Corey Chamblin wants old school football
Roughriders head coach Corey Chamblin might have only been one-year-old in 1978, but he wants Sunday's game against Calgary to be like one from years gone by.
"I want this game to be like a 1978 game," said Chamblin after walk through on Saturday. "Once the game is done, I want to see tape flying off, I want to see blood, I want to see snot, I want to see all those things. I want this like an old school football game."
Chamblin is adding to the big game feel surrounding the match up with the Stamps. Earlier in the week of course he guaranteed that running back Jon Cornish wouldn't run for 100 yards on his team, or someone would lose their job. Quarterback Darian Durant is also returning to the line up after resting up last week with a hip flexor, but he admits he's still not at 100 per cent, but he won't put a percentage on it.
With or without all the talk leading up to this game, it is a big one for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. They need a win to keep hopes of a home playoff game alive, they also need to find a way to beat a team that they could be playing come the post-season.
"We've lost to this team twice," said Chamblin. "Calgary is a team we need to learn to play against, and we need to learn to win against."
Both times the Riders faced Calgary so far this season, it was games they could have won. The game in Cowtown is a game they definitely should have won, but blew it in the fourth quarter. While the previous game at Mosaic Stadium, the green and white went down 14 early and never recovered, but still only lost by one touchdown.
All season we've been waiting for the real Roughriders to show up, everything points to Sunday's game being the day we see them. For better or for worse.
"Like I told the G.M. this week, from here on out, I'm starting to build this team. I want guys that have tough mentalities," said Chamblin. "It's not always going to be easy, but we better come out with the win."
After a few relatively healthy weeks, the Riders are dealing with a bit of an injury situation right now. Quarterback Darian Durant will return, but the news isn't good for everyone else.
Safety James Patrick and offensive lineman Brendon LaBatte are both listed on the 46-man roster, but expect them to be scratches come game time. As Chamblin did tell us Friday they would be out. With LaBatte being out of the line up Chris Best shifts to left guard and Ben Heenan returns to starting right guard. Dan Clark will likely be the back up offensive lineman.
Defensive end Brent Hawkins is listed as a back-up, but didn't take part in Saturday's walk through. Chamblin says he remains a game time decision.