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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

CHAD OWENS: "WE HAVE A LEGIT CHANCE TO GO ALL THE WAY"


REGINA - With a playoff berth clinched, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are starting to look forward to a Grey Cup run. Following Tuesday's closed practice at Mosaic Stadium, players discussed the Road to the Grey Cup, and the fact they stand as good of a chance as anyone at capturing the CFL championship in 2017.

"Oh I've been saying that," smiled receiver Chad Owens. "When you can mix talent - which we have a lot of - with hard work, with the coaching staff that we have, the tough games that we've been in, we're prepared for these playoffs. I think we have a legit chance to go all the way and win that Grey Cup this year. We have that opportunity now and that's all we can ask for."

Owens said the rebuilding Riders were an attractive option when he was deciding where to sign as a free agent last winter.

"Absolutely," Owens continued. "You look at Coach Jones's track record. His second year seems to be the magic number. We brought in the vets this year to add to an already stacked and talented team. You mix in the vets and their experience, plus the youth we have who've learned the system, I think this is the perfect blend at the right time."

Head Coach & GM Chris Jones said it wasn't an accident that the club added a handful of free agent veterans who've won Grey Cups in the past such as lineman Derek Dennis and Owens. Coupled with the hunger of vets who haven't won like Kevin Glenn and Peter Dyakowski, Jones feels they have the right blend.

"I think that the experience is a very big factor," Jones offered. "For every young guy that you have, you make a mistake or two that can end up costing you. It's good to have that experience heading down the stretch."

Receiver Bakari Grant is another veteran leader on this team who's still looking for his first championship. The Cal-Davis product said clinching a playoff spot is just a mild milestone on the way to their ultimate goal.

"Anyone who's been around the game long enough knows it's hard to get satisfied, especially when you don't have a ring," Grant salivated on Tuesday. "You're talking to somebody who's lost three of the past four Grey Cups. My satisfaction will come when I walk off the field with a championship."

Of course the Road to the Grey Cup has yet to be mapped out. The Riders could finish third in the West and stay in their own division in the playoffs or finish fourth and crossover to the East.

"The great debate: East or West," Grant smiled. "I don't think it matters. It's gonna be a tough road either way. You know the CFL; any team can win on any day. When you have to go away from this beautiful home, it's going to be tough to win in another place. It's going to be tough regardless."

The Riders will hold an open practice on Wednesday. On Friday night they welcome Darian Durant and the Montreal Alouettes at Mosaic Stadium (7:30 pm, TSN, 620 CKRM Rider Network).

RP
@rodpedersen

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Says a Roughrider...Hey Owens, all teams making the play-offs have a legit shot at the Grey Cup...it is going to be the team that plays the best play-off ball. I truly mean all teams including the east have a legit shot to win it all, any team can beat one another on any day.

Anonymous said...

Yes you do chad, the buck starts here, now. Go riders

Anonymous said...

There's a minute and a half 'Mic'd Up' tape of Josh Bartel on TSN.ca
He's a riot, I'll bet they love him in the locker room.

Anonymous said...

Hamilton would have a legit chance also if they didn't play so awful the 1st half of the season. They are certainly a different team that can currently compete with anyone

Anonymous said...

Beat it!

Anonymous said...

Any chance that Darian will drop by old Mosaic Friday 1pm for the demolition and to sign autographs? Would be a nice touch or even a chance for the CFL to raise funds for a charity.

Anonymous said...

BELIEVE and you can do it....rememer 1989!!!

Anonymous said...

Esks are the hottest team in the cfl

Anonymous said...

Actually the Saskatchewan Roughriders have a higher than average logistic chance of winning it all over the other teams this year. Once they roll into the playoffs, it's all vegas bets off on the others not winning against the Riders. Whoooo Rahhhh, Saskatchewan Roughriders Grey Cup Champions 2017.

Professor Einstein

Anonymous said...

I believe this time of the year that any team that is playoff bound could succeed in any one game. Of course there are favourites but that means little come November. Ottawa is defending champion -- every one else is after the Cup -- but look for one or two new teams in there this year!!!

Anonymous said...

How are the esks the hottest team they just recently lost seven games in a row

Anonymous said...

The Eskimos are the most streaky in the league and are about to fall off the wagon again this weekend just in time for the playoffs. Riders 7-3 past ten Eskimos 3-7 past ten. Explain how the Eskimos are hotter

Anonymous said...

Really funny how you rider fans are hooked on that number 10...how about we look at the past 3 so we can say we're 3 and 0 and your not but it doesn't work that way and it also doesn't go off the past ten, look at the standings right now and who is ahead of who thanks...and Edmonton is heating up now and went 7 and 0 last time they were streaking as you put it and getting most starters back in the line up. Also here is a fact...Sask had the most injuries in Cfl history and sucked bad last year and Edmonton this year is not far off of that but sitting 3rd in the west...such a much better franchise.

Anonymous said...

Such a much? Nice wording. If your going off the whole season Calgary is the hottest so either way your wrong. Just sit back and watch your old coaching staff go to work. Hope we meet you in the playoffs. The only stat that matters between the esks and riders right now is riders 1 esks 0.

Anonymous said...

To all the Esks fans posting here, please go post your rants on the Eskimos CFL Forum page. From the looks of it they could use some more posters.

http://forums.cfl.ca/edmonton-eskimos/9/

Anonymous said...

is start time 730pm eastern,730pm central,730pm mountain,or 730pm pacific rod?

Anonymous said...

I’ll go there

Anonymous said...

You guys better hope your special teams and defence can carry your team because your offence is plain as day boring and I will love watching you ousted in the first round of play-offs as it will.

Anonymous said...

Defense wins championships. Did you watch the game last Friday in Cow town? It was more than exciting enough for me.