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Thursday, November 23, 2017

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK

1 - GREY CUP 105: We haven't even been in Ottawa for 24 hours and I've already declared 2017 Grey Cup Week better than last year in Toronto. Why? Because for one, people actually know it's on and care. For two, there were already lineups to get into parties and that was on a Wednesday. Take a bow Ottawa! You've grabbed Canada's #1 sporting event with ghusto and ran with it.

2 - THE GAME: Calgary versus Toronto is a less-scintillating match-up compared to what could have been (Saskatchewan vs anyone) but kudos to both teams for earning the right to be here. The Stampeders have become like Montreal last decade: their appearance at Grey Cup has become so regular that it's boring. However you can't penalize them for their excellence. Stamps to win on Sunday by 5.

3 - THE CONSPIRACY: At halftime of the East Division Final when the Riders were losing 17-3 in Toronto, I Tweeted "It's clear the preference is for Toronto to be in the Grey Cup". I stand by the comment, although it wasn't directed at anyone specific. All weekend in Toronto I heard that a West-West Grey Cup would be a deathknell for the CFL and once the EDF kicked off, 90% of the calls went Toronto's way. I wasn't pointing the finger at anyone in particular, but rather making an observation. Don't underestimate the power of the subconscious mind.

4 - JONES: It started with a buzz in the airports on the way here; dozens of CFL fans and football types alike asked, "Is Jones coming?" People can't get enough of the polarizing Head Coach & GM of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. I assume he'll be in Ottawa because there's plenty of league business to be done. Last year he spent a lot of time mingling with the dozens of fans at Riderville at the Toronto Grey Cup.

5 - ANNIS STUKUS: Sportsnet's Arash Madani said on the SportsCage this week "Forget Marc Trestman and forget Dave Dickenson. Chris Jones is the Coach of the Year. I don't understand why Rider fans don't like him." That comment caught me off-guard. Do Rider fans STILL dislike Chris Jones? He took this team from a pile of rubble to a conference title game for the first time in five seasons. Jones says he "loves it here" and wants to sign an extension. Are you still upset over Jones dumping franchise greats? Get over it.

6 - AIR CANADA: At the first cocktail party I attended at this year's Grey Cup (hosted by TSN's Dave Naylor), the buzz in the room was all about Brandon Bridge.  "Can he lead a team?" they asked and "What'll he sign for?" CKRM's Luc Mullinder admitted that it's "odd" Bridge's agent would make the first move on contract talks with the Riders given the fact he's headed to free agency and there will be plenty of teams looking for a QB. Bridge is a Mississauga boy, loves his Mom's cooking, and would sell tickets for the Argos. Methinks this story goes until at least mid-February.

7 - TORONTO: My hat is off to the Argonauts. They nearly soldout last weekend's EDF and there was a palpable buzz in town. It didn't hurt that Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock - a staunch Rider fan -  made a huge deal of the Riders-Argos match-up in advance of the game. The Argos are coming back and shame on those who said the Argos situation is "hopeless" (Sportsnet's Bob McCown). Read This: No situation is hopeless.

8 - LIONS DEN: Unfortunately the B.C. Lions are entering hopeless territory. From what we hear, their entire organization is in flux because owner David Braley has decided to hold onto the team for at least one more year and won't spend a dime on marketing or business. He's dropped the decision of next year's Coach/GM into the lap of Wally Buono which is entirely unfair. Wally's ready to retire - certainly he's earned the right - but he's reluctant to walk away after missing the playoffs for the first time in 21 years. Again, these are the rumours at Grey Cup cocktail parties.

9 - THE CAROUSEL: Names you'll hear a lot of for Coach and GM vacancies this off-season: Danny McManus, Paul Lapolice, Jeremy O'Day, Corey Chamblin, Devone Claybrooks, John Murphy, Brendan Taman, Ed Hervey, Jim Barker and many more. Remember the season still has one more game to go and there's a freeze on CFL announcements not-related-to-the-Grey-Cup this week. There's a ton to shake down after Sunday.

