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Sunday, November 6, 2016

DURANT CONTRACT TALKS GO SIDEWAYS

Durant on Sunday
REGINA - Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant expressed disappointment and uncertainty over stalled contract talks between him and the team as his Saskatchewan teammates emptied their lockers to close out a dull 2016 season.

"I think right now it's pretty much at a stand still,'' Durant told a throng of reporters surrounding his locker Sunday morning.

The 34-year-old is set to become a free agent in February if he and the Roughriders don't come to a new deal that keeps him in Regina.

"I think we've presented an offer that we feel is more than reasonable, and it's up to the team to accept it,'' he said. "I took a pay cut this year coming in. I'm willing to take another pay cut. I feel like I've done my part.''

Durant's dejection Sunday was a marked change from late September, when both he and general manager Chris Jones spoke optimistically about signing a new contract.

"Of course I thought there was an opportunity, but you know, I guess with them rejecting that, of course I have no choice but to think that it may go in a different direction,'' Durant said.

Chris Jones wasn't available for comment on Sunday, instead he's set to hold a year-end news conference Monday morning.

Reflecting on a season where the Riders went 5-13 - two wins better than 2015 - Durant said the team was "unable to build the type of chemistry we needed to be successful.''

That was due in part to a constantly changing roster, a symptom of several injuries that kept experienced starters sidelined for most or all of 2016.

That required Jones and Riders' brass to constantly bring in new players and to contend with roster ratios for Canadian and international starters.

"It was hard not being on the field this year. I worked really hard this off-season to get as strong as I could, as fast as I could to contribute. And then unfortunately I got hurt during training camp,'' said Canadian guard Chris Best.

This year was the 33-year-old's tenth season in the CFL, all of them in Saskatchewan.

The absence of Best and fellow offensive line veteran Brendon Labatte showed: the Roughriders were second-worst in the league in sacks allowed (57). Montreal allowed a league-worst 64.

Best and Labatte are signed through next year, now among the older players on the team.

The elder Best said he hopes Durant remains with team, too.

"I hope he's here, because that's my QB. But this is a business and there's going to be changes; there are every single year in pro football,'' he said.

Another veteran player returning next season is receiver Rob Bagg, who noted that he and Durant are friends off the field.

"I just tell him to remain positive and keep the faith, and everything will work out the way it's supposed to work out,'' Bagg said of Durant's stalled contract talks. "I believe any team would be lucky to have him. I hope obviously he's back here.''

One of the few bright spots of 2016 was the play of receiver Naaman Roosevelt.

Before a season-ending leg injury during the Banjo Bowl, the second-year receiver was on pace to shatter several Roughriders receiving records. In the 11 games he played, Roosevelt amassed 1,095 receiving yards on 76 receptions.

On Nov. 3, the 28-year-old signed a two-year contract extension that keeps him with the Riders through 2018.

He said he's excited about playing in a new Mosaic Stadium and he wants to match this year's production levels.

As for Durant, he said there were some positives to 2016.

"We got a couple wins and went on a winning streak there. I think it showed the younger guys that with the patience and if they put in the work, good things will happen,'' he said.

(Canadian Press/Evan Radford)

101 comments:

Anonymous said...

$350,000 seems to high to me but the backups are what, hopeless. Is that to harsh.

Anonymous said...

Chee, Darian is a bargain at $350k per year. Is it possible that Jones has somebody else in mind. His boy in Edmonton, the perfect qb in his mindset, is under contract. Darian has choices in free agency. The ALS and the Argos need a qb, no other team does, well we do if he is not here. This stinks just like Burris and Shivers not so long ago. ☹️️

Joe Baker said...

This is a player that is willing to take yet another pay cut for the team he loves. Yes he's 34 and has had injuries the last few years but he can still play at a high level and his team plays for him if that's not a true leader I'm not sure what is.

Anonymous said...

If I'm Darian I don't sign until there's a new OC in town.

Anonymous said...

I wish DD all the best when goes elsewhere. He is still a top tier qb and Jones doesn't want to pay him like one. He would get killed behind the worst o-line in sk rider recent history and deserve better.

After 1 entire season coach Jones has proven to be completely overrated as a coach. Look carefully and see the facts. Awful pre snap penalties right to game 18. That is BAD coaching.

Anonymous said...

Get it done Riders your options don't look too good. And if we lose another player in the lines of Chick & Dressler....Chris Jones will be run out of town with Craig Reynolds right behind him.

