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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

RIDERS NAB MURPHY, RETAIN O'DAY, RELEASE 19

From left: Murphy, Jones, O'Day
Saskatchewan Roughriders vice president of football operations, general manager and head coach Chris Jones announced his football operations staff on Tuesday in a news conference at Mosaic Stadium in Regina.

Joining Jones in the front office will be assistant vice president of football operations and player personnel, John Murphy.

Murphy joins the Riders after spending eight seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, originally joining the team during their 2008 Grey Cup winning season. He joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as director of player personnel for the 2009 season before returning to the Stampeders where he spent the last five seasons as assistant general manager and director of player personnel.

Long serving Roughrider, Jeremy O’Day remains with the club after being named assistant vice president of football operations and administration.

O’Day originally joined the Riders front office in 2011 as a football operations coordinator after playing 202 regular season games through 12 seasons with the team. He has spent the last four seasons as assistant general manager and director of football operations. Last year, O’Day was named interim vice-president of football operations and general manager where he remained for the final nine games of the 2015 regular season.

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The Roughriders have released the following players:

·         International running back Anthony Allen
·         International safety Tyron Brackenridge
·         International defensive back Weldon Brown
·         International defensive back Marshay Green
·         International defensive back Macho Harris
·         National linebacker Nathan Kanya
·         National defensive back Hugo Lopez
·         International defensive back Terrell Maze
·         National fullback Scott McHenry
·         International defensive back Junior Mertile
·         National linebacker Kyle Norris
·         International receiver Jamel Richardson
·         International defensive lineman Cameron Sheffield
·         International quarterback Blake Sims
·         International receiver Taj Smith
·         International running back Chad Spann
·         International defensive back Alex Suber
·         International defensive lineman Derek Walker
·         National linebacker Ryan Wellman

* It was also learned on Tuesday that after 37 years with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, therapist Ivan Gutfriend is stepping away from the organization in January.

66 comments:

Anonymous said...

Call it like it is -

Murphy is the player scout

O'Day is the real GM

Jones is HC and DC

Anonymous said...

Great staff, looking forward to the season already. As someone told Roddy last week, it's like 3-15 never happened. Of course there will be some like the old boys club who will continue to bitch about the shakeup but the vast majority of fans have their heads on straight and are pumped for the change. It had to happen and it has. Now let's go find us some depth!


Gundersons Yorkton

Anonymous said...

more like Murphy finds the players. O'Day handles the contracts. Jones decides who is on the team.

Anonymous said...

Murphy leaving assistant gm to be a scout?
Does Jeremy get to sign and release any player or coach that he wants? The last real GM did.
Does Jones answer to the GM?

There is too much grey to "call it like it is". The simple minded like simplicity however the real world always is more complex.

Anonymous said...

Bahahahaha "O'Day the real GM" - man Rider fans can be complete dolts at times!

Jones has control and final say on everything.

Anonymous said...

What Oday real gm give me a break!!He should of been sent packing like everyone else!!

Anonymous said...

No time wasted with the new regime. Blowing it up already! Can't wait to see our new and improved Riders!

LA

Clay said...

Why would they release Terrell Maze & Weldon Brown.
Would they try and resign them at lower salaries ??

Bradford Kruger said...

Most of the releases were due to be free agents. If they sign before free agency, good for them. Otherwise, maybe we pick a couple back up later at a more reasonable salary.

Anonymous said...

I'm sure they have been in touch with the various agents and the price tags were likely too high on a number of guys. Some they simply didn't want back. Not many players want to sign for less because their loyalty to the team and community is so great that they will agree to work for less. Geez where have I heard that garbage before.

A lot of guys this year quit on the team and fans. They were here for the pay check only and didn't care about anything else. The lazy cancerous types had to be shown the door. Others were simply dead weight.

I'm betting that this is only the first wave. Management will be talking turkey with a number of other guys who will need to decide where they stand and where they want to be. It looks as if management already have better options pencilled in for the ones sent packing.

dave spad said...

Why wouldnt they release Terrell Maze and Weldon Brown?? After the year the Defensive Backfield had only way to fix it is to start over!!

Anonymous said...

Let 'em go, Let 'em go, Let 'em go.

I need a coffee

Anonymous said...

Yep, here it is... the players that got us to 3-15 the fans want to retain. Guess what Rider Nation this is the first and easy wave. There will be more to come and they will keep going higher up the totem pole until the cap and roster are in proper order.

Anonymous said...

Part of the reason is the Riders are maxed on contracts. They have no interest in these guys so cutting them now opens up roster spots. Why wait until February when you can get a head start on replacing guys.

Really analyse the list, it is barely noteworthy and actually says more about the previous regime than Jones.

Anonymous said...

Finally someone had the balls to let Mertile go.

