My ass Nealon Greene played a great football game. Pardon my French, but this rant has been long coming…
The Riders lose 19-15 today. Surprised? No. Happy? Yes. I win by the Riders would have just covered the myriad of problems this team faces. The biggest one: accountability.
You don’t play well? No big deal. You’ll play next week. Not getting the job done? We’re not going to bring in anybody to push you. We’ll let you “grow”. Since when did being a Rider involve this hippie mentality of equality for all?
This is PROFESSIONAL football, people. Competition regins supreme. You are judged by your wins and losses. And this Rider team has had more losses than I care to think about.
Heads need to roll. No longer can we be complacent and hope this team starts to win. I can’t figure out how the Rider coaching staff cannot see or ignore any of the problems that are so blatantly obvious. First thing that needs to happen: you put Danny Barrett’s job on the line. No more “Father Danny” mentality. He needs to kick all of his players in the ass and tell them that if they aren’t getting the job done, they’ll bring in someone who will. Look at Edmonton. They brought in another kicker to give Sean Fleming a kick in the rear end because he’s not having a great year. Players need to be pushed. If they’re not pushed, if nobody’s climbing up their backs trying to get their playing spot, the players are going to start slacking off because they know their jobs are secure. It’s human nature. The receivers need to be told that they’re got to go after balls, not just watch them sail over their heads. Greene has to start making better decisions, better throws and run the ball more.
Secondly, Roy Shivers need to tell Marcelle Beufeille to fix his playbook or fix himself a ticket out of here. The play calling of the Riders is predictable to the point that neither the running game nor the passing game exists anymore. Opposing defences know that 9 times out of 10, Kenton Keith is going to get the ball on first down and run it up the middle. The hitch play, a very low percentage play, needs to be buried. That play doesn’t work. And if you use it on 2 and 10 you’re obviously popping utopia pills, because that’s the only place that play works. The Riders also lack any deep offensive threat, and this is causing defences to play with 10 years of the line of scrimmage, which is why KK can’t run as in previous years. Defences have us all figured out.
Roy Shivers needs to tell his defence to quit giving up 2nd and long. Granted, the defence was outstanding tonight, considering they were on the field for probably 40 of the 60 minutes of the game. The defence is the least of our concerns right now.
The Board of Directors needs to step up and tell Roy Shivers that his job is on the line. He either needs to bring in the players to do the job, or consider early retirement. There is too much talent on the defensive side of the ball for the offensive side to not put up the same effort. Enough of the excuses of injuries, penalties and this “woe is me I live in Saskatchewan where we’re always getting the short end of the stick” attitude that has made us a province of whiners.
Do something about it. Be proactive. Quit waiting for the stars and planets to align correctly. Winning teams are winners because they make themselves accountable. The Riders are not.