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Sunday, July 23, 2017

STAMPEDERS 27 ROUGHRIDERS 10


CALGARY - Jerome Messam had no doubt a breakout game was around the corner.

The Calgary Stampeders running back not only picked the perfect opportunity to crack the 100-yard mark for the first time this season, but also the perfect way to cap his big outing.

Messam's one-yard plunge late in the fourth quarter salted away a 27-10 victory for the Stampeders against the Saskatchewan Roughriders Saturday night.

Photo: Larry McDougal
"Something about that green. I see the green and I get mean. No, I'm joking,'' he said with a laugh.

"It's the icing on the cake for your hard work. I was grinding out there, getting yards and getting us in position to score and I was happy to get into the end zone.''

Messam finished the night with 135 rushing yards on 28 carries, by far his biggest game of the season.

His touchdown, the second of the season for last season's CFL rushing leader, was a perfect example of a squad nailing down a victory in emphatic fashion before the crowd of 30,274 at McMahon Stadium.

After staking a 17-point lead by halftime the Stampeders watched the Roughriders pull within a converted touchdown early in the fourth quarter, but immediately answered with a couple of scoring drives.

"Putting the hammer down at the end of the game, that's how you win,'' said Calgary quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell. "When we're able to run the ball like that and you know we're going to run it, that's going to make us a pretty dangerous team.''

Through the first 30 minutes, the Stampeders (3-1-1) looked to be taking dangerous to a new level.

Not only were they clicking offensively, with Mitchell firing touchdown strikes to Marquay McDaniel - the 100th of Mitchell's career - and Lemar Durant, but were dominating defensively while keeping the visitors off the scoreboard.

Saskatchewan quarterback Kevin Glenn was sacked five times in the first half, three times by Charleston Hughes in his first game back after missing two outings due to injury and twice by James Vaughters.

Photo: David Boll
Glenn said his squad simply couldn't find any rhythm.

`"With a team like that, you can't come out slow like that,'' he said. "You can't have the type of first half we had and think you're gonna win the game.''

Briefly after the break, though, the Riders threatened to muster a comeback.

Cameron Marshall's five-yard touchdown run capped an 80-yard dive on the opening possession of the second half to put the Riders on the board - a drive in which Glenn became the seventh QB in league history to reach the 50,000 passing mark - and a Tyler Crapigna field goal made it a 17-10 affair.

But that was as close as the Riders could get.

"We got beat by the better football team,'' succinctly stated Riders head coach Chris Jones, whose squad falls to 1-3.

Not that the Stampeders were willing to put all that much stock in the victory.

"Just because you won doesn't mean you're playing great football,'' cautioned Calgary head coach Dave Dickenson. "We played better, though. We did. We win at home and that's the key.''

Calgary kicker Rene Paredes booted a pair of field goals, including a key 47-yarder midway through the fourth quarter, a sign his game is rounding into top form.

Mitchell finished the night for Calgary with 16-of-28 for 253 yards, two touchdowns and one interception, with McDaniel and Kamar Jorden both collecting 88 receiving yards.

Glenn completed 20-of-29 passes for 203 yards on a night he couldn't fully relish joining elite company of CFL history.

"It's tough to enjoy it because the bigger prize is the win,'' said Glenn who noted even one of the officials congratulated him during the game.

CHRIS JONES POSTGAME COMMENTS

- You have to give them all the credit in the world. They had a great game plan and put us behind the 8-ball early. Their offensive line was more physical than our defensive line. Anytime a guy runs for 135 on you, they've had a pretty good night.

- We're gonna look at the film and try to see exactly what it is. Like the Winnipeg game we played good early, had a spurt and then came back. Same thing tonight. We cut it to one score but we gave them some penalties, allowed them to score and got momentum.

- On injuries, we'll have to go wait and see. It'll take a a few days to assess I'm sure.

RB CAMERON MARSHALL

- I thought the way we came out in the second half, we played fast. That's how we're used to playing. We played well then, but there's a ton of things to improve on. You can't come out flat like we did and expect to win.

- We gotta go back and watch the film, see where we were missing up. There were some things they did that we didn't respond too well against. 

- We can't get too down on ourselves. We know who we have in this locker room. We gotta clean things up and come out and play Roughrider football.

