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Monday, January 22, 2018

DARIAN EXPLAINS SIGNING WITH THE BOMBERS


Darian Durant thinks he'll be fine in unfamiliar territory.

The veteran quarterback signed a one-year contract with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Saturday to be the backup to starter Matt Nichols.

It's been a long time since the 35-year-old headed into a season in that role. His 12-year CFL career includes 11 seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and last year with the Montreal Alouettes.

"I don't think it'll be difficult at all,'' Durant said Sunday on a conference call.

"When I first started my career, I was a practice-squad guy, then I was a third-stringer, then I was a backup, so I had to work my way up.

"I think that everybody on a team has a role. I'm looking at this as, 'Where can my talents be best served?' ''

The answer for him is offering his experience on and off the field.

"I just want to come in and help out Matt as much as I can and just have a role with the team, whether it's in meetings, whether it's short yardage,'' Durant said.

"Whatever the case may be, just come in and bring my veteran presence and just try and bring a Grey Cup to Winnipeg.''

Durant said the Bombers were one of three teams that approached him since the Alouettes released him last week. He was reportedly about to receive a $150,000 bonus and the Als had tried to restructure his three-year contract.

The five-foot-11 North Carolina product began his CFL career in 2006 with the Roughriders. He was a backup for the team's 2007 Grey Cup championship, led them to title games in 2009 and 2010 and won as the starter in 2013. He suffered an elbow injury in 2014 and tore his Achilles tendon in the first game of 2015.

He played 15 games in 2016, but the injury-riddled 'Riders went 5-13 and Durant was traded to Montreal in January 2017 after a new deal couldn't get done.

He wasn't the saviour for the floundering Alouettes.

Montreal finished 3-15, losing its last 11 games. Durant threw for 3,233 yards in 15 games, but his 16 interceptions eclipsed his 15 touchdowns.

"Looking at the locker-room in Winnipeg, I just wanted to get into a work environment where I was happy every day and I saw this as that opportunity because the past couple years have been very troubling and it's been a tough time for me,'' Durant said.

He declined to go into specifics about what went wrong in Montreal.

"It's just been a tough time over there,'' Durant said. "There have been so many coaches, different guys in and out of the lineup.

"It's hard to build that stability when there's so much change. I love what (Montreal general manager) Kavis (Reed) is doing. I think he has those guys going in a great direction, but I just saw going elsewhere as a better fit for me at this time.''

Durant said he has spoken to Nichols and told him he'll support him any way he can.

Nichols took over as Winnipeg's starter in July 2016 and has led the team to a 21-9 record and back-to-back playoff appearances.

Last October, Nichols broke the ring finger on his throwing hand and also suffered a strained calf. He missed the final regular-season win (12-6), but played in the West Division semifinal loss to Edmonton.

In a press release after signing Durant, Bombers GM Kyle Walters said the team wanted to "solidify depth'' behind Nichols.

Backup pivot Dan LeFevour is a pending free agent and the team has Dominique Davis under contract, as well as prospects Philip Nelson and Josh Straughan.

Despite having to pack his bags for a new football home again, Durant said he never thought about retiring.

"Not at all,'' he said with a chuckle. "I feel like the body feels good. I feel like I have a lot of football left in me so it never crossed my mind.''

Durant will begin the 2018 season with 31,740 career passing yards on his resume, ranking him 14th on the league's all-time passing yards list.

(Canadian Press/Judy Owen)

31 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm.

Jeffy

Anonymous said...

All the best to you Darian.

I remember.

Anonymous said...

All the best Darian in your personal and professional life. I am sad and happy for you. At least you will be with a team who has some heart. You will always be fondly remembered by this fan.

Anonymous said...

"A team with heart". Yes the Bombers showed a lot of heart choking at home in the first round of the playoffs vs. Edmonton then whining about the playoff format in the media afterwards. He will fit right in with that woe is me, hard done by crowd over there

g said...

But you’re not bitter...

Anonymous said...

As per the picture, Darian’s so hot, he’s SMOKINESS!!!

Anonymous said...

another whiner for whinerville

Anonymous said...

In typical fashion Durant blames tough situations last two years, takes no responsibility for being part of them.

Anonymous said...

Darian doesn’t have to explain anything to anyone, he’s trying to make a living, maybe you should ask jones for an explanation of why he’s there and not here.?

Anonymous said...

Well, now the bombers shouldn’t have to worry about an injury to Matt nichols so much. As now they have the best back up quarterback situation. This could very well put them in the grey cup contention again.

Anonymous said...

Ha, Ha. What a joke. Durant is over the hill and has been for several years. Bombers are in serious trouble if Nichols goes down. When will you Durant lovers realize this

Mike Stackhouse said...

Disappointing to see comments slagging Durant. He should never have to buy a drink in Saskatchewan ever again. Oh well. It's an interesting fan base to be sure.

Anonymous said...

