As the Saskatchewan Roughriders prepare for Saturday’s home date with the Toronto Argonauts, Head Coach & GM Chris Jones discussed last week’s 27-10 loss at Calgary and how Calgary “bent the rules” to get ahead.
Jones said Stamps Coach Dave Dickenson took advantage of CFL rules preventing contact on receivers, which allowed Calgary to extend a drive culminating in a touchdown.
Rider fans lit up social media Saturday night wondering how Calgary receiver Marquay McDaniel could “run into” a Roughriders defender, resulting in a Defensive Pass Interference call after a challenge by Dickenson.
“I really didn’t think about it until after the Calgary game and I went back and looked at how many times in the past over the last four weeks that they have been so successful with their challenges,” Jones said. “Dickie’s calling his plays so he knows exactly where he’s built in his double-move and if (the defense) is in man, then he has a certain percentage of knowing that there’s going to be contact.
Jones said his hat’s off to his Calgary counterpart for circumventing the rules and capitalizing on a loophole.
“Looking at this moving forward, if the thought is to have a double-move built-in to gain contact, that’s really pretty ingenius,” Jones concluded. “We’re going to try to incorporate and copy that.
Now I don’t have to look at five receivers. I can look at one guy where the double-move is, and there’s contact.”
Jones says he has spoken with the CFL on the issue and is satisfied enough to move forward with a plan to do something similar.
While that be might met with approval from Rider fans, Jones added “Unfortunately, it means our game is going to be a challenge-fest.”