10 - AND FINALLY: It may be time for the annual "Sex Question" to go at the Grey Cup coaches news conference. The Edmonton Sun's Terry Jones asked Marc Trestman and Dave Dickenson if they'll allow their players to get busy this week and Trestman said his answer hasn't changed since the last time his team was here. Dickenson turned the tables and asked the reporters if THEY'D have sex this week. My response to that is, "Yuck" ... The Commissioner's State of the League news conference goes Friday morning and it's expected to be a tame affair compared to the last two, but playoff realignment figures to come up ... CFL reporters were impressed that Randy Ambrosie appeared at last night's party. I got to shake his hand ... Eskimos back-up QB James Franklin is still likely the #1 free agent this winter. He never gets to play in Edmonton and has to be tired of that ... Esks HC Jason Maas is a hot topic but how could he be fired? He's a fine head coach but needs to stop losing his cool. He's young and will learn ... It's been an outstanding year for the CFL. I'm grateful to be a part of it.

Y'er welcome,
RP
@rodpedersen

63 comments:

Anonymous said...

Conspiracy Really Roddy. Yes I know when Riders lose its standard Rider fans excuses the refs the league the wind etc never lost to a team that played better. Now we have a league conspiracy wow. You have a fourth place team who got in playoffs because it's cfl and they have crossover to get in playoffs . I am sure the conspiracy commission is still busy trying to figure out who killed JFK and then they will turn their attention to the Riders . Good news is the beaches of Mexico will have Rider fans wearing their new 4th place jerseys this winter instead of tattered and torn 5th place jerseys. Oh Roddy see karma is a wonderful thing as Bo is in Grey Cup game for 3rd time in 4 years but I doubt he will say Shut Your Mouth to some radio announcer from Regina. I live in Sask how embarrassing to listen to someone who thinks his opinion is actually important.

Anonymous said...

#5; I'm not so sure you understand the dislike for Chris Jones. You think it still goes back to releasing John Chick and Weston Dressler, I don't.
I was still a 'give him time' guy after the big blow-up. It's everything he's done since then that's turned me off. it's the disrespect for rules, the $$$ blown on fines, his ridiculous Vince Young experiment had the whole country laughing at us. Most prairie people are humble, his smugness is not befitting of them.
Why does Gary Bettman get booed in every rink he goes to? It's because people genuinely don't like him. Chris Jones has that same characteristic quality and you and Mitchell Blair constantly telling people that we should like him really doesn't cut the mustard.

FF


Anonymous said...

I would argue most of the country is happy that Sask lost. It's comments like the ones made in the article that make it this way. No one wants to see the loud mouth, arrogant kid rewarded for their uncouth behaviour and grandstanding. The only thing worse than the Riders are their ignorant fans, this "journalist" proves it. Get over yourselves, you are NOT gods gift to football. Doubt Roddy will let this message through as he can't have anyone calling out his precious Criders. GSG!

Tim said...

Love Chris Jones. One play away from a trip to the Grey Cup after a 2-4 start. Had to blow up the team because it was BAD. Did the job and then some. My choice for coach of the year in 2017. Winnipeg's coach second place. Have no idea why the love for Dave Dickenson. Kevin Glenn can come back, but as a mentor and/or back-up, time to groom a true number one.

Anonymous said...

Hey FF, honest question. Do you actively cheer against this team and hope they lose just because you hold that grudge? If you do than you can jump off the bandwagon and not come back even when Jones is gone. Sure i’m no fan of Hopson/Taman but I still cheered my heart out for this team every snap of the ball. Sure Jones made some mistakes. Big deal. He has this team in position to win championships, multiple ones in fact. Plus he’s demonstrated many times he’s not the a-hole some including yourself perceive him to be. Your hate for him is a personal stubborn vendetta and if you can’t accept that then that’s your problem.

Gunderson’s Yorkton

Anonymous said...

#3 Officiating during the game was a joke! Glenn got mugged, Jones had to throw a challenge flag and the BLIND man from TORONTO said there was no infraction
#4 Most true RIDER fans like Jones and agree with his decisions. Durant, was a good trade, Chick, traded twice. Many others released never played another down in CFL. Get over it, we are going in the right direction.
#6 Riders were the first team to give Bridge a real chance to play. Why wouldn't he want to resign here?
#7 If it wasn't the Riders playing and Rider fans buying tickets, the attendance would have been the usual lousy crowd! If Toronto really plans on getting an NFL team in the future, they better start showing they are interested in football by attending CFL games.

