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Friday, August 5, 2016

RIDER RECAP: STAMPEDERS 35 ROUGHRIDERS 15


CALGARY - Bo Levi Mitchell just keeps getting the job done for the Calgary Stampeders.

Mitchell completed 25-of-37 passes for 312 yards and threw a touchdown to Anthony Parker in the first quarter on Thursday night to lead the Stampeders to a 35-15 win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

The 26-year-old quarterback _ in his fifth season with Calgary - has now tossed at least one touchdown pass in 21 straight games to tie Doug Flutie (1996-97) and Anthony Calvillo (2012-13) for the fourth-longest streak in CFL history.

"I heard about that,'' said Mitchell nonchalantly after the game. "It's 21 straight games that my receivers have caught a touchdown pass. That's the way I look at it.

"It feels good. Shoot, playing in the CFL you should throw a touchdown pass every game, unless you get hurt.''

Parker was more willing to praise Mitchell for the feat.

"He's making great reads out there and putting the ball where only we can get it,'' said Parker, who hauled in his second TD pass from Mitchell this season. "He doesn't make too many mistakes and that really helps us out. It's pretty cool to see that, at such a young age, he's doing the things that he's doing. I think the sky's the limit.''

Rene Paredes kicked five field goals, while backup QB Andrew Buckley and running back Jerome Messam also ran for TDs as the Stampeders (4-1-1) won their third in a row while extending their unbeaten streak to five straight.

"It was a hard-fought win, it really was,'' said Calgary coach Dave Dickenson, who will now turn his attention to preparing the Stamps for a rematch against the Riders in Regina on Aug. 13. "We'll have to look at the film and adjust a little bit and be ready for Round 2 in nine days.''

After missing two games with a sprained left ankle, Saskatchewan quarterback Darian Durant returned to the lineup and tossed a 45-yard touchdown pass to Rob Bagg on Saskatchewan's first drive of the game.

The Riders (1-5) were unable to find the end zone after that play and had to settle for three field goals by Johnny Mark, who Saskatchewan signed on Thursday as a last minute fill-in for injured kicker Tyler Crapigna.

"Physically, I'm a little beat up,'' said Durant, who completed 17-of-28 passes for 247 yards. "Mentally, I'm just sad. We had a lot of opportunities to put some points on the board and we didn't do it.

"It's frustrating. We moved the ball, but we can't settle for field goals. We have to try to punch the ball into the end zone when we get the opportunities.''

After Paredes opened the scoring for the Stampeders with a 35-yard field goal, the Riders answered right back as Bagg hauled in a long bomb from Durant to cap off a seven-play, 70-yard drive. The Roughriders attempted a two-point convert, but Bagg was unable to catch a short pass from Durant in the end zone.

The Stamps jumped out to a 10-6 lead at 14:39 of the opening quarter when Mitchell tossed a 16-yard TD pass to Parker.

Although Mark missed a 47-yard field goal just before the five-minute mark of the second quarter, he atoned for that mistake six minutes later when he connected from 42 yards out to pull Saskatchewan within a point.

"It would have been nice to get that fourth one there, but a short week I guess that's alright,'' said Mark, who played for the University of Calgary Dinos from 2011-15.

Paredes then booted one through the uprights from 24 yards out at 13:20 before Mark responded with a 40-yard field goal 41 seconds later.

On Calgary's last possession of the half, Mitchell completed a 17-yard pass to Messam and a 30-yard strike to Bakari Grant to get the Stampeders back into Riders territory with nine seconds left on the clock. That allowed Paredes to kick his third field goal of the game - from 31 yards out - as time expired to give Calgary a 16-12 lead.

The teams traded field goals in the third quarter as Mark hit his third of the game from 34 yards out at 6:56 before Paredes kicked a 25-yarder with 23 seconds left on the clock.

The Stamps sealed the victory in the fourth quarter as Buckley ran for a five-yard score before Messam scampered into the end zone from one yard out. Paredes then rounded out the scoring with a 17-yard field goal as time expired in the game.

