Realty One

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

THROWIN' ELBOWS WITH BRENDAN MCGUIRE

1. DICKENSON WINS WAR OF ATTRITION: Make no mistake in that Craig Dickenson is ready to be a CFL head coach. 24 years of college and pro football coaching experience for someone in his late 40’s has more than readied him for this, despite his lack of coordinator experience on either the offensive or defensive side of the ball.

But let’s be real about this. Craig Dickenson was, at most, plan D for the Riders.

If he had been CEO Craig Reynolds' first choice, the team wouldn't have announced Chris Jones was returning for 2019 some two weeks ago. Had Dickie even been the Riders' 2nd or third choice, new GM Jeremy O’Day wouldn’t have reached out to Winnipeg for permission to interview Paul LaPolice or Ottawa to interview Jaime Elizondo.

The rest were very unappealing choices, such as maligned OC Stephen McAdoo and former B.C./Edmonton firee Mike Benevides.

The Riders were in scramble mode and Craig Dickenson provided a soft landing spot. He was the most tenable option left. Not a bad hire by any means but it’s clear today the biggest reason he gets to be a head coach is because he was the best of a bad bunch.

2. CHRIS JONES FLIRTING WITH ATLANTIC SCHOONERS: Justin Dunk’s 3DownNation report that Chris Jones was applying to every open football job on the continent doesn’t make any sense. Why would Chris Jones chase after the head of football operations job for the new Halifax franchise when he effectively had that job in Regina? Was this non-existent franchise with a non-existent stadium going to top his reported $600k/year salary that he was earning from the Riders?

Sorry Dunk but this insider report of yours doesn’t added up.

3. HARRIS NOT COMING TO ‘306’: Dunk also suggested the Riders could have an ‘in’ with free agent-to-be quarterback Trevor Harris since both Harris and new Rider GM Jeremy O’Day went to the same small Division II school in Pennsylvania.

They played there a full decade apart from one another. Is that really a connection?

It is late January so 3DownNation can be forgiven for digging on a slow news day.

4. THIN QB MARKET NOT HELPING DURANT: The Riders should avoid Jonathon Jennings like the plague. Regardless, the B.C. Lion free agent quarterback will find a job somewhere. There just aren’t many good options out there. The same can’t be said for Darian Durant who appears to be striking out in his self-proclaimed comeback bid. If no-one signs him this offseason then Darian’s career, whether he likes it or not, truly is finished.

5. ANOTHER REASON WHY COACHING CAP A GOOD THING: Assistant coaches rarely get any job security. The cap will force teams to offer multi-year deals as incentive to sign and work in Canada. This will push organizations to be patient with their coaches and treat them with respect while perhaps slowing the revolving door we see with pro football coaching staffs today.

6. TO EVERYONE STILL WHINING ABOUT MISSED CALL IN NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME: No interference call would’ve guaranteed a Saints win anyway. Get over it. I’d rather have the odd missed call than the amount of pass interference review we still have to sit through in the CFL. Time to throw that out.

7. REGINA RED SOX: Checked out the new offices at Leibel Field Monday night. Pretty sweet to be talking baseball already and take our minds off the bone-chilling cold. Lots of exciting stuff coming down the pipe for 2019. #isitmayyet?

8. REGINA PATS: Haven’t been winning much at all in the new year but look a lot more competitive and entertaining than they did in the fall of 2018. Austin Pratt has turned into a true soldier and should be wearing the “C”. Riley Krane has stepped up as the diamond in the rough and should give this squad a real kick going into next season. I expect this throw-away season and short-term-pain-for-long-term-gain to be over real soon.

9. PATS SHOULD TRADE GOALIE: Lots of teams should be interested this offseason (the Prince Albert Raiders for one) in both Max Paddock and Dean McNabb. It would be a perfect way to bulk up for the future. We’ve always known Paddock can do it on his own and lately, McNabb has been proving that he’s more than ready to carry the load between the pipes.

10. HUMBOLDT CRASH TRUCK DRIVER: Please let this be over. The poor guy and everyone else have suffered enough.

(Follow Brendan on Twitter at @brendanhowardmc)

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have a Snickers bar Brendan - you seem a little crusty this morning!

Jordan P said...

What do you mean by your Truck Driver comment?

He pled guilty, he’s done all he can. The courts now give the opportunity for Families to do Victim Impact Statements.

Anonymous said...

I guess when Rod was looking for contributors to his blog you were the best of a bad bunch. In point one you disrespect Dickinson as head coach in point 5 you lament how assistant coaches get no respect. Buttering your toast on both sides today.

Travis said...

