when what he says is out to lunch!


Best comment about Suitor was in the Sun newspaper from an anonymous coach: “Watching the tv cut of film, I wonder what game glen suitor is watching. Jon Guden is a Superbowl winning coach, knows what is happening, and talks a lot less”

Anonymous said...

0-11
Usual comedy of holding, missed tackles, dropped balls, soft pass coverage. You name it. #notalent #noIQ

Anonymous said...

Once again the defense can't get a stop when the game is on the line.

w said...

Defence gives you 2 turnovers in the 2nd half
69 yard kick off return by T. Jack
7 points is all they got.
Words cannot describe how badly Riders suck.

Anonymous said...

With that questionable timeout at the end of the game, Dyce just took himself out of the running to be the next Riders Head Coach.

Anonymous said...

Including the Banjo Bowl, that's got to be 7 points off of 7 turnovers. Why even bother suit up?

Anonymous said...

No pressure on Burris. Every teams Quarterback looks like a superman against the Riders pathetic Defense.
I have an idea...why not try to Blitz at least once per game...oh...not in the playbook. Just 4 man rush and let the O pick a part the Riders D ...or lack thereof.
Only reason the game was close was because Ottawa tried their best to give the Riders the game.
Not sure I want to watch another Rider game.

Anonymous said...

1-17

Anonymous said...

Wow what a pathetic excuse for a team.Has to be the worst in team history total embarrassment!!

Anonymous said...

The Riders really are a pathetic group. They can't trade their way out of this because there's only a handful of Riders that any other would trade for. I truly believe there's only half a dozen Riders that could make any other team. Thanks Brendan!

Anonymous said...

This team is stocked with runts with little talent. Kinda like Winnipeg. Thanks ex-GM to ruining 2 franchises.

Anonymous said...

Taman talent. Enough said

Chris said...

This team is a sack of dog you know what. The only reason I have tickets is so I can guarantee my place in the new stadium. Enough said.

Anonymous said...

why the hell do we throw to messam when it's obviously not his forte?...we pay receivers upwards of 200K to catch a football!!

Anonymous said...

How many concussions has Demski had? It's starting to show.

Anonymous said...

Ok enough is enough. Glenn is not your best choice. He can't win a game. Smith can. That's why he starts the next game. Had multiple opportunities to score and couldn't. Trade him now. The defence? Wow! Start wholesale trades now. This season is done. Time to give away my tickets. I have better things to do.

Anonymous said...

Glenn had a total of 226 yards passing with 71 coming on one play how was he better than B Smith ?

Anonymous said...

Rider store will be selling paper bags for remaining home games. Over priced ones of course.

Anonymous said...

1-11 looks awesome on the sliders whewwwww

Anonymous said...

Blair is still wearing his stinky Rider jersey pretending to be a journalist.

Dennis said...

Tbrack has been in this league long enough to know when to call a timeout, obviously his head is not in the game, like a lot of other players on this team right now.

Anonymous said...

Suitor has got to go . He rambles on and on about nothing shows replays over and over and challenges almost every call the officials make. Plus he hates the Riders for some reason.
I thought the Riders did pretty well tonight. Glen was the right choice but Burris had the receivers to out duel him.

The Dutch Treat said...

LOL, 30k fans showed up. What's the point for management to even try and fix things when they'll sell out with a 1-10 team?!?

Anonymous said...

Meds.
The players and fans need some good medication.

Anonymous said...

Taman is counting his money going ha ha ha....

Anonymous said...

There is nothing worth talking about when you are 1-11 and getting worse by the game. I'm sure the season can't end fast enough for the players.

Anonymous said...

Not too sure if there is a CFL Trade Deadline, but if it hasn't past...a smart J. O'Day would offer Glenn to Hamilton for a 1st round Canadian Draft pick.... Play Smith the rest of the way as it just doesn't matter and we could have 2 first round draft picks and get some needed Canadian Oline help.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree with Chris I
Am in the same position!!

Anonymous said...

Rod. You have the Riders winning this game in your title. Riders 37??

Anonymous said...

Taman wasn't capable of bringing in enough winning talent. There is no depth to make matters worse. The o-line if fat and hardly sassy.

