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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

CHAMBLIN RETURNS TO RIDERVILLE


One of the interesting subplots going into Saturday's Saskatchewan Roughriders-Toronto Argonauts CFL game at Mosaic Stadium in Regina is the return of former Rider Head Coach Corey Chamblin.

Chamblin served as the Riders coach from 2012 to 2015, winning a Grey Cup and being named CFL Coach of the Year in 2013. He was let go after an 0-9 start in 2015 however he's resurfaced in a big way, serving as the Assistant Head Coach, Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach of the first-place Argonauts on the Marc Trestman staff.

He deserves a warm welcome.

Chamblin became extremely popular within the Rider Nation - and still is - during his time here, and is excited for his first return to the Queen City. The Birmingham, Alabama product sat down with Argos podcaster Frank Stanisci for a chat prior to Saturday's game.

Here are his comments:

ON HIS FIRST HEAD COACHING JOB IN FOOTBALL-MAD SASKATCHEWAN

"Very intense. It's like no other. They have a great environment out there."

ON WORKING UNDER MARC TRESTMAN

"He does a great job of setting the table. There's some good food and good pieces here! It's a unique situation. He's an offensive head coach and he shares things with us from an offensive perspective which actually makes the defense stronger because we now understand what the offense is doing. I credit our success to that because of the lessons that he's teaching us."

ON HIS CONFIDENT, POSITIVE REPUTATION

"The first thing is, you mentioned I'm confident and positive and I pride myself in that but some people take that as arrogance. I'm confident in not only myself, but also the people around me. All things work together so that's where that confidence comes from. I'm always looking to get better but I think I did some good things at a young age in Saskatchewan.

"Like anything else, there's always room to learn and refine. It was a blessing to take that quick jump at a young age but sometimes there's some lessons that you speed past. Now, to come back and settle back in as a coordinator with head coach experience, Grey Cup experience, and learning from guys like Richie Hall and Chris Jones, this allows me to be under an offensive head coach so it's pretty good."

ON THE DIFFERENCE OF BEING A HEAD COACH VERSUS AN ASSISTANT

"Driving the bus is so different from being a passenger. When you're an assistant coach seeing a head coach do things, you think 'I can do this' or 'I can do that' but when you're actually in that seat, it's trial by fire and you learn from that. Now when you're back in the passenger seat, there's a lot more respect for the guy that's ahead of you and the people that are around you. Our defense is having some success but that comes from the top down."

ROD PEDERSEN SAYS HI

"Tell Rod I still love him. I used to give him heck when I was out there!"

*Kickoff on Saturday at Mosaic Stadium is 4:30 pm on TSN and the 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network.

RP
@rodpedersen



27 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm still not sure what people expected him to,do with zero QBs. Who wins without a QB?

Anonymous said...

He might be okay under Trestman and Popp but he got way out of hand under Taman.
Some people can handle authority and others can't.

Anonymous said...

and the obligatory rod Pedersen plug, we get it rod you think you are a big deal. a radio guy, for the CFL in sask. way to set those goals high

Anonymous said...

Always liked Chamblin, but I disagreed with some things he did. Welcome back.

DJR

Anonymous said...

Coaches take the hit when a bad team does not get better. Chamblin and Jones are viewed the same way because they are stubborn arrogant people, or so people think. It was not Chambers fault players don't play to their potential nor is it Jones fault. Maybe the big tough football players should own up and admit when they are not getting it done on the field.

stephen preston said...

Fact.

Anonymous said...

Not Jones fault? He threw away the old team and "built" a new one "from the ground up." Of course it's his fault. If the players aren't getting it done that is his problem to correct. Why do we pay him over $500,000 each year if he has no control over results? Not his fault indeed.

DJR

stephen preston said...

Way to be a dick, congrats.

stephen preston said...

Will always remember the massive 2013 season and home Grey Cup win. Unbelievably HUGE.

Anonymous said...

My guess is Roddy included that last bit to show their hard feelings are over and are now on good terms.

Tanner in YYC

Anonymous said...

My guess is a lot of you on here are very sad, pathetic individuals

Anonymous said...

Welcome back Coach Chamblin. Maybe some time in the future you can return and lead us out of the wilderness.

Anonymous said...

isn't it the coaches job to inspire those players??

Anonymous said...

Rod is a big deal and shows passion....and you are a nobody!

Anonymous said...

Maybe when you are 10 you need a coach's words to play your best, when you are an adult and it is your job that you trained for years to be good at it's on you.

Anonymous said...

The issue with Saskatchewan and "humble" is two part. We have long condemned people for leaving here where "We" want people to stay. That's great if you are the type to marry your high school sweet heart, get a job at a Crown Corp, then have a couple kids...other people their horizons are further and the world is a play ground.

Chamblin went from Birmingham, Alabama...now google the history of that city to find out about it....he went from there to the NFL to coaching and then winning a championship under the age of 40. Should he be arrogant, confident, or non humble? Most likely. Chris Jones is the same way he could have coached High School in Tennessee he moved on.

The point is people from here do not get others who go out and get want they want in life and take the chances.

Nick Saban once said high achieving people really have a problem with mediocre people and vice versa. That for certain applies in Saskatchewan.

Thanks

Scott Thompson said...

Couldn't have said it better.

Anonymous said...

Being successful is not a license to be obnoxious.

Anonymous said...

So, who's Nick Saban and better yet, why would I care?

Scott Thompson said...

I won't argue that point either.

Anonymous said...

Nice to see Cory back in town, atta go.

Anonymous said...

Right on brother!

Anonymous said...

Chamblin was a remarkable guy/coach on the way up. He deserves kudos for everything he did.

Unfortunately that modicum of success went straight to his head, and all of a sudden he had visions he was the second coming of Tom Landry and it was his way or the highway...unfortunately he was NO Tom Landry and that quickly became apparent! resulting in his falling into disfavour with players, fans, and ultimately management.

I suspect he learned something from that and hopefully is firmly grounded again. I hope so.
But at the time, his presence was wearing pretty thin, and I wasn't sorry to see him go.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Chamblin was a remarkable guy/coach on the way up. He deserves kudos for everything he did."

"Unfortunately that modicum of success went straight to his head, and all of a sudden he had visions he was the second coming of Tom Landry and it was his way or the highway...unfortunately he was NO Tom Landry and that quickly became apparent! resulting in his falling into disfavour with players, fans, and ultimately management."

"I suspect he learned something from that and hopefully is firmly grounded again. I hope so."
"But at the time, his presence was wearing pretty thin, and I wasn't sorry to see him go."

That's the post of the year!!!
SWC

Anonymous said...

^ well said . It wasn't that long ago. Obviously no ill will the dude won a cup here with a stacked roster (all in) but doesn't anyone remember he actually was trying to lose games at the end. He wanted to be fired . And blaming his players while taking none himself was classless. Personally I don't care much about this guy the way he went out left a bad taste in my mouth. Good luck in your career Corey I hope u learned to stay humble with your free money the Riders paid you

Anonymous said...

Maybe he wanted to get out of the fish bowl, can you blame him.?

Anonymous said...

No I wouldn't blame him if his big contract wasn't guaranteed . But I digress