Anonymous said...

That sex question was originally brought up by notorious booze bag Jim Hunt and shows how stupid journalists were and why those old dinosaurs are not being replaced. This is now a major event and these guys need to start asking questions of a professional nature.

Anonymous said...

To your points. 2. Other teams have fans not that you'd notice. You talk like there are more Rider fans than all the other teams combined. Give it a rest.3 One week you say the league wants Riders in the big game, the next they have a conspiracy favoring TO. Solution - try winning your final game & take 3rd. Wouldn't the refs have called a holding play & negate theTD return with 2 minutes left rather than chance TO having to win it themselves? OR stop them on 3rd & long on the final drive. Your team wasn't good enough. 4 Same old drech about Riders being the centre of the universe-only in your mind, Rod.6 No one's interested in Bridge in TO. You should & probably do know, Rod, that 3 Eastern teams & the Riders are interested in Franklin. I've heard no talk of Bridge. It's no secret Bridge's receivers make him look good. His accuracy is poor. Riders will sign him or there'd be an outcry in Regina, but my guess is he doesn't make the opening day roster unless the Riders fail to sign ANY of some good FA's out there. 10 Dead on. That question is only amusing to the 70 & over crowd. What century is the guy living in? Never mind.

joe bunyawk said...

A Stumps fan (anonymous of course) talking about arrogance. That's rich.

As for this hatred for Jones by some fans, they're entitled to their opinions just as the rest of us are entitled to ours. I've always been a little sad to see popular players leave. Some players, on the other hand, I couldn't wait to see the door hit them in the ass. And I haven't always agreed with decisions made by coaches and management. But I've chosen to continue to support the team. It's part of my DNA. It's not easy to shut out or ignore the vocal troll minority in this day and age of social media however I keep vowing to not let it get to me as much as it has. In the end, if you don't like it and can't get over it, find the exit and let the rest of us continue to enjoy the Riders.

Tom Pura

CJ Evans said...

I am a huge fan of Coach Jones and have been well before he was a head coach or the Rider's coach & GM. I think the media has taken a narrative to paint him as such an arrogant character... which is where most fnd take their leads from. He's a professional coach that doesn't like to lose... EVER! He's also a no BS type-guy! He has been a winner everywhere he's been and I expect he will be a winner here too! I can hardly wait until he is!! :-D

Glad to hear the Grey Cup is going well in Ottawa!! Enjoy your week out there, RP!

Anonymous said...

After winning 5 straight Grey Cups, Hugh Campbell had one coach of the year. In 1981' the year the Eskimos were 14-1-1, still the highest winning % in CFL history, Faragelli was coach of the year. He improved his team by 7 wins but it was still a non-playoff team. You can argue it was a worthy choice but too often dominating teams are ignored because, well, Stamps have been excellent for so long. Jones is a worthy choice, sure. But Dickenson doesn't take a back seat & people forget the Stamps had a lot of injuries as well this year. As for O'Shea - he had an incredibly healthy team all year until he lost a couple of key players & then started losing. He improved by 1 win over last year. In that case, I'd take Maas over him - improved by 2 wins, went from 4th to a tie in wins for 2nd & had a ton of injuries to deal with. Not to mention his team was 1st in almost every key offensive category in the league. Bombers were dead last in the key defensive categories again. Shouldn't get rewarded for that.

Anonymous said...

FF crawl back under your rock. The fines Jones and the team absorbed were infractions the other teams...Calgary, Edmonton and BC have been doing for years. It was nothing more than the league trying to get a handle on things. If you follow the Rider Transactions you would see they meticulously follow the rules. Vince Young was a shot in the dark experiment gave the CFL and Riders a whole lot of Good Exposure. Jones made the tough decisions at the outset and has been relentless building the team. There was as much new players in 2017 as there were in 2016 and we got better. I expect the new players to continue. They loved Norm Kimball and Hugh Campbell in Edmonton for doing this and they did not get fined. In the words of Rod Petersen. FF SHUT-UP on the Chris Jones rederick. In Jones we trust.