Ottawa has emerged in 2 seasons. Hugnagel chewed his team out after a win. Riders accept losing and are really good at it.

Anonymous said...

I heard someone say they thought the Riders controlled the line of scrimmage. In what green smoke induced stupor could have come such a thought. Ottawa owned the Riders O-line almost all game. They couldn't handle the four guys Ottawa was sending..four guys! On the d-line they had a couple take-aways but din't put any real pressure on old Hank all game. Linebackers and secondary so so bad. Knox is so overrated.

Too many small guys with only average talent. Just a real bad team that the braniacs who endorsed Taman etc were always saying what a wonderful GM he was and what he had done for the team. A lot of young guys around but not necessarily a lot of young talent around.

Marc said...

#29 is the worst DB I have ever seen

Anonymous said...

Yeh it's rebuilding time for sure. Mgmt must tell GM and coach that they will now be judged on how they develop players. Otherwise we will go for meaningless wins and blow the opportunity for a long ex season. Yes I know winning is the only thing that matters. But bureaucratic stubbornness based on some cliche is foolish. Build build build!

Anonymous said...

Now is the time to see what the Ti-Cats will give up to get Glenn. Lots of panic in Hamilton last night, throw something out there.

Anonymous said...

In fairness. We blew the wad going for the cup at home. But I wouldn't have it any other way. My hindsight is also impeccable. Do agree with the scouting question but have no idea how it is done. I follow CFL closely year after year and have yet to learn how/who does what to find talent. I know what Roy Shivers did but that's it.

Do we hire guys in regions of the U.S. the way Mont used Al Ford? Do we just go on the Internet and invite players to a camp? When I hear some player stories it seems a lot is happen chance. i.e. Drew Willey comes because of Danny. I bet Austin gets guys from the leagues he coached in.

Would love to know more before joining in on dumping on our GMs.

Jeff said...

I can't believe all the haters out here, sure it's a dismal season with not much to look forward to. But they haven't totally given up. If the defense was able to make stops at key moments as well as the offence put a few extra points when the defence hands you turnovers we would have quite a few more wins and should have been in 3rd place. I know a win is a win, and that's what we need. But maybe some of the haters/bandwagon jumpers should go watch ping pong or something.

Anonymous said...

For a game where Hank threw for 477, sure still are lots of folks around saying the team's not that bad....

Anonymous said...

I fully suspect other teams to come calling for Kevin Glenn and any other player(s) they can get for their Grey Cup run. I hope we get something valuable in return.

Our Grey Cup run ended the 1st game when Darian went down.

There are several players that will/could/should be cut from this team. They just aren't good enough to play at this high level.

All I can hope for now is that whomever is hired as the GM does a thorough housecleaning this Winter.

I am still a Rider fan but disheartened.

Imagirl



Anonymous said...

You are part of the problem. They are no where near to where they need to be talent wise.

Anonymous said...

How is a fan that expresses hope for his/her hope for that team part of the problem? If you idiots think that the Rider brass does not care about winning and won't try to put a winning product on the field then you are truly a sad commentary on what sports is all about. Please do us all a favour and take your anger/self loathing/hatred pathetic little puddle of human waste to another site.

Anonymous said...

To the 75% of the fans (wanted to keep Taman) see what you got. Us 25% say 'told ya'. This team has no present or future. O'Day better revamp the entire scouting system or he should go too.

Anonymous said...

Breckenridge can't even figure out when to call 'time out'. That's because his head ain't in it and it hasn't been all year long. His tour of duty as a safety was a disaster but the media keeps telling us how good he is. If there's any other teams out there that believe the hype, TRADE HIM.

Anonymous said...

I wonder is there is the same sort of critique facing Austin from Ti-cat fans as there was in Sask for Taman last year - "no experienced back-up" - when Durant went down last year. Anyways, looks like Calgary vs. Ottawa in the Grey Cup with Calgary hoisting their second Cup in a row.

Anonymous said...

Calgary wins but go to TSN and watch the video of Hufnagel chewing them out in the locker room after the game. This Rider habit of patting players on the back after they screw up has to go. Huffer expects excellence it appears the Riders expect a lot less. It's not good enough.

