Riders pre-season finale leaves plenty to be desired (but don’t panic)

There’s one thing we learned for sure on Friday night, the B.C. Lions are currently a better team than the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Of course, we probably didn’t need a game to prove that.

The Lions are coming off a season that saw them return to the West Division Final, the Riders missed the playoffs. The Lions know their quarterback this year and beyond is Johnathon Jennings. The Riders have Kevin Glenn and you never know just how long that may last. The Lions winning this game, considering they started many of their top guys and kept them in for a good portion of the first half, shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.

Should the overall effort and result set off alarm bells in Rider Nation? Well, that isn’t so easy to answer.

Sports can be a funny thing, from one game to the next pretty much anything is possible. Today’s athlete is conditioned to move on pretty quick after a game, win or lose. That means more than ever, momentum doesn’t really carry over from one game to the next. So, a 42-10 loss this week doesn’t mean the Riders will get skunked next week. It doesn’t mean a rebound is assured either. It’s also pretty hard to keep the motor running in a pre-season blowout.

The Riders are probably better then they showed in Vancouver. Just how much is the question.

What we do know is that the problems talked about for much of training camp haven’t been resolved.

Game Thoughts

Nothing really changed on the quarterback front after this game. Kevin Glenn was the clubhouse leader to start with Brandon Bridge a couple of strokes behind. Glenn didn’t have the greatest night of his career but Bridge didn’t surpass him either. That being said, you can’t really blame Bridge, other than his pick, for the negative plays while he was on the field. Bridge didn’t get much help with plenty of penalties, drops and fumbles from his teammates. Bridge showed some heart in the second half when he tried to hurdle a Lions defender even though the game was long over at that point. Bridge is easily seeded number two heading into next week.

I would have liked to have seen more of Bryan Bennett and Marquise Williams. Glenn and Bridge are known quantities at this point. Penalties probably kept Bridge in the game longer. Overall, bringing 70 players and trying to get them all into the game may have played a role in the outcome. It’s hard to get that many bodies into a game and have it all work smoothly.

The secondary will be the team’s biggest question mark to open the season, again. A couple more players were hurt against the Lions according to Jones. Depth was already an issue due to injuries and offseason departures. Training camp may be over but how the secondary is going to line up is still anyone’s guess at this point.

With that in mind, the defensive line and linebackers will need to step up early to help cover up for the back end. Pressure on the quarterback is the cure for a secondary that will be trying to find it’s way. The defence did a good job at times getting to Lions quarterbacks, it just needs to happen a little more consistently.

Ricky Collins Jr. was a bright spot for the green and white with a team leading 52 yards receiving on just two catches. Collins added another 105 yards in the return game. Considering the glut of American receivers and the fact that he didn’t play in the pre-season game, have to wonder what this might mean for Chad Owens going forward.

The hit of the night from the Riders came from Joshua Standford, which also took away an interception for the Lions. That play might actually standout more than his touchdown considering the score at the time, Stanford wasn’t going to stop giving it his all.

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson

Joel Gasson is a Regina-based sports writer, broadcaster and football fanatic.
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44 Comments on Riders pre-season finale leaves plenty to be desired (but don’t panic)

  1. mrnehnehincognito // June 17, 2017 at 9:21 am //

    Fair point; a big loss one week doesn’t mean a big lose the next. Preseason is still preseason. Eb and flow can be hard to establish. That said there isn’t much good out if this game for the riders and they have a hell of a lot to figure out. With all the players brought to Vancouver it will be interesting to see who else he brings in once other teams start their cuts today

    I disagree that Bridge will be number 2. I say Glenn, Bennett,Bridge is the order and Williams goes on PR or IR. Unfortunately it would seem Jones will continue with his Vince Young obsession.

    • Do you ever listen to yourself? Why would you even /WANT to establish Ebbs. You want to establish a flow? My how you like to sound intelligent.

      Also, someone is continuing with Vince Young obsession for sure, but it ain’t Jones.

      Another thread ruined by ‘someone’ puking words for the sake of puking words.

