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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

DURANT DIGGING ALOUETTES CAMP

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Vero Beach, FL – The Montreal Alouettes took part in their first practice of 2017 at Historic Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL on Monday, which is a true sign that the CFL season is just around the corner.

Head Coach Jacques Chapdelaine conducted his first practice and was happy with what he saw from his protégés, as they jumped on the field at the end of the day.

"Things went real well out there. The guys showed great tempo on the field and maintained a high level of energy. The execution, for a first day of camp, was well above my expectations and I was happy to see that", declared Alouettes Head Coach Jacques Chapdelaine.

Durant likes his new colours

Veteran quarterback Darian Durant was able to throw his first passes while donning an Alouettes jersey on Monday and he greatly appreciates what he sees of his new team.

"I felt good out there today wearing my new colours", said Durant following practice. "I love my new team as well as my new teammates, who have accepted me with open arms. I truly like the team that Jacques and Kavis have put together."

Three times during practice, Durant connected with rookie receiver Danny Anthrop. The latter made without a doubt the catch of the day when he caught a 50-yard bomb from Durant while in triple coverage.

Rapid fire
New Special Teams Coordinator Bruce Read also had the chance to install new plays with the players during this first practice… Defensive back Jonathon Mincy, who excelled during his first season in 2016, continued his great work on Monday as he intercepted a pass during practice… Fullback Jean-Samuel Blanc made quite a catch during practice, which got all of his teammates to cheer him on.

Two practices on Tuesday
The Alouettes will be back on the field on Tuesday, as the team will have two practices at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

(Alouettes PR)

26 comments:

Dick Rubnutz said...

Screw Durant...he's the enemy now

John Knight said...

Did anyone expect a coach to say his team wasn't ready to play and Durant did not look good? Give your head a shake.

Anonymous said...

Not going to hate on Durant, but he made his choice and moved on. I've been a Rider faithful for far too long to get wrapped up in players coming and going. My expectations are for the team to compete each and every game, win more than they lose, and compete for the GC. When it comes to the Als and Durant, I will be cheering against him and hopes he fails, we win, and it's nothing personal. Go Riders.

LL

Anonymous said...

What's he supposed to say, "I don't like my new team". They paid him what he wanted after the trade so of course he's happy.

Anonymous said...

Exactly! Can't improve on that analysis.
Duke

Anonymous said...

Go Als Go!!!
My new favorite team. I really want them to excel and show just how Jones the GM sucks.

Anonymous said...

Just. Feels. Wrong.

Anonymous said...

Here is my prediction for Chris Jones in Sask - his total tenure will be 4 seasons or less; win or lose.

First - hes an opportunist. This is his dream opportunity to experiment with a team from top to bottom. If he succeeds - he'll bolt.

Secondly - He is EXTREMELY "systems" minded. This approach is based on players being expendable commodities - which is true for any pro sports franchise, but with Jones, it is taken to an exterme.

The philosophy is this - cast an extremely wide net and find as many cheap, interchangeable parts as possible to keep the system running.

This makes players with troubled, controversial or unconventional backgrounds (i.e. a former NFL star who hasnt played in 5 years) more attractive, because they come much cheaper.

In the short run, that sort of system will work if it produces wins - but over time, even if some degree of success is sustained - the level of turnover leads to an annonymous roster and in saskatchewan, that will wear on the fanbase.

Its somewhat similar to what watching the NHL was like during the "trap" era -nobody likes watching a "system" win games, for an extended period of time.

The Riders needed to install a better football ops system then they had - I dont dispute that. However, this model, with Chris Jones having COMPLETE ocontrol over the franchise will not last.

Anonymous said...

My prediction on Jones is that he is a winner and knows how to build a winning culture. Player's coaches are like that and players with egos never fit in. If and when he succeeds to bring a stable winning team to the new Mosaic all the negative comments today and tomorrow will seem pretty weak. I for one will wait and see, AND support the Riders all the way no matter who is in charge.

Anonymous said...

What's up with riderfans.com?

Anonymous said...

Good Grief.

Anonymous said...

Thats not a prediction. Its an opinion.

Anonymous said...

I bled GREEN for over 50 years but it dried up by mid season last year. I'm still a CFL fan but I'll just support Montreal for now.

Call me whatever you want, it's reality and I ain't the only one out there. I'll be back once Jones is gone.

Moved East

Linda Griffitts said...

Hope you didn't hurt yourself falling off the band wagon

Anonymous said...

"In Jones We Trust"

Anonymous said...

Pats are in OT yet again Tues in Swift

Bob said...

Don't bother coming back!

Chris said...

DD will light it up this season. I wouldn't be surprised if the Als win the East and DD is named the MOP of the East division as well. Kavis Reed has really improved that team in a short amount of time

Anonymous said...

At the recent CFL week, when getting Darian's autograph, I told him "Jones was wrong about you........prove him wrong!!" He gave a big smile........

Anonymous said...

Isn't everybody in first place in April. For those fans who have jumped ship and cheer for Mtl now, don't bother coming back. We don't want you and we don't need you.

Waaa! waa! waaa! my favorite player is gone. How will I live now? The big meanie sent him away.

I can't tell you how you should feel, but I can show you how you act. Grow a set.

Sammy

Anonymous said...

Sammy: You certainly can't tell me what to think and I won't act like you either. Every team needs every fan and Jones has lost quite a few of those fans who can't cheer for a coach that they can't respect. Count me in that group. Ridiculing won't change the way we feel. It is not only about what players are gone; it is all about Jones behaviour. Good players have been traded or cut before without losing fans. This is all on Jones and his arrogance and deceitfulness.

Anonymous said...

If you had s set, you wouldn't be saying things like "waa, waa, waa."

Anonymous said...

"In Jones We Trust"

Anonymous said...

There is a lot of excellent players on this team. Take the blinders off and you may actually see some.

The stands will be full, with you or without you. Idle threats of cheering for other teams don't help either but you think it's going to change anything. Every coach, player, GM, president et al will come and go but the Riders will remain.

If you've been fans for as long as you say, you would know that you have been through far worse than a few player changes to fan favorites. Every team in every sport goes through it. And you are all crying like a bunch of babies.

Sammy

Anonymous said...

Now you are putting words in my mouth. I never said that I expect anything to change because some of us out here don't like Jones. Yes , there are some good players here; there was some good ones last year too who didn't stay for the whole season. I merely said that I cannot bring myself to cheer for anything to do with Chris Jones and , as you pointed out, coaches come and go and Jones won't be here forever. Perhaps not that long if he doesn't show a marked improvement over last year.

Anonymous said...

It's more than 'cheer' for Montreal, it's support Montreal.
Like buy an Allouette cap and jersey. That money goes to Montreal, not the Rider Store, where it used to.