Anonymous said...

Dont stupe to managements low balling level Darian, your worth way more.
Unless there is a way better offensive line and better offensive coaching, just take your chances somewhere else.
Your always respected here in Saskatchewan, your a class act.
2017 is another miss playoffs year, with or without you, too many holes to fill.

LP said...

No other reason to think this than my "spidey senses" but I've never gotten the feeling Jones was 100% on board with DD, despite certain things he claimed in the media. I hope I'm wrong. Love Doubles.

Anonymous said...

Jones and Murphy are two of the stupidest people in football.
Fire both of them now.

Anonymous said...

Oh for the love of.. pay the man 350K He is worth every penny. Don't be an low-ball idiot CJ. Jones frugality is getting pathetic.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Jones should supliment the difference in wage negotiations from his own stash. It also wouldn't hurt to do SOMETHING that the fans want, and this devoted player deserves. Without fans, no football.

Anonymous said...

We went many years being so cheap with our money that it was years and years and years before we began to see a better team. Are we going to go down that long dark road again where we need to hold telethons in order to survive? We have in seven years been to the Grey Cup three times. Yes it's a rebuild year but the one constant has to be the quarterback. Give the man his money so we can deal with the other issues that need to be addressed.

Anonymous said...

I thought Brandon Bridge looked pretty good. As well, I think that Mitchel Gail could be brought along but we don't give our backups any real time experience ... just my opinion

Anonymous said...

The money seems reasonable but it may be the length of the deal that is a problem. DD wasn't the Durant of old this year. He was very ineffective in the first half of many games, which makes a person wonder if he is still suffering some lingering effects of not playing for two years. I don't assume Travis Lulay is making any more $ than 350K and his situation is very similar being injury prone. QB's have a shelf life especially if they're injury prone i.e. Ricky Ray. It's just age and life catches up.

I hope DD returns and I assume he will but we really need to start looking towards the "next one". Management haven't found that guy yet. DD is still our best option going forward. We need a good QB and there won't be any high end guys available this year.

Anonymous said...

DD wasn't the problem this year...everything else was.. Most caused by Chris Jones. Now he's low balling the star quarterback...he must know someone in the U.S is wanting to come up?

Anonymous said...

I think the Als have their QB and he's a lot cheaper than Durant.

Anonymous said...

Then I guess you ain't signing.

Anonymous said...

Think of all the money we would have for DD if it wasn't for all of Jones' "mistakes" this past season. How much did those cost us? Jones didn't seem to be bothered about spending that money! Get DD signed - sooner rather than later! Rider Nation has had enough.

gswoodever said...

Don't play hardball with DD. It will set this franchise back even further. Reynolds better step in pronto!

Glenn

Anonymous said...

Heck, if DD isn't our QB going into the new stadium, not only will he be crushed, A LOT of Rider fans will be crushed also. Haven't been happy with the Jones and crew this season. Not re-signing DD will not help.

Anonymous said...

of course DD wasn't the "Durant of old" this year...he had no stable line of receivers, wasn't protected at the line, far far too many "tryouts" and he never had a chance to get comfortable with anyone. His regular receivers, if they weren't injured, also never had a chance this year. Yes, there were way way too many stupid penalties but the entire team was never given a chance to become a "team", never knew from one game to the next who was going to be playing and where. Yes, I am hoping DD signs an extension but IMO, if this team isn't stabilized and given a chance to meld, we will be facing another rebuilding year with similar results. Wish him the best whatever he chooses to do!

Anonymous said...

Is this really a surprise. DD is not the DD of old. Time and injuries have caught up to him. Gale and Bridge dont look that bad. While I think we all love the guy, father time and in his case injuries have caught up to all pro players.

Anonymous said...

Yes he took a pay cut but he also made a lot of money sitting on the injury list for 2 years. Money for Nothing so to speak.

Anonymous said...

Maybe he wasn't the DD we were used to, but the only receiver that he had worked with previously was Bagg. Had a training camp and part of one game with Demski, Roosevelt only in training camp. He played the whole year behind the most porous OL and was the most sacked QB. How many throw aways were there in order to not get sacked. How many running backs did we use plus 21 different receivers. Look at DD's number compared to Reilly, BLM, or Jennings and you know what its a miracle he put up the numbers he did. He was 6 yds away from being the Riders leading rusher and lead all qb's with more than 25 rushes with a 5.4 yd per carry. Put Reilly of BLM in the place of DD and I bet their numbers would not be what they were with their team.
If the Riders do not re-sign DD, our group of 4 will not be renewing our season tickets. Will chalk up the 200 deposit on the 4 to a loss instead of paying out another $850.00 per ticket to watch another year of chaos such as we have been subjected the last 2 years. At least with an experienced quarterback there is hope things will be turned around

Anonymous said...

