Monday, 3 August 2015
They'll be a ton of content coming your way from ProPerspective.ca because a lot will happen over the span of this practise week. The Riders have to do everything they can to turn this thing around, and at this point, no idea is a bad one!
As always, thank you for your overwhelming response to this blog...
Let's get the week rolling here...
What do you think of the latest report from Gary Lawless.
Meh...Reporters jobs are to get people talking...mission accomplished. Who really cares about a reporter in Winnipeg though? Those guys have been waiting on the downfall of the Saskatchewan Roughriders since 2007.
What would be disappointing is if Lawless actually had a source within the franchise that would give him that type of access. It would be such a dirty move. If there was a person that violated that code of trust within the organizations ranks, they would have given that info up for one reason, and one reason only; to hurt Corey Chamblin. The people that I know within the Roughrider Club that qualify as "executives" (as Lawless sourced) are great people that care about the franchise and wouldn't deliver such an under-handed blow.
Do Lapo or Benevides really fit the bill as possible replacements for Chamblin?
Corey Chamblin isn't going anywhere. It would be a step backward. That type of decision needs to be saved for the end of the year, unless there is an absolute revolt from the guys in the locker room. Lapo doesn't even make sense as an Interim Head Coach! His (LaPolice) hiring would mean the team has given up on the year officially. Why would the Riders bring in another offensive minded coach, when it's the defense that has struggled to find any sort of consistency? Firing Chamblin wouldn't just leave a void at the HC spot, it would leave the Green and White without a Defensive Coordinator, and no qualified replacement. Lapo can't help this team defensively.
Benevides wouldn't fare much better either. He'd be stuck trying to sell his own concepts to a staff that was hand-picked by the guy he just replaced, and a bunch of young players that are having enough trouble catching on to the basics of what their current playbook asks of them.
Teams can't fire a coach during the year unless the replacement comes from within the organization. Right now there isn't a suitable candidate amongst the Saskatchewan Roughriders that doesn't signal anything more than a total overhaul at the end of the year, and a dismal finish to 2015.
Can this team make the playoffs?
It doesn't seem likely right now. All their long-term injuries, and a tough home/away schedule really put the Riders in a bad spot. To get to the playoffs you have to figure that a team would need a minimum of 9 wins. With a 1/3 of the season gone already, that means that the Green and White would need to go 9-3 over the span of the next 12 games. Aside from the teams poor defensive lapses during games, one of the major problems has been discipline. The Riders have repeatedly shot themselves in the foot with untimely penalties They've taken points off of the board offensively, and extended opponents drives consistently on defense. Step number 1 to making the playoffs is focusing on playing smart as a football team. That alone will put them into a position for success. After that, it's all about finishing the plays that they've left out on the field thus far. I really hop that they can find a way. There's still a lot of healthy leaders in that locker room, but their back is definitely against the wall. Luckily that's what can make teams dangerous.