(Canadian Press)

CHRIS JONES POSTGAME COMMENTS:

- We had our opportunities.  For three quarters it was a really tight game.  In the fourth quarter, you have to give them credit, they made the plays necessary to take the lead.

- They had momentum and again we have to do a better job of making Messam going east and west.  When his shoulder pads are downhill, he's hard to do business with.

- We went for two points on the first touchdown because the wind was blowing.  It died down after halftime but I didn't want to have Mark kick into the wind.  We didn't have a lot of information on him.  He was in there because of an injury to Tyler Crapigna.  He got hurt on the very last kick of Day 3.  I've never had that happen before.

- Right now we're not good enough.  Clearly.  When you give up 400 yards and those points, we have to play better defensively and put two halves together.

- You have to give Dave Dickenson credit.  They were good in all phases and they know what they're doing.  We had opportunities to win this game but they've got a quarterback that's been there before.  And they got great play-callers in all three phases.

- On the ratio fine, I'm not going to comment on it.  You can ask the CFL.  I'm not going to comment on it.  You can ask the CFL.

- We're going to have to work on Darian's bubble throws.  Those were his negatives.  He threw it downfield well, but we need to put the ball in our playmakers' hands behind the line of scrimmage.  One of those was his grip.

*The Roughriders host the Stampeders next Saturday at 5:00 pm at Mosaic Stadium.

RP
@rodpedersen

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

Outscored 76-18 in two games. Well done. So much optimism right now.

Anonymous said...

Well, that could have been a lot worse.

The Rider defence is terrible. There are ZERO playmakers on defence. When was the last time the defence forced a turnover?

Calgary got pressure with a three man rush, but that happens when your defensive line actually has talent.

A less than stellar game from BLM just gave the green goggles crowd another excuse to ignore reality and flap their mouths for another week about the team needing time to gell and that a breakout game is coming soon.
The fact is that this team is totally lacking in talent and does not play with any intelligence, determination or physicality.

1-17 is a distinct possibility in 2016. Who else are they going to beat? Every other team in the CFL is improving EXCEPT the Riders.

Anonymous said...

Bring your whistles to the game next week rider fans. 3 separate times a whistle blew from the stands while the rider offence was on the field.

Anonymous said...

Bo Levi own's Rider's ass. Guaranteed win for him.

willie said...

Riders Defence looked like they were trying to give Messam a Kiss when he walked by them. Remember you guys this is Tackle football not touch football like you played again tonight. A couple of more games like this and this team will bottom out and end up in last place over all. I am a true Rider fan but this is NOT Rider Football. Gotta tell it like it is.

Steve Johnson said...

Outplayed once again. That's not a very competitive defence out there. All game, no pressure (it's like you can count 5 elephants for Mitchell to throw. Lousy return game and even with Durant in, we only score 15 points. Once we get to their side of the field, we find some way to kill that drive and there goes a chance for a TD. They are a work in progress, yes, but it's very discouraging to be 1-5 already and to give up 30 point of more 5/6 games. Figure out how to match the compete and effort level with other teams and success will come. As Josh Donaldson said last year before they took off, "This isn't the try hard league, this is the get it done league."

Anonymous said...

The TSN comparison between the Riders and the Stamps between first year CFL player versus player with two or more years was quite stark.
The Riders are searching for and rebuilding with many new, young, inexperienced talent. Just hope that these new players are allowed to develop. A vet like Norwood on our line will help when he gets healthy. Better position than Montreal who are at the other end of the spectrum in terms of aging players.

Kevin S said...

Well the losses are piling up now. I guess team is at stage where just have to be happy when they keep it close. That does not make for a very exciting season but that appears to be the reality. How did the Lions turn it around so fast...guess maybe wally is the genius we hoped jones would be.

Lyle Pederson said...

Closer longer than I expected. There IS some talent out there. Not enough but it is a TEAM game. Guys around you can make you look better. That 3 man rush is covering DB weaknesses. Player turnstile is costing us but if not happy with the raw talent then keep changing. It's still ex season for us. Patience still needed and injuries have made it much linger.

Keith Pottruff said...