Well I think that Chris Jones should think about his career as currently Dd is your best chance at winning as you cut everyone that was a Rider tgat won. I think he is the second worst coach ever in club history behind Chamberlin. For a defensive coach you were horrible and if hands weren't tied by Chamberlain and previous GM contracts you would be worried about you being here next year. You have taken a everyday sell our team back to no knowing anyone on the team as you revolving door of players, poor record and your horrible defense. I will be looking forward to the day Chris Jones is fired.

Anonymous said...

Well the Riders have gone thru 9 quarterbacks trying to find the next one already. Get ready for the 80s-90s quarterback carousel to return if they let Durant walk. Good thing the seats are sold for next year.

Anonymous said...

First, I have to admit that I am not one of Durant's biggest fans. But having said that, I do agree he is the best QB available to the Riders at this time going into next season at New Mosaic. And at $350K/yr, IF true, the price is more than reasonable, but rumours say he wants most of it "up-front" (ie. guaranteed)??

Anonymous said...

Jones has to make sure he gets paid ..a bid wage..for..??

Anonymous said...

Have had seasons tickets for 36 years. Biut if Dd is not signed am willing to lose the deposit on the two tickets and not renew next year or ever. This coach and his cast of cult followers is a joke. How much has this coach cost the organization with his 18 game training camp. Craig Renolds and the Board should be held accountable.

Anonymous said...

If $350K seems high to you then you know absolutely nothing about quarterbacks or typical CFL pay ranges or both!

Anonymous said...

Jones salary has zero to do with it. Its about player salary cap.

Anonymous said...

Not signing DD will be a big mistake. However I think the real mistake happened last summer when we didnt sign Trevor Harris. That showed an inability to tie up key players that arent former Eskimos or Stampeders.

orphan said...

I am not a DD lover - but he is the best quarterback we have. In the CFL a team without a proven quarterback is a team that is out of the playoffs. I think that Darian deserves to be paid what a proven starting qb makes in this league. I think perhaps he even deserves a bit more because of the debacle that was created around him. IF we can't afford him, we certainly can't afford Jones' contract - not to mention Chamblin's and Tamblin's. This is not the battle for Jones to make a tough guy stand on - it can only end badly for all!!!

Anonymous said...

Bo Levi the top QB in the league didn't sign for that high.

Guess bo knows that leaving money to spend for players around him helps the team win.


Bring on Franklin and Bridge as QB 1 and 2 for our 2017 Saskatchewan Roughriders!

Anonymous said...

Jones got rid of everyone else that was any good and brought in a bunch of no names that should still be playing high school football so I can see him getting rid of Durant and have a revolving door of qbs.

Anonymous said...

I wish now i hadnt renewed my seasons till they sign him. The thought of another year with no Darian is quite frankly not something im willing to waste my hard earned money on. Hours driving to games only to see loss after loss. Darian is our best chance at a win! Im dusgusted they arent giving the man the respect he deserves. Is jones that stubborn he wont sign him cause we are all demanding that they sign him???

Anonymous said...

DD time has run its course. Rrs team have to find, develope a qb immediately as they will not win much under the current starter as evident the past three seasons, the end results say so. Time to move on. Edmonton's Franklin deserves to be a starter somewhere, Sk???? RRay would be the ideal mentor contributor to the team cause.

Anonymous said...

Darian Durant isn't going anywhere. You really think the Riders are going to open their new stadium with Mitchell Blair as starting QB? Pay Durant what he wants. He certainly isn't asking for the world.

John Knight said...

What a bunch of (experts). You don't know for sure all the facts in the case and you would have resigned, Chick, Dressler, Getslaf and all the released players and we would have likely won one or two games this year. You also ran Macallum out of town when he missed a field goal, were happy the Chamblin and Tamin were punted and so on. Just SHUT THE HELL UP AND LET OUR GM AND COACH DO HIS JOB

Anonymous said...

If DD is gone, so are we.

Christopher said...

