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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

RIDERS' MURPHY LINKED TO ARGOS JOB

The hot Rumour du Jour in the CFL is that Saskatchewan Roughriders Assistant VP of Player Personnel John Murphy could be in line to replace Jim Barker as General Manager of the Toronto Argonauts.

Murphy's name came up briefly when the Montreal Alouettes were searching for a replacement for Jim Popp however that notion went by the wayside when they went internal with the hiring of Kavis Reed.

Murphy has a respectable track record in the CFL, having worked almost a decade with the Calgary Stampeders in a personnel role - winning two Grey Cups - and one season in Winnipeg.

He could be a fit too in Toronto, being a "big city" guy as he hails from Long Island, NY.

However Murphy could get some competition from the guy across the hall.. Riders Assistant VP of Football Operations Jeremy O'Day could be looking to move up the ladder as well and is a former member of the Argos, winning a Grey Cup in 1997.  He's been working in the Riders' front office since the day of his retirement as a player in 2011.

O'Day is much-respected in football circles and has now seen how two regimes work from the inside. He could be ready to spread his wings elsewhere as well.

It shouldn't hurt that he hails from nearby Buffalo, NY.

It's unlikely Rider GM & HC Chris Jones would stand in the way of either advancing if they got the opportunity in Toronto. He's not one to hold his staff back.

It's likely Argos President Michael Copeland will cast a wide search and it's expected to include Eric Tillman and Marc Trestman, whose names have come up as well.  Long-time Alouettes GM Jim Popp would be a popular choice too.

Others who are expected to get a look are long-time (and former) Alouettes front-office man Joey Abrams and RedBlacks personnel guy Brock Sunderland.

Some feel the Argos need to land a "big name" for the role, so as to grab the attention of Toronto sports fans and that could come in the form of Trestman or Tillman, both of whom have NFL experience.

RP
@rodpedersen

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

Send Murphy. Please. In fact give them Shamawd Chambers and a case of Pilsner to sweeten the deal.

Anonymous said...

Trestman/Sunderland the go to guys.

Anonymous said...

Yawn ... wake me up when Mr Jones Mr Murphy sign football superstar Duron Carter. Awesome!

Anonymous said...

Like Torontonians drink Pilsner! How dumb can ya be!!

Anonymous said...

Good, he never found anybody for us.

Anonymous said...

All retreads

Anonymous said...

Never found anyone for us? Where do you think all these new stud receivers came from? Some defensive talent as well.

A team cannot be rebuilt overnight, contrary to what many Rider fans think. Losing Murphy would be a huge blow to the club.

Anonymous said...

Send Jones. I'll pay.

Anonymous said...

Every one of those stud receivers was available because they are injury prone. Name one that played over 5 games.

Anonymous said...

Ricky Collins and Caleb Holley.

Clay said...

Who is the person afraid to put their name on the comment "Send Jones, I'll pay". ???????
Amazing how people with stupid comments are afraid to expose themselves.
Clay

Anonymous said...

Would be a tough sell in Toronto to hire someone from a team with a 5 & 13 team after firing your own GM with the same record and have them believe your improving.

@mrt_man said...

YEAH... I WOULD HAVE TO THINK MURPH IS STICKING AROUND... HASN'T SHOWN MUCH HERE THAT WOULD MAKE HIM A HOT COMMODITY. TO ME IT WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE AND BE BETTER OPTICS TO GRAB SOMEONE FROM A TEAM THAT HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL RECENTLY

Anonymous said...

And now every one named Clay will be exposed ...

Thanks for that,

Clay Z.

Anonymous said...

With all them stud receivers your naming it sure seems as they have Jones a little concerned when it sounds as though your going to hire Carter...that is a nice price tag, who is buying the tylenol for the headache he is lol.

Anonymous said...

Sorry, IO should have said five CONSECUTIVE games

Anonymous said...

I heard it once said that the football business is a tough business!

Anonymous said...

This could not be any more correct people. Listen to this guy!

Mike D.

Anonymous said...

I'm OK with either Murphy or O' Day going but only if they take 90% of the idiot posters that come to this site with them. Cannot believe some of the asinine comments that continue to soil this site.
Dave

Anonymous said...

BREAKING NEWS!!!!

Superstar receiver Duron Carter a Saskatchewan Roughrider, AWESOME!!!!

Anonymous said...

Fold Toronto, Fold

Anonymous said...

The thing I have noticed with the fans is when you wear the green and white your a star but you only get paid what we give you...if you take more somewhere else then you are unloyal and garbage, fans of this team should never be allowed to ever get a raise at there job in anyway so then they live by what they say.

Anonymous said...

Wow!

Look at all the whiny bitches above who still have their panties in a knot over Durant being gone.

Murphy brought in a lot of the players the Stampeders have relied on for their recent success, Rome wasn't built in a day and neither will the Riders rebuild be.

Just have to wonder why some of these posters don't have their names made public for GM openings?

Anonymous said...

TIGER TOWN! Hear The RoarrRRRR 2017.

Anonymous said...

I love how the Jones/Murphy fans always have to resort to talking about what those 2 did BEFORE they came to the Riders. I don't really care what they did with other teams. I care more about what they have done here and, so far, it's been NOT MUCH. And, this year is not looking too promising so far. They have a lot of work to do before we are even an acceptable team.

Anonymous said...

It's January.

Anonymous said...

Panties aren't in a knot about Durant with comment above due to not being a rider fan...just explaining how you rider fans are and act when someone leaves your team. Hypocrites describes it really well.

Anonymous said...

I am a Rider fan but I agree with your. As soon as a player leaves here,a lot of fans turn on him like a junk yard dog. But are ready to embrace any bad ass classless guy that gets hired on, be it coach or player. Have to rethink the "best fans" thing.