On Tuesday after Riders practice, Head Coach and General Manager Chris Jones said no change would be made at the kicking position as the team would stick with Tyler Crapigna.
This after Crapigna hit the upright in overtime leading the way to a Winnipeg Blue Bombers 43-40 win. In Week 1 of the season, Crapigna missed a field goal on the game’s last play that would have given the team a win in Montreal.
That vote of confidence is one Crapigna is embracing.
“It means a lot to me,” Crapigna said after practice Wednesday “That’s who you hope to have your back is your coach, the coaching staff and your players. So far, I’ve had nothing but support from all of them, so I’m pretty happy about that.”
Crapigna, who is 7 for 9 on field goals this season, says his confidence has not been shaken by what has happened to him early in the 2017 season.
As for Jones, he had a message for those who are criticizing his kicker.
Anybody who said something this week about him, I’d like to see them do something at an 86- or 87-per-cent completion rate, whether it be shooting free throws or doing anything. That’s what he has done for his career. Nobody has ever been more critical of himself than him. He’s hard on himself and he really just needs to relax and do what he has always done.”
The Riders will look for that elusive first win of the season Saturday night against Hamilton in an 8 o’clock start.