Previous Coach and GM should have been embarrassed that he lasted the entire 2015 season. Way to accept mediocrity, Jones won't!

This new team better be prepared to fight to play this GAME, or your done!

It's about time.

Tim from Kansas said...

I think Chris Jones is the real GM.

Maybe Murphy and O'day will just tag team and flush out the players that Taman and Craig Smith couldn't find. I trust O'day is all in with this new setup, I'm sure he is, I've never heard anything other than he's a great team first guy.

Let’s not kid ourselves. This is gonna be great.

Anonymous said...

Jones is just doing what Taman and crew either wouldn't or couldn't. This dispels the urban myth that we were just a "wee" ways away from being great again. Just a couple players is all. These people had played us and kicked us for the last couple years so I'm sure the knew the weaknesses.

With the new rules you need bigger DB's because you have to cover taller receivers without bumping etc. Our DB's were tiny, couldn't cover or tackle. This team was allowed to deteriorate. Reynolds proved you can't get a two year pass in this organization because of a Grey Cup win. Good on him to set things right and correct misconceptions that being bad after a GC win is a built in acceptability. There needs to be accountability every season.

The only ones gasping are those rooted in the old ways of tinkering and staying mediocre. DD can only mask the inadequacies for so long. We will be much better because of Jones and crew.

Anonymous said...

WHAT??? They release 19 players!!! Should have released about twice that many!!!

Clarkenstein

Anonymous said...

good riddance! Jones means "business"...how refreshing!

Larry said...

Great day for the Riders and a whole new attitude.

Curtis said...

Reynolds brought Jones in for a reason, that is to improve the club. In having a 3 - 15 season, we should expect the roster to be totally made over for the 2016 season. That said of the 19 players released today only 4 - 5 really surprise me (T-Brack, Weldon, Marshay, Macho & Walker). I would not be surprised if some of those players are back but at a lower salary. If they are not back, Rider Nation thanks them for their service and all the best in the next stage of their life.

It boils down to $$. It is very likely that some if not most of these players had roster bonuses due to them as of 12/31. With them being released today, the Riders will not have to pay those roster bonuses. By releasing these players, the Riders saved a lot of $$ that can be used to sign other players. The only good news for these players is that they are now free to sign with any other club. Some of them have proven themselves. If it is not with the Riders, then a few of them will be playing elsewhere next year.

Anonymous said...

At least somebody knows when to take out the trash

Anonymous said...

i agree with above poster that Oday should of been sent packing along with the 19 players. Not sure why he gets a free pass and no one else??? No suprises to me with any of the 19 let go.

Anonymous said...

very unlikely any of these players had roster bonuses due on Dec. 31 then be free agents in february.

Anonymous said...

Seriously what is with the love for Macho Harris? He was a puck bag his entire time here. How many missed tackles on Defense last year? Today's players are those that don't fit into Chris Jones' defensive scheme. Great day for Riderville, let the new regime begin!

MJ Mark

Anonymous said...

My surprise was Anthony Allen. Wonder if like some say, he will be back at a reduced salary or will he be picked up by other team? Wasn't he one of the top running backs even though he split time with Messam?
What an interesting off season we will have.

Anonymous said...

Now, there is hope...finally! I'm hopeful because I'm seeing that we now have people in charge who recognize talent, or lack thereof. Too bad there's still some around who still think the 2015 Riders were a "good" team and only need of a minor tune-up to get back into the playoffs next year (ie. would be good enough for them because we're all from poor old little Saskatchewan).

Anonymous said...

What, No Getzlaf?

Anonymous said...

Cut players find out on social media that they are cut.

HOW BUSH LEAGUE BY JONES

Thanks Jones for turning the Riders into a embarrassing bush league team.

Anonymous said...

Regina media and RP & Luc desperantly trying to defend Jones.

Wow he must be really bad.

Anonymous said...

Jones brings his bush league style to the Riders.

Cna't even bother to let players know that they are cut

Anonymous said...

O Day is in charge of Admin, like Kevin Lowe in Edmonton

Anonymous said...

Jones had no relationship with any of the 19 players released. Why should he have to call any of them?

Anonymous said...

Jones haters will be Jones haters and are not real fans of the team anyways... no one cares what you anonymous have to say... I would be more willing to listen to what Jones things of players since he makes a living doing this rather than a bunch of arm chair quarterbacks!! O'Day likeley gave Jones some insight on these players as well.

Darcy

Anonymous said...

Can that same dude stop posting bush league please.

Anonymous said...

Murphy states that he is not interested in signing autographs or meeting fans unless he is paid for it - WOW WHAT A JERK !!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Murphy makes it sound like he is the only reason that the Stamps have been succesful - get real

Anonymous said...

Murphy show in his interview that he is definitely not qualified to be a GM, not by any stretch of the Green cool aid

Anonymous said...