I just came home from the game. From my point of view, the Riders need someone on the D to be a star. Someone has to either get to the QB or make a big time interception. On the offence someone has to break a game open. A running back has to get that 70 yard run to open things up.

Right now we don't have either of these guys.

polkabill504 said...

Until they get a running game established maybe we won't win again The O line with all the injuries can't pass block all night.Our return game is pathetic.Get someone with some speed.The d line strikes no fear into anyone.With all the supposed contacts down south certainly we should be able to fill our needs like other teams do.I have no idea who we will beat this year.Sad.sad times in Riderville.

Reginald of Regina said...

I wonder if the Rider curse of 4 Grey Cups in a Hundred years will break once they are into the new stadium? It has to be the stadium.
I don't know how many American Coaches and GM's have come to this team and promised so much yet delivered so little. It seems Chris Jones made a hell of a head coach and Defensive Coordinator. However adding on GM and VP of football operations has completely destroyed any and all of his past success.
I'm tired of players and coaches saying BC went 0-5 and won the Grey Cup. If you look at that season. Wally went out and traded for a star receiver after the 0-5 start by the name of Arland Bruce. He also added a Star LB as well as a few other Vets. Wally knew his team had no leadership or play makers. Exactly what's happening here. I would bet Dollars to donuts that Chris Jones is going to stick with his plan and try the same thing over and over again. Lemon is wriping it up in Toronto. Yet our D-ends can't get anywhere near the QB. This Rider Defence isn't any better than the horrible defence of last year. Our offence isn't much better. Plus our special teams are not special in anyway what so ever. This is a bad team all around.

Anonymous said...

Terrible defence, very college looking...why cant we bring the house on the quarterback every down, Mitchell was rushed on his throws when we did, clearly 3 man rush is not working, quarterbacks are slicing up saskatchewans secondary, might as well blitz, defence is allowing pitch and catch to happen,slowly losing interest in Riders....sorry Rod, not going to lose 3 hours of my week watching lousy football.

Lori Hutchison Hunter said...

Still sure the keys to the Kingdom should have been given to Jones?

Anonymous said...

The green goggle faithful will tell us riders are 2-3 plays away from a win....ya right, that was not rider football, we are slowly becoming the free square on the bingo card...

@mrt_man said...

On tv you could here lots of whistles too

Morgan said...

Ugly game overall. Brutal effort by the players and brutal playing calling and decision making by Jones and his coaching staff. They've got a lot of work to do that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the riders defence coordinator needs an assistant??? Seems like offence and special teams are doing their job. Maybe too many hats??

3RD and 1 said...

It is what it is. An off season of built up hope and hype of a whole new Grey Cup winning coaching staff. The only difference is this Head Coach released every and all Rider players that still had pride of ownership. All we have in the Defence is a bunch of nameless faces. Some of them may have had a name on a different CFL team before coming here. That really dosent matter as here you can see that many have lost their speed and urgency to get to the ball. Too me it looks like they no longer believe in the system. Dropping D-ends and other D-lineman into coverage because the secondary is pathetic is really hard to watch. I don't care if your Drew Willy with Winnipeg. Any CFL offence is going to take advantage of that defence come the 4th QTR.
I wonder what second year Rider President is thinking this morning? Giving the keys to 1 guy for the whole Kingdom isn't working at all. If we continue status quo with the players this team has on defence. Well then you might match last year's win total. That is if we get lucky in a game or two.
Sure wish Darian would learn from the likes of Harris and Collarous and even Ricky Ray. They have never stated or shown that it takes time to jell with receivers. Nor do they feel there is time to build a trust. The trust comes when they put on the same color uniform. Other top QB's in the league throw the ball to any and all receivers. Even Jonathon Jennings is spreading the ball around much better. What's up with that?..

Heptiro said...

The difference was Calgary DB's blanketed our receivers with (it appeared) double tight coverage on each Rider while our DB's were not even in the picture for 3 seconds after their receiver caught the ball. Did Richie Hall leave his defensive play book in the Rider locker room? Lack of talent or lack of scheme suited to players abilities?

Anonymous said...

