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Sunday, January 20, 2019

RIDERS CAN'T TALK TO ELIZONDO/LAPOLICE & 5 REASONS TO HIRE DICKENSON

Photo: The Morden Times
TSN'S Dave Naylor reported on Saturday the Saskatchewan Roughriders asked for - but were denied - permission to speak with Ottawa RedBlacks offensive coordinator Jamie Elizondo about their vacant head coaching job.


Elizondo made 3DownNation's list of six of the top candidates to replace Chris Jones on Saskatchewan's sidelines, but is now obviously off of that list. The Mexico product is highly-regarded as a coordinator in the CFL and has prior stops in Toronto and Montreal as well as Columbia University and Syracuse.

However the request to speak with Elizondo was a curious one to this blogger. It's fairly well-known that whomever is the Roughriders' next head coach, he'll inherit Chris Jones' staff. That staff was announced 10 days ago and with the new salary cap on CFL football operations, there's no financial way the new Riders coach will be able to make significant changes by throwing existing coaches overboard.

Not to mention, if the new coach is offensive-minded - like say Paul LaPolice, Marc Trestman or even Elizondo - would his philosophies and concepts mesh with current Riders O.C. Stephen McAdoo?

Very likely not.

**UPDATE: Naylor reported Sunday the Blue Bombers denied the Riders permission to speak to LaPolice. Meanwhile TSN’s Farhan Lalji reported LaPolice is quite upset with the Bombers’ decision.**

With Craig Dickenson in Vero Beach, FL in 2017
So for that reason, it says here that the next head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders should be current Riders special teams coordinator Craig Dickenson.

The Great Falls, MT product is the perfect choice and here are five reasons why:

1) He's already on staff.

2) It eliminates the headache of replacing current assistant coaches.

3) He aspires to be a CFL head coach in the right situation one day and this is it.

4) Chris Jones has built a culture here (for sure his own but it's a winning one) and Dickenson has been lock-step in that movement.

5) Dickenson is universally liked and respected (even loved) in the Rider locker room and his transition into the head coach's office would be a seamless one.

*I could actually go on with several more reasons but these are the top five. Check back later for an exhaustive look at the Riders' coaching situation in our weekly Out Of The Tunnel column.

Stay tuned,
RP
@rodpedersen

36 comments:

Darrin said...

The more a person thinks about it, you are right he should be the guy.we need to keep what Jones was doing in contact. It was working. Just need a quarterback.

Unknown said...

I like this idea. If they weren't this route I would like to see them try to bring in Mike Benevedes as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach to ribs out the staff. Benevedes had head coaching experience so he could be a great asset to assist there and is able to run the defense.

Ron said...

Does he not work as a snowboard instructor in the off season and that was the reason he left before when Corey was coaching? He couldn’t commit to a full season of coaching, how will that work if he is head coach and isn’t around all winter?

Anonymous said...

yes dickie is the man.

Anonymous said...

As much as I would like Trestman for the next coach I think Dickensen May be 5he most logical choice. I agree that Trestman and MacAdoo would never be on the same page with different offensive phylosophies and probably could’t work together for that reason.

Rod S in Saskatoon

Glen Erickson said...

Nailed it RP. It's almost as if Chris Jones set the table for Dickinson, a "parting gift" for an assistant coach who showed respect an buy-in as a member of the staff. A good opportunity for the Riders to maintain some consistency heading into the 2019 season.
Big challenge would seem to be filling holes on the roster due to some good players creating NFL opportunities. Gotta keep enabling talented players to develop.

Helix said...

Dickenson all the way! He deserves the shot at head coach. And the 5 reasons mentioned are good ones.

Darren Muller said...

After reading this I am convinced that we should also make Craig D our head coach. At first I thought Trestman or LaPo but with the constrictions of the coaches cap this is the direction we should take. To add Craig and Jeremy have been very loyal to this team and have worked very hard over the years so it is only just that they move on up. These guys truly know this team and the culture surrounding what the Riders mean to all of us. I hope he gets the job.

Darren Muller said...

After reading this I am convinced that we should also make Craig D our head coach. At first I thought Trestman or LaPo but with the constrictions of the coaches cap this is the direction we should take. To add Craig and Jeremy have been very loyal to this team and have worked very hard over the years so it is only just that they move on up. These guys truly know this team and the culture surrounding what the Riders mean to all of us. I hope he gets the job.

Lady wears green said...

Dickenson is the right choice for sure, for all the reasons you mention!

Dean said...

Have many special team coaches been successful as a HC? Just wondering. It doesn't seem like a lot of them get Head Coaching jobs and there must be a reason teams dont do it as often. Not saying he can't be successful just curious why it isn't as a common.

Nelson said...

Craig Dickeb - Head Coach
Mike Schepper - Special Teams Coordinator
Jason Shivers - Def Coordinator
Jovan Johnson - new Defensive Backs Coach

Brady Y said...

I always liked Dickinson but isnt he the same guy who wants to snowboard all winter and wouldn't re sign here one year because he was expected to be here before camp? I like his results as a Special teams coordinator and would hope he has grown out of the flaky snowboard dude phase.

Anonymous said...

My preferred choice would be LaPo with his track record on offence but wouldn’t have a problem with Dickinson being named HC. He’s waited a long time for the opportunity and, more importantly, has the leadership qualities that makes players want to go through a wall for him. And at the end of the day that’s the most important thing. Glad JO is being thorough in his search and not just hiring for convenience.

Gunderson’s Yorkton

Anonymous said...

