They kicked Creehan out of Calgary for the same reasons. There is always "friction" with this guy. Robede told Barker last year thanks but no thanks. He re-opted with Calgary once Creehan was gone and Chris Jones was developing Robede nicely till he got injured a couple weeks ago.
Robede under Chris Jones (Teaching and supportive)
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He joined the team in 2006 and played nine games, mostly on special teams, as he tried learning Denny Creehan's defensive system.
The following year, it seemed Creehan wasn't going to play Robede, and the 27-year-old spent time on the bench. Even when the team suffered some injuries to defensive lineman -- a week before heading to Montreal -- the Stamps instead brought Demetrious Maxie out of retirement to cover the loss.
To Robede, it hurt bad.
But he bit his tongue, and when the Stamps fired Creehan, Robede played a bit at the end of last season under replacement Tim Burke.
Although his first two years didn't go well, he re-signed this off-season back with the Stamps with the promise he would get a chance to play.
He rewarded the team with a sack in his first game, and was solid in his second outing, as well.
"He's done everything we've asked him to do," said new defensive co-ordinator Chris Jones.
"I've told him from the start that I just wanted him to execute the plan, nothing more or less. He's done that, and he's letting the game come to him now."
Robede under Creehan...(Called out and pointing fingers)
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It's very simple," said defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan. "He has bad habits and he doesn't break them.
"As soon as he breaks his bad habits, he'll play."
At six-foot-four, 284 pounds, Robede possesses an array of physical skills that should have him contributing on a CFL roster.
One widely held belief in the locker-room is Robede had a falling out with defensive-line coach Casey Creehan that hasn't helped his status. It's impossible to measure the extent or validity of this claim.
One indisputable fact is that the Stamps start an import tackle and Canadian Randy Chevrier is a valuable backup, so there's no need for a third tackle who doesn't play end or contribute on special teams.
But Denny Creehan said the real reason is identifiable and correctable.
"When the ball is snapped, he stands straight up in the air and looks in the backfield," said Creehan. "You can't do that. You get blown off the ball and you don't keep your gap.
"The other thing is, he
doesn't play with knee bend. He gets into a stance and his knees are locked, straight up and down. He's been instructed thousands of times how to do those things and, when he actually starts to do them, he'll play."
Does anyone believe that Creehan repeated himself "thousands of times" ? Come on, so when a coach uses a degrading exageration to the media to stick it to his own player, he isolates that player, fosters animosity from other players and loses all credibility with his players and the organisation. Quality coaching makes a huge difference in develping players and you can see it in Montreal, Calgary, BC and Saskatchewan and you see the opposite in Hamilon, Toronto, Winnipeg and Edmonton. That is the common difference between those two groups. Don't kid yourself players go where they will have a better chance of playing and winning because Grey Cup money can be anything from 40% to 20% of their regular pay...