Anonymous said...

I’ve swayed from having no respect for Jones to enjoying him.

He was either incompetent or an outright cheat with all the fines.

But his players love him. He managed to get to a final. He managed a two QB situation that’s killed many teams. He rightfully admits he’s made some mistakes (he lost games last year with his bone-head challenges and decisions)

So I’m glad we have him. He’s the Duron Carter of the coaches. It’s fun!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Gunderson. Win ONE first. You might have better sucess if you can finish 1st or 2nd sometime. Winning against the West is a atart. Yes you won by big scores against them but you still were only 4-6. That's why you'te 4th. You don't climb higher beating up on the East because everyone's doing that. You think Riders are the only ones who will improve next year & everyone else sits still for you? Jones rebuild has you climbing up one rung. You better hope you get a QB & you got a bunch of FA's including your beloved Mr Carter, the coach killer. Fingers crossed.

Anonymous said...

I give Jones credit for putting together a team that found a way to compete by years end. In August the team still looked really bad, but they turned a corner mid-season.

That said, i fully dislike him and for the first time in my entire life struggle to genuinely cheer for this team.

Ive said it ad nauseum. Its not that he released Rider greats,its that he did it in a classless and disrespectful manner, particularly with Durant. Just totally unnecessary and unbecoming behaviour from the guy in charge of a GREAT organization.

Then,to replace Durant with the perennial playoff under performer, and all around bland, boring and uninspiring QB, Kevin Glenn, was just a huuuge turn-off for me and a lot of other long time fans. I just have zero intetest in his THIRD stint here, which by the way ended with a predictable playoff choke job and qb carousel circus in the EDF.

Just because he's improved the team, doesnt mean I need to like his methods or respect him.

Anonymous said...

Is there a hokier or more ironic slogan than BEL13VE? Oh yes, in Jones we trust. Stole that off a US penny, did we? It only reinforces the perception of Rider fans as slavering masses of blind devotion to their leader no matter if he leads them to glory or the abyss.

Anonymous said...

It appears to be your problem Gunderson. If it isnt your problem, then keep quiet.

Anonymous said...

Good column.

2) Roughriders didn't make it so I never ever cheer for a western team. I'm glad the Argos made it in there. They are a 9-9 team on the level the 1989 Roughriders were a so called 9-9 team. The Argos started so far behind the starting line and were in every single game. This is a really good team, and coaching wise you have Trestman/Chamblin with Ray/Lemon - they are going to win this game. It wont' be an upset because the Argos are that good.

3) I disagree on the conspiracy - it should have been a call it wasn't so the great ones overcome and adapt. What they don't do is fall into the same old rut of get rattled, shut down, and toss 3 INTS. The great ones also flip their lid in the big games when they are not on the field.

Kevin Glenn getting yanked and being totally fine with that - imagine Doug Flutie being fine with Rob Johnson taking his spot. When your better you say your better and if you want to win then put me in.

Kevin is a serviceable journeyman QB that helped this team gain respectability in the second year of a rebuild. - he'll also gladly come back at a reduced salary as it keeps him out of the real world OR he'll happily sign with another team looking for an insurance policy.

I admire him - but he ain't no Hall of Famer. Ricky Ray 42 come from behind wins. Bo Levi Mitchell hasn't lost a dozen CFL games. The right guys are playing for the Grey Cup.

4) Chris Jones is good people. I was here when Don Mathews had this team on the brink. Pee him off and he's gone. Similar to Mathews and he comes off that coaching tree he won't put up with anything and can write his ticket anywhere.

5) Coach of the Year is Marc Trestman. What he did with a team having 2 months to get a plan in place is miraculous. I can't give it to Chris Jones. The Riders blew the first 2 games and let Ottawa come from behind - that's 3 wins that were right there and you add those onto the record and a home playoff game the entire trajectory of the season is different. Jones milked the most he could out of these guys.

7) Bob McCown is a hater. Works in Toronto lives in Las Vegas. Has never sniffed the big time - I think he worked for the Blue Jays back in the day but he's never been big time. - he's a guy with an opinion. His opinion happens to me misinformed and wrong.