Hey riders defence....if you are reading Rods blog, and i know you are...if the opponents offence are second and 6, dont wait at the 10...??? And if they are second
and 13, dont wait at the 15...maybe a lil football IQ is needed, instead of athetisicm...trying to help you out CJ

Rod Cressman said...

Why is everyone hyperventilating? This is a rebuild and growing pains are expected. Take a deep breath and relax.

Anonymous said...

Dare I say it this team might be worse than 3-15 team from last yr.

Anonymous said...

Where is a decent pass rush??? Foley, Chick...would not allow this too happen on defence, they would terrorize QBs all game long...please someone that wants to play football and is proud to be a rider help!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hard for doubles to make plays when riders defence likes to be on the field all the time,jogging behind receivers. What a joke...

Anonymous said...

Mr Jones, ill say it for you...that kind of football wants to make me throw up....

Anonymous said...


The Jones hate is alive and well it would seem.

Anonymous said...

This team is bad everywhere. It's time to face facts. This is a multi-year rebuild. We aren't making the playoffs this year, likely not next year either.

This rebuild is as big as 1999 to 2000 was. We didn't make the playoffs until 2002. All we can hope for is improvement by the time the final buzzer on the season happens in early November.

Signed, the Voice of Reazon!

Anonymous said...

Thats right Rod its a rebuild....but you cant build a barn on a slough. We dont give ribbons and pat on the back for participating in riderville, we want players that want to play, and make plays.

Anonymous said...

Calgary playbook will be easy next Sat against riders, pass to Grant all first half, then second half give to Messam every down. Since no one on defence likes to get uniform dirty and tackle and play football.

John Knight said...

Rod Cresman, you are 100% correct. We are in a rebuild and that takes time. We have to find the right players for the right position. That said there are two glaring problems. 1) Lack of a running back 2) lack of a pass rush. We give their QB far too much time to find a receiver.

Anonymous said...

You want to see determination and enthusiasm for a sport watch womens soccer, beat up the favourite Australia and they were even down one player. Maybe green and white should play with pride for riderville like Canada womens soccer does for Canada

Anonymous said...

Last year the team was too old, this year it is too young. In a year or two it should be just right.

Anonymous said...

The games are all late now. Last night was 8 pm for us on a Thursday who out east is watching at 10 or 11 TSN numbers must be down. Games need to start earlier.

PVO said...

Be patient. If you cant, no one is forcing you to watch the games or support the team financially. However, if you just relax, enjoy the process and have some confidence we will bare the fruits later (1-3 years).
We had some very bad teams before brought in Shivers and Barrett. Even the scouting genius of Shivers took, what 3-4 years, before the playoffs were a reality. 34 new people on the roster. 9 rookies starting the game. We also have/had some above average players on IR.
There are probably some very good players on this team, even on defense but it will take time. Remember how bad Mcalla (sp?) and Morgan looked on the corners their first year. Reggie Hunt wasn't a beast from day 1 (close maybe). Does anyone remember Fantuz early on-there were games he dropped more than he caught. This stuff takes time-lots of it. Some times it takes a couple of years for players to find their groove (see Adarius Bowman). Some players haven't even played in all 6 Rider games, yet we want to conclude they all suck? Really? The average game includes about 10-15 minutes of actual action. So an offensive or defensive player might get in 6-8 minutes if he plays every snap. Not sure its good to evaluate all these players based on 30-50 minutes of actual game time so far this season. I hope no one is judged on their work performance based on 30-50 minutes. Good grief!

Anonymous said...

Yes, but average worker works 40 hr/wk, i work 80/ wk, surely a player can break a sweat for 30-50 / week, and not just practice.

Jeff B said...

Our receivers look great. The lineup is probably the nicest its been in years. All of those guys can make big catches. Its been a while since we said that.

Anonymous said...

Memo to Jeremy,

NFL running back Trent Richardson may be available.


Lyle Pederson said...

Thank you PVO! You put some excellent perspective on the situation. That TSN thing showing the comparative changes this year tells the story. But didn't tell the rest of the story ... the experienced O line injuries requiring really green replacements. I hate to lose ... especially to the Stamps. But have been a fan long enough and an old Saskie long enough to have learned to tough out the hard times. In fact the Sask fabric was made up of those who don't quit. (The quitters left) Hang in there folks.

tskware said...

