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Monday, October 5, 2015

THE MONDAY MORNING GOALIE


MONDAY MORNING COMING DOWN

1 - YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP:  On Sunday morning in downtown Vancouver I went for a brief stroll before heading to the airport for the flight home.  A surprisingly bright-eyed homeless man on Burrard Street noticed my Roughriders jacket and piped up from under his blanket of newspapers, "Who won the game last night?"  I replied that the B.C. Lions had defeated the Roughriders 46-20.

"You guys are the only team we can beat!" he winked, as he tucked his head back under the papers and went back to his world.  Unbelievable.

But he's right.  By virture of the Lions' three victories over the Roughriders in this 2015 season, they've got a huge leg up on the Riders and it may end up being enough to catapult them into the playoffs.  It's very similar to the 2001 season where the Calgary Stampeders beat Saskatchewan in all four meetings which was enough to cost the Riders a playoff spot, and send the Stamps on a miraculous Grey Cup-winning run.

Conversely, it's not unlike the 2009 season where the Stampeders failed to beat the Riders in three regular season meetings and Saskatchewan ended up dumping the Stamps in the West Final on the way to the Grey Cup game.  That silenced the long-held, and hollow, CFL motto, "It's tough to beat a team four times in a season".  No it's not.  It proves one team's dominance over another.

Unfortunately Riders starting quarterback Kevin Glenn came up empty in three starts against his former team, this year although it's certainly not all on him.  However the Riders lost the quarterbacking match-up handily Saturday night.  Who saw that coming?  Perhaps the Lions defense has an edge against K-G, and knows his tendencies.

But now it's official.  One more loss over Saskatchewan's final four games will mathematically eliminate them from the playoffs.

2 - WHAT'S AHEAD:  Not surprisingly after Saturday's game Roughriders head coach Bob Dyce was clinging to the notion that the Riders still have a chance at the playoffs.  "The door's still open.  Just a little crack," Dyce told 620 CKRM's Carm Carteri. "Until that crack is closed, we have a lot of belief in ourselves.  I have a lot of believe in the men in that room.  We're still fighting."

However everyone knows if the team performs like it did Saturday night, they won't have a hope.  Nobody saw that performance coming.  It's tough to pin blame on the coordinators because offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine couldn't have foreseen the five turnovers his club committed.  Defensive guru Greg Quick seemingly made the appropriate calls but he couldn't control his defenders' inability to grasp B.C. quarterback Jon Jennings in the pocket, nor their ability to wrap-up on the back-end.

And like the two prior meetings against the Lions in July, penalties torpedoed Saskatchewan's chances Saturday night.  The club took 15 penalties for 142 yards and several of them were unforced errors.  The Riders returned to their bad habits and as Gary Etcheverry noted in the summertime on the Offsides Podcast with Luc Mullinder, it's tough to correct penalties if it's not "baked" into the club's psyche coming out of training camp.

The outcome appears pre-determined for the Riders with a month to go in the regular season but at least they have something to play for Friday night in Hamilton.  Should they lose that one, then a new direction (strategy) will likely be determined.

Some analysts have suggested that Saturday's loss in B.C. sealed the fate of Bob Dyce however I disagree.  It shouldn't have any more affect than the 33-21 victory the week before over Montreal - their finest performance of the season.

Dyce will likely be judged on the entire second half of the regular season, no matter how it all turns out.  Right now, his personal record is 2-3.

3 - BIG JON:  B.C. quarterback Jonathan Jennings is another factor worth examining.  Much was made over the weekend of the fact the Riders had Jennings in their 2014 Florida minicamp but declined to offer him a contract, electing to go instead with Tino Sunseri and Seth Doege as the back-ups to Darian Durant.  Current Riders GM Jeremy O'Day was quick to point out on Saturday's pregame show that Jennings was never "truly a Roughrider" as he was never under contract, but had simply accepted an invitation to tryout.

It's almost impossible to believe Lions offensive coordinator George Cortez's assertion that he doesn't remember Jennings from that Florida camp.  George was with the Riders back then but told the Vancouver Sun's Mike Beamish on Friday that he doesn't recall Jennings.  After Saturday's game, Cortez stood by that statement.

It's tough to believe because George is as cerebral of a coach as they come, and it's hard to fathom he wouldn't have some recollection of Jennings' performance.  Bob Dyce said he remembers a little of Jennings, however as Special Teams Coordinator, he was more focused on auditioning punters and long-snappers.

