Names popping up for Roughriders GM job
On August 31st, the Saskatchewan Roughriders made the bold decision to let go both general manager Brendan Taman and head coach Corey Chamblin [Link: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/football/cfl/corey-chamblin-brendan-taman-saskatchewan-roughriders-fired-1.3210667]. The team was sitting at 0-9 and looked like an absolute mess just a year removed from a Grey Cup on home soil.
Canadian talent had been eviscerated, injuries was piling up, and all of the Riders’ veterans looked “old” all at the same time. Bob Dyce and Jeremy O’Day stepped into some very unenviable jobs just to get the team through to the end of the year. The province is one of those places where if the team is succeeding you will be treated like a rock star but if the team is struggling, you are going to hear it.
The voice of the Riders, Rod Pedersen, mentioned that a “rock star” candidate had thrown his name into the hat for the general manager job and many speculated it could have been Chris Jones.
We don’t know if that’s completely true, but I do know that it’s completely out of leftfield. It seems like Jones has a pretty good thing going in Edmonton as the Eskimos prepare to battle the Stampeders in the West Final.
If you just look at some of the talent in Calgary and Ottawa, you know why these two men are legitimate candidates for the job to be *the man* in Saskatchewan if Jeremy O’Day doesn’t get the gig.
The Riders plan to announce who their man is sometime in mid-December.
– written by Travis Currah