No such thing as multi year rebuilds in the cfl. Its either done in the first or maybe second year and after that theyre as good as theyre going to be.

tskware said...

I agree their main weakness is they dont have the talent to win. On defence in particular. They will keep plugging in players until they find them. It could take the whole season. Question is why is it taking so long? This is why we brought CJ and Murphy here is it not?

tskware said...

Yes and Shivers and Barrett hit their ceiling in year 3. Every year after that was a waste of time

Reginald of Regina said...

PVO... telling people who pay for tickets or are a multi year season ticket holder or are emotionally invested in this team to relax and wait a year or two is just dumb. Bringing up Shivers... again another dumb point. We are suppose to be so far past that. The Riders have become a very rich team from all these fans. This Management have squandered so much money this year on stupidity.The fans have every right to be upset or disappointed. As well they have every right to voice their opinion.
You can sit back and relax and be happy in well below average play. This process you speak of is unprecedented in any professional league. Who the hell releases every player on a defence. Chris Jones deserves everything that is coming at him right now. He wants to be the big guy on the team making $500K. Then he can certainly take all this criticism for a team that is being outscored more than last year.

Anonymous said...

Reginald, of those released by the riders on Defense how many have been signed elsewhere? Harris and Jackson. There's a reason they were let go.

PVO said...

Reginald of Regina-people who pay for tickets (single game or season) are buying the right to see some form of entertainment (good or bad). No different than going to a movie, concert, etc. You don't like the product you can choose not to go. Voice your opinion sure, but people should stop acting like the Riders owe them something.
This team is a for-profit enterprise, they know that. They know they need to put together something that people will come back to.
Don't treat this as a government entity that your tax dollars are going to (ignore the stadium for a minute) and you have a right to expect something in return. You show up, watch them play, you go home. End of obligation on their part.
Oh, and unprecedented? Look at any N. American sport-there are some teams rebuilding for the last 10 years. Sometimes you need to clean house and that's what this group did.
I sure hope you aren't an Oilers fan-I can only imagine how you feel that process is going.

Anonymous said...

Serious question: which released defensive player is lighting it up with any team? Answer: None. Which offensive player is lighting it up with any team? Answer: Messam. And oh ya he was traded away last year. Most of the rest have not surfaced with any team. Our heir apparent QB Smith was with Ottawa as 10th backup but I don't even think he's there anymore. Glenn was traded for nothing. Bottom line is last years defence was as pathetic as the current one looks to be. Only difference all the guys here last year were old and slow. The young guys here are fast and eager but lack the experience. The bonehead plays are made by Jackson and other vets who seem to have learning disorders.

Although they are not talking about it, a ton of our best offensive and defensive players are sitting on the injury list. There are numerous All-Stars on the IR who would make us a better team. There is a better team on the injury lists than on the field. They will be back and we will be better.

Then DD's performance has to be critiqued and he does not grade out well at all. We all wondered what kind of Darian we would see and quite frankly he has not been impressive. Down in the red zone numerous times yet comes away with very little. A lot of key 2 and outs, poor passes and poor play selection. Not even close to the Darian of old. Couldn't gain a key yard a while back which cost us a game. Not the same player.

Jones has not been bringing enough heat at times during the games. He has to own that. Our backfield is in need of serious help. We have nobody who can cover man to man, without taking a penalty. Jones has to own that. While a lot of what happening (injuries) are out of his control, he needs to find better players as some he has assembled are not good enough. We had too many of them last season.

Anonymous said...

I don't think we'll starting seeing the results of this regime until 2017, as it's nearly impossible to turn over a negotiation-list (likely been done multiple times and will be again with NFL cuts coming) in 7 months.

Anonymous said...

Well i don't know if TSN numbers are down year over year, but the actual people in the seats are drastically down after week 7.

Anonymous said...

The fact of the matter is that the salary of every single person who works for the Saskatchewan Roughriders is paid by people like you and I.