Given that the new head coach has to take the existing assistant coaches this makes sense. They've all worked together for years,know each other and know the players. They know what Jones was doing and can maybe improve some areas. They need a quarterback to make it work.

Anonymous said...

Prefer to go to a more even team, more emphasis on offence, need a solid q.b. But how that comes about totally depends on who the coaches are.

SWC said...

You're right Chris Jones installed a 'culture' a mercenary culture, hopefully that gets changed.

Lyle Pederson said...

I think you may be right. Its at least a bit of 'why not'. He coaches one of two parts of the team that have been top producers. He's unknown as a head coach and I kinda like that in a way. Whether its at QB or coach we like to dream of some big name guys (maybe with too much 'treadwear') but sooner or later its time to move on and develop.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your future endeavors, you'll be successful in whatever you choose. Not sure what your future plans are for the blog. With the Leader Post and CTV abandoning local coverage a big hole has been left for local coverage. Hopefully you have the time and energy to fill this void on your blog.

Lyle Pederson said...

That winter snowboard issue is really a 'red herring'. As a special teams assistant who wouldn't try to do something in the off-season. But the chance to be head coach (and at least double pay)am sure its no issue. Besides ... how much of winter time was Jones working here in SK.

Bill Fuller said...

Rod Pedersen, I moved to Saskatoon from Manitoba in 1966 and became a Rider fan in 1967 after being a Bomber fan for many years. I have lived in Saskatchewan now for 53 years and follow, and pull for the Riders all the time. Ever since I can remember I follow your Blog all the time on the internet and have always been very interested in what you as well as others have to comment on. I am a Fan of the Blades and not of the Pats but that has nothing to do with what I would like to express to you. First of all in my opinion you are one of the Best Football announcers that I have ever listened to with your great voice and abundant knowledge of the game and players it has always been a pleasure to listen to your broadcasts. You will be missed on here by many fans and whatever you have chosen to do in the future will be done well by you . You always told it the way it was and that is what people like to hear. You have been free of alcohol for some time now and I applaud you for making such a wise decision. Rod I wish you the very best in your next Journey. Take Care.

Mike said...

Can we all let this snowboard thing go? Do you all honestly think that if he were to be promoted to head coach that he would still continue to hang out all offseason in Montana and snowboard rather than work with his GM and tend to his team?

Plus really guys give your head a shake. Do you not think our GM would not have crossed that bridge with him anyways.

Too much micromanaging by the fans.

Glenn said...

Anonymous Nelson said...
Craig Dickenson - Head Coach
Mike Schepper - Special Teams Coordinator
Jason Shivers - Def Coordinator
Jovan Johnson - new Defensive Backs Coach

This makes too much sense to actually happen. I'd like to see Dickenson get the nod. MacAdoo still has the title of assistant head coach, doesn't he? Would he get to retain that title and responsibility? Once the head coach is named, we still need quality quarterbacking.

Glenn

Anonymous said...

Best of luck, Jeremy. Chris Jones has saddled you with a staff that can’t be punted. There should have been a clause in the assistant coaches contracts that if Jones left, a new head coach would have the option of retaining the coaches HE wanted with no financial penalty.

Brady Y said...

Sorry Mike. Didn't realize that we couldn't Express thoughts on a blog. Thanks for setting us straight.

Willie said...

I have no problem with Dickenson getting the HC job, but why is everybody so sure that we have to retain the current assistant coaches? If we dump them, would those salaries count against the new coaching cap? If not, I would like to see us bring in someone else as OC. McAdoo has been given enough time with little results. The new HC also has to be given some room to bring in his own coaches rather than what Jones left behind..

Brady Y said...

Yes Wille of course ....they are under contract so they count toward the 2019 cap.

Enigma said...

This year we will need a quality proven HC, not a life long special teams coach. Ever notice how the bandwagon crew always want to anoint the guy who may have been the best "yes" man in the organization. O'Day is his own man and any quality coach he brings in will tell his OC what he wants from him, and if the OC doesn't deliver he will be fired. Fired personnel salaries don't count towards the BS cap. Likely be Trestman who has actually won Grey Cups recently. Nobody comes close. The staff conform or resign. Happens all the time.

Rod Pedersen said...

Yes they do bud.

Anonymous said...

The boo Bombers denied Jeremy’s request to interview Paul LaPolice! What a classless organization. 😡😡😡

Scott from Saskatoon said...

Very Winnipegish.

Anonymous said...

How can you say he’s being thourough it’s only been 3 days ?

Anonymous said...

IMO McAdoo the current Asst Head Coach makes more sense for continuity. He may not have been the OC everyone expected but let’s remember he had an injured Collaros and BB as his QB’s. What a different offence had he had a Mike Reilly etc. We heaped crap on him relentlessly but the previous year with different QB’s the offence was productive. If he can find a new OC and a decent QB who knows what the Riders can accomplish.
Regarding the hate from a very small minority towards Jones, I could never understand it. He did a good job and silenced many this season. Now the haters are back complaining he deserted us. Too bad you don’t understand the real world.

Anonymous said...

Bring back Kevin glen I guess, there’s no one else around who comes close that’s available.

Steve said...

McAdoo wont be on the same page as anyone except Chris Jones as an OC. Jones wanted to win strictly with defense. & A conservitive run oriented offense. So McAdoo went from a career Oline coach to an OC.

Steve said...

Kevin Glenn always the forgotten QB. Always every teams safety net.
It is about time someone Highlights him as Starting QB early. W/o prejudice