The Argos are not at all hopeless. If Mike Babcock says the Argos are cool. If Mitch Marner also does then most rubes follow the crowd. I'd have a season ticket if I lived there. The problem in Toronto is 60% of people in Toronto are not from this country and the city is so massive. It'll take time but they are on their way.

Last point
Brandon Bridge if he wants can be the next Damon Allen and that's if he stays here to learn the game and develop. He goes and chases money he'll be the next Jonathon Jennings which isnt' saying much.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I call them as I see them. Rider fans are smug, arrogant, and down right Nasty mean people. Got a problem with that greenie? You wish you were playing this Sunday

Anonymous said...

Nearly sold out the ESF??? lmfao I must of been watching a different game!!

Anonymous said...

Rod"info wars"pedersen

Anonymous said...

"No situation is hopeless"

Indeed. Ottawa has two decades of crap football and a stadium that was literally falling apart. If they can overcome that and thrive, Toronto can overcome their challenges. People need to stop thinking it should happen overnight though.

Anonymous said...

Rod"moon landing faked"pedersen

gman80 said...

All you nay sayers who have a problem with Jones and the way he does business can take a flying leap off a bridge! The guy is a no nonsense wants to win all the time kind of coach and thats the guy I want for the Riders! AND for those who STILL CAN'T GET OVER THE RELEASE OF DARIAN DURANT!! YOU KNOW WHAT YOU CAN DO TOO! 😠😠 One play from a Grey Cup appearance and yet ya still can't give the guy the credit and RESPECT he deserves! Coaching is about doing the hard things (yet the RIGHT THING!) even though it may hurt the feelings of the RAW RAW fan who loves their beloved player/s EVEN THOUGH that players time is up (Chick, Getzlaf) or was for the better (Durant) And this season proved it for Durant! He didn't do as well as he should have! -never mind the crappy Allouette team and their incompetent coach/GM Kavis Reed.. Coach Jones knew better and let Durant go!! In conclusion: Jones was right, Durant is gone! Let's all move on to 2018!

Anonymous said...

Why do you listen then?

Anonymous said...

See ya!

Anonymous said...

You are so out of touch. Coach Jones is such a breath of fresh air compared to the long list of coaches we have had. Tired of the whole "just happy to have a team" crowd. Sit back and enjoy the ride or cheer for another team.

Anonymous said...

Right on.

Anonymous said...

Great post. Totally agree.

Anonymous said...

Re: no situation is hopeless. Unless it's the Flames, Oilers or Leafs winning a Stanley Cup.

Anonymous said...

Chris Jones did himself no favours last year with all the stupid, dumb decisions he made. He cost the franchise a lot of money in fines and giving signing bonuses to players that never played or only played a couple of games. At least this year, he cleaned up his act on that front. He still made some dumb decisions and appears to be a stubborn person but I guess we all do that. I am not his fan and probably never will be but he's the coach and he's not going anywhere anytime soon.

Anonymous said...

I like Chris Jones!
He's good for the Roughriders, now considered/recognized/reckoned as a true professional sports franchise in the sports world whereas under the previous yokel regime they were a laughing stock joke.

Anonymous said...

One play away from a grey cup, but not in the grey cup, im large part due to terrible qb play,and terrible personnel management of the qb position in game.

Anonymous said...

Do it with class then. Dont you get it? Make the tough decisions - yes, absolutely. Degrade and get into public pissing matches with respected members of the organization? No thanks,cant respect a guy like that.

Until I hear an acknowledgement that it was a mistake to handle that situation as he did (fat chance of that) AND we actually have a viable long term replacement at QB, he gets no respect from me.

Anonymous said...

Yes, the "just happy to lose in the playoffs" crowd that is giving jones a pass on the lack of offensive production in the EDF is much better.

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Anonymous said...

I disagree. Jones was wrong and the fact that his qb's couldnt get it done in the playoffs proves it!!!!

Now lets move on after admitting Im right!

Anonymous said...