My first brush with Jennings was in the Minneapolis airport as we were boarding a connecting flight to Tampa Bay in August of 2014.  He was connecting out of Michigan and, noticing that same Roughriders coat I was wearing, he came up and introduced himself.  The Saginaw Valley State product struck me as a mature young man, with the build of a linebacker or taller defensive back.

For a report on how Jennings fared in that Riders' minicamp, you can check out my detailed recap here:  http://www.rodpedersen.com/2014/04/rider-minicamp-wraps-up.html.  It notes that Jennings was the best quarterback for a good portion of Day 2 of the camp, but that was strictly my own observation.

So you can flame the Riders all you want for not signing Jennings, but it really does no good at this point.  That regime is now gone although the scouting staff that initially identified him remains.  Consider for a moment that the Rider scouts have now found quarterbacks for Winnipeg (Drew Willy), Montreal (Rakeem Cato), and B.C. (Jon Jennings).

Do with that information what you will.

Esteemed sportswriter Ed Willes proclaimed Jon Jennings as the future of the Lions just as Bruce Springsteen was tabbed "the future of Rock 'N Roll" in 1974.  I would caution Ed that it WAS ONLY ONE GAME!

But truthfully, it was a helluva game.

4 - A CORRECTION:  Call it a bad tip.  I've been informed that the note in last week's column regarding Tom Higgins' application to the Roughriders was false.  I'll be more careful in listening to that source in the future.

And while no names have been revealed, the Riders have confirmed they have been contacted by several interested candidates about the General Manager and head coach positions.  Riders President & CEO Craig Reynolds vowed to conduct a full and thorough search in order to fill the positions.  Expect to hear more about the process at the conclusion of the season.  However at this point, I'm told Higgins has not contacted the Riders.

Interim GM Jeremy O'Day is certainly one of the candidates and I want to clarify something I've been hearing a lot over the past month.  Several fans and football observers have written into this blog and mentioned face-to-face that O'Day has "no American contacts" given his relatively short time in management.  But that's as farcical as it sounds.  Jeremy spent 14 seasons as an offensive lineman in the CFL and many of his former teammates and coaches have gone to to a wide array of positions in the NFL, NCAA, CFL, CIS and CJFL.  Honestly, he's as connected as they get after a lifetime in the game.  He's also built an impressive network of contacts throughout his five seasons scouting the NFL in his role as Assistant GM of the Roughriders.  If that's your biggest worry with O'Day, you can put it to rest.

5 - REMEMBER THIS:  Longtime CFL statistician Tom Lawrence is based in Vancouver and has become a good friend and colleague over the years.  We discussed the plight of the 5-8 Lions and the fact they're not attracting the crowds they're used to at B.C. Place.  A few years ago I brought up the notion of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks being a major threat in the market to the Lions and on Saturday I asked Tom if that's been the case.  "Only on Sundays," Lawrence remarked.  And with that simple sentence, it opened a wonderful glimpse into how the Lions and the entire CFL can counter-act the NFL.

Although the Seahawks have conducted an aggressive marketing blitz in the Vancouver area over the past few years - including a golf tournament which paired up Canadian sponsors with Seahawks players and regular Seahawks player appearances at local shopping malls - Seattle really is only a threat to the Lions on their game days.

If the CFL can avoid playing its fall games on Sundays, they should be golden with regards to ticket sales and TV viewers.  The NFL has locked up Thursday, Sunday and Monday but have left Friday and Saturday to the CFL in Canada.  Depending on stadium availability, if our league can stick to those days in the years ahead we should be fine.

Vancouver is a great, great CFL town and they love their Lions.  Tom Lawrence figures the only explanation for the dip in attendance this season is the team's poor record and lack of (generally) exciting football.

That doesn't last forever.

But it's infinitely worth noting that the new Canadian Brewhouse in Regina doesn't take table reservations on evenings when the NFL is on because they're filled to capacity.  99% of Reginans can't name five players on any given NFL team yet the games are an event not be missed.  How can we replicate that with the CFL?

6 - A SATURDAY DOUBLEHEADER:  It wasn't until just before kickoff on Saturday that we realized the NHL's Vancouver Canucks were hosting the Edmonton Oilers in preseason play later that night across the street at Rogers Arena.  A quick text message to Canucks PR landed media passes for Carm Carteri and me and Carm was shocked that it only took 100 steps out the back entrance of BC Place to be inside Rogers Arena and up the elevator into the press box.  Fantastic!