DE WILLIE JEFFERSON

- Bo-Levi was just Bo-Levi. With where I lined up, we tried to get a little movement out of him. I was trying to be on him and make it a little bit more difficult.

- It was just us. We knew they'd try to run Messam. The D-line, we're trying to get off the ball and make them move but I don't really know. He just had a good game. There wasn't anything we were doing scheme-wise. We had him in the backfield but he broke tackles and made plays.

- My best advice that I can give my teammates is that we came here to win, and they beat us. Let that one go. I know that'll be hard because it was a big game but we'll have a big crowd behind us next week against Toronto. We know we can stop the run and play the pass. We can't get down ourselves, we have to get to the stadium, watch film and get prepared for Toronto.

(With files from the Canadian Press)

93 comments:

william weppler said...

Well after that 1st Qtr Messam is OWNING the Riders defense. Could be a LOOOONG night. :((

Anonymous said...

As usual, Riders getting their sad asses kicked up and down the field.

Anonymous said...

What happened to glen's QUICK RELEASE/ He looks like he always does against a good team. Takes to long to get rid of the ball.

Anonymous said...

wtf!!!!...wheres the qb protection tonite

Anonymous said...

wow!! broken plays and no qb protection like the first comment...no pressure on the qb ...should of taken the ball when they won the coin toss and had to chance to points up early but no...choose to be down and get the ball in the second half when its outta reach...another ugly whipping in cowtown

Anonymous said...

Going to tune into 620 and listen to Rod cry into his mic.

Anonymous said...

What an absolute embarrassment!!!! D-line is incapable of putting any pressure on the QB, the O-line is being eaten alive, the QB can't see over anyone's head, the DB's couldn't cover theri grandmas… Oh my what a mess.

Anonymous said...

Dan Clark has spent so much time in Kevin Glenn's lap that Luc Mullinder should ask Glenn after the game what Clark has asked for Christmas.

Anonymous said...

Wow, lots of empty seats. Lots of Rider fans stayed away knowing the chances we had of winning there and not taking the abuse of Stamps fans.

And speaking of not showing up, where is the O-line tonight. They haven't shown up in the first half.

KG will have to wait until next week to get 50,000 yards.

No points in the first half. We are lucky we are not down by 30.

william weppler said...

How can a pro football Team look so unprepared for a game? 3 defensive offsides; #37 getting beat badly; Messam continues to roll over the Defense.
Better give KG a rest before he gets carried off; bring on Bridges!

Anonymous said...

1st half and the Stamps are putting it to your Ridders.........Ridders in the West basement where they belong!!!!!!

william weppler said...

Congrats on the 50K KG!!

Anonymous said...

#37 is useless, he is being victimized on every second play ☹️

Anonymous said...

Like I said before , we don't have a quarterback, end of story, should have kept durant. But nice stadium.

Anonymous said...

Riders are who we thought they were. Not a very good coached team when they come out flat at the start of the game.

Anonymous said...

Coaching is a problem on the Riders

Anonymous said...

Get rid of Jones now!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Brilliant bit of Coaching from the Riders by inserting another QB with 16 seconds left in the game. Let's get this Jones out of town before we become the complete laughing stock of the CFL once again.

Anonymous said...

Well, I am changing my opinion and am now on the Jones must go bandwagon. Very poorly prepared team with not a lot of talent. Jones, Murphy and O'Day are clearly not qualified.

Anonymous said...

I truly hope this team is building something but it is hard to be optomistic after a game like that, and the Stamps didn't really play that well as they could have been up by more. I hate to say it but it kinda reminds me of the Riders teams of the late 70s and early 80s.

We just don't have the talent pool that other teams have, especially the entire defence and also the o-line. With all the talk about how good this o-line was going to be and with a big off season signing, they certainly haven't looks that great. And we have no running game. Good teams have that, so once again are o-line can be pointed at for that and coaching too.

Anonymous said...

When adjustments were made after the half they looked good. What took so long?
Even an armchair QB knows to get the heck out of the pocket and make his receivers get after it. By the 4th the stamps adjusted and wore out and outwaited the riders.

Anonymous said...

Time to make some changes... Start holding this coaching staff accountable. They have been out coached several time this year.

