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Thursday, September 7, 2017

DURANT DISCUSSES COMPARISONS TO KEVIN GLENN

MONTREAL - Last season, the Montreal Alouettes thought veteran Kevin Glenn would stop the carousel of quarterbacks that passed through after legend Anthony Calvillo retired in 2013.

When that didn't work, they brought in Darian Durant from the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

But 10 games into the season, the Alouettes have the same 3-7 record they had a year ago, while the Roughriders are on fire with Glenn at quarterback.

What gives?

"It's two totally different situations,'' Durant said Wednesday. "When Kevin was here, everyone felt that he was done.

"He got traded. He was in a situation where things weren't going well and now he's in a more stable situation. They stabilized the offensive line, they've got great receivers and he's playing well. So, I don't look at him with any jealousy. He's the same guy that was here last year. He's just in a better situation, I guess.''

Glenn was traded to Winnipeg last September after losing the starting job to Rakeem Cato, who subsequently lost it to Vernon Adams. Now Adams is backing up Glenn in Regina, where the Roughriders (5-4) have gone on a three-game winning streak and are starting to look like they may be Grey Cup contenders under coach Chris Jones.

Durant spent his first 11 seasons with Saskatchewan and led them to a Grey Cup win in Regina in 2013, but Jones did not seem overly interested in keeping him around, saying he had been only "moderately successful'' as a quarterback. He was then dealt to the Alouettes for a pair of draft picks.

In Montreal, Durant is under the gun. He was inked to a three-year deal at top dollar (reportedly about $400,000 per season) to get the offence moving again, but the 35-year-old has struggled. The Alouettes have been held without an offensive touchdown in two of their last three games, all losses. If it wasn't for woeful Hamilton (1-8), they'd be last in the CFL in most key offensive statistics.

`"First and foremost, I'm not putting any extra pressure on myself,'' said Durant, who, after a 32-4 loss at home last week to Ottawa, has a 61-61-1 career record. "I know that, at the quarterback position, I can't do everything.

"You have to have the right supporting cast. I've had my share of mistakes for sure and I take full responsibility for them but at the same time, if mistakes keep compounding we're all going to look bad. So I think it's a total group effort and we have to make sure we're all on the same page for our offence to be successful.''

When Durant joined Montreal, the main concern was his health after some major injuries in recent seasons, but he has been fit through 10 starts this seasons. Now there are questions on how long coach Jacques Chapdelaine will stick with him.

Backup Drew Willy took over in the third quarter against Ottawa and has been taking some first-team snaps in practice of late.

Chapdelaine said it wasn't just Durant's performance that caused the change, but a number of problems on offence.

He said several changes to personnel on attack, coupled with a few injuries, have prevented the offence from finding the cohesion it needs. He is confident it will come and he hopes the offence will take a step forward when it plays the B.C. Lions in Vancouver on Friday night.

"We had some changes this year so it's not like we're deep-rooted in how we do things,'' said Chapdelaine. "That has affected some things.

"At the same time, what's been really good this week is we've been able to practice with the same players we'll go into the game with and that is meaningful. Last week, when you have so many new faces up front, you didn't want to be as aggressive as you want to be and then we lost the opportunity to sustain drives.''

(Canadian Press)

40 comments:

Anonymous said...
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Steve Johnson said...

Glenn > Durant

Anonymous said...

Montreal's O-line sucks.

Dyck Rubnutz said...

Darian sounds like a bigger baby with each additional interview he gives.

Along came Jones!!!

Anonymous said...

DD use to be my fav player but lost all respect for him and his whinny ways. Always shifting the blame elsewhere . Glad he is gone!

O

Mike said...

I have the utmost respect for Durant and what he did for the Riders organization. With that said he was not and still is not the same QB he was prior to the injuries despite what he may want to believe. Jones made a very tough decision in that Durant was not worth $400k a season to be a .500 QB. Some may not agree with this but when you couple that with the fact he collected a nice paycheque for the better part of 2 yrs being hurt Jones was correct in not caving into pressure and signing Durant to $400k/yr when other QB's were available for far less that also allowed them to free up money to put into other areas of need.

In terms of performance and results I would say right now Jones looks like a genius and Glenn's and Durant's salaries should be reversed based on their play and performance.

Glenn has completed 71% of his passes for 2730 yards with 19 td to 8 interception ratio.
Durant has completed 68% of his passes for 2526 yards with a 13 td to 11 interception ratio.

Half of Glenn's interceptions have come in 2 games in which the Riders shit the bed as a whole team but regardless his ratio is still miles better than Durant's.

Given all of that I don't believe the issue is the team but moreso a QB that just isn't as effective as he once was.

Anonymous said...

