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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

MURPHY BLUNT ON 0-2 RIDERS

Saskatchewan Roughriders Assistant V.P. of Player Personnel John Murphy was nice enough to stop by the 620 CKRM studios on Monday to spend an hour with us in the SportsCage.

He was blunt about his team's disappointing 0-2 start, and the importance of this Saturday's Week 3 home game against Hamilton (8:00 pm, TSN, 620 CKRM Rider Radio Network).

"It's nice to hear the support from the fans but at the end of the day, this job is about winning football games. Period," Murphy said. "You can have all the niceties you want, but none of us are going to be here if that doesn't start happening.

"You can't just put it one thing. It was great to go from 21 penalties (in Week 1) down to single digits in Week 2. That was excellent. Having the officials out at practice last week helped. We had 7 or 8 first time players in Montreal and roughly the same last week. It was great to see them play fast, bounce back, and there were some positives there.

"But we're in the same scenario, similar to last year at this time. That Edmonton game (an OT loss in Week 3) was a very emotional way to lose a game. To be up, be down, come back and take the lead, and then to lose it in overtime, it was very, very similar. You like that they stuck together the other night, and there was no finger-pointing. We were up 17-3 and then went down 27-17, and it could've gotten real ugly from there. But I think the bottom line is you have to come out this week with the determination that this is as big of Week 3 game as there's ever been.

"The bounce back has to happen this week."


It sounds as though the team will stick with veteran kicker Tyler Crapigna who missed a game-winning kick in Week 1 in Montreal, and another in OT against Winnipeg in Week 2. Waiting in the wings is sophomore kicker Quinn Van Gylswyk, last year's draft pick out of UBC.

"There's been other guys who've been streaky in this league," Murphy reasoned. "It's left an open competition at that position and one that Quinn has clearly closed the gap in. That doesn't have as much to do with Tyler's two missed kicks, but with the way Quinn prepared himself in the off-season. He did everything he needed to do. He got stronger, smarter, corrected his punting steps, and you saw somebody in the preseason who was kicking with a lot of confidence.

"I honestly don't believe those two kicks by Tyler had anything to do with each other, other than that they were both missed. He walked out there early in the game and kicked one close to 50 yards. That seemed to set the tone all game for him until the one he missed at the end of the game."

Murphy said that despite the team's error-filled first two games, there's plenty for this team to build on as they try to notch that elusive first victory.

"You should be confident that you are thisclose to being 2-0 and in a really good spot," Murphy concluded. "You can take these two games and potentially look back down the road and say those early losses helped us in Weeks 3, 4, 8, and 10. When those things come up again, like when you have a lead, you need to put your foot on them. You can't have penalties, missed opportunities, dropped balls and missed assignments. If the W's turn around, you can use those early lessons not as motivators. but to know you have to get out of the quicksand fast."

The Roughriders return to the practice field Tuesday at 11:00 am at Mosaic Stadium.

We'll have the latest on the Roughriders on 620 CKRM's SportsCage at 4:00 pm on Tuesday followed by In The Huddle province-wide on Access at 7:00 pm.

RP
@rodpedersen



28 comments:

willy said...

The key to the loss against Winnipeg was "Missed Assignments" !. You just can't leave a guy like Dressler open like we did twice in that game and that as far as I am concerned lost us the Football game. We have to play better this week end and come out on top over Hamilton.

Anonymous said...

How out of touch are Jones and Murphy? They had 12 penalties week one in Montreal, not 21 like they keep referring to.

Anonymous said...

So, according to Murphy if they don't start winning they will be gone?

Go ti-cats go!

Anonymous said...

If the Rider lose this week versus Hamilton the season is essentially a write off again and hopefully along with it Jones, Murphy and Reynolds.

After this week the Riders play calgary, toronto, bc, bc, edmonton. realistically with a loss to hamilton the riders would be looking at a 2-6 record heading into labour day. and that's being generous and giving them a split against bc.

Anonymous said...