Oilers star and Regina Pats great Jordan Eberle didn't make the trip due to his injured shoulder however we were excited to see rookie Oilers phenom Connor McDavid in live game action for the first time.  The 2015 #1 overall pick came into the game as the Oilers' plus/minus leader and centre of the top line.  As advertised, he's the real deal but what stood out for me was his defensive play.  Twice he was in position to swipe a loose puck out of his own crease to save a goal.  Like a lot of NHL superstars he doesn't have to expend a ton of energy because he naturally is always in the right place at the right time.  McDavid was also deadly on faceoffs and a horse along the boards.

Watching the Oilers live last year was a disaster.  Having seen them in Anaheim during our Marlin Travel/SportsCage trip, Edmonton was a nightmare under coach Dallas Eakins.  They looked like a novice team with five guys chasing the puck in the corner.  However under new coach Todd McLellan, they're playing infinitely more structured and are a joy to watch.  Will they make the playoffs for the first time since 2006?  That's a tough call right now but they'll be markedly better.

As for the Canucks, I asked Vancouver broadcaster Joe Kenward downstairs after the game what the outlook is for that team.  "What you saw tonight is pretty much what you get," Kenward advised.

Yikes.  The Canucks won 2-1 in overtime but there's not a ton there.

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8 - GO PATS GO:  The Pats weren't able to sound off their goal horn even once in two weekend home games.  The Queen City Kids were shutout 6-0 at home to Brandon on Saturday and fell 3-0 to Calgary in Sunday's late-afternoon matinee.

I didn't realize until our early Monday morning meeting that Pats coach John Paddock was absent Saturday night due to his induction into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.  It's doubtful that's the reason for the lopsided loss since assistant coach Dave Struch is good as you'll find.

The Pats' record now stands at 1-3-0 as they prepare to host the Vancouver Giants Friday evening.  That's another game we'll have to miss due to the Rider game at Hamilton that same night.

I still haven't seen the new Pats jerseys live as I had to skip Sunday's game in order to take care of a few things around the house with the only available time left in the week.

But the jerseys look incredibly sharp!  The blues are just like the New York Rangers while the whites seem to be something entirely unique to the Pats.

Thumbs up!

9 - FALL BALL:  Not sure about the rest of the country but the Toronto Blue Jays have given Saskatchewan sports fans a nice way to fill the void left by the Riders' struggles in Autumn.  For the young sports fans around here, they've never been able to experience meaningful baseball for the Blue Jays in October and they're in for a REAL treat.

It's shocking to me to hear many people say they're already "sick of the Blue Jays" when in truth, I thought we'd be inundated much more than we have.  If Toronto gets off to a good start against the Texas Rangers in the ALDS, pretty soon you'll start to see the car flags and Blue Jays banners waving around this town.  We're already seeing more Blue Jays hats and jerseys than we ever have.

It'll be doubly exciting to be in southern Ontario later this week to feel the vibe.

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THAT'S ALL FOR TODAY! SEE YOU IN THE CAGE AT 4:00 PM
RP
@sportscage

52 comments:

Anonymous said...

You're right Roddy... All Rider coaches are outstanding. O'Day would make a fantastic GM. I say sign them all to 5 year extensions right now before other teams get them.

Signed, Chuckling non-rider fan.

Anonymous said...

Not buying the fact that O'Day is as connected as they come. There's no way he's more connected than Huff, Tillman, Buon, even Hervey or Popp.

By hiring O'Day as the next GM you are basically telling us the season ticket holders that he knows better, has better players than Taman did and that he disagreed with everything the Taman-Chamblin regime did. Given the amount of BS swirling with this team right now, I can't buy that tripe that as a season ticket holder.

After that performance on Saturday it's clear to see the problem really wasn't Chamblin at all. It's the players not being good enough. And that's on Taman and O'Day and to a very real extent Jim Hopson for punting Tillman in the first place! Here's to many more years of subpar football unless we put a credible, experienced GM in place.

Anonymous said...

Pederson for head scout!

Anonymous said...

While I wish the Blue Jays well, part of me wants them to fall on their face since their owners are so evil and hate the CFL.

Anonymous said...

Brett Smith was brought into the league by Toronto Argonauts. He was cut by them and picked up by Sask.

Rod Pedersen said...

^^^^ Good catch.

RP

Anonymous said...

