I for one am excited about Marshall as our new HC and fully expect the success to continue in Riderville. Shivers took the team from a basement team and made it a contender, Tillman put the team over the top, now it is up to Miller and Taman to maintain a very strong Roughrider team. This is a good choice, and a step in the right direction in maintaining a Roughrider team that has won the West three out of the past four seasons.
Nice to see a new head coach enter the CFL ranks. I am very curious to see how Marshall pans out in Saskatchewan. I expect mistakes, but he's also at the helm of a very strong franchise so he should be insulated at different levels. Almost as big a question is who'll be Marshall's DC. I hope they actually hire someone for the job. Head coaches who double as coordinators generally don't do very well at either job.
Read much? Marshall started his coaching career with--wait for it--THE SASKATCHEWAN ROUGHRIDERS-- he was here for 5 years.... it seems that the Blue & Gold have more than their fair share of our retreads... even Taman got his start with the green and white too... in a small league like this one, a lot of teams are bound to have coaches, players etc.. that have made connections elsewhere..
As a conscious observer of the Tiger-Cats (as we all know by now, I'm sure!) the team last year suffered mainly from ego and QB issues. The defence went from a distant 8th in the CFL in 2008 to at least 4th (behind BC, Winnipeg, Toronto and Edmonton). That's not too shabby and Marshall was often hailed for his skills around here because of those results. I think this appointment signals that the Riders wish to continue to build a defense powerhouse while maintaining and nurturing their offensive talent. The only thing that could serve as a danger right now is if folks like Fantuz bail to other teams/the NFL as Marshall will likely need to get settled in; having some pre-existing talent like those of DD and our receivers will be a very nice advantage!
New coach means he should bring in his own staff. We don't want to repeat what Edmonton did with Hall and force a staff on the HC and to have the HC also run the defense. I'm hoping for a dynamic offense and conservative defense. Until we know the coaching staff it's too early to say how this will work out. Marshall has done well where ever he's gone, so I think he has the intellect to lead the team, now he needs to surround himself with a talented, bright staff.