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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

BACK TO WORK FOR THE RIDERS


The Roughriders held Day 1 of their practice week on Tuesday as they prepare for Saturday's home opener against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (7:00 pm, TSN, 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network).

Here are some notes from Chris Jones' post-practice media session:

1. WR Ricky Collins won't play this week. He's out a month with a shoulder injury. That's the only significant injury from last week's game. Nic Demski will handle punt returns in Week 2. They are monitoring WR Rob Bagg daily. He missed Week 1 with an ankle injury.

2. Canadian tailback Kienan LaFrance took reps with the 1's after being out since the start of training camp. Jones said they'll monitor LaFrance daily to see if he's ready to suit up in Week 2.

3. On the 17-16 loss in Montreal, Jones said the "tight loss" was difficult to take. He said the club just needs to play smarter, schematically and penalty-wise. He said it's tough to beat a high school team when you commit so many self-inflicted errors.

4. Jones was impressed with the team's ability to convert on 3rd-and-short against the Alouettes. It was a problem for the club last year, but Jones said it's something his coaching staff has always "lived and died by". On the last drive, he said there wasn't an option to punt so it really gave them no choice but to gamble in those situations. They were 3/3 on the final drive on 3rd down.

5. On putting in QB Brandon Bridge for a play late in the fourth quarter, Jones said the offensive staff predicted a certain coverage from the Montreal defense. He said he doesn't second guess his coaches and trusts their decisions. He'd do it again.


6. CB Jovon Johnson played at an "extremely high level" in his debut at field corner.

7. On the last drive where the team had to take a timeout with :08 to go, Jones said there was an issue with crowd noise which caused some miscommunication. They burned off more time than they would've liked at a key time.

8. The pomp and circumstance surrounding the home opener is something the Riders won't get caught up in. Jones said, "It doesn't matter if we're playing them in the street". It's a win the Riders badly need to collect, no matter where the game is. He said the Bombers are extremely well-coached with great players and are a playoff-calibre team. However Jones said playing at home in this one is a big advantage.

9. Jones said he's lost plenty of sleep over the Montreal lost.  It's tough committing 80 hours per week of preparation only to suffer a loss.

10. Tyler Crapigna had the ball where he wanted it on the last-second field goal. Jones said Crapigna isn't the only one who made a mistake, "including myself".

11. Regarding the team's mental state, Jones said the players are confident but until it all "clicks" and everything happens right in a game, they're still going to have "that little bit of edge to them." But, he said, they're closer to the bubble bursting.

RP
@rodpedersen

36 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Collaros to Saskatchewan????

Anonymous said...

Ok glen Johnston just set the bar , now. Get over it

Anonymous said...

Good attitude by Jones. He holds himself accountable and isn't throwing anyone under the bus but himself. Just win baby.

On a side note, it's really discouraging to see the amount of disparaging comments on the Riders' FB page towards Craig Reynolds. Just because the Riders aren't winning and Jones incurred those fines. Where were the heated comments toward Hopson when a) DA and Taj got thrown in jail, b) the Riders busted the salary cap multiple times under his watch and c) the Riders under his hire Taman completely imploded after the 2013 Cup and have put us in the mess we are trying to climb out of? Nope, it's a double standard in this province and that's completely unfair to Reynolds. Let the man do his job!


Gunderson's Yorkton

Anonymous said...

crowd noise?...high school team would have better clock management than these "overpaid" bafoons!!!!

Unknown said...

The analytics of putting in the back up QB need to be examined before he endorses the move. My hunch is it is moderately successful

Anonymous said...

2013 championship title was league collusion right from the get go of the announcement it would be held on home turf to appease a long suffering fan base. Management of the day weren't capable of building any team, hence the intervention. Fact!!!!

Clarkenstein said...

Yeah I thought the "crowd noise" excuse was B.S. too! Our QB has played in the league for a hundred years. He has to wait for a coach to call a timeout??!! Good QB's know what the hell is going on. The hurry up offense has to be run by the man on the field. I've been willing to cut Jones slack since he got here but if things don't pick up significantly in the W department the team will be paying yet ANOTHER coach not to coach. You watch Popp and Trestman turn the Argos into a well oiled machine and you only wish the timing had been different.

Dan said...

I'm still a big fan of Jones with much confidence he will produce a winner but I would like him to take more ownership of coaching mistakes when they happen. The unnecessary Brandon Bridge swap and the mismanaged clock were both coaching issues. Our fan base is too intelligent to be comforted with made up justifications for these issues. Own them, fix them and make sure they don't happen again.

Specifically on the Brandon Bridge issue, this momentum killing swap was tried many times last year with only one example of success vs dozens of failures. The numbers show that it just doesn't work. It is not undermining your coaching staff to suggest they abandon this dud idea.

Anonymous said...

There's one significant difference between the Hopson era and this one...winning. Winning cures all.

Weren't the Riders 7-2 after Labour Day and on a 6 game winning streak in 2014? Do that in 2017 and I won't say a word about Jones/Reynolds.

Anonymous said...

Team game decisions costly. Kevin Glenn the #1 qb, he's the go to guy. That first game was crucial to the start of 2017 season. Blown opportunity (Crapigna) for the win now history with another loss as Sask now team ranked 9th in CFL by TSN, again ...

Randolph Charles said...