It is not that Jones got rid of Chick, DresslerGetzlaf and Durant. It is the way he treated them. Most coaches are smart enough to say "The team has decided to go another direction " or some such thing. I have never before heard a coach say about a player whose many fans wore his jersey on game day that he was "moderately successful ". A lot of us fans remember when Bobby Jurasin or Eddie Lowe were released. We never hated the coach because it was handled well and the players were not kicked in the ass on their way out the door. This could have been the same. It doesn't matter if it was the right decision or not. It was handled with arrogance and a display of classless ego. If some of us hate Jones, he brought it on himself. Of course, I wouldn't expect a radio guy that gets involved in Twitter battles between two players by telling one to shut up during a game play by play to understand this.
The Young experiment was ridiculous; part of the "stone turning" that had the whole league laughing. As was trying to bring in Khaliff Mitchell.
When some of you refer to new players, I assume you mean new to this team because Jones has brought in very little new talent, only castoffs from other teams. That is why the Riders are the second oldest team in the league.
If you want a home playoff game, win more games. Simple as that. Fourth place in the west is "moderately successful".
Trestman did in one year, with virtually no off season, what it took Jones two seasons and countless mini camps to do. Trestman should win coach of the year. And Brandon Bridge will never be a Damon Allen... keep those green glasses on though.
Fortunately for us that do not like Jones, nobody has the right to tell us that we must like him or must trust him or must cheer for the Riders or can never cheer for the Riders again. Win or lose, I will never have any respect for Jones. When he is gone I look forward to again being a Rider fan and wearing my jerseys. In the meantime, I will cheer for someone that I can also respect.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't a big Jones fan at the start when he cut Dressler and Chick, and then posted a 5-13 record in 2016.

However what he's done with this Riders team since is indisputable. The Riders are clearly on the right track, and a 10-8 record in year two of a complete overhaul project is no small feat.

The trading of Durant proves just how astute Jones is as an assessor of talent. We wouldn't have the likes of Jefferson, Knox Jr., Foster, Eddie Steele, etc if it weren't for Jones and company.

I buy into the Jones regime completely. I think this Riders team will be a force for years to come.

Cam in Yellow Grass

Anonymous said...

I've never disliked a Riders head coach. Not an easy job when you have one million Rider GM's with an opinion. Jones has turned this team around. I believe he will make the right moves and the Riders will finish 1st in the west and be in the Grey Cup game next year. He's a proven winner. Fans will always voice their opinion win or lose. But for the most part, sit back, enjoy watching an exciting team and let the football pros do what they do.

Anonymous said...

Your memory is deficient anon, the release of Jurasin was not well handled at all. Bobby was bitter as hell and so were the fans. He was the team’s most popular player the year before. Plus, the idiot coach picked a replacement who couldn’t hold Bobhy’s jockstrap, let alone play in his place.

Anonymous said...

Regrets, I've had "very few",
But then again, "too few to mention",
"I did what I had to do", "I saw it through" without exemption,
"I planned each chartered course", "each careful step" along the way,
And more, much more than this, "I did it my way".
Yes there were times, I'm sure you thought,
When I bit off more than I could chew,
And through it all, when "there was no doubt",
"I ate it up" and spit it out,
"I faced it all" and "I stood tall" and "did it my way".


"I did it my wayyyyy..."

PS,
Ya all Negative Nellys can kiss my Lilly white ass. See ya next year! Happy New Year Merry Xmas.


Mr. Khris Joens

Anonymous said...

To the memory corrector; So did said 'idiot' badmouth Jurasin?

Anonymous said...

For fifty years I thought I was a Roughrider fan. Then along came Chris Jones and I found out I'm just a CFL fan. I never miss a game no matter who's playing, I just don't bleed green anymore.

Anonymous said...

Nobody cares. Get over yourself.

Anonymous said...

Basically half the league makes it to within one game of the grey cup each and every year. Getting to a division final is moderately successful, nothing more.

Anonymous said...

When will all you clowns finally get it. Nobody cares how long you've been a fan of the team or whether you like the coach or not. You can always move on.

Anonymous said...

The Negative Ned and Nellies are out in full force. If they didn't have this blog to bitch about everything they would probably be kicking there dog or taking out there stupidity on some other person. Pathetic

Anonymous said...

