During a lengthy session with reporters following Tuesday’s closed Roughrider practice, head coach Corey Chamblin was asked how he’s able to keep a thick skin amidst all the criticism around the team and its 0-3 start.
“There’s two podiums waiting at the end of the year: a championship podium or a cross,” Chamblin began. “And I’m prepared for either one of them. If the fans want a new coach, they can get that ‘cuz I’m prepared. What I say by that is I do my best and if they’re short-tempered and they want to move on, that’s up to management and them. At the end of the day I’ll still work and I’ll still be a great coach whether it’s here in Saskatchewan this year or somewhere else next year or the next couple years.
“To be honest I don’t give a damn about that. When they want to come work and put the work in, then they can get the results. Right now we’re doing some good things but at the end of the day, just stay patient. When we get that championship, just make sure the guys that want on our team get on that boat with us.”
Chamblin also said the thought of being fired doesn’t even cross his mind when he lays down at night. All he asks from GM Brendan Taman is that he be honest with him regarding where he stands.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed international defensive back Geoff Tisdale to the roster. As per club policy details of the contracts were not released.
Tisdale (5’11 – 195) is entering his eighth CFL season after originally joining the league with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 2008 where he played his first three seasons. The Pittsburgh State product played the 2011 season with the Calgary Stampeders, returned to Hamilton for 2012, then spent the last two seasons with the Montreal Alouettes after signing with them in February, 2013 as a free agent.
Through 114 career games, the 29-year-old has collected 291 defensive tackles and 29 interceptions with four returned for touchdowns. He is a two-time East Division All-Star (2013, 14) and was named a CFL All-Star in 2013 after leading the league with seven interceptions.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today national defensive end Levi Steinhauer has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the remainder of the 2015 season.
Veteran cornerback Paul Woldu is also practicing with the team, wearing #12. His old #21 is occupied by Geoff Tisdale.