Anonymous said...

WE put up with Weppler all winter and now he's filling the blog on here again. Give us a break.

Anonymous said...

We need a new OC. The turning point in the game came early in the 4th quarter when Saskatchewan had gained the momentum, are driving down the field, and are 2nd and 1 on the Calgary 20 yard line. So the Riders telegraph the play. Everyone including myself and the entire Calgary defence knew that we would run up the middle so they stacked the line and stopped us for no gain. Loss of momentum and the game. How can we go an entire game with only one pass longer than 10 yards?

Worst player of the season (not just tonight's game) so far: Dennis.

Anonymous said...

On what level could anyone think there was anything good about that effort..? This isn't all on Jones as a coach but is "all" on him as the GM. These are the players he brought in and the truth is becoming more and more clear that the talent level he has assembled is simply not good enough. It's not all on Glenn but the truth is a 5'9" QB can't see his receivers and is having his passes batted down far too frequently. He produces OK numbers like he has all his career but the truth is that he is not a leader, and never has been. The Riders won't go anywhere until they find a QB plain and simple.They are not physical or tough the way Saskatchewan teams always have been. Both O-liner and D-line showed how inept they really are. The big reason the D tired out was the fact that Glenn could stay on the field and move his team.

SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE, AND THEY HAD BETTER FIND A QB!

Anonymous said...

Hey McAdoo-dle-Doo! Wake up!!

You're supposed to sleep nights, not during games!!

Anonymous said...

SHOCKER!!

Stamps beat Riders!

Who in Canada would have predicted that outcome??

Stamps were ripe for defeat as they lost last week.

Anonymous said...

Winnipeg was like us for a few years. They changed people but couldn't get any better. They even endured the Drew Willy and Buck Pierce era but all to no avail.

Finally they landed Matt Nichols and their fortunes entirely changed. Same personnel but with a good QB and all of a sudden things started happening. They won as soon as Nichols arrived. They then won 11 games last year. They are a good team and will win 9 or 120 games this year. All of this happened after they got a QB. There should be a message in here for Jones but he is bit mule headed if he thinks Glenn will lead the team to the promise land. Never has and never will.

This team is doomed if they can't find or develop a QB soon. Nearly every other team has had to trade for their starter and we will likely have to do the same.

Anonymous said...

Mitchell could have thrown a pass to the squirrel and he could have torn up our pathetic defense. Nothing more to say.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that teams don't take the yardage on penalties sometimes in a game where you can put a team in hole and in long yardage situations. Tonight early in the 4th Q, down 17-10 on a first down play that Calgary was called for holding we declined the penalty and made it 2nd and 10.

Instead why not back them up and force them into a 1st and 20 backing them up near their own goal line. I felt that was a momentum swinger as Calgary got 11 or 12 yards on the next play and marched up the field and got the FG back. Taking the penalty may have changed their play call and possibly punted with us in good field position. It seems team do that to us and we never seem to get it and are forced to punt. It is a game of strategy and we don't seem to do well with that. That was just one example tonight and there was others. Reminds me of Danny Barrett coaching.

Anonymous said...

the only funny thing on here is that squirrel comment...well its the truth...like that loser ballsy said..the squirrel had more rushing yards then riders

Anonymous said...

Looks like another last place finish for the Riders. Nice pre season predictions Rod, completely wrong as always #homer.

Anonymous said...

One game closer to seeing Chris Jones' taillights.

Anonymous said...

Haha. Jones.

Lori Hutchison Hunter said...

Time for the Jonesy feifdom to be gone. Leadership needs to be accountable! His arrogance doesn't fit in Saskatchewan. Bye. Bye

13th Man said...

How is that Jones gets rid of players who apparently are not good enough, but accepts mediocrity of his coaches???? Jones himself gets out coached nearly ever game.

My observation of the defense is that they wait for the player to come to them and don't attack.

It is good thing that Marshall Hamilton is on In The Huddle, as at least he is objective.

Anonymous said...

Remember when we had a guy to get to the QB on just about any play he wanted to. Remember how our defensive genius and head coach didn't want him so he signed with Hamilton. John Chick continues to play at the top of his game while the Riders continue to suck under Jones. This experiment has been a disaster. The sooner it ends, the better.