There are far too many people making emotional comments here. Bottom line is Durant is 34 years old. Nearing the end of his career and simply not worth the money he is asking... A restructured deal with a $200k base and playing incentives makes way more sense all the way around. He would be well paid as a mentor and if there is no one to take the position and he is the QB he is paid x amount of dollars per game he starts. This could be over $400k if he is the starter all season but since he cannot seem to stay healthy and has miss a tremendous amount of playing time to pay him more would be irresponsible.

Anonymous said...

Echoing several other posters, the other options at QB are unproven at best.
If you could sign him for two years at that money it might not be a bad idea. I'm not sure Rider fan has the patience to endure another 4-6 win season while one of the unproven QBs gets the necessary experience to win consistently.

Christopher said...

For all the people that are threatening to not renew your season tickets unless they sign Durant. That threat is very hollow as the riders have a huge waiting list to gobble up your tickets. It will not effect the club in anymore and your protest will just be laughed at. The franchise is 106 years old. and may be around for another 100 years, who knows... Durant is not the end all be all... the riders will survive without him.

Anonymous said...

Well rider nation put up or shut up you know I read the comments which are coming from a lot of hot air. Of any of you people are season ticket holders then put your money where your big mouths are. Don't buy tickets to prove a point. Who owns this team we do the people well then let your displeasure be known. You all are no better then the maple leafs. The owners didn't do anything until the fans started showing their displeasure. As long as 20,,000 seats are sold do you think changes the fans want or don't want will happen MOST LIKELY NOT.

Anonymous said...

It may be Henry Burris time once again in Sask. The guy in a beast!

Darren Muller said...

I can't believe this is happening to a guy that has given his heart to this franchise. I am disgusted and hope that many fans threaten to give up their season tickets. When fans speak with their wallets maybe these so called executives will notice. Darian played behind an atrocious online and a revolving door of receivers and still put up very respectable numbers. So now the Riders are going to cheap out like the old days? This is really sad to see them treat him this way. Get him signed Jones and Murphy or you will be playing in a half full stadium sooner than later. The competition for the entertainment dollar has never been higher. I can live quite fine without not going to another game again.

Anonymous said...

Well if nothing else this hopefully opens a few eyes that believed that DD loved to play in green so much that he would do it for free. This is a bussiness and he needs to be paid. As much as I hate teams and players blabbing to the world contract negoations DD and his agent hold all the cards from a public opinion standpoint. They know there is a value to DD opening the new stadium and also know the blow back after last year with all the guys leaving. They want to be paid for that.
Chris Jones knows what the going rate for a QB is and it is more than is what is being offered to DD. Jones tried to do the same thing with St John offering well below market value. He wants a new QB.

Anonymous said...

What an awesome gift from Mr. Murphy and Jones to the Sask sports talk shows. It was looking grim for its ratings with the horrible demise of the Rider's 2017 season, but this will help get folks engaged about the future. My view, if they can trade for Franklin in Edmonton the future ten years or so would look much brighter like BC with Jennings and Calgary with Bo Levi, otherwise its possible Ricky Rae or Hank Burris in green and white for 2017 until Franklin becomes a free agent.

Anonymous said...

I will go to and enjoy the games whether Durant is there or not. Sounds like I will be able to improve our seasons tickets also. Hope all you idiots do cancel your tickets.
Bill

Anonymous said...

There may be a waiting list for season tickets but how many people are willing to shell out $700.00 - $900.00 to keep watching the choas of the last 2 years. Doesn't matter how the defense id built if you don't have an offence to keep the defense rested, see 2015! We may have led the league in attendance this year but it could have been better if we would have fielded even a 500 team. I have been a season ticket holder for over 20 years and around us other than Labor day there were lots of empty seats around us even for the last game. People are just not willing to give up a day and drive several hours to see loss after loss. There's a lot of very unhappy season ticket holders, not only with the team but with the re-location to the new stadium. Management cannot afford to take Rider Nation for granted, remember we never sold out the playoff game in 2010 (29,210) and not quite 31,000 in 2013.

Anonymous said...

You would think by now that this qb after 10+ years in a 9 team CFL woud be elite and know all the naunces of the game to success, news-flash, he not on par with the best and still struggles game after game with inconsistency. Hes not worth "long term investment" monies. Investment and mney best spent eslewhere. Time for the franchise to move on, if not now, when? New qb of the future needed asap! Most CFL teams have at least 2-3 options at this critical player posituon ready, willing and able to step in without missing a beat. Responsible management to their duty evident by current staff. Irresponsible past regime left the team in dire straights as they knew absoutly nothing of running a profesional football franchise top to bottom. Current qb not worth the money based on past intrusice fanbase sentimental history.