Sadly I have to agree with a lot of different things being said about Darian's play and his salary. Darian wants everyone on the ALS to step up so that he can play better. Well it starts with the guy getting the big pay day. There isn't anyone on the ALS getting even 50% of Darian's guaranteed salary. Be the leader your paid to be Darian. Rise above all the noise and prove your still a leader with your actions, words and play. Don't sit back and point attention away from your position. Use your legs if you have too. Honestly you are starting to sound like a turntable that is stuck skipping over and over the same chorus.
If the ALS had another $100K from your salary. Maybe they could buy better protection up front.
If Bo Levi is taking $360K then aim Sorry Darian. Then the most you should be making with bonuses is right around $300K.
Kent Austin and Hamilton with way over paid Collaros are in a similar situation. Funny how that happens with a team has very little talent and an over paid QB that is under achieving below the rest of the not very good team.
I predict that Montreal will stir up the pot right after the next couple of games. If Mr there will be consequences Kavis Reed dosent face this head on real soon. Then he will never ever lose the stigma of the positional coach having the biggest blunder in Canadian sports history.
Then again that's maybe why Montreal hired him. He handed them the 2009 Grey Cup.

Anonymous said...

Durant's legacy in Sask is fading with all the whining after leaving.

Anonymous said...

When you're backed in a corner the natural instinct is to protect yourself. Darian is just trying to struggle through tough times. I'm sure he felt Montreal was a great opportunity to keep playing the game he loves for a bit longer getting paid what a proven veteran would expect to be paid. It hasn't worked out so far and that makes Chris Jones look like a genius. If Montreal had a better record than Saskatchewan we'd still be lamenting that we don't have Darian. Imagine how many times Kevin Glenn has had to defend himself every time he got traded.

Anonymous said...

If Durant plays poorly against BC, his career could very well be done as a starter! Always respected his grit but after his childish rant after the first game with the Riders I realized it was really all about him and his ego! Probably pretty humbled at this point but it is too late!

Anonymous said...

Montreal is a train wreck! Kavis Reed couldn't manage a girls soccer team! Looking forward to their visit to Mosaic! Doubt if Durant will still be the starter by then! If he is, he will be crushed by the house of pain!

Scott Thompson said...

Fact!

Anonymous said...

Grey Cup "contenders"??? not yet......try "pretenders".

Anonymous said...

A 61-61 career record. The definition of moderately successful!

CM said...

DD definity not the same player. But I doubt anyone looks good in Montreal with the slow receivers, dropped passes, porous oline. Glenn did not look good in Montreal and lousy here until Campbell was inserted at OT and Labatte moved to center. the o-line looks great and with time Glenn has always been accurate. Glenn is a better pure passer but DD has always played big when it counts. But he isn't a drop back passer like Glenn so DD has to use his legs to get things going or at least buy time.

w said...

In Montreal, if your jersey doesn't have a CH on it, you're a non-entity and the poutine loving' locals aren't paying attention.

Anonymous said...

The fact this guy makes more money than BLM is outrageous! Overrated would be an understatement! Kavis Reed should be fired!

Anonymous said...

Well maybe....just maybe, he can at least celebrate having a parking lot named after him here in Regina. After his whineing, that is the best he can expect!

Anonymous said...

I don't believe any of this is totally on Durant I think the whole organization is suspect right down to the coach

Anonymous said...

On the CBC site the CFL's Power Rankings see Riders sore to #2. Who would have thought ....

Anonymous said...

Mr. Chris Jones is a football genius, a bonofide football maven. He rightly got rid of the excessive waste of mismanagement expenditure of the previous regime. Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Inc can now be truly identified as a professional sports entity under Mr. Jones management (long time coming) without interference from some "Good Old Boys Red neck Club" in the background thinking they were entitled. Mr. Jones is ascending upwards to the status of a Sk Football God ala Mr. Kent Austin The Original Sk. Football God.

"In Jones We Trust"

Anonymous said...

I am not a Durant fan, BUT, he played well before he got injured. When he was traded, he was on his decline and should have accepted the Riders offer of lower base salary and incentives. If he had, he would still be with the Riders.(TOO MUCH EGO). Glenn is much better at picking 2nd and 3rd receivers and not lock in on 1st then be unable to unload the ball

Anonymous said...

Be nice to see Glenn end his career here with the Riders with some good stats while being a mentor to our developing young quarterbacks! He deserves it after all the crap he has had to endure throughout his career. Hope he can continue at the same pace and stay healthy!

Anonymous said...

DD is correct in that he does not have a strong supporting cast but to say so outside the locker room is wrong and does not send a very good message. At this rate he may find his o-line might become even more porous as his "team mates" respond to his ill advised comments.

@mrt_man said...