Anonymous said...

This is one of the best comments I have seen for a long time. I could not agree more!

Hey McAdoo-dle-Doo! Wake up!!

You're supposed to sleep nights, not during games!!

IMAGIRL

George Porge said...

As they say, hindsight is 20/20, so it's easy to judge the play based on its result. At 1st and 20, Stamps have two plays to run down the clock before giving the ball back to the Riders, and if the 12 yard gain were the same result as that play, then the Stamps would be on 2nd and 8. By declining the penalty, Riders forced Stampeders to have to go for 10 in one play, also forcing a pass play which is easier to defend.

The call wasn't bad. Just the execution.

Anonymous said...

Well, I'm excited. NCAA and NFL football start soon so I won't have to watch this dismal looking season. Note to the 3 headed monster KG is NOT a starting QB.

Anonymous said...

The squirrel was put on the Rider PR post game. He will be converted from receiver to LB.

Anonymous said...

In the words of Dennis Green. The riders are who we thought they were

Anonymous said...

Bring in Ed Hervey ASAP! Immediate improvement to follow with player recruitment.

Anonymous said...

On The Blair Blog....

Players to watch:
Stamps..... Everyone
Riders..... Still looking

w said...

That friggn' squirrel, was actually a gopher, but too damn embarrassed to show his true colours. The Riders on the other hand showed their true colours.

Anonymous said...

I have long wondered, how can A guy that is so good an announcer have so little knowledge of the game??

Rick O'Dow said...

Can't understand the thinking that goes on in Mr. Jones head ? We never look like a team that is prepared for a game , come out flat all the time . We always need points but always elect to never take the ball first ? I like Glenn but let's be honest he is not a Grey Cup winning quarterback, never has been. Let's give Bridge a chance , he is mobile and has a much stronger arm than Glenn. Jones has the same excuse every game , watch film , watch the film , wow why watch film if you can't learn from it . It's obvious our defence can't pressure the quarterback because of our lacklustre play calling. How many wide open passes are caught with no one around ? Just is all so depressing to watch ... People have told me that Jones was sent here to screw up Rider Nation and somehow I am starting to believe them . I would love to sit across from Jones and have a heart to heart with him. Sometimes I think he simply just doesn't understand football.

Anonymous said...

Wow.... year 2 of a rebuild have some patience. This team is better then it was last year and starting to build something. Chris jones has a better track record then any arm chair gm in winning in the CFL! The Riders are a couple plays from being a 3-1 team and opinions would be a lot different. The game last night was a good indication right now to where the team is at in its rebuild, and should be a solid reminder for fans to show some patience and believe in the process.

The Riders won't be the last team to loose big in Calgary this season.

Anonymous said...

It's laughable to see some Rider players jumping up and down after they've missed two tackles on the same play! Not near enough guys who take this seriously and total lack of character or pride in the green uniform. Time to find out who is ready to get down and dirty. Some players are well below standard and look to be trying to get some coaches fired…sorry it just seems that way. Both the O-line and D-line had their lunch money taken and had sand kicked in their face make no mistake. Most should check to see if they have have nads because it sure didn't look like it. This game requires emotion, anger and aggression. Rider teams have been known for that. Last night we had nothing!

BTW; Chick isn't doing much in Hamilton. Dressler doesn't do much against anyone except us because we can't do any basic covers, Durant is far from lighting it up in Montreal. Winning and losing is much more than one or two older over priced players.

You need a leader behind centre and if Jones hopes to survive here, he had better find a pivot. If he doesn't he will be done by the end of this season if not sooner. You cannot win in this league without an elite QB and surely everybody knows that. Seeing that this team will have the #1 draft pick again next year, now is the time to be kicking some tires around the league.

The ability of many players on this team has been vastly overrated. That in itself is disturbing considering the immense football acumen we are supposed to have here. We are not heading in the right direction and haven't won but a half dozen games over the Jones tenure. He has to provide better and we the fans deserve better. Possibly hiring a D-coordinator is a start. Too many hats can't be good. The record over the last two years proves that point. Time to add a bit more experience onto the defence and offence. Trying to go with too many kids adds up to losses. Time to find some people who can actually cover a receiver.

Anonymous said...

