Ok some of us were around to witness the demise of the Riders in the later 70's to the team that missed the playoffs 11 straight seasons.
I was born 2 years after they started to go bad.. and I didn't witness a Rider playoff game till 1988.
I have heard stories from a former player who played with the Riders back in the 60s'-70's. Wayne Shaw. He's a good friend of my Uncle who both Live in Saskatoon, Sask.
the story is that Ron Lancaster near the end of his playing career had the BoE split on running the Organization. Half of the board wanted to remove him and go with younger talent and the other half said no, and unfortunately Lancaster stayed beyond his years that he truly was effective.
Apparently many a QB came through the Riders as a backup and many capable QB's never got a chance because the Riders wouldn't remove Lancaster from his role.
Then Lancaster of course became the Head Coach of the team after he retired.. and he was so bad that as you all saw, we had terrible records.
Nobody was able to convince the BoE to remove him.. but apparently they forced him to resign his position.. but the damage was already done and there was no going back! This team was already headed downhill Just as that 1976 season was coming to a close! it took them 11 seasons and many coaches and players before they were able to make headways.
in 1986 or 87 (I'm not 100%) sure. Bill Baker came in and cleaned house! What I heard was that he literally came in and stormed into the room and cleaned the entire room and started fresh! He hired John Gregory as their HC.. and they managed to by 1988, get into the playoffs with the first home playoff game since 1976 and then a year later win only their 2nd Grey Cup!
Unfortunately. it was short term.. as a few years later this team went down the crapper and well it's just too frustrating to talk about..
The team very slowly turned itself around with the hiring of Roy Shivers but clearly it was only a C+ grade as the Riders never got a home playoff game in any of those seasons and had only 1 winning season at 11-7.
They were consistent but they could never win more than 9 games except for the 1 season..
yet Barrett and Shivers had issues with the local public, and Shivers was never one who made any efforts to obtain really good Canadian Talent! Their worst mistake (IMO) was for so many seasons sticking with Nealon Greene at QB, while stranding Talents such as Burris, Glenn, Butler,
both Burris and Glenn are now playing in Cities and having success.. Glenn not quite as much.
now remember, much of this is from a former player who played with Lancaster for many seasons, he was a numerous All-Star (6 times) and back in his playing days was one of the best Defensive players in the CFL. He also won a Grey Cup in 1966.