Drew Willy wasn't found by our scouting staff. He was basically referred to the Riders by Danny Barrett.
Just saying that if we are evaluating the scouting staff we should only count players they went out and found.

Anonymous said...

I really like O'day , BUT if he is so connection rich , why are we struggling to find talent?? As an assistant GM wouldnt he be trying to build a name for himself by bringing in some quality players while Taman was GM? His finger prints are present on this mess as well IMO.

Anonymous said...

Tillman's value in the most overrated thing in the CFL. If people only knew how little he is actually involved in Hamilton.

Anonymous said...

Carm has lived his whole life not noticing what is around him. Those buildings have been side by side for how long?
So a no talent team of backups beat a team of backups with the next great goal scorer 2 to 1 and the comment is yikes? Either the oilers are finding a way to play worse or the Canucks are better than your loyalties allow you to believe.

Anonymous said...

I read your blog from Florida, sounds like the former brain-thrust (or lack of it) should have kept Jennings on their protected list. We'll be paying the price for having Taman around for years to come. I'm sure you could dig up a Taman/Chamblin brain fart for every position on the field. Andre Munroe is another example, Taman found him but he wasn't good enough to play for Chamblin.

1 of the 25% that were right.

Anonymous said...

2 wins and coaches / people still talking about a playoff berth. What an embarrassment .....
Buy a lottery ticket - chances of winning the major prize are better than this Team getting into the playoffs .....

Rod Pedersen said...

Danny Barrett isn't lining up to send players to Saskatchewan. Craig Smith identified Drew Willy at the University of Buffalo and Willy came after checking with Danny. Not sure where that other story came from.

Anonymous said...

ha ha ha ... 2011 was the exact result of Tillman and his horrible drafting and contract management.

Edmonton is relevant again now that they have swept the Tillman stink out of their team.

And, Jim Popp. OMG! The only thing this guy ever did was have Anthony Calvillo as a QB. How has he been since?

I don't know if O'day the THE guy but i don't believe any of these guys have anything better on him. Where he will struggle is what he is surrounded by. Huff has good scouts then does whats best for the team regardless of fan ideals. Brackenridge wouldn't have re-signed, Getzlaf, George and a few others would have been cut. Too many free rides here.

Anonymous said...

Roughriders franchise = total team implosion analysis top to bottom, gut, rethink, restructure moving forward... new stadium.

Anonymous said...

Riders current state of affairs did not happen overnight ..... This problem has been building for a number of years... Record attendance numbers / merchandise sales - full bank account $$$ - relatively competitive Team over the last few years - Grey Cup win in 2013 created a level of complacency and arrogance. Management was so full of themselves and so busy patting themselves on the back they forgot to look to the future ...... This Team is the price you pay for that..... ......

Anonymous said...

Rob Vanstone in today's LP - "Take a knee. Take an Advil. Fans, take solace in the fact that the Toronto Blue Jays are preparing for the playoffs, Connor McDavid is poised to make his NHL regular-season debut, and the athletic calendar is so jampacked that this is the best time of year to be a sports fan - if not necessarily a supporter of the Riders, given recent misadventures. Take any thing the Roughriders say with a grain of salt, because their actions do not correlate with their words."

Yet they will still have five full pages of Rider coverage over any other local sports. Like he is referring about the Riders, Vanstone is also a big blow hard.

Anonymous said...

Riders as a group have the worst DBs in the CFl - and probably in the history of the cfl.

Anonymous said...

You invite someone to a tryout camp, don't offer him a contract but yet give credit for discovering him? Wow...

No the Lions were the team that saw enough in Jennings to sign him. If he continues to pan out, it's another screw up by this organization that has become the laughing stock of the CFL. Selling out for 2013 sure was worth it...

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, it is all the medias fault! Why oh why has our local media boys not followed the Toronto pack in either 1) ignoring their teams or 2) running them down any chance they get. It may have taken almost 50 years but finally the media has forced the Leafs in the right direction. LOL

Anonymous said...

I had to read it twice but you are definitely heading up the 'Keep O'Day committee' then I remembered you were still championing Taman/Chamblin on Aug 30/2015. They were fired Aug 31.

Sk_Roughie said...

Surprised by the Oilers sending Draisaitl to the minors today. The guy was a beast in the WHL Playoffs last year with Kelowna on his way to Playoff MVP and Memorial Cup champ. Having almost half a year in the NHL last year as well and great World Juniors. Not sure what to make of this move all things considered. Trade bait maybe?

