It turned out to be a busy Monday in Riderville despite the bitter cold.
You know by now that George Cortez has been hired as the offensive co-ordinator. Bob Dyce, who was the offensive co-ordinator last season, is to remain with the team in an undetermined role. I think Dyce had earned a second year as the offensive co-ordinator, but that was before Cortez became available. For all accounts, Cortez is an offensive genius and may finally be the offensive co-ordinator the Riders have truly been seeking. That remains to be seen, but it’s hard to overlook what Cortez did with Henry Burris in Hamilton last year as a head coach. Just imagine what he can do with Darian Durant, who based on his tweets is very excited about the hiring. Here’s one his his tweets following the news: “Looking forward to working with someone who has coached legends…now June gotta hurry up n get here!! #RiderNation”
Head coach Corey Chamblin met with the media on Monday and here are some of the highlights:
- Chamblin said he talked to Cortez shortly after he was fired in Hamilton about another position with the team. As time progressed things changed and Cortez ended up as the offensive co-ordinator. Chamblin felt that the opportunity to add Cortez to the staff was just too good to pass up. “He’s a walking offence. If you stood next to him in Walmart you would score a touchdown,’’ Chamblin said.
- Dyce’s role is to be defined later. I asked about Dyce remaining as the running backs coach and Chamblin said the coaches roles will be sorted out later. Chamblin said Dyce was shocked and taken back by the move and I bet he was. Chamblin added every move is being done to make the team the best it can be.
- Chamblin said that offensive line coach will be added soon. They are just working out contractual issues and an announcement could be coming next week.
- Chamblin expects to have a defensive line coach and special-teams co-ordinator in place by early February. Chamblin said it’s unlikely that any member of the staff will handle more than one job.
- Chamblin said he was happy for Mike Sinclair, who was hired by the Chicago Bears on Friday as the assistant defensive line coach. Chamblin and Sinclair are friends and Chamblin was looking forward to working with Sinclair. Chamblin understood Sinclair accepting the position with the Bears because it was a promotion. Sinclair had been the defensive line coach and assistant head coach with the Riders since Dec. 14.
- Chamblin met with the media Monday for the first time since Craig Dickenson resigned as special-teams co-ordinator on Jan. 3. Dickenson, who balked at the off-season demands of Chamblin, joined Winnipeg’s staff on Jan. 4 as its special-teams co-ordinator. Chamblin didn’t feel he was being inflexible when it comes to off-season hours. He feels the coaches get three months off a year and there is no other business where that happens. He expects all of the staff to be in the office in the first week of February. Chamblin also has to deal with all 10 coaches and can’t allow one coach the flexibility to arrive late.
- That’s enough for now. Check online later or in Tuesday’s Leader-Post for all of the news and likely more from today’s events.
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