This has to be the worst thing youve written. Points 1-5 are just trash. Like they don’t even make sense. Saying Dickenson was option D is complete bs. Just because JO wanted to talk to Lapolice or Elizondo dosnt mean he was higher on them. It’s called doing due diligence. Please Rod get this joke off your site it’s obvious he is clueless about sports.

Travis said...

“If he had been CEO Craig Reynolds' first choice, the team wouldn't have announced Chris Jones was returning for 2019 some two weeks ago.“ what does this even mean? That they should of canned their VP, GM, HC, and DC just to make Dickenson their head coach? Grow up that dosnt make sense.

Clarkenstein said...

"The poor guy..."!!!!!!!!!!! I'm thinking this may be the poorest choice of words ever on this blog.

Socialmisfit said...

“This poor guy” wow!!! I understand that he didn’t have the intent to kill 16 people and left 13 others with physical and emotional scars that will never heal, but his reckless and selfish actions caused that accident and there has to be consequences. The victims and families need to have their impact statements it’s part of the legal proceedings in Canada. and being such a high profile case it’s going to get a lot of media coverage. This poor man will still have a life a head of him albeit I am sure a heavy burden on his conscience but 16 others can’t say that, and the challenges left behind for the surviving people I could not imagine. Many lives were ruined that day besides the 29 on the bus but leave this “poor man” alone.... maybe it’s shouldnt be lost on your bleeding heart the pain this man reckless actions caused for so many family and friends.

Anonymous said...

I think you mean "Currie" field in point 7. Unless there is a new baseball field in Douglas Park I don't know about.

Anonymous said...

Get this guy off of here!

Russell Cone said...

I think he is saying that he wants the whole court case to be over, for everyone. It's a painful thing, for all involved. Maybe he could have chosen different words.

Anonymous said...

I at least agree with your point #2 - Dunk looking for traffic on 3down nation by stirring the pot a little.

John Knight said...

Travis, you are 100% in everything you wrote.

Anonymous said...

Send this guy to the pasture Rod.

Anonymous said...

The Red Sox have an office in the new RMF building at Leibel Field. Thanks for playing.

Anonymous said...

On a cold day such as today I am grateful that Regina has a real treasure in Colin Lundquist and his outstanding afternoon show on 620 CKRM. A real old school dj who takes time to inform and educate on music and selects great songs to make life more enjoyable at work or at home.

Anonymous said...

you should work for the enquirer

Anonymous said...

Brandan McGuire,

Poor guy? It was his personal negligence in one fell swoop that caused the loss of human life, unimaginable life long mental, physical suffering by all involved some way or another. Lock up minimum 25 years, law of the land, Canada. Saskatchewan court system given it's due process as it should along with victim impact statements. This should not be hurried because some say "let this be over" as your above comment directs. It will never be over for those impacted. Tsk tsk Brandan for comment, it appears insensitive however you precivied it, not thought out for print to a person who opines such public articles.

Eddy

Anonymous said...

Pt. 2. Jones was obviously looking to get outta town & if exploring the NCAA & NFL, why not see if he could get the Schooner job? He hired an agent for the first time so he wasn't paying a professional headhunter to stay put in Saskatchewan. Those "In Jones We Trust" have their noses seriously outta joint & still want to believe he wouldn't leave the Riders except for a good gig in the NFL. He didn't even stick around for a presser.
Pt. 3. Probably right. Harris probably stays in Ottawa but Toronto wants him bad as well. If they load up the truck he may go there. Another imaginary connection. Now that Jones gone, Dickenson has a connection with Reilly. Sure he coached in Edmonton while Reilly was there but if living in Montana, a state or two over from Reilly is an in with the QB, that's a stretch. BC, because of Hervey, home, Lulay tops the list, Edmonton is #2 because of close with Maas & Stamps #3 because of winning tradition. Bet on BC.

Anonymous said...

What a disrespectful article on Dickenson. How do you know he was Plan D? Did Mr Reynolds call you to discuss his decision? Then shut up and try to focus on reporting things that you know something about.
Not impressed by your comments regarding the horrendous accident that changed so many lives forever. Are you trying to alienate readers of the blog? Well you are very successful in that regard. I for one will never ever read your trash again.
Robert

Anonymous said...

Jones left the one horse hamlet known as Regina Saskatchewan because of the never ending know it all outside interference. Who can blame him, nobody. The Roughriders Football Club is not run like any true professional sports entity because of a prevalent small town small minded mentality with no business acumen to the professional sports world. Until a franchise restructuring for the betterment moving forward, expect less than mediocre continuance to that franchise nonperformance to their product.

"In Jones We Trust"

John Knight said...

If Riders are bad, where do you place BC,Toronto and Montreal. Give your biased head ashake

Mike Humble said...

Excuses.

Anonymous said...

Word on the street, Chris Jones replacing Randy Ambrosie as CFL commissioner. Bonofide.