So 2 years later DD basically agrees with Chris Jones' assessment of his QB abilities. Oh well at least he got a nice fat cheque out of the Als last year

Anonymous said...




To Mike Stackhouse; Thank you for putting it in words. I get so frustrated with the portion of Rider Nation that is so belligerent with former players. It makes one leery of cheering for the Riders for fear you'll be counted amongst them.

Tom

Anonymous said...

Really nothing surprising Mr. Stackhouse.......Rider fans are so fickle and wishy washy that a lot of quarterbacks here get booed and/or run out of town. They even booed a legend -- Ron Lancaster. You can also make a list of other quarterbacks who gave their all to Sask, but the Rider "fans" dumped on them just a partial list: Kent Austin, Kerry Joseph, Tino Sunseri, and even Kevin Glenn who had a great regular season for them last year beyond expectations. Read past blogs on this website, and you'll see what I mean. No one is immune, not even Darian Durant.

Handy Andy said...

Bottom line, Darian could have taken the pay cut a year ago and stayed where he wanted to be ... with the Riders. He chose to leave. I'm not a fan of taking a paycut either, but if you say you want to be somewhere and then freely choose to leave, then I gotta wonder if you really wanted to be there or if you just wanted the most money possible.
I wish him luck except for when they play Saskatchewan.

Anonymous said...

First beloved son Weston now 2013 man of the year Darian. My my Riderville it's no wonder the Raven's are circling that new stadium. Hope they don't try and scare them all away before labour day..lol .Benny

Dyck Rubnutz said...

Piss on Darian Durant and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Anonymous said...

Yes it will be a tough chore to keep the bombers out this year. 2 no. 1 q . B . ‘S

Anonymous said...

Sorry your badly mistaking, Kory Sheets 2013 man of the year Saskatchewan Roughriders. Riders would not have a 2013 GC if not for Kory Sheets MVP.

Anonymous said...

Well DD won more games in 2017 then Zach did.

Can't remember how Zach did in 2016.

Good luck to both of them.

Bonnie

Anonymous said...

Dont know where some of you get off saying all Rider fans bash and what ever QB and other players that have been in Riderville . Any fan base is going to have the type that no one can please no matter what they do . Teams change and it was not in the interests of the current coaching staff that he stays in Sask and same goes with Montreal . Durant is going to do what he thinks is best for him plain and simple. I liked Durant same as i like the current coaching staff and think they are looking after trying to bring the best possible team to this franchise that is what they get paid for . If every Sask fan was like some of you say we are we wouldnt sell out our stadium 99 percent of the time and help fill other teams at the same time when we are in there town .

Anonymous said...

I think it's been explained many times. How many more times do you need to hear it?

Anonymous said...

I would agree with you. We all watch the CFL. We get that he's struggled for awhile. But why kick him and cut him down?

I respect him for the positive he's done for the team and the passion he's shown to everyone.

So why is there a need to cut him down as he's no longer in his prime?

Be thankful for the good times and wish him well.

Anonymous said...

I dont think Jones wanted him even with the paycut. I think he made the offer just to satisfy everyone that he tried fully knowing that he wouldn't take the cut and was probably relieved he refused.

Coaches watch tons of film and they probably know 2 years ahead of us when a players best before date is coming.

Anonymous said...

What's that? Thats the dead silence out of Montreal from the Alouettes fanbase who couldn't give a rat's ass about Darian Durant leaving, being cut by their team unlike the hillbillys from Sask who to this day still pine their undivided man-love for the ole bald head mediocre qb.

Anonymous said...

Riders win that game with or without sheets. They dont get there without Durant.

Anonymous said...

Mediocre QB? I guess the Riders have had a lot of less than mediocre quarterbacks. In fact, the whole league has. Check it out though. In the Riders long history, they have played in 19 Grey Cup games. Durant was on the roster for four of those games. He was the starter for three of them and won one. The only other "mediocre" quarterback that compares to that and played with the Riders was Ronnie Lancaster. I suppose you belittled him too, or maybe you aren't old enough. You people would be deliriously happy if Jones could find a quarterback that was "mediocre" like Durant. After all, a lot of you are ecstatic at acquiring Collaros who has only played in one Grey Cup and at 0 and 12 has a long way to go to getting back to being "mediocre". I am not pining to have Durant back with the Riders; with fans like you, I would not wish that on him. But I do think that you could show some respect for the "ole bald head mediocre quarterback" if you are a Rider fan. Durant and Lancaster are the two most successful quarterbacks the Riders have had and as such, deserve your respect, not your arrogant remarks.

Anonymous said...

who's gunna come in when nicols and Durant go down??...well to be honest I don't care what happens in Winnipeg...all I know is that Durant WILL have to pay for his drinks when he comes to this province

Anonymous said...

Not if I was around. I would gladly buy Doubles a drink or a meal. One of the winningest quarterbacks in Rider history deserves that. There are many of us who would buy him a drink, who appreciate what he did here and are not bitter, arrogant fans.

Anonymous said...

Haters gonna hate.