Rumours in Riderville, memories of Paul LaPolice
Any time a football team starts a season with four straight losses, you know that the media and the fans will be calling for change within that team. When said team is the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the talk of change ends up being just a little bit louder…
I’m a Paul LaPolice fan, but he will not end up as the Roughrider head coach before Labour Day. The chances would be a lot higher if the Riders were getting pounded by fifty points, but they’ve lost their four games by a combined twelve points. I don’t think Corey Chamblin has “lost” his locker room but some of those veteran players in Saskatchewan need to step up and be leaders. Once that happens, I see a big turnaround for the Green and White.
LaPolice may yet be back on the sidelines in the near future, though. He did have a very positive time with Saskatchewan as the offensive coordinator with a second-place finish in 2008 and a first-place finish in 2009. We all remember how that ended, right?
The 13th Man.
I don’t even know why I brought that up. I still get sick to my stomach thinking of that loss to the Montreal Alouettes. The image of Paul LaPolice slamming his headphones in disgust stands out in my mind as a defining moment of his time as Saskatchewan’s OC. So close, yet so far.
From there, he moved on to Winnipeg where ended up as their head coach and lost in another Grey Cup two years later against the BC Lions. Maybe he just needed a break from all of those heartbreaking losses.
Clearly LaPolice has a great mind for football, however, and shouldn’t be sitting on the sidelines just talking about the games on TSN. If there is any truth to the rumours, it has to be because of the new stadium being built in Regina. Since an 8-2 start last season, the Saskatchewan Roughriders have gone 2-12. That just isn’t good enough. Chamblin and company are going to have to right this ship before the end of the season or we may see a new boss on the sidelines *next* season as the Roughriders prepare to open the New Mosaic Stadium with a bang in 2017.
Things will get a little bit easier for him as it looks like Ryan Smith is ready to go after being activated from the 6-game injured list while Taj Smith is “done” for the year.
I predict a very important victory for the Roughriders this Sunday at home against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
– written by Travis Currah