Anonymous said...

Trade Glenn? So you can go into 2016 with Durant and inexperienced backups? Did everyone already forget the last half of 2014? And 2015 with Smith/Sunseri?

And before you reply with "Glenn can't win a game," I thought everyone was blaming O'Day, Taman, Chamblin, Chapdelaine, o-line, d-line, linebackers and defensive backs. These losses aren't on Glenn. Get better defensive performances and this team is .500 at least.

Anonymous said...

If the Ti-cats falter down the stretch then you can bet your donkey there will be clamouring in Hamilton. You cannot stick rookie no matter how talented, and expect winning results. It happens so rarely. Collaros said it wash't good and when the players says it, it's bad. Any ACL injury at this point puts him out for the season. He is now getting into the status of a QB's with chronic knee issues. Seen that story before.

I don't see Toronto wanting to help out Austin with another QB, even though I'm pretty sure Ricky Ray could be had. Much like us last year I'm betting Hamilton is kicking the tires around the league. They were two weeks short on Matt Nichols.

Now that everybody wants Smith and Price to QB this team (bad idea) where does that leave Glenn? Even though a loss the team looked more energized with him. He was the starter when he was injured. Does that mean a starter lost his job due to injury? Would we do that to DD? If Glenn is relegated to 2nd or 3rd string I would imagine that he will have a big lump in his craw. He shouldn't be disrespected like that. Trade him to Hamilton if they're interested. Maybe it's we who should be looking at Ricky Ray as insurance if DD can't make it back. Teams don't usually win without experienced QB'ing. Smith and Price are at least a couple years away.

Anonymous said...

One can but marvel at the arm strength and accuracy of the 41 year old Henry Burris. He has been on fire of late for sure. If only Peyton Manning was in as good shape, the Broncos could then book a Super Bowl appearance.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

I think that the Riders would be doing Glenn a HUGE favour if they were to work out a trade to allow him to return to Hamilton. It could well be his final chance at a Grey Cup ring. For Kevin's sake, I hope a deal can be made. Hamilton has some good Canadian D-line players that the Riders could use in the future.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

The Rider defensive line and linebackers are much improved of late. Where the serious problem remains is in the rookie laden secondary. The focus needs to be in finding some good young talent in free agency for the secondary.

Anonymous said...

Whats up with Chris Milo, Taylor Field, and goal posts? LOL

Anonymous said...

Is not Big Ben of the Steelers not one of the all-time great QB's??

Anonymous said...

Can't blame Glenn for these loses. Trade him to Hamilton while his stock is high. After this season his value could drop if he stays with this team. It would give him a chance at the Cup, something he has to consider which will probably be his last hurrah. Kevin and Henry would have a great Eastern Final. We have a whole lot of off season to bring in younger QB's and who is to say a new GM and coach next year would even keep Glenn around and may release him for nothing or a fifth round draft pick!!! The previous administration spent way too much time on Sunseri. His talent level was obvious yet little was at the QB position before everything hit the fan, talent assessment was a real problem.
Gopher it!

Anonymous said...

Eleven Americans started on defense and other than the down lineman every one of them needs to be replaced. Not enough talent size or speed. Keep T-jack for returns.

Anonymous said...

Rider "fans" on this blog are a joke. You all are like the current band wagon jumping bluejay "fans". Cheered for them when they won in 92/93, left when they were less successful and now are out there buying and wearing all that new crap you just bought. Reading these posts it is clear that 99% of you have no clue whatsoever about building a team or cheering for a team. Rider fans-best fans ever-what a freaking joke. You are an embarrassment to true loyal fans that follow there teams in any sport win, lose or draw.

Anonymous said...

Unless the Riders impove their DB personnal they will not win. The current Rider BBs are not good enough to play in the CFL

Anonymous said...

"everyone needs to be replaced"

There is a star on defense named Jeff Knox Jr., a rookie still learning the game, but tied with Adam Bighill for the most tackles in the CFL. I think he is a keeper, a future all-star, and should be signed to a long-term deal.

Anonymous said...