The 2013 team was the text book example of building a team for the short term, at the expense of the long term. The fact that they won it all probably did a number on the team rebuild, certainly in the short term.

This Rider's edition is the complete opposite - it is a young, enthusiastic team with an upside, with a quality, experienced quarterback. It is being built for the long - term, what's not to like? Then when KG decides he has had enough, waiting in the wings is a gifted, athletic backup.

When the wins start flowing, we won't be shopping for QB's, or anything else for that matter.

Anonymous said...

Two significant differences - winning & money. Jones is being paid a lot of money to win. So if there's heat from the fans, so be it. If rumoured salary is true, he made more than $100K per win last year. He has to produce more. This is his team, not much left of what he inherited when he came over last year.

Anonymous said...

Fact! I can't believe that anyone actually thinks that the CFL head office decides who will win the Grey Cup. Granted, they may give a team an easier schedule but to actually determine who will come out on top is ridiculous. Why would you even watch any games if you believe the result is predetermined? How many other conspiracy theories do you believe in? I guess the good news about your theory is that the Riders should win again soon because fans are again being ridiculed and suffering. After all, it had only been six years since the last time the Riders won the Grey Cup in 2007. That means they should win the big game again by 2019. But, wait a minute, why hasn't the league arranged for the Bombers to win one yet. It has been a long time for them and they have loyal fans who are long suffering. Fact: that just has no logic to it.
With the Reynolds situation, I think he is being blamed because of the frustration with Jones. With Hopson, it was a few players getting in trouble but with Jones, it is 160,000 dollars in fines in one year over some unusual roster violations and tampering; an unheard of amount for a coach to be fined. It certainly has put Reynolds in an unenviable situation. It is to a point where some fans will not be content with wins; they will only show their Rider Pride again when Jones is history. Tough times for Reynolds.

Anonymous said...

Re: jones attitude and accountability - wrong! He basically offloaded the decision to pull Glenn on his coaches. Well Chris, whose philosophy is it that includes these ill advised QB substitutions in the first place?

Anonymous said...

Popp and Trestman didnt blow the whole team up, wisely.

Anonymous said...

Bridge is a looong way off from a sure thing as the next QB.

Anonymous said...

thought I would throw this out there for those stamp fans who visit this great site by Rod P. How about those stamps and their drug problems. Seems they don't have a handle on drugs in their clubhouse. There was a guy last season caught with steroids, then there is the wink wink Tommie Campbell case, wink wink and now this punt returner/running back taking illegal drugs. Ole stampland/horsie backside is sure scrambling now and being a hypocrite with his constant abuse of the riders and Jones....maybe this will shut him up. Seems the stamps have a load of issues of their own, hey stamp fans!!!!

Anonymous said...

Exactly, and we'll see how fast the Argos improve with a late start with pop and truest man , my bet is they will turn that team into competitive instantly

Anonymous said...

More like $140,000 per win and they're still making the same mistakes they were last year.
Crowd noise!!!Name one other professional football team in North America that wouldn't anticipate 'crowd noise' and have a plan to deal with it.

No Faith

Anonymous said...

The Argos are better than people think and the ti-cats are worse than people think

Anonymous said...

Can that Rawlco girl stand any closer to Jones???

Anonymous said...

Trestman rebuild. 1 game, rider rebuild. 2 nd year, ongoing, really helps to have a q.b.

Anonymous said...

she's cute

CM said...

Trestman: Ray is the man. We build around him. Jones: open competition for DD. Now we have Glenn and Bridge.

John Knight said...

Clock mgt was completely CORRECT! The kick was supposed to be made and the game over with no chance for Montreal to have a play!. If Jones had kicked it with time left all of you so called fans would be bitching because he didn't run the clock down!
2013 fact. LOL. Get a life man and get permission from your mommy to use the computer

Anonymous said...

The most worrisome thing about Jones is this idea that he can tear apart a whole team then expect instant success. If there is another GM in the league who thinks that I would be shocked.

The other thing is the long term success thing. We likely hold some kind of record for FA signings, which is the opposite of long term success.

Last, I find it insulting to have people suggest I become a Jones fan when (if) the wins "start piling up.) Since I don't go to Vic's or Leo's that won't happen.

DJR

Anonymous said...

just throwing this out there ...... the Riders were offside on 2nd down when Bridge over-threw Carter in the endzone
the media fails to mention this continually in their articles

Anonymous said...

Ranked 9th after week 1. Yep write off the year just like that you donkey. Brutal. Stupid part-time fans. Get a new team and leave.

Anonymous said...

Argos win 1 game.. that is a completed rebuild?? Shut up.

Anonymous said...

Good comment John.

Anonymous said...

Sorry John, you are wrong. They missed the FG on 2nd down. A properly run clock would have allowed another running play to get closer. Still no guarantee of 3 points but a smart coach would not have missed the opp to improve the odds.

Anonymous said...

Hee haw, hee haw says the donkey as "TSN ranks Roughriders 9th after week one". Nobody writing them off you donkey ass! Go read the TSN article.

Anonymous said...

Drink some more green Kool-Aid John.

Anonymous said...

Bingo! Its not just WHAT you do, its also HOW you do it.

I can't stand how Jones does just about everything that Jones does.

Anonymous said...

Took Jones 10 tries to get his first one last year, so theres that.