Anonymous said...

Once and for all franklin is nothing. Try to look up his stats. There aren't any! NOT a legit plan fools.

Anonymous said...

If I'm on the management team, he gets released immediately and the team moves on.
Professional sports - what have you done lately? holds true, The here and the now is what matters most to the team.

Anonymous said...

Rod I hope you can relay a message to Chris Jones and Craig Reynolds. If they do not sign DD to a new contract watch how many fans you lose for the new stadium. Rider nation has to band together and say enough is enough. This is our team not some big corporation. The team belongs to the province and the Fans. People should just start staying home and leave the new staduim empty. See how long they can survive without our money. I have spent thousands and thousands of dollars over the years attending games not only in Regina but away as well. Fans have the right to see our star QB retire as a Rider.

Anonymous said...

The problem is he isn't doing his job. Bit off more than he can chew from what I can see.

Anonymous said...

All you idiots thinking that somehow Franklin,Burris,Rae or who knows else is going to come to play for an idiot like Jones and his terrible attitude are dreaming - they all know better and also would want just as much as DD if not more money to come to the circus with jones. Try and at least pretend that you know something about sports before you spout off these stupid comments. Like CC Jones should have been fired long ago - in fact he should never even been hired by the riders or anyone else.

willie said...

If I was a betting person which I am I would say Bye, Bye to Durant and Bagg. This little Rat Of A Coach we have here by the name of Jones is getting away with whatever he wants so instead of taking a Pay Cut from elite player buy Jerky Jones out and get him out of here . He has destroyed this Franchise and will continue to do so if he stays. Good Luck in the Future Darian and Robb it's been good to know you.

Anonymous said...

I agree!
Jones is hopeless.

Anonymous said...

We can only hope! The damage is done to the team now.

Anonymous said...

Franklin has hardly played. I would not say that one good game at the end of the season warrants him becoming a starter.

Anonymous said...

Exactly!

Anonymous said...

Sorry riderville, you don't sign players on sentimental value in professional sports. Time to move on, end of story.

Dennis said...

I'm on the waiting list for season tickets and if we don't have DD signed, I will not even think about getting season tickets!

3RD and 1 said...

The ALS have a QB that runs around like a chicken with his head cut off. He won 2 games. Whoop de doo. He doesn't stay in the pocket and runs if his 1st read is covered. He nothing more than Nealone Green 2.0
He won't get through 5 games before getting replaced next season

Anonymous said...

So, you want Rod to relay a message. Man, the idiots are out tonight.

the 13th Man said...

There are a number of people that are questioning whether they will remain season ticket holders longer than one year, wanting to experience the new stadium. Many are upset over the increases in season tickets due to the new structure which treats someone on the 30 yard line or less equal to someone on the 55 yard line (big mistake); and others who have had there seats moved to a location not agreeable. Then there are those who only like cheering for a winner. What about those people who drive 100's of miles to watch what we were subjected to the last couple of years. Management you just need to wake up and smell the coffee.

Now Jones keeps talking about the TEAM, well he should show some respect, admit he did a poor job this year, and donate from his salary whatever it takes to sign Durant. How about it Mr. Jones?

The biggest mistake, besides the slaughter of the 2015 lineup, was the signing of Jones to multiple roles for which the team is now stuck.

Anonymous said...

Possibly Chris Jones can talk to Gerry Jones about getting Dak Prescott on loan for 2017.

Anonymous said...

I kind of felt something was up listening to Rod's pre-game interview with Murphy. What was troubling is that he could not present a viable Plan B as they play hard-ball in negotiations with DD. I just hope it is not Kevin Glenn!

3RD and 1 said...

He a top tier QB. Reilly and Ricky Rae are paid right around 500K. Colarps in Hamilton and Burris and fellow QB are both paid right around $400K. Bo Levi is supposedly taking $350 but if he wins the Grey Cup this year it will bounce up to 500K even Willy is getting paid 400K
So how can you say 350K is too much?
Obviously you haven't done any research and your just blabbing stupid stuff that makes no sense.

Mark D said...

You don't win in this league without a QB. Sign DD or watch your attendance numbers evaporate. That new stadium's going to look great when it's empty.

Anonymous said...

Most teams have 2-3 viable options at qb? You're delirious.

Anonymous said...

