Gotta give BT some credit...this is a pretty fair assessment of the game situation IMO. I still think Chamblin is making some poor decisions, but that is always going to happen.
In a sure sign that the temperature is rising here in the Wheat Province due to the Roughriders' 0-3 start, the team's General Manager came out swinging in his weekly radio appearance Monday on 620 CKRM, the team's radio rightsholder.
Brendan Taman was asked about the second-guessing head coach Corey Chamblin has taken for in-game decisions made in Friday's 35-32 overtime loss at BC. The debate began with the Riders gambling on 3rd-and-1 on their own 47-yard line with 1:00 to go and a three-point lead. They weren't successful, turned the ball over, and the Lions tied the game with a 56-yard field goal sending it to overtime.
Chamblin was further criticized for not gambling in a 3rd-and-1 situation at the BC-26, electing instead to kick a 33-yard field goal. The Lions subsequently won the game with a touchdown on their first possession.
"Well I'm not familiar with what exactly he's getting (the heat) for," Taman said. "I know there's a lot of debate about calls, and why did this and why he did that. I know at the end of the game when we gambled on 3rd-and-a-half yard, we got the first down. Anybody with a brain could see that so that's to be talked about for another day with the league office.
"The thing that happened in overtime, we never got a measurement on that play. So Corey, to his defense, coaches can't ask for measurements anymore so it's up to the refs to decide on how long it is. When they don't measure it, you're gonna presume it's longer than it actually is and everybody could see on TV it actually wasn't that far. I'm not making excuses but some of the heat he's getting is really wrong."
Taman further pointed out that the officials' influence greatly affected Chamblin's strategy.
"It changes a whole bunch of things," Taman explained. "From Corey's vantage point on the bench to that point on the field (in overtime), he can't tell how far it is. And we can't ask for a measurement anymore. If he gets a measurement there, I'll guarantee he's gambling. I'll guarantee he's gambling.
"I'm always going to defend my coach."
Taman also disclosed the team is adding veteran CFL defensive back Geoff Tisdale, a 2014 All Star with the Montreal Alouettes. Tisdale may be pressed into service this Friday when the Riders host the B.C. Lions due to injuries to veteran DB's Tristan Jackson and Weldon Brown.
Taman also said the injury sustained by Canadian special teamer Levi Steinhauer in Friday's fourth quarter is likely season-ending.
And here is CC...clearly feeling some heat...gotta feel for the guy a little...tough place to be a coach at times no doubt
During a lengthy session with reporters following Tuesday's closed Roughrider practice, head coach Corey Chamblin was asked how he's able to keep a thick skin amidst all the criticism around the team and its 0-3 start.
"There's two podiums waiting at the end of the year: a championship podium or a cross," Chamblin began. "And I'm prepared for either one of them. If the fans want a new coach, they can get that 'cuz I'm prepared. What I say by that is I do my best and if they're short-tempered and they want to move on, that's up to management and them. At the end of the day I'll still work and I'll still be a great coach whether it's here in Saskatchewan this year or somewhere else next year or the next couple years.
"To be honest I don't give a damn about that. When they want to come work and put the work in, then they can get the results. Right now we're doing some good things but at the end of the day, just stay patient. When we get that championship, just make sure the guys that want on our team get on that boat with us."
Chamblin also said the thought of being fired doesn't even cross his mind when he lays down at night. All he asks from GM Brendan Taman is that he be honest with him regarding where he stands.