the hiring of Greg Marshall as head coach also brought back former defensive co-ordinator Richie Hall to the Green and White to reclaim his position and Etcheverry was asked to take a demotion to back to assistant coach. With co-ordinator positions around the league filled, Etcheverry decided upon returning to the Riders.
His role with he team was unclear though and a lot of questions had been raised as to how he would fit in with the new staff.
“One of his roles was that he was going to be our effort guy, making sure that people were going to be accountable and doing the things that they needed to be doing,? Head coach Greg Marshall said. “He was going to be working with the defensive line as well, and in whatever other manner that Richie thought was best for that particular day or meeting or whatever. It was kind of a moving role. It probably wasn’t as clear-cut and defined as maybe some people would like.?
While there are a lot of conspiracy theorys out there that Etcheverry could not handle the demotion and that led to his resignation we will never truely know.
In the end it is probably a little bit of both. I’m sure Etcheverry wasn’t happy about the demotion, who would be. But his opportunities elsewhere at the time were limited so he stuck it out with the Riders, while possibly keeping his eyes open for something that would be a better fit. A business opportunity that was to his liking came along and would allow him to spend more time with his family. He jumped at the chance. And who can blame him. There are people all over the world that aren’t happy with their current position but do what they have to do to make a living. And when a better opportunity comes along that will improve our happiness, we would all jump at it.
Etcheverry did not rule out a return to football at some point down the road. And as CFL fans, we can only hope it is back in our league.
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Back in February Etcheverry, almost prophetically, mentioned that it will be interesting to look back after 2011 and see which teams, who hired new defensive coordinators, struggled or failed when he was on the market and his phone remained silent. And he's right, it will be interesting.
Gary Etcheverry's departure was a pretty clear portrayal of his time with the team: head scratching and polarizing.
The defensive assistant has reportedly taken a job in the energy sector that is a lot more financially lucrative than his coaching career, especially now that he was relegated to an 'effort coach' with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, as described by the new Head Coach Greg Marshall.
Etcheverry hated that moniker! When I spoke to 'Etch' after he accepted his reduced roll within the coaching staff, he discussed that 'effort coach' moniker head on with a question, 'is that all (I'm) going to do?" He thought of himself more as a consultant within the coaching staff, someone to give a 'different' point of view and perspective on how the defence could be successful.
And that's where you see the problem with the new set up that saw a defensive coordinator taking a reduced roll to 'effort coach' or 'consultant'. The defence of the Saskatchewan Roughriders is now Richie Hall's and Greg Marshall's, not Etcheverry's. Though Hall clearly took in some Etcheverry style schemes in 2008 when Etch helped out the coaching staff when Ron Estay left the team for health reasons, the current coaching staff's philosophies are similar to those of Hall and Marshall.
They believe in bigger defensive front sevens, who shut down the run, and make offenses put the ball in the air. Etcheverry said run it all you want, the only way you win consistently in the CFL is throwing the football.
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