You either love him or hate him. I hate him!!!!!!!! Those that love him don't understand. He has a God complex and doesn't trust his staff enough to lighten his load. He's not God so to his suporters: Quit worshipping him!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

You are right in that coaching can be about doing the hard things that may very well be the right thing but there is also a right and a wrong way to do those hard things. Jones did them the wrong way. Those players were going to be gone and Jones wss going to be here no matter how he handled it. Belittling and sarcasm wss not going to change that fact. And Jones could have looked admirable if he has handled the situation better instead of looking like a dick(tator). Him and Duron Carter are at about the same maturity leave.

Anonymous said...

No you are wrong. He needed to make changes on the defence but there was a handful of players would of played effectively for another year. He didn't need to cut 19 players and refuse to sign another7 free agents. He didn't need to run a 20 game preseason looking at 102 players that dressed for a game. He didn't need to cost us 160000 in fines. These are things that prove he was in over his head and to stupid to accept the advice his staff was giving him. For this we are paying him 750000 a year. Really!!! Don't sign him to an extension let him play out his contract and kiss his ads good bye.

Anonymous said...

Amen brother.

Birddog said...

I agree good comment. Jones has made many great moves to make the team better.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rod, you're the master, you really know how to generate hits.

In 4 - JONES: You describe Jones as 'polarizing'.

Then in 5 - ANNIS STUKUS: You claim you're surprised that people don't like him.

You crafty fox, you.

Anonymous said...

Why is the sex question still a thing? The only people who care are media types. Not trying to be overly politically correct, but isn't an old man asking a younger coach about the sexual practices of much younger men kind of creepy?

George Porge said...

To anon above who said Jones "doesn't trust his staff enough to lighten his load". That may be true, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he's in over his head. There's another head coach in the league who could be described that way, and he's been one of the most successful coaches of all time in the CFL - Wally Buono.

Anonymous said...

The QB issue is interesting because last year, Jones claimed that he would not pay big money to a QB so that he would have money for the O line. So they had two bargain basement QBs and wondered why they were in fourth place in the west. In the mean time, Jones reportedly paid Derek Dennis $200,000 to play left tackle, where he was a complete bust so the Riders were paying that huge sum to an American left guard and then he only played if Labatte and Clark weren't both healthy. Money well spent? Not. Complicate this now, with the fact that Bridge is about to become a free agent and had some limited success so he thinks he is now worth some serious coin, especially being Canadian. Will Jones pay what Bridge wants or will he go with cheap Kevin Glenn and another young cheap guy, perhaps Vernon Adams? And Jones isn't exactly a QB whisperer. If he goes cheap again, the odds of the Riders making it to the big game are slim and none, and slim wants more money. There seems to be a lack of good pivots in the league right now and the good ones want more than Jones wants to pay.

Anonymous said...

Soon the armchair gms will run Chris outta town and welcome back Kavis. Kavis knows how to fit into this culture by living in an apt or house, not wearing sunglasses all the time, varying his wardrobe, and not closing all the collar buttons. He might even bring DD back into town. Kavis a real renaissance man for the armchair gms.

Anonymous said...

I don't like our coach - but that is my opinion. I am still a fan of the Riders, and for the CFL as a whole.

Our team after 2 years of a rebuild still needs to find a quarterback and an O-Line. I am still mad that we didn't pick another Canadian O lineman in the 2017 draft. I like our defense, but I think we could have a little more size....our sacks tally was a little on the low side. I think we have a great receiving core....


13 wins - 23 losses after 36 games after two years, maybe in year three......

Yes - Trestman - coach of the year, did a great job.

I still like June Jones though, took over a 0-8 team mid season and had a winning end of the season 6-4.

Anonymous said...

I dont care that you think nobody cares about what I care about. Clown.

Anonymous said...

So you would have paid Durant the BIG money he felt entitled too would you? Durant was always over rated and calling him moderately successful is being complimentary. Hit the road if it bugs you so much. I assure you Jones is here for at least 2 more years.

Anonymous said...

Then you are not a true fan. Buh bye!!

Anonymous said...

Anyone who says someone else isnt a true fan, isnt a true fan. See ya later!