Hold your horses folks, sit tight and wait for Gary Lawless to give us the true low-down about the future of the Rider QB situation.

Morgan said...

If you're such a genius, then explain why the eskimos and their players were devastated when he left to regina? Clearly you're the one who doesn't know anything about sports!

Anonymous said...

Fire Jones! All he has done is tear the team apart and he can't even find many good players when he and his scouts check out 3000 players in the US. Fans are aware Chick and Dresser had pretty good seasons and are not happy they were let go. Many of his in game decisions are stupid. He loses most challenges but I guess that is on his coaches. Jones has a huge ego and doesn't seem to give a dam about Rider fans. The Riders have spent millions to go from 3 wins to 5 wins in 2016. Unless the Riders have a winning record by labour day fans are going to stop going to the games and season tickets will drop to less than 20,000 in 2018. Pretty hard to cheer for a team with a cold, know it all coach. In the 18th game the players are still taking stupid penalities that they took in game 1. And it is some of the guys that have played most of the year.

Anonymous said...

Good, you can go with him. Don't let the door hit you as you leave.

Anonymous said...

You guys crack me up about season tickets. With the best stadium in the CFL, it's going to be a pleasure to come watch games. I know dozens of people that want season tickets but can't get them. Relax

Anonymous said...

If you are going to hold Doubles to the standard of "what have you done lately?" , then you better hold Jones to the same standard. And Murphy as well. How much new talent was on the roster this year? Most were players that other CFL teams had given up on, for a variety of reasons. Jones and Murphy were supposed to have great connections and be exceptional talent evaluators. Maybe not so much. Every Rider coach for the last twenty years has been criticized for bringing in retread and recycled players. Check out the 46 man roster, or maybe all the ones since labour day(because they constantly changed) and then tell me how many starters weren't previously playing with other CFL teams; often two or three other teams. Bringing in 100 players doesn't mean he has found any talent. After 20 games, we still don't have a viable backup to Durant; please don't put Gale and Bridges in that category. After early injuries, he couldn't find any O linemen that could stop a four man rush, let alone an all out blitz. And don't get me started on the defence. And you want to criticize Durant for running for his life, inconsistent receivers and just plain old bad coaching. Give me a break! Sign Durant!

Anonymous said...

"In Jones We Trust"

Sincerely,
Rider Nation.

Anonymous said...

Smart tactical move in negotiations by Durant. Ramp up some pressure on management. As Scott Anthony Schultz once said, "Its all part of it."

Anonymous said...

"In Jones We Trust" makes you sound like a rat on a sinking ship!

Anonymous said...

Don't need to look any further than Bridge. Not sure why it took Jones so long to put him in on Saturday. That said - any QB is going to need a good O Line and this year was far from that

Anonymous said...

Sorry Anon.... in Jones we do not trust anymore. So don't be signing a whole fan base to your post when you can't even sign your own name. After an embarrassing season like this. Then this issue with Darian Durant. You and every other Anon will be grouped together as 1 individual now. As it seems the dumbest comments, trollers and uneducated posters like #1 comment all use the same name. The name is used because they do not have big enough kohono's to sign their name.
There are far fewer people who now believe in Jones than those who did believe but have lost the faith combined with those who lost faith after the practise fiasco. The amount of Money Jones squandered away this year in fines and bonus money would pay half of Darians salary.
Many of us have grown tired of Jones not having to answer the tough questions. Jones is employed by a community owned team. Not some rich individual. So no more telling reporters what they can ask and what they can't. Or that ridiculous stare down when a reporter has the guts to ask the question anyway.
I for one am tired of the BS feed to us by Jones. He says what he thinks people want to hear when in fact there is zero truth to it. Darians contract talks are a prime example. They even had Darian saying the right things right up to the last game of the season. Only to be fed the truth a day after the last game.
Rod I really hope you and Scruffy can ask Jones why he tells us one thing when in fact there is very little truth to it. Someone needs to remind him that inbthis Province the fans have a right to know as thousands of them are share holders. That's all they or we can get with the shares. Proper information.
This team is not even 50% to where it should be after a year under Jones. We are going to be no different than Winnipeg was moving into the new Stadium. A terrible football team and possibly even leaderless. This media scrum today better be information on a plan of what 2017 is going to be. If the Riders move into that stadium without a legitimate starting QB. Then we are the biggest jack asses in league history.
The Boatd better be sitting up and taking notice to what is happening. In a few Months the Riders may be faceless. As every face of the franchise has been dealt with in a very poor and inexcusable manor.