We pay for it with our seasons tickets and merchandise purchases.

The people who work for the Riders owe us their living.

The Riders owe us results.

Anonymous said...

With 16 coaches, you would think someone could get this defense to play with some passion, intensity and ability. They are an embarrassment to Rider Nation right now. BLM had all day and then some to complete passes. The only reason that the score was not more was that some of his receivers forgot to secure the ball. Had nothing to do with us. We are in big trouble on the defensive side of the ball. Special teams is not much better but there is a little light there. Offense will get better with some time playing the same players together for a few games. The most frustrating part for me is that Jones was portrayed as being this defensive genius and yet that is the worst part of our team.

w said...

How about rushing 2 useless linemen? It's about as stupid as rushing 3 giving a surgeon like Bo time to slice and dice. Really? Jones is the guy they gave the car and keys to?

JPR said...

Seems to be alot of head coaches out today. 98% of you making ridiculous coments about how this and that should be done, you wouldn't even have the first clue on how to put a play call together yet you sound off like you are the next one to take over the coaching job.

As for the players released last year where are they? Oh yah not playing football there was a reason they were let go.
I am just as big of fan as anyone but i can be realistic and see this is groing pains, if you look at the talent we have wether it is rookies or the few veterans if they stick together as a team good things will happen. It might not be this year but if you take 2-3 bad plays out of each game we have a much differnt record. You guys need to relax. If not then we should have tones of people that are more than qualified to take over the duties as being the next head coach of the Riders.

Anonymous said...

The fact of the matter is that the salary of every single person who works for the Saskatchewan Roughriders is paid by people like you and I.

We pay for it with our seasons tickets and merchandise purchases.

The people who work for the Riders owe us their living.

performance review - JONES YOU ARE FIRED !!!!!!

3RD and 1 said...

PVO you are wrong
There is NO professional football team that has ever released all 12 players on the defence. It has not happened. That is until Chris Jones did it. Whether its right or wrong he is the first. Dont just speculate; look it up!
I agree with Reginald. People have a right to voice their opinion towards the team and the coaching staff.
Here you are with your mighty than thou attitude telling people what they can and can not do or say. Who the hell are you to tell fans what they can or should do. I will answer it for you. "Nobody"

Anonymous said...

How would anyone, anywhere have been silly enough to have throught that the Riders could walk into Calgary and beat the Stamps, the team at the top of the CFL power rankings? Time to slow down a bit on that bottle of Wiser's.

Anonymous said...

Most of the morons criticizing here are just that !! Most don't go to games and some have never been to a game. They watch the tube and comment on something they don't know ANYTHING about. Crib is most intense game they've ever played. Yet they become the most knowledgeable NCAA coaches you've ever seen when they get on here. They don't know Dressler and Chick went and played for less money than they would have made here because their egos were hurt. The team didn't matter, their ego were hurt!

The butt wipes forget that the money they contribute (if they really do) only provides them a seat at the table. They don't own the table. It obviously doesn't buy them any common sense by the stupid posts they utter. A hell of a lot more people contribute a hell of a lot more, and say nothing. If you don't have some good/positive to say then don't say anything at all. Were you not paying attention when your parents taught you that life lesson.

Maybe some should look back at the gutting of our defence in 2012. We lost the same number of starters and had a crappy year. The following year won the Grey Cup. But again we don't want these moronic NCAA coaches letting facts get in the way of their venomous narratives. We'll win more games than last year but then again that won't be enough for the morons.

3RD and 1 said...

The poster above must be from small town SK. Even Rod himself tells everyone on his Radio show that every Rider fan (Young and old, male or female) has something to say. That's what drives this team! Its the passion of the fans.
Name calling on here, using words like Moron usually means a weak argument!

Anonymous said...

Well said!!

Anonymous said...

Jones has been coaching day in and day out and I don't see any of the skills he supposedly has or getting any better. Can't blame the players the whole time. Jones the saviour should be able to scheme up a win and get the players to buy into his program. Unless he is over rated.

Anonymous said...

Sigh....I am an oilers fan cry face

Anonymous said...

I agree!!!!!