      • mrnehnehincognito // June 17, 2017 at 12:19 pm //

        I no its a tuff mornin Dave but show a little restraint

      • It certainly looks like the B.C. Lions are a well-established team and a serious threat as a contender for the CFL this season. The Riders, meanwhile, have a lot to work on, though, I was impressed with the pressure provided on Jennings by our defensive line. The offensive line, yikes, was rather offensive. And football is usually won in the trenches. Anyways, was hoping the game would be closer than the score indicated. Mr. Jones has a lot to figure out. I’m sure there will be a slew of cuts coming as I speak.

        • Hopefully for your sake the locker room is not fitted for a turnstile. They need continuity and stability. Good Luck to you guys. Can’t stand the Troll so might take a break from here. Now that the season has started and lots of info available on our own site, CFL site and TSN site. Working on other Lions related stuff too.

  2. For the cash Chris Jones is being paid by the Riders I suspect they will expect significant improvement this season or changes will be made, should be interesting.

    • I agree totally. He removed several favourites in Rider Nation that many of us were gagging on including Darian Durant. Wasn’t Darian impressive in his first pre-season action? Yes, Jones better be sharp with his choices.

      • Replacing Durant with Glenn was a curious decision IMO.
        Rider fans identified and had history with Durant but Jones chose to replace him with Glenn??
        Wonder if it was personal?

        • Jones is a players coach, for certain players. When a contract tussle occurred, Jones left Durant basically on the highway. There was no turning back. I do believe Jones basically had his own views of Durant and it was viewed at as a closed case in Jones’ eyes whether fans liked it or not. With my views as listed, it was personal.

  3. BigRedMachine // June 17, 2017 at 9:36 am //

    I noticed that the Lions have already made a number of cuts to their roster so perhaps they are a little closer to their final team than the Riders hence the lopsided score?

    • mrnehnehincognito // June 17, 2017 at 9:47 am //

      But doesnt that speak to something in of
      itself? To be at the end of camp and still not able to have your roster moulded really says something.
      Jones objective for last night was to evaluate alot of players especailly his QBS. He admitted before the game he didn’t know his starter yet.

      Based on this last night was a disaster. Too many penalties, 2 and outs made evaluation impossible.

      You’d have to conclude training camp was a failure. Where does that leave them?

  4. Rick cowan // June 17, 2017 at 9:48 am //

    I think you will see the Rider’s bringing in a few d backs maybe Fredricks who was released by Winnipeg and Maybe Ojo

    • mrnehnehincognito // June 17, 2017 at 10:02 am //

      You will see the riders bring in lots of players from other teams.

      • Jimbobray // June 17, 2017 at 10:36 am //

        They should go after one of the excess Argo QB’s, Matthews, Fajardo, or Prukop, because it looks as though they’ll be keeping Ray and (for what ever reason) Drew Willy. Prukop looks like he’ll be a star in this league, has the look and college record (Oregon Ducks) of Bo Levi Mitchell. But of all the Rider’s QBs I would say that Marquis Williams fits the CFL better than Bennett, Young, Bridge. Record shows 60% completion average and good TD to pick ration.

    • Ojo would be a popular choice, especially with Jones. The guy certainly is talented, though.

  5. Ladd law ,lad law where you hiding ? Hahahahaha come take your medicine and admit this team will be lucky to win 2 games this year , Scottie how bout you wake up and see for yourself zzzzzzz

  6. mrnehnehincognito // June 17, 2017 at 10:25 am //

    FYI everyone I know you don’t believe but I’m not Stamps

  7. The DL played pretty decent for the Riders. Net yards 3rd Qtr under Bridge – 6 yards. Yes he didn’t have much help but let’s not sugar coat it. Bridge was bad. Riders had 98 yards net offence after 3 Qtrs. Their offence – 2 drives & one throw. Glenn’s drive consisted of a 24 yard completion to Roosevelt & 41 yards to Carter (nice catch). Williams had a nice little drive before Reece fumbled the ball away & Bennett’s TD toss pretty much sums up the offence. The OL was bad, the run defence was bad, the DB’s were bad & I heard Muamba’s name mentioned once late on a tackle. Was he playing? Yes it’s only pre-season, thank goodness.

    • Good summarization. Lot’s of work needed on the O-line. Where was our prize, Dennis, last night? Oh, yes, at least two procedure penalties and I believe two sacks were charged to him. Horrendous night. Thank goodness it was pre-season ball. Lots to sharpen up on Green and White.