Spock Logic

3RD and 1 said...

STOP referring to "WE" trust. I do not trust Chris Jones. Every Month there was less trust. To this point now where I not only do not believe a word Jones says. I am starting to despise the man. His plan has back fired so badly we would have been better off to hire a rookie head coach like Chamblin was and start that way. This way has been a dismal failure.
As well you are not authorized to sign for Rider Nation. No one is. So stop that.

Anonymous said...

A good example of how poorly the Riders Offence was set up and how they played this year. Is the on field play of Rob Bag. A guy that probably works as hard as anyone or Rob may even set the bar as far as a the work a player puts in all year round. His attention to detail is second to none. Yet with all of that being said. Rob dropped more catchable balls this year than the last 3 years combined. Some were huge plays. Like the one where he had the defender beat while streaking down the sideline. A slight over the left shoulder catch around the 5 yard line and Rob would have scored easily. Right in his hands and he doesn't make the catch. Several passes where Rob took his eye off the ball hoping for YAC. Only to drop what was a first down at the point of the catch. Those plays go as incompletions for Darian. When it should be like baseball and go down as a receiver error. Also the amount of import receivers running routes when they barely understood what the waggle is. So before they are even close to being open the Oline has collapsed and Darian is running for his life or was already surrounded by both ends and a tackle and taken down. Usually Darian had about 2 -Mississippi's before he had no choice but to get rid of the ball. Guys like Bo Levi and Jennings. Heck even Reilly are getting 5 and 6 Mississippi's.
We need Darian signed and signed soon. Don't be low balling your starting QB Jones. You pulled more than enough 1st year Head Coach Rookie bone head moves and your not a 1st year cadet. I dont remember Chamblin making near as many mistakes his 1st year. In fact Corey's 1st year has put you to shame.
Right now it's embarrassing being a a Rider fan. Cheering for a HC and GM that has made huge errors, horrific judgements and just down right ridiculous moves. Then is never held accountable in any fashion. And Football God forbid that a reporter question him on any of his illegal practise activities. Jones feels he does not have to report to the fan base. He is far to above the peasants to be bothered with explanations of their questions.
Sign Durant or you might as well head back to "Your all" Southern IS of A life. As any smart Rider fan isn't going to want you around the team anymore. As enough destruction with very little reconstruction has taken place. . The old nucleus of the team is gone and sadly there is zero nucleus to replace it and Rumor has it that you are about to do another massive flush of the team. So basically a complete waste of a year this 2016 season


Reginald of Regina

Dale Rud said...

When the Riders lose, the whole CFL hurts. Sask deserves a competitive team. I feel the whole league is in disarray. When one team runs away with the league and others get into the playoffs with more losses than wins, something is afoul. Im a Stampeder fan, but we played to less than half filled stadiums, all season.. Even in the Flutie era, they had trouble filling the park. The league needs to do something to get the country excited about CFL football again. Sask has always been a big draw in other towns. They deserve a great team. ( From an Estevan boy).

Anonymous said...

So many drink the DD koolaid ... he is a good QB, not a top tier one. Franklin is the next young gun, insiders knew this last year. Why do we aspire to an 8 win season is beyond me .... we want mediocrity?

George Porge said...

Sask Fans: "in Jones we trust.."

Edmonton, Calgary, and Toronto fans: "LOL"

3RD and 1 said...

Man you posted the same comments as another poster who knows very little about the QB position. Wake up ... Darian had no O-line this year. He had receivers that didn't even know what a waggle was little loan run one. He never had the same running back more than 2 games. Give your head a shake. Darian was basically running for his life on every play. It's just so infuriating when ridiculous comments come out and try and blame age or injury because they have no idea what they are talking about. Look at Montreal since they lost Calvillo. Do you want SK to go through that the next 5 years?

3RD and 1 said...

Wrong wrong wrong.
When Bo Levi Mitchell signed hevwas not rated the number one QB at that time. Plus you don't think Huffnagel has other things worked out with Bo. Plus when he wins the Grey Cup this year he will shoot up to $500K

3RD and 1 said...

Just an uneducated dumb to the point of showing ignorance in your post. Ya sure Darian at 34 years old is done. There are a lot of stupid comments on here but yours wins hands down!!! Darian had his team at 8-2 when he went down in 2014. He didn't play in 2015. No one stepped up to take his spot. This year no QB could win with that Oline a different RB each game and new receivers every other game. Man you should stick to Cricket or something as it's obvious you know absolutely nothing about football or the QB position.