Clarkenstein said...

As recently as a year or so ago I would get steamed up when people would come on here and bow to the NFL while trashing our CFL every chance they got. The CFL has provided me with over 50 years of entertainment but my love for the league might now be on life support!Does the Rider performance the past two years have anything to do with that? Some perhaps but there are so many things that are much more visible now than ever before. The officiating might be the worst ever seen in the CFL. Along that line is the fact that there are rarely 2 or 3 plays without a penalty. Seems that an illegal block on kicks and holding on the line is just normal now. Tackling in this league has become disgustingly poor. The announcers are usually telling how great the second effort was from the ball carrier when in actual fact nobody can tackle anymore. Another issue is the fact that players AND coaches just ride a carousel from team to team. Very little new blood which brings new ideas is seen on any team. There are many more issues but it becomes piling on after a while. The NFL offers structure and in most games much more competitiveness than the CFL. Another year in the CFL like this one and I might be one of those people leaving the CFL altogether.

Rod Pedersen said...

To the 3rd last Anon: I disagree. The scouts found him but were disappointed mgmt failed to sign him. Big difference.

Anonymous said...

Not sure I would put "guru" next to Coach Quick...but in his defence the "defence" is playing better so maybe. Another great column Rod, especially if you ignore most of the remarks...which I can't do. Why would someone assume Ed Hervey is more connected than O'Day. What did he do that was so special before getting his current gig. Jeremy will be fine.

Dave

Anonymous said...

ODay has no track record of success. Not saying he couldn't be ok, but shouldn't the Riders look for the most qualified candidate who has past success on his resume? Why is the GM position a starter position? As for the anti-Popp comment just know Popp always fields a competitive team. he whiffs on Head Coaches sometimes...like Hawkins and Higgins.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod,

Do you know anything about Thomas Dimitroff (GM of the Atlanta Falcons)? I was reading on NFL.com the other day that he spent two seasons with the Riders as the coordinator for the scouting staff. I can't recall if you have ever mentioned him at all. Pretty cool that a former member of the Rider scouting staff worked his way up to the GM position of an NFL team!

Anonymous said...

Newsflash, the CFL is on life support now.

Anonymous said...

"It's tough to pin blame on the coordinators because offensive coordinator Jacques Chapdelaine couldn't have foreseen the five turnovers his club committed."

umm, no it's not. Call plays better related to the situation! bombs when you need 5 yards. Throws to guys that are double covered (80% of this is on the read of the QB and his vision to NOT throw there)

Our play calling is atrocious at best, and needs to be simplified to get our team rolling. I can do better play calling in Madden. With Messam and Allen, can we not run a Run left or Run right sweep?? Why always up the middle, unleash some of this speed with Allen. Messam leads the league in rushing (maybe not now) and it's because ALL WE DO IS RUN THE BALL UP THE MIDDLE, RUN THE BALL UP THE MIDDLE, PUNT. BC showed it well, that even though they are sucking too, there is some play calling that has some imagination!! (situational as well)

Too many things going wrong here, simplify the game, you win, end of story.

Clarkenstien, you nailed it.

Anonymous said...

Draisaitl didn't play in the World Juniors.

Remember Edm rotting him until after the deadline.

Anonymous said...

I think with the poor performance made by the offense and defense we forgot how good the special teams performed.

The kick returns averaged just shy of 28 yards per return!! And they got lots of time on the field. They also blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown. They put the offense in good field position for most of the day. Kudo's to special teams, they were our only bright shining star for that game.

I will not blame that game on refs, as the rider's did not deserve to win, but I have seen better called games! Pretty bad when Glenn Suitor can see a very big MISSED call...nuff said on that one.

I am disappointed when they didn't pull Glenn earlier, it was obvious he was having a bad game. Even to pull him for a couple possessions to "take a look at the defense".

I am a Rider fan and that was a frustrating game, I do not know how we can go from a good performance to poor in one game. I will leave that up to management and coaches to figure out.

If BC knew they had such a star in Jennings, why was he 3rd string? I think they are as surprised as they rest of us....but Rakeem Cato came out like that as well. Here is hoping great things from our young quarterbacks in this league!

Bonnie

Sk_Roughie said...

Newsflash dumb dumb. Gets your facts straight before you speak. Never said he played this year. That is too obvious but has had a great international career...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leon_Draisaitl#International

Anonymous said...

