Roughriders coaching staff loaded with former players
It's a busy Monday for the Saskatchewan Roughriders coaching staff, even if the players are off.
They're hard at work, trying to figure out how they can get the Riders back into the win column, and end an ugly four game losing skid. The latest loss coming Sunday evening against the B.C. Lions 24-5.
As a whole the Riders coaching staff is fairly young, but they certainly don't lack football experience. From head coach Corey Chamblin, to assistants Barron Miles, Jason Tucker, Khari Jones and Dan Goodspeed to name a few, the coaching staff is loaded with former players who didn't retire very long ago.
In Goodspeed's case, he still might be playing right now if not for a knee injury during training camp. Because of the injury a decision was made to transition him from player to assistant offensive line coach.
"It's been pretty good, the first couple of days were different," said Goodspeed. "The coaches have been teaching me, and I think as the weeks have been going on they've been giving me more and more responsibilities ."
Even though Goodspeed is feeling pretty good about his coaching career, he admits that he's still taking it one day at a time, and not worrying about turning this gig into a long term thing. He did joke that he's still ready to play as well.
What Goodspeed is going through is something most of the Riders coaching staff has gone through at one point or another.
"I knew I wanted to be a coach a long time ago," Miles. "Way before I even started playing football."
It's the satisfaction of seeing someone learn and grow because of something you've taught them that drew Miles to coaching. To help himself with the transition, he actually began doing a little off field work before his career even ended.
"In the year 2000 is when I went on my first scouting trip," said Miles. "I went on my first coaching clinic."
Miles does admit that when he's off working in his office, and he hears the music in the locker room, and the players are in there, that he does miss it.
As for Chamblin, who is actually younger than most of the other coaches, he says you can't worry about making friends in this business. So he wasn't really worried about that part of the transition.
"You can't mix business and pleasure," said Chamblin. "They can be my friends one day, and the next I'm fired."
Chamblin does admit that it was probably easier for him, not really knowing anyone in the CFL, unlike most of the other coaches who did play in the league not to long ago.
"I may know one or two guys from the CFL," said Chamblin. "I'm pretty sure it's tough for those guys, but I think they're getting the respect they deserve, and they have to show it in their coaching style."