3RD and 1 said...

That's simple genius. Jones took over a team that was right there. The Hzm changed a few players and viola. They had a competitive team and then they won the Grey Cup. That's why they were upset he left to a competitor. Jones has proved his complete dissembling of a team was the wrong thing to do and he's getting ready to do it again this off season. Jones is not the right guy here.

George Porge said...

Actually, 3RD and 1, Mitchell re-signed with the Stampeders after the 2014 season - after earning a Grey Cup ring and the MVP award, and finishing a 14-start season with a QB rating of 98.3 (higher than Durant has *ever* had in a 10+ game season).

Mitchell had a *lot* of negotiating power (much more than Durant has now) and still took a smaller contract than what Durant is supposedly demanding.

George Porge said...

3RD and 1: Edmonton fans were upset because Jones had barely even wiped the celebratory champagne off his brow before announcing that he's breaking his contract with Edmonton and going to Regina. That capped off a season where, yes, they won the cup, but it was marred by Jones' own classless antics on the sidelines and off the field.

Anonymous said...

Well I've about had it with Jones...and Reynolds DD is willing to take yet another pay cut that would make him the 6th highest paid QB in the league and the Riders decide to mess with him??! I've been around long enough to to see Lancaster play and all the no-names and wannabes since (hello there Homer Jordan)and I would have to rank DD ahead of even Lancaster. Meanwhile, Jones fields a team that takes the same bone-headed penalties and makes the same mistakes that the coaching staff should've had corrected before they broke training camp.

Besides the fact I was screwed on my seat position in the new stadium, the arrogance and incompetance of the new "regime" has me seriously reconsidering purchasing my season tickets for next year. And before some jackwagons state something asinine like "don't let the door hit you on the way out" and there's a long waiting list for your tickets, I say to you zip it and stick it! I had season tickets during the "Reign of Error" and you can't stay in business if you screw over one group of customers for a pig in a poke. Loyalty? I'm not certain the Riders know the meaning of the word. By Jones' past history, it's obvious that he doesn't. Makes no sense considering DD is at least a top 3 QB in this league.

Anonymous said...

Darian would have had a much better season with a strong o line in front of him and less player changes during the season. It must have difficult for the team never knowing who would be on the field from one game to the next, can't do any team building that way. I do hope that we can keep Darian and they hold onto Rob Bagg too!

3RD and 1 said...

George you are correct in that Bo Levi Mitchell resigned a contract extension in 2014. Adding 2 more years to his existing contract taking him through the 2018 season. From my understanding of that contract extension. The 2 years taking him through to the end of the 2016 season didn't change. The additional 2 years were added for a 4 year contract with a raise starting in 2017. Now this is what I had heard and I have zero proof of that. All I know for sure is Bo went from a 2 year to 4 year contract. Plus I'm positive if Bo wins the Grey Cup this year his contract will be renegotiated once again and he will become one of the highest paid QBs in the league. Which he should be.

3RD and 1 said...

George I agree with you on your analogy of the EE fans being upset of Jones leaving Edmonton. I believe they were upset he was still under contract. What EE fans didn't know is the rest of the coaching staff was still under contract to the end of December. However Ed Hervey was not going to pay them. He wanted them to leave so Maas could hire his own staff. Yet It played out like SK was stealing all of them. They all bailed once they found out they were not getting a December pay check. Even though they had already put in 2 weeks employment.
In the end the Riders did in fact pay each coach for the full Month of December.
http://edmontonjournal.com/sports/football/cfl/edmonton-eskimos/all-or-nothing-the-untold-story-behind-the-exit-of-chris-jones-staff
I think we are both trying to say that Jones did not make up the mix of players on the EE. Plus he certainly didn't get Hervey to cut and dissembowl the team. They tinkered with the 4-14 Eskimos and turned them into a 12-6 team. Still not sure why he didn't do something similar here. The Riders did not need to be gutted like a fish.

Ian said...

a frickin zoo it is

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a guy who might be ready to move on and get paid from an Eastern team.

Anonymous said...

3rd and 1 the new Obama, what a schmuck!!

Anonymous said...

We were ticked off when he left...no devastated. We consider him a traitor. Also the players that went with him. I'm glad he failed this year and we made playoffs!!! Traitor and a cheater...enjoy him Rider nation