9-31 under the Reynolds watch. It feels like the early 80s or mid 90s again.

w said...

The last Rider QB to beat CGY was DD and he did it all the years Jones was Calgary's DC.

Anonymous said...

Open note to Craig Reynolds. It's time to admit that you erred in your hiring of Jones and company and correct it. Until then I am done.
Over and out.
Dave

Anonymous said...

Riders didn't have any major injuries last night, so that's a victory. The world knew they haven't won in CGY since 2009 and weren't going to last night either. The Stamps haven't lost consecutive games in 92 games going back 5 years, so they sure as hell weren't losing to the Riders. Move on to Toronto.

Anonymous said...

That score flattered the Riders. I honestly believe they will be 1-8 at the halfway turn. Decisions will have to be made at that point

Anonymous said...

When does the Pats season begin? I'm ready for hockey season.

Anonymous said...

No Dave, come back!!!

Anonymous said...

I think they will beat Toronto only because Argos play Monday night vs Ottawa. Then Riders lose every game through the banjo bowl.

Anonymous said...

Totally agree.

Anonymous said...

Agreed

Anonymous said...

Argos coming in on a short week. Riders should win that game. If not then they really have problems. Can't see Riders eating Jones' salary.

Anonymous said...

We have been told by the BOD, Executives, Management, and Coaches that we are committed to a culture of winning and excellence. Well then where is it? I'm not seeing it and i'd be very surprised if anyone would dare say that.

DD wasn't very good last season and in fact isn't doing that well in Montreal this season. Kevin Glenn has been a career insurance policy and to his credit has put up exceptional numbers. He is however a career back-up/fill in when a team needs a QB to get them through the balance of the season i.e. Montreal from Saskatchewan a couple seasons back. A real good guy who should be a coach here, but not the winning top drawer QB we need to carry us forward.

When are we going to get that QB and when is this team going to turn the corner into excellence? What we're getting isn't what we were promised. A broken promise and a plethora of excuses isn't what anybody will accept. FIX THIS MESS ALREADY…..

tskware said...

Season not over yet but could be by labour day. Tell me which current top CFL team took 3 years to "rebuild"? Cal? No they haven't had to worry about "rebuilding" for a long time. How'd they do that? BC? No. Wally took over from Benny and they were competitive in first season. EDM? No. CJ and Hervy were competitive in year 1 after Hall. Any other teams this year have yet to establish themselves as a good team and can't compare them.

Anonymous said...

We had that QB and he was released prematurely, with no plan for a replacement. That is on jones.

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones was not there in Hervey's first year...Hervey hired him in year two. People calling for Hervey to Saskatchewan...you bunch of hypocrites said it was all Jones that made Edmonton what it was and not Hervey when us Edmonton fans new different and now seeing the proof in the pudding. The Riders poached Jones from Edmonton and your organization got exactly what it deserved...total failure.

Anonymous said...

I wish we were at least "Moderately Successful". 6-16 under the new regime, what do we call that? Things better start working or changing so we can achieve Moderately successful status.

Anonymous said...

Taking advantage of a team on a short week doesn't solve your problems or make you a good football team but if you lose oh boy you are in huge trouble

Anonymous said...

Season not over yet but could be by labour day. Tell me which current top CFL team took 3 years to "rebuild"? Cal? No they haven't had to worry about "rebuilding" for a long time. How'd they do that? BC? No. Wally took over from Benny and they were competitive in first season. EDM? No. CJ and Hervy were competitive in year 1 after Hall. Any other teams this year have yet to establish themselves as a good team and can't compare them.
______________

Here is how other teams you mentioned rebuilt in short order:

Cal - Hufnagel took over Calgary who had Reynolds, Lewis, and a good defence, and immediately signed Henry Burris who was a free agent after Barrett/Shivers tried to play him. Later found Mitchell and signed Tate from the Riders, Mitchell won out after Burris left and the rest is history.

BC - Wally walked into a locker room where Lulay and Jennings were already in place as a QB. Go back even further Buono took over in BC and immediately signed Dave Dickenson as a free agent to be his QB.

