The Saskatchewan Roughriders are off to Hamilton for Thursday’s game against the Ti-Cats and as they got set to fly east, Chris Jones was as hot under the collar as the Saskatchewan sun that is shining down upon us.
Jones had to stop practice at one point Tuesday morning to voice his displeasure over the lack of focus he was seeing. He says it is a problem they have had a tough time trying to overcome.
“We can’t put two days together,” Jones told reporters “We’re 2-and-2 and there’s a reason. We show up one day and we practice pretty good with great intensity, then we come out and slop around for pretty much the whole day. Until we can figure that out, coaching staff-wise and leadership-wise, we’re going to struggle.”
It is a sentiment shared by offensive lineman Brendon Labatte.
“It’s getting to the point where we can’t have guys that aren’t bought in.” Labatte said. “We can’t go out to practice and not even be able to run something in walkthrough. We’re having mental busts of things if they haven’t been installed since day one of training camp than certainly day one of the week.
Labatte says part of the frustration stems from the fact they haven’t been able to put the ball in the endzone with great regularity having only scored 5 TD’s in the first 4 games.
He won’t use the fact Zach Collaros hasn’t been in the lineup since late in the first half of the team’s 2nd game against Ottawa when he went down with a concussion as an excuse either,
He says scoring some touchdowns is definitely needed, but the lack of focus in practice is preventing that.
“It’s not a good feeling when you’re coming to work and everyone is digging a little harder trying to get more out.” Labatte said. “It’s not translating, because even in perfect plays with no defence, we can’t get things right.”
The team will hold a short rundown in Hamilton on Wednesday before hitting the field against the Ti-Cats Thursday night in a game we will have for you on 620 CKRM starting at 5:30.