Murphy has ZERO experience as a GM - just listen to his interview, how sad

Anonymous said...

I wonder if any of these "cut" players told management they were "overpaid" for their services?...

Anonymous said...

There's a new sheriff in town... Jones! Chris Jones the name, don't forget the name!

Dion said...

I totally agree that cutting these vets without giving them even a phone call is totally BUSH league but that doesn't surprise me because the Sliders are a CLASSLESS organization and will rot in the basement for years to come.

Anonymous said...

Hey Murphy hater, aka Calgary fan. Why would you make three separate posts, when you could do it all in one.

Anonymous said...

I'm turned on by Mr. Jones

Anonymous said...

Wow. all of the sudden Murphy isn't good enough. But wait, he was the man two weeks ago.

Rider Nation. Passionate, yes. Knowledgeable, no.

Char E. said...

Murphy was JOKING people. It's called sarcastic wit. I for one laughed out loud when I heard it. If any of you had bothered to read anything on the guy before you decided you knew him well enough to trash him, you'd realize how ridiculous you are!

Anonymous said...

O'Day is the real GM? What a joke!

This is Chris Jones team and his team alone

Chris Jones has the final say

Anonymous said...

Should be interesting to see whose cut in the 2nd wave.

T. Brown

Anonymous said...

The Riders cut 19 players who were free agents and weren’t going got be offered a contract. This should not be as news worthy as it’s being made out to be.

Classy move letting them go now so they can start looking for other teams to play for

Anonymous said...

Only 12 of the 19 were free agents. I'd tell you who the other 7 were, but then I'd have to kill you.

Anonymous said...

Hard to see macho go.. He was an all star.. 3 interceptions one game..

Anonymous said...

DD released? Not as far fetched as there are plenty of capable qbs around the league. Only the last admin could not find them. Defence wins championships the extra cap room could be used finding dlineman and dbacks. This change is long overdue.

Anonymous said...

Totally OK with the releases but if it's true they weren't informed by management bothers me.

Anonymous said...

Jones has the same wardrobe on that he had last week. CMON MAN!

Anonymous said...

Rod why do you let some of these jerk off's post some of the shit they do? The one idiot feels he has to post three different times about how Murphy sucks just to make himself feel good. Seriously, this comments section has become unreadable. I'll just stick to the stories, keep up the good work there.


Speaker Ryan

Anonymous said...

Cutting Brackenridge and Harris made the defense better already. I'm sure the two of them totaled at least 25 blow-by tackles last year.

Anonymous said...

Cuts will be made. If the players were not given proper private notification, I think that is bush league. As a 60 year Rider fan, I hope this is not a sign of attitude from Jones. No place for this type in our organization

Lewis Grant said...

I have been very positive so far about Jones, but Rod, can you tell us more about why Ivan Gutfriend is leaving all of a sudden? Maybe he planned it all along, but the timing is awfully curious. It's one of those things that makes you go, "hmmmmm......"

Anonymous said...

Wow - 37 years. Ivan Gutfriend has been with the team for almost my entire career as a fan

Anonymous said...

An all star for one game lol the rest of the season he was either watching receivers run around him or RBs run over him. He was probably the worst LB in the CFL last year. I'm most surprised Alex Hall and T.George were not cut. Both were especially bad last year, Dressler had more tackles than George at one point in the season. Hall I don't think even smelled a QB until game eight or nine. Once again Getzlaugh saved by his passport.

Anonymous said...

"I have been very positive so far about Jones, but Rod, can you tell us more about why Ivan Gutfriend is leaving all of a sudden? Maybe he planned it all along, but the timing is awfully curious. It's one of those things that makes you go, "hmmmmm......"

I heard Ivan was retiring last year. 37 years with team and he has to be 70 years old or close to it. Think that is got have something to do with it.

13th Man said...

Maybe the league plans to have a Draft for the Riders. How can a new coaching staff make so many decisions without sufficient time to review tape. I sure hope we don't have another gong show this year. Can we get our money back from the earl bird ticket program?

Anonymous said...

13th Man- Just like eating an apple; you don't have to eat the whole thing to realize it's rotten. Likewise, you don't need to study and evaluate every minute of game film to see the problems. And these guys have seen most of these actors before in their previous duties.

Anonymous said...

13th man I think these coaches may have looked a the Riders a couple of times over the past 2 years. Usually part of game prep an game planning.

Anonymous said...

Hey 13th man I'll take your season seats off your hands. You can't have them back though when we're kicking ass and you can't get a seat cause the place is sold out!


Old Tank

Anonymous said...

2 other releases happened. Ivan Gutfriend (41 years). Executive assistant Cheryl McLean-Kiel (27 years). They had a lot to follow with the 3-15 record