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Saskatchewan Roughriders threatening to turn into 2001 Baltimore Ravens

July 12, 2018 - 10:14am

The 2001 Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens was noted for their defense, but not their offense. The 2018 Saskatchewan Roughriders may be noted for the defense, but their offense was truly offensive in a 18-13 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats that evened their record to 2-2.

This was the Riders first game since Zach Collaros went on the six game injury list with a concussion.

The Chris Jones School for Wayward Football Players is still taking applications!

July 3, 2018 - 12:49pm

It’s usually towards the end of the season when you have an idea of how a team has progressed or not, so the Riders did their fans a favor last week by imploding against the Montreal Alouettes 23-17 to put themselves in the drivers seat for the first overall pick of the 2019 draft.

Chris Jones got his start under Don Matthews and you can see a number of parallels with the unusual player selections and the “go big or go home” approach that Matthews and now Jones seems to favor.

2018: Year of the Back-Up

June 28, 2018 - 10:59am

As the CFl heads into Week 3 with three of the nine starting quarterbacks out with injury, what may save or hurt those teams is how well they have managed to fill the back-up position.

The importance of a good back up quarterback was underscored in the recent NFL season when the Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz went down with a knee injury and Nick Foles took over and managed to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl victory.

For whom does the bell toll this week?

June 20, 2018 - 8:23am

I think there is a boxing expression that everyone has plan in the ring until they get hit. The CFL is no different as Week 1 is in the books and the best laid plans of Marc Trestman. Jason Maas and all took a bit of a beating.

I remember when the CFL had a four game exhibition schedule, so you would see rookies in the first game, then an increasing amount of veterans until the fourth game which would be a tuneup for the vets and a last chance for rookies to make their case.

And So it Begins

June 12, 2018 - 12:01pm

I’ve been thinking a bit about 1979 when Ron Lancaster took over as head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. The team was three years overdue for a rebuild and Lancaster had the job of cutting old teammates while laying the foundation for what he hoped would be a new team.

So while Lancaster went with young players like Roger Aldag and Bob Poley on the offensive line and figured he would take his lumps as the kids learned their craft, Lanaster went got a quarterback he hoped would be able to compensate for the inexperienced offensive line and make plays.

Quarterback carousel marks last weekend of pre-season play

June 8, 2018 - 9:24am

The last weekend of CFL football has already kicked off, and already there is a plot line that may have implications on the dogfight that is expected to be the Western Conference.

Matt Nichols non-contact knee injury suffered in practice has put him out for four to six weeks with Winnipeg expecting it to be four weeks. This brought back memories of an injury he suffered while a member of the Edmonton Eskimos in preseason but more importantly, put the spotlight on the back-up position who will now be going for the #1 spot.

Let the hype begin!

May 31, 2018 - 12:35pm

So the first game of the pre-season is in the books with Edmonton pinning the Saskatchewan Roughrider third stringers to the floor by a 35-12 mark.

I had thought this game might be closer and when the Riders were going to start their third string quarterbacks, the Eskimos might also have wanted to try out their backups. The idea is using the first exhibition game to see which guys are ready to play, the second game to work on timing and determining the final spots which may be too close to call.

CFL Training Camps start with a bang!

May 22, 2018 - 10:09am

If CFL teams were looking to spark interest in the 2018 season, they certainly went about it the right way as training camps opened this past weekend.

The big ticket item, so to speak, was the signing of Johnny Manziel by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Manziel has pretty well run out of options in trying to continue his football career and get redemption back in the NFL. While Manziel did the “I’m Sorry” tour and admitted his mistakes, NFL teams were reluctant to give him a shot without a concrete display of how he changed since he washed out with Cleveland.

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By: Greg Urbanoski