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Redblacks DB Chris Randle says he has to step up his game

What’s happened to Chris Randle while wearing an Ottawa Redblacks uniform two games into the 2019 CFL season sticks with him, it’s driving him to be better.

Sure, his team has two wins in two games, but Randle, a former CFL all-star, is a guy who holds himself to a higher standard. And what the cornerback has seen out of himself with the Redblacks doesn’t cut it.

“Every negative play, I feel like I’m going to get cut, that’s just my mindset,” said Randle who will see plenty of familiar faces in Friday night’s home game against Winnipeg — he played five seasons for the Blue Bombers before being released in January. “The coach is doing a great job of correcting me and making sure I’m learning the system and how to play the defence correctly, but at the same time I self-evaluate and I’m hard on myself.

“I just feel like you have to get acclimated to how things are in the system. I’m trying to grow, I think I am growing, I think I will grow. I don’t think every play has been negative. I know what I’m capable of. What this defence allows me to do as far as my responsibilities, I know I can do them better. I don’t think you get too many chances to say, ‘My bad.’ You want to be able to do it as quick as possible, that’s what I’m trying to do.”

While Randle is trying to find his way, Redblacks coach Rick Campbell isn’t nearly as harsh in his evaluation of the veteran player.

“He doesn’t need to prove anything to us or anyone else,” said Campbell. “He’s been a good football player for a long time, I hope he’s not being too hard on himself.”

While he’s trying to elevate his game and continue to evolve within the elements of Ottawa’s defensive scheme, Randle has been getting all kinds of support from his teammates.

“Nobody on this defence or on this team points fingers,” said Randle. “Nobody’s calling anybody else out. It’s great to have that kind of support.”

The 31-year-old said while it was disappointing getting bounced by the Bombers, he’s not letting his feelings get in the way of what he and the Redblacks are hoping is win No. 3.

“It’s the next game,” said Randle.  It’s not an individual thing. Knowing we’re going against my former team, our mindset is to go out and win it as a team. I can’t go out and pick individual battles, that won’t be the recipe for winning football.”


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Source: winnipegsun.com




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