Wake up Saskatchewan Roughrider fans near and far. The whole organizational franchise structure has to called into question. It's not working and will continue to not work. A serious look at this team from top to bottom warranted. Restructured professional sports management business model urged moving forward for the team to succeed on a consistent yearly basis. Keep your local content hire on the administration side of the books and leave the on field product to the people in the know with the prerequisite qualifications, necessary football connections to player recruitment and team build.

Anonymous said...

The entire defensive backfield is a liability. They are all imports, so you should be able to replace them with one phone call, if you have contacts.

Anonymous said...

Rider problems right now are very simple - they need some bigger better DBs.

Gerry Fincati said...

Glenn looked real good after a long lay-off. Too bad the team looks old and tired - time for some changes. Supposedly 30480 fans at the game. This sounds good, but the stadium looked like there was only about 26,000.

Anonymous said...

That secondary is a mess. Ppl don't realize how much we miss Weldon Brown. Messam still needs more carries. Andre Munroe is a real keeper

Anonymous said...

T-Breck said, "My passion takes over and I just fly around. I'll play wherever they ask me."

Well go play somewhere else then. We'll replace you with someone that can follow instructions.

ML

Anonymous said...

this is a community owned team, what do you expect people? less than a handful of grey cups in the teams existence, no accountability at board level, look at board, how are they qualified? o right, they're not, accept your destiny of being a below average franchise, it's ok you're from Saskatchewan

Anonymous said...

Every GM and scout has ample "contacts" (you may be thinking of a time when there were just rotary phones), it is an eye for the type of player who may be a star in the CFL style game that matters.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

The Riders aren't very good at playing football.
Perhaps lacrosse is their game?

Anonymous said...

Nope....the late 70s and early 80s topped this, by far!

PBB

Anonymous said...

I pay for my season ticket to be entertained. Therefore I get an opinion. My seat is paid for whether I show up or not. At 1-11 it's hard to make a case to show up.

Anonymous said...

Top Ten reasons to show up:

1) Support YOUR Riders - its a life-long venture
2) Love of live CFL football action
3) Still good energy in the stadium, thanks to dedicated fans
4) Only 9 home games in a season and then winter sets in
5) Rob Bagg
6) John Chick & Alex Hall
7) Andre "Money" Monroe
8) Jeff Knox Jr.
9) Great Cheerleaders
10) Ram's 50/50 Draw

Old Hank

Mike from Vita said...

I'd rather have the Riders go through tough times now & peak when moving in 2 New Mosaic Stadium

Anonymous said...

Agreed. Plus there's only 2 home games left

Anonymous said...

Delete 5) 6) 7) 8) and you have a great Top six reasons to show up.
RIDERS SUCK ! BIG TIME !

John said...

We are officially out of any chance of making the playoff. True we should field the best team we can but we need to know what price can do also and not just anoint Smith as the future. He has shown he is immature in acting like a crybaby when pulled for not getting the job done. NO job should be just given to them. At least try the other backups in all positions a chance to show what they can do.

Anonymous said...

11) Jerome Messam

Anonymous said...

To brainwashed 'Old Hank'

Sorry about that, what I meant to say is 'contacts with an eye for talent'. Yeh that's it and O'Day better find some promptly because it's obvious Taman never knew any.

Realistic Ron

Anonymous said...

Yes because thats how sports work. You get to bargain away the current year for future success.

Anonymous said...

As a pathetic puddle of human waste i'd just like to remind you that they all care about winning. Anyone you hire and put in the GM chair or the head coach will want to win. You need more than that. You need the ability to win. You need to be equiped to do your job. Taman was not equiped to do the job. He let the team waste away and degenerate into what it is today. He could not show the leadership that was needed to deal with Chamblin.
Chamblin was not equiped to be the leader that is needed at the head coaching position. He had his favourate players that could do no wrong. Others were made an example of for the smallest of infractions.
Caring and trying doesnt cut it!

Dan said...

Getting rid of Glenn would be stupid as who is to say what Durant is going to bring to the table? How many QB after two years or a little less are ready for game mode.Do not put all your eggs on Durant if or when he comes back.

Anonymous said...

If Durant can't bring much to the table next year, we better have a lot more eggs than him and Glenn.