EDM - Reilly was going to be a free agent so Hervey traded a couple of picks to BC to be able to negotiate with Reilly before he became a free agent and got a contract done

Ott - Traded Glenn for Burris and signed free agents Sinopoli, Jackson and Williams

heck, Shivers and Barrett started their Riders run by signing Burris as a free agent out of Calgary for peats sake!

What franchise or potential franchise QB has been a free agent in the past 2 offseason's Jones has been here?

None of those teams started their run of team success by developing a QB, they signed an up-and-coming great one and developed guys behind them later. (Durant is not in the same echelon as Dickenson, Burris, Lulay or Reilly and Glenn is playing better than Durant is, before some reply "they had Durant")

The next potential franchise QB in the CFL who is about to become a free agent is Franklin, and that isn't until this offseason. In the mean time , all Jones and Co can do is try to establish a core group of players, plug the best QB he can find to give them the best opportunity to win, and make a run at someone like Franklin when they become available.

Anonymous said...

Jones has "been moderately successful." The numbers don't lie. Following his own philosophy he should be FIRED!!
Big deal he won a GC as a head coach so did Corey Chamblin.

Anonymous said...

Hey Jonesy, when you watch the film, please make sure you turn the machine on. The Riders D-line is too light and the D-backs you employ are just horrible. It's all on the film Jonesy.

Anonymous said...

It is a rebuild? Where is the progress? If we don't care about getting better then let's try to develop a QB instead of pulling one out of the geriatric ward.
Just saying.

Anonymous said...

Many people thought that this dog and pony show surrounding Vince Young was the beginning of a great steal, and finding that new QB. I truly believe that Jones thought he could find lightning in a bottle. Hw was going to outsmart everyone in football and bring in this highly talented albeit rusty 35 year old and he would shoot out the lights out here. NOT!. I truly think KG was meant to be only a back-up and mentor to Young but ended up being thrust into the #1 job. He is not a #1 QB and everybody in football knows that. The teams that make it to the Grey Cup game are the teams that have the best QB's. Last season was no different, nor will this one be. Lets looks at who has who in no particular order.

BC - Jennings/Lulay
Edmonton - Reilly
Calgary - Mitchell
Winnipeg - Nichols
Toronto - Ray
Hamilton - Collaros
Ottawa - Harris
Montreal - Durant
RIDERS - Glenn

Without even watching all the games I think it's safe to say that a (BC or Calgary/Toronto or Ottawa) Grey Cup looks like a distinct reality, especially when you add in the management and coaching.

The sad narrative is that we won't be anywhere until we have an elite type pivot. Someone who can control and win tough games. A real leader. How can it be a receiver like Duron Carter only has a hand full of receptions and about 150 total yards. This guy is an elite player and should be getting the ball enough to have that in one game. However you need a guy to get him the ball and an O-line able to give the QB enough time to get him the ball. That's not happening and we are wasting a big asset.

Behind centre is where it begins and right now we're behind everyone. Obviously finishing 8th or 9th.





Anonymous said...

Nope, can't do it. Can not do it. Can't win with these players and coaches. But if things change save me a seat.

Anonymous said...

Sadly, I agree.

Anonymous said...

So Jones thinks the team played well early in the game. What game was he watching because it sure wasn't the same one I was watching. 3 first downs and 54 yards in the first half is not playing well. That is a team that was not prepared for the game. Not even close and that is all on the coaches. Jones, Murphy and company have completely failed. I hate to see us paying another coach to stay home and do nothing but if things don't turn around quickly, that will be what we have to do at the end of this season. Enough of this crap already!

13th Man said...

We continually hear we were beat by a good team. Well, if every team is a good team, where do3s it leave us!

Anonymous said...

I agree with Pats anon. Go Pats Go!

Randolph Charles said...

We aren't losing 'Dave from Medicine Hat' are we? Say it ain't so!

Anonymous said...

Bye bye Dave.
Over and out.

lee said...

I stand by my comments last week, we are in a rebuild and look better than last year> however sat did not show that, Question for all the posters here you can have an opinion, but is your phone ringing with an offer to be a gm or coach? Hard to believe its not with all your football smarts. As for RP being objective, remember he works for the riders, and if he comes down on them to hard he will be watching from the stands with Carm

Anonymous said...

Not sure what I find more infuriating, Ken Miller and his "the men played hard" or Chris Jones and "we'll watch the film and we have to coach better " excuse.