Love the anon's quote about this being on Hopson and management patting themselves on the back. Being complacent. Hopson's thing has always been "we're the Riders, we'll be fine". Of course he won't come out and take responsibility for any of this. Poor Reynolds has to somehow clean up this mess. Best of luck to him.

CFL should partner with the NFL on a new marketing plan. They can tap into the massive marketing machine the NFL enjoys and the NFL can keep football fresh in everyone's mind with pro games on Fridays and Saturdays. The Cup next year in TO is a great opportunity for the CFL to hit the reset button and be super aggressive in its appeal to fans. If they don't take advantage of that then they're completely stupid.


Gundersons Yorkton

Anonymous said...

nothing to say about that game except we aren't good enough if a third stringer can come in and score at will on us, and our veteran quarterback can't even run a few yards to help his team out . disgusting effort and not sure I will watch anymore games this year, I will but I won't care as much because my heart doesn't pound and my hands don't sweat with anticipation of an exciting rider game. there hasn't been a good vibe about this team all year so I will console myself in the knowledge that next year might be better. still a rider prider just not sure this team has the necessary amount of rider pride to put in the effort to win another game. the skeptical side of me thinks this team was asked to suck crap all year to take pressure off other teams. not true but can't think of any other reason why 3/4 through the season players still can't even tackle properly. cheering for Henry and Zack and Keith to win it all.

Anonymous said...

To the last anonymous quote about a third stringer. Thing is, with other teams, their 3rd stringers could be starters on any other team. It's called depth! haha. I also agree with you're last statement, that for some reason, basic football skills are gone, for some unknown reason!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes it was

Anonymous said...

Dear Mr. Craig Reynolds,

Please do right and repatriot Mr. Roy Shivers. Saskatchewan Roughriders need his astute football credentials. Thank you.

Sincerely,

Cookies Makemehot

Anonymous said...

newsflash, the new tv contract has the league in great shape.

Anonymous said...

There is no doubt in my mind that Bob Dyce sealed his fate in BC as not being the Rider head coach needed in 2016.

His failure to see that his starting QB was way off his game and not performing up to basic expectations showed a shortage of toughness on his part. We need a coach that will demand excellence and, when a veteran is so obviously off his game, to pull his ass out of the game.

The angry reaction of the fans and owner at the 4 Seasons where I was suffering through the game Saturday hearkened back to that game in Ottawa when Tino was put in.

I hope the next Rider head coach will keep Dyce on board as a special teams coach here because that is the one part of the Rider game that has been consistent and striving for perfection.

Old Hank

Anonymous said...

You guys on Sportscage never answered the nice lady's question. You just dilly dallied around and said nothing.

Anonymous said...

You noticed Jennings Rod, it says so in your blog from Florida in 2014. If you picked him out as the best QB why didn't the staff?

Anonymous said...

TPP = Harperman you gotta go.

Anonymous said...

6:17 on. Shush! Global 5 Tiffany Lizee on the tube with weather.

Anonymous said...

Roy Shivers? Didn't he prefer Nealon Greene to Henry Burris? That's all I need to know to say No Thanks to Shivers. Been there.....done that.

Anonymous said...

The folks who are harping about a two-day 2014 mini-camp remind me of my grandpa who still talks about the 1971 season when Rider coach Dave Skrien refused to put in back-up quarterback Bubba Wyche when Ron Lancaster was having a bad game.



Timmy

Anonymous said...

We may have found a gm/head coach right under our very own nose. The search is over Craig. Rod Pedersen will take over all on field Roughrider operations 2016. Why not?

Anonymous said...

Not sure what O Day is getting at when he says Jennings was not truly a Rider as he was never offered a contract. Bottom line is, they had the opportunity to truly make him a Rider but blew it.

Anonymous said...

Enlighten me as to how irrelevant Tillman is in Hamilton please!

Anonymous said...

Bob Ridley is the Medicine Hat Tigers play by play man and for years he also drove the team bus. Why can't Rod call the games and also be the coach/GM? At least he saw Jonathon Jennings and blogged that he was the best QB in the Florida Camp. Rod saw more than Taman, Chamblin and Cortez combined.

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter, the man knows how to evaluate and sign player talent. Burris, Greene both good QBs.

Anonymous said...

Until Jennings plays and beats a real team, I'll hold off crowning the kid.

Anonymous said...

The "scouts" found Jennings??? How do we know it wasn't O'Day that found Jennings?

Me thinks Cortez is very dirty in this whole scenario and is passing it off on the Riders.