OK you Jones Murphy Reynolds haters, let's hear from you who you think would be better. Oh remember you can't name people who are currently under contract and employed. Well? I am waiting.
You are such morons.

Anonymous said...

Game 23 coming up

Anonymous said...

Anon #1: The 21 penalties is accurate.. the Alouettes declined 9 of them though.. meaning 12 were enforced.

Christopher Jones said...

they had 21.. the other 9 were declined.. that does not mean they did not happen

Christopher Jones said...

They are not splitting with BC anymore than they are going to against Calgary or Edmonton... Winnipeg maybe. if they do not beat Hamilton they will be winless through Labour Day

GWil26 said...

They were called for penalties 21 times with only 12 being accepted. How out of touch are you?

Anonymous said...

After 2 years of "recruiting" the Jones team can't find DBs that can cover receivers. This management team is a joke.

Anonymous said...

Are you saying they will beat BC and Toronto to get 2 wins by Labour Day if they lose to Hamilton? Time to play the rookie QBs. If we're losing I'll at least feel like this team is going somewhere.

Anonymous said...

I stand corrected! i looked at box score and it said 12 penalties.

I still stand by my clueless statement.

Anonymous said...

coverage, thinking, and accountability are the differences between execution of the pass d coverage and not. all have to click all the time. coach jones is aware.

Anonymous said...

Me Chris Jones - Mr John Murphy
"They the man" they get things done!
Patience "Riderville buffoons"

Anonymous said...

It just took ONE stupid penalty - the pointless and idiotic horse collar tackle of Dressler after he crossed the goal line - that had a profound impact on the game. It lead to that fumble near our end-zone by Morris being recovered thanks to the 15 yards advantage that brought the Bomber kick cover team closer to the returner. I trust that the player will have received an ear-full from the coach when they looked at the film.

Anonymous said...

Agreed. These dummies all want change, but have no suggestions! I am glad the current regime doesn't listen to this moronic fan base. Let them do their jobs!!

Anonymous said...

Weston Dressler was named the top performer.

How did the riders do ????

Anonymous said...

Well morons let see some names of replacements? Who did you have in mind when you wanted Taman and Chamblin gone? If you can't supply any viable replacements your comments are what they are, stupid!

Anonymous said...

Actually, it was three times that Dressler was W-I-D-E open. The third was in the end zone but he was slightly overthrown. Could have easily been 3 TD's for him.

Anonymous said...

To all of you that obviously know nothing about football/sports just to clarify jones,murphy and reynolds should all be fired.

If they are not than the riders will never get any better and resolve their management issues.

Right now there are 3 guys in charge who do not know what they are doing and are not good enough no matter how you buffoons spin it with useless pr and name calling.

Anonymous said...

Stupid comment, it just meant that the Bombers were kicking 15 yards closer than normal, the Riders line up 15 yards deeper. It has no relevance to the fumble.

Anonymous said...

Tom Higgins GM
Orlando Stenhauer HC

Anonymous said...

I like the suggestion about Steinhauer, but he left Hamilton to be the defensive Co-ordinator at Fresno State...

Now saying that, give Jones some slack... My good god people, this is the start of year 2 of a complete rebuild..You all want miracles.

Relax..

Cory

Anonymous said...

I want Jones to be accountable for his decision to undertake a complete rebuild. His choice. This is the CFL. Therea are 9 teams, u dont get 3-5 years to rebuild, just for the sake of doing things a certain way (i.e. Jones's way).

He should not have FOUR titles - gave him too much leash.

Anonymous said...

So your solution is a guy who has never been a GM and a guy has never been a head coach ... brilliant.... lol

Anonymous said...

Agree with the previous poster It wasnt 2 plays from Kevin Glenn it was two blown coverages on WD that lost it . But hey they scored a bunch a points They will win games for sure.
Shit happens better now than November.

JPR said...

Well i cannot wait for you to be named our next H.C and all the other Anon's to become our next coaching staff. It seems you have all the answers but i bet you wouldn't be able to line special teams up.