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Friday, July 15, 2016

CHRIS JONES NEWS CONFERENCE NOTES VS B.C.


Here are some notes and quotes from Roughrider Head Coach & GM Chris Jones' pregame news conference on Friday.  Saturday afternoon at 5:00, Saskatchewan hosts the B.C. Lions (TSN, CKRM Rider Radio Network).

ON JOSIAH ST. JOHN CRACKING THE ROSTER

CJ:  "We've been working with him a lot after practice, working against our practice roster guys.  He's done a good job working with our strength coach trying to get in game shape.  He's probably going to be dressed because of injury and we'll see if he gets time or not."

IS THE INJURY TO CENTRE DAN CLARK SERIOUS?

CJ:  "No."

WILL IT AFFECT PRODUCTIVITY?

CJ:  "We can't let one person not being there be the demise of us.  We gotta be prepared and even it's not optimal, we've done our homework and we know who's going to be our back-ups.  B.C.'s got a tremendous defense.  They're a well-rounded football team.  Wally's the all-time winningest coach for a reason and you see the results of him being the head coach over there.

YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS BEING WALLY'S 400TH CAREER GAME?

CJ:  "Just to be involved in 400 football games is amazing much less winning 400."

WELL HE HASN'T WON 400.

CJ:  "Whatever.  350, 400, it doesn't matter."

WHAT ABOUT JONATHAN NEWSOME?

CJ:  "He's a real good football player.  He's one of those guys that can be a very versatile player.  He can drop, he can man cover.  Tremendous athlete.  I gotta 'em to pay attention and learn what they're doing.  Leonard and Newsome are similar to some of the guys we've had in the past:  Anwar Stewart when he was young, Charleston Hughes was very similar.  Now can they show up day in day out, week in week out, meeting in meeting out, walk-through after walk-through and do the right things."

HOW IMPORTANT WAS THE SIGNING OF OL ANDREW JONES?

CJ:  "The thing about Andrew is #1 he's a good person and that's what we've tried to recruit; guys that are good guys and will fit into our locker room.  And then they do what we ask them to do whenever we ask them to do it.  Certainly we've won some football games with Andrew as our centre which is vital for reasons like this."

HOW IS DT CEDRIC MCKINLEY ADJUSTING?

CJ:  "Big Ced?  He's adjusting very well.  The locker room really likes him.  It's hard not to like Big Ced.  (Regarding the trade for McKinley from Edmonton) you'd have to ask Ed what their said was.  For us it was out of necessity.  We needed a defensive tackle.  We lost a very good one in Jonathan Williams.  For us to pick up a guy that's very good in the locker room, a good hard-worker, and knows what we're doing, that's before his size and his talent."

4 comments:

3RD and 1 said...

Great info with HC Jones.
One question I would have asked is...
Coach are you able to keep this group focused enough to get your 1st win???
Also; if it comes down to having a small lead with a couple minutes left. Are you going to be aggressive on both sides of the ball??

Enigma said...

I think the better question is; coach do you think the Riders have some of the most retarded fans in league?
Coach; you looked pretty focused in the last game against the Grey Cup champs so can you keep it up this week. After all it's your job to keep professional athletes focused.
Coach; do you think a bigger and better centre might help in moving the pile? He hasn't done a good job in that this season. However don't replace a local guy with someone better or you will never hear the end of it.
Coach; we should wish you the best but instead we'll snipe at you cause that's what we do best. We've been genetically programmed to be morons...

3RD and 1 said...

I'm not sure what the last comments were. Sounds like a maybe a hate on for the world.
I said the information was good from HC Jones. Asking a simple question like remaining aggressive and the players focused not the coach. Read before you call people names. Maybe calling people disrespectful names when you didn't even read it properly. People calling other people retarded should really look in the mirror.
I stated 5 articles ago that Darian has to step sideways and follow his guard or maybe even his tackle as his Center is to small.
By asking the questions I suggested would allow the coach to suggest where he thinks the problems are. Not where you or I say they are.
i thought the name calling on here was over. Looks like nothing has changed.

Reginald of Regina said...

I didn't read anything Moronic about 3RD &1 questions. There was no disrespect or attack there. In fact I see where he states good info from the coach.
I don't understand when one Rider fan puts himself above every other Rider fan. Then goes onto calling all the other Rider fans names. If you like you can get help for your condescension. They will also help you with your self importance, superiority, ego, pride and arrogance. It's available on line.
On a more positive note from what I have read. 90% of the fans are behind Chris Jones. The begining with the cutting of fan favourites was ruff. Most realized why it needed to be done. That's mostly behind us now.
I believe once Coach Jones has his team playing like winners. All the tension in Riderville will dissipate and the name calling will stop. Everyone loves this team and we all want the same thing. To win!
Tonight is the first win for the Riders with several more to come.
Go Riders Go.