  8. It’s actually sad that there are many Rider fan suckers who think that this team will be anything better than a last place team…..again!!!!At least you have a beautiful new stadium in which to watch all the losing.

  9. mrnehnehincognito // June 17, 2017 at 11:13 am //

    Funny thing, and maybe it’s too few opinions yet but I’ve heard a few complaints about the seats being uncomfortable and a feeling of being crambed together.

  10. Mr Curling can’t believe news of this debacle got out with so few fans at BC place

    • mrnehnehincognito // June 17, 2017 at 11:28 am //

      Yep rider fans defences are in full force. No matter how bad they lose they can stand behind their attendance figures and that makes everything alright

  11. It wasn’t the few fans that spread the news, Mr. Curling. It came in with the Westerly winds.

  12. Mr Curling’s TV in his rumpus room is bigger than the Jumbotron at Old McMahon

    • mrnehnehincognito // June 17, 2017 at 12:26 pm //

      Rumpus room? Mr Curling you know it is 2017 right? And Lancaster and Reed no longer lead your offense? Does your Rumpus room have those fake wood paneling sheets too?

  13. Scottsask // June 17, 2017 at 11:51 am //

    I’m here Horsieland, I commented on an earlier article, we sucked last night.

  14. Scottsask // June 17, 2017 at 11:59 am //

    …..and you were bang on.

    • mrnehnehincognito // June 17, 2017 at 12:29 pm //

      I don’t know what to make if you right now Scottsask…..fyi I’m not Stamps

  15. Scottsask // June 17, 2017 at 12:33 pm //

    Check my post on “Trouble in Riderville”.

  16. Rider fans are buying Reed and Lancaster Jerseys because we don’t know who’s current Jersey will be still here next week, and that’s a problem. Aldag did not shine as a rookie but he’s in the HOF I agreed with the wholesale changes last year but we need to slow this thing down and stick with the young Canadian talent we’ve assembled at the O line, D line and linebacker espescially. Also put in Williams sooner than later, We want to make the playoffs every year, not just once

  17. Scottsask // June 17, 2017 at 1:09 pm //

    There’s nothing gentle about we sucked. I’ll stick to football talk. You called out exactly the same thing that I saw and I’m good with that.

  18. White Horse // June 17, 2017 at 1:57 pm //

    All rider fans better be worried for sure. Montreal will decimate your team next week. TSN round table with BC’s Arceneaux, Bo Levi and Mike Riley. Arceneaux made an ass of himself which is not unusual. He looked at the camera and said Calgary will not beat the BC Lions in 2017 and he guarantees it. Mike Riley said what about us and Arceneaux said you don’t count. I hope both Calg and Edm stick it to BC big time just for the sake of Arceneaux alone. Man he is high on himself!

    • mrnehnehincognito // June 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm //

      I didn’t see it but that’s a bold statement. I will say BC looked pretty good last night.

  19. horsieland // June 17, 2017 at 2:26 pm //

    OK preseason is over its now the CFL season. I’m unveiling my new moniker for the season right now.

  20. Scottsask // June 17, 2017 at 2:42 pm //

    Nice, I love it!

  21. mrincomprehensible // June 17, 2017 at 2:56 pm //

    Did anyone count the number of car manufacturers running commercials? Come on this is preseason. What is with Jones anyway? And did you see Murano (I think it was) cut over to the far left lane and run through that puddle splashing the cyclists on the walk. Got to be some fines there. Jones should have cut some of those commercials by now. And than there was Glen Suitor with all his buttons done up on his jacket. Jones should know you always leave the bottom one undone. No jacket etiquette. When will the riders learn??
    Just watch next game murano will do it again I bet!

  22. BleedzGreen // June 17, 2017 at 9:13 pm //

    Jones has NEVER been one to mince words – If a game makes him sick, he’ll state as much. Following last night’s game he had this to say:

    “We’ll go back and look at the film and the film will tell us which direction to go. We played 70 ball players tonight while Wally basically has picked his team. I played 70 guys because I didn’t want to get our A-guys beat up going into a short week. We’re not as bad as the score indicates. I don’t put stock into preseason scores.”

    With this being said I’m not sweating near as much as some fans on this site.

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