Realty One

Saturday, February 20, 2016


By: Brett Smith
Prince Albert Daily Herald

The 2015 CFL season didn’t go the way the Saskatchewan Roughriders wanted.

Finishing an injury-riddled campaign that saw the Green and White play to a 3-15 record and last place in the West Division, there were changes to come in Riderville.

However, for wide receiver Nic Demski and defensive tackle and Tearrius George, that poor season has given the team “tremendous motivation” for the 2016 campaign.

“We’re paid to win,” said George, who was alongside Demksi at the Prince Albert Raiders game on Friday night.

“That’s what we practice for. That’s what we work all off-season for and we didn’t get that done last year. It’s a big motivation.”

The changes started fairly early in the off-season for the Riders. About a week after he led the Edmonton Eskimos to a Grey Cup victory, Chris Jones was hired by the Riders to be their new head coach and general manager.

Not only did Jones head to Riderville, he brought all but one of the members of the Eskimos’ championship coaching staff, including offensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach Stephen McAdoo.

“It says that those guys are loyal to each other,” George said of the coaching staff moving. “They want to be together. They’ve got something special together, so that’s why they would all go to the same place.”

“They won a Grey Cup last year in Edmonton, so it’s basically a privilege for them to come over to us and lead us to our Grey Cup this year,” Demski said.

Neither Demski nor George has had a chance to speak with Jones yet about the upcoming season, although the veteran defensive tackle said it’s understandable. Jones and has staff have been preparing for the upcoming CFL Draft and managing the roster as the CFL’s free agency period opened on Feb. 9.

Both players were curious about what Jones would do to improve the roster, leading them checking for updates.

“I was on Twitter all day just waiting for updates and stuff like that,” Demski said. “It’s probably a thing all around the league that everybody does, just sitting and waiting to see who goes where.”

The Riders made the biggest splash on the second day of free agency, signing the likes of national defensive end Justin Capicciotti, international defensive back Ed Gainey and former first-round pick Shamawd Chambers.

George said he expects big things from the new additions.

“Nobody’s going to take it easy on us just because we’ve got a lot of new players or it’s a new team or we’ve got some new coaches,” he explained. “I think we’re expecting big things from everybody.”


Anonymous said...

That's something - IBEW advertises on SportsCage yet he's got a SaskParty ad on this blog.

Anonymous said...

When are the roughies going to trade demsky?

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Brett Smith can not only play quarterback for the Riders, he can produce well written articles for the Prince Albert Herald. He should do well in his life after football.

Anonymous said...

Brett Smith will be cut this upcoming football season, he just doesn't have the mechanics nor skill set to play.

Anonymous said...

While my my Grey Cup Champ Eskimos are touring Alberta showing off their Grey Cup the sliders are touring the province showing off their Toilet Bowl

Anonymous said...

“While my my Grey Cup Champ Eskimos are touring Alberta showing off their Grey Cup the sliders are touring the province showing off their Toilet Bowl”

I’ve lived in Edmonton for several years, nothing more than a big Regina. Not sure what you’re implying about the area, that Edmonton and northern alberta are a big shiny sh!tter?

Anonymous said...

Winnipeg is a bigger Regina
. Edmonton is an industrial city that retains a bit of a northern frontier type atmosphere. It is not as influenced by the rural entitlement issues as Regina. The provincial capital and university seem more integrated, accepted and part of the community than Regina (eg Ram,Cougar estrangement). Edmontons insecurities are with Calgary and the competition for investment and provincial dollars. The sports rivalries and city of champions have more to do with Calgary bashing. Only Regina thinks they are in a competition with Edmonton. Losing their coaches hurt but not as much as it would have if they had left for Calgary. Indeed if they all were going to leave most Eskie fans would choose Regina outta pity and the hope that they may win more than 4 games this year. The only thing that Regina and Edmonton share is that they are the second largest cities in their respective provinces. *Dont forget that the two largest cities in Alberta each have a larger population than the entire province that Regina belongs too. This doesn't make them better but different than a fuelling stop along the trans Canada highway.

Anonymous said...

Nope I'm saying the elks are the grey cup champs and sliders are the chumps worst team in league hence they get the toilet bowl for crappiest team your a sliders fan you won't get it .