Anonymous said...

Here is the honest truth:
If Riders lose to Argos they are in trouble. They have BC back to back then Edmonton. They will probably lose all three of these. If they lose on Labour Day to Winnipeg they will lose season series and probably be 2-7 by that point. Looks like next year country after that. The rebuild will start over after Jones gets his apple and a road map by the end of the year.

Anonymous said...

Riders are consistenly being out coached. No question just watch the games. Dickenson had his team ready. Jones did not. Again!
Bart

Anonymous said...

Some are jumping off the bandwagon and the Roughriders should be worried. Their business plan requires bandwagon support with the new stadium loan payments. The brand is in danger with losing seasons. Loyal fans account for only a part of revenue. The pressure to win is as great now as it ever has been.
LF

Anonymous said...

We don't know if the Riders had any major injuries yet because we haven't heard a report on Demski. He went off and didn't return. Pretty sad anyway if we have to count no injuries as any kind of a victory. Soon we will be looking at every player being on time for practice a victory, or everyone being on time to catch the flight to an away game as a win. The only victory is on the score board.

Randolph Charles said...

Where is the vaunted Jones defense we all have been looking for? They strike fear in the heart of no one. We need a Taylor Loffler patrolling our back end. So who do we have? I think it's Taylor Swift.

Anonymous said...

It ain't so.
Dave from well, you know.

Anonymous said...

Yeah this pathetic defense reminds me of 2015. The opposition offense WIDE open, especially in the 4th quarter.
Bart

Anonymous said...

The Riders certainly have to find a QB but they cannot hang their hat on getting Franklin. Jones hasn't a lot of friends in Edmonton so I doubt that Franklin is coming here in a trade. And to get him in free agency is a long shot because there will be other teams interested in him also. So why would he want to come to a basement team, one that is debating the future of their head coach/GM? A team whose O line is suspect at this point. It is also not as though the Riders look like a tremendous team that only needs to plug in a better QB and will instantly be winning all their games. A better QB will not help our defensive backfield who have trouble being in the same time zone as the receivers. He will not help our D line who cannot close the gaps to stop the run. He will not help the linebackers who cannot tackle. He will not help the O line block and stop the rush that, at times, gives no QB time to do anything. Dennis has not stood out in any game yet. Whether s lot of these problems are talent or coaching, they need to be fixed. Our best hope is that Williams is the QB they are looking for.

Anonymous said...

They had Durant.

Anonymous said...

Has Kevin Glenn been terrible this year? Better then that qb Montreal has for way less money... And yes it is a rebuild, jones is finding his own players and putting together a team he wants. Give this team minimum 3 years and see where it is before even whispering to want to get rid of Jones. My gosh only 4 games into his second season, so what fire him and start all over again???? Look at the track records for teams that fire coaches/gm's every 2 years in all pro sports and tell me that is a good buissness model. believe in the process, it will take longer then a year or 2. He gutted and is turning over a crappy team he inherited. Fans just excersise some patience!!

Anonymous said...

Why 3 years, everyone else rebuilds in 1. It's not our fault he doesn't no what he's doing , or how to do it.

Anonymous said...

Why would Franklin come here? Who of the remaining teams needs a QB and which one would cut their starter loose?…..rhetorical answer….NONE!

Franklin is not likely going to be let go for nothing. Edmonton has a better chance of getting something for him from the Riders than any of the other teams. None actually need him now and none will give up assets for a guy who will go back to the Riders in the off season.

There seems to be a lot of "supposed fans" who don't want to see a good QB come here. Probably because the Riders just might become successful and the Jones haters won't have him to bash. A favourite pastime of theirs. Look how crappy Winnipeg was under Willy and then Buck Pierce. They then get Nichols and go 11-7 and to the West semi-final. And they should have won it. Same players just a better QB. Never underestimate the value of a great QB. Keeps the defence off the field and rested which makes them better. Quarterbacking definitely affects the defence. Winnipeg is a shining example of what a good QB can do.

Anonymous said...

A poster above had mentioned Reynolds record as CEO was 9-31, at some point the buck has to stop with him. Does the BOD begin to put some heat on him?? Probably not until revenues begin to drop..