BIG DD FAN. DEFINITELY HAD MIXED FEELING ABOUT HIS WIN OVER THE RIDERS.

WHEN HE FIRST SIGNED IN MONTREAL, PPL MADE LOTS OF COMMENTS THAT HE MAY HAVE A TOUGH TIME DO TO THEIR EVEN WORSE THAN SK O-LINE, SO WE MAY BE SEEING SOME OF THAT. SURPRISED AFTER BEING USED TO THE DONKEYS IN THE MEDIA HERE THOUGH, THAT HE WOULD COMMENT ON HIS CRAPPY TEAM.

HAS HE LOST A FEW STEPS... PROBABLY. WOULD I RATHER HAVE HIM THAN KG... DEFINITELY.

THAT BEING SAID, HAS KG BEEN PLAYING GREAT AND LOOKING MUCH BETTER THAN I WOULD HAVE EXPECTED... DEFINITELY. I GUESS HE HAS BEEN SURPRISING PEOPLE OFF THE BENCH MOST OF HIS CAREER... WHY ARE WE STILL SURPRISED?

Anonymous said...

Glenn was putting up some good offensive numbers in green and white just 2 years ago, but the defence was so bad. Durant is right about winning being a total team effort. However, I don't care for QB's who take the credit for wins, and then blame the losses on the rest of the team.
LF

Anonymous said...

Durant is done buddy! Get over it!......and stop shouting like a little girl!

Anonymous said...

Durant needs to improve his emotions when talking to the media! His comments out of Montreal reflect a QB who just threw his teammates under the bus! You won't have those guys watching your back when you start pointing fingers. Take a lesson from Ricky Ray and show some class!

Anonymous said...

Durant>glenn

Anonymous said...

Sources for salaries?

Anonymous said...

NO THANKS!

Anonymous said...

Give me the leagues best O line players and I will take the QB with the poorest stats and win!

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod, love your show on Wednesday evenings, IN THE HUDDLE. But, that guy Marshall Hamilton has got to go, he has run his course. He seems to always want to talk about himself like he is the center of attention and he draws back on stories when he played for the Riders. The guy was a second string at best and was a terrible player so for him to reference anything to his playing ability is a joke. Tell the guy the show is about the riders, not him. He sure seems to like to hear himself talk. Get rid of the guy, find someone else.

Anonymous said...

I've always been a big Doubles fan, including buying two versions of his jersey. However, it's been quite disheartening to see his conduct over the last while. Football is a team game and while they may not have the most talent out in MTL you NEVER throw your teammates under the bus. Especially after he called out Jones for supposedly doing the same thing to him. Perhaps Doubles himself was part of the problem behind the scenes too? Guess we'll never know but it sure doesn't look good.


Gunderson's Yorkton

Anonymous said...

What level did get to in football? and not playing Madden in your parents basement...

Anonymous said...

It's really too bad Darian got injured on a whistled down play in the 2014 Banjo Bowl. If that hadn't happened we would have repeated as Grey Cup Champions, Corey Chamblin would still be our coach and Chris Jones would be elsewhere.

Anonymous said...

I was always a Darian Durant fan. I was upset when Darian and Jones couldn't come to terms. I never blamed either of them. However I wasn't happy when Darian started talking numbers and finger pointing while he was still a Rider. It went South in a hurry and Darian was done. I'm not a big Jones fan but he said he didn't like talking about negotiations in the media.Once Darian started talking numbers and stuff to the media. It was then and only then that Jines fired back. I believe something happened at that point where I was no longer a fan of Darian and knew it was over. Those public words followed by Jones public words. Then Darian's post game reaction in Montreal has changed my outlook. Ironically I seem to cheer against Darian now when he plays. I never cheer for a Wetern team against an Eastern team and yet I found myself doing so when Montreal last played a Western team. I feel crappy that I have turned on the guy. But his words about football gods giving him some kind of revenge after the 1st game of the year. Combined with his latest rant about other team mates having to step up. I've lost any and all connections with cheering for Darian.
It reminds me of how Darian hated an assistant coCh and OC a few years back. Berry I believe his name was.
Sad that this kind of thing happens.

Not proud... Kinda sad actually! Just speaking what's in my heart.

Anonymous said...

You echo my sentiment! Darian needs to keep his emotions in check and take the high road. His reputation has been tarnished. Another reason other teams may ignore him if he is dumped by Montreal.

Anonymous said...

And we can thank a dirty play by Winnipeg for that!

Anonymous said...

Don't kid yourself, we were nowhere close to contending for the Cup that year. We overachieved for the first half of the season and showed our true colours in the second. A foreshadowing of the crap to come. Come to think of it, the warning signs were there even in 2013. Of course Taman chose to ignore them being the brilliant GM he was thought to be.