Riders head coach Chris Jones seemed to suggest he was looking for improved play from his defense following Sunday’s win over the Bombers in the Labor Day weekend game.
It’s ironic, because I am still of the mind that it’s the offense that needs to produce more.
Saskatchewan did score three offensive touchdowns in the game (one major was set up on a deep interception return). In the Aug. 25 win over B.C., the offense found the end zone twice, the Riders scored just one major in the Aug. 19 win over Calgary.
Of the five teams that have played 10 games this season, the Riders are fourth in points scored. On defense, Matt Elam and Ed Gainey both had interceptions, and Willie Jefferson and Charleston Hughes both had sacks.
Bombers tail back Andrew Harris did have a 158-yard game, but it’s tough for the even best defenses to hold him in check.
Jones’ statements prove that what coaches look for — and what we on the outside look for — can be very different.