Ticats guard defends Zach Collaros to Riders radio play-by-play man

There has been lots of speculation surrounding current Hamilton quarterback Zach Collaros.

Where will he play in 2018? Can he be the MOP-calibre player displayed in the past?

Riders radio play-by-play man Rod Pedersen has “friends” in Hamilton that believe he’s “done”. Ticats all-star offensive lineman Ryan Bomben took offence to it.

Offensive lineman often come to the defence of their quarterback on the field and Bomben is doing that in a social media setting, putting a media personality in his place.

Collaros has lost 12 straight starts dating back to 2016, one short of the CFL record. He completed 62.7 per cent of his passes for 1,743 yards with eight touchdowns (lowest among the league’s starters at the time) and seven interceptions.

Hamilton ranked last in the CFL in points scored (148), possession time (25 minutes. 54 seconds), passing yards (1,888), rushing yards (459) and net offence (269 per game) at the time Collaros was benched. But the Ticats did give up 21 sacks and 77 pressures while Collaros was at the helm.

Collaros’ future with the Ticats seems to be up in the air. He’s on the books at over $500,000 next season (Jeremiah Masoli is a free agent in February). Collaros needs another opportunity to show he can be an elite CFL quarterback, be it in Hamilton or elsewhere in 2018.

Bomben’s comments make it clear that there are players in the Ticats room who believe in Collaros.


55 Comments on Ticats guard defends Zach Collaros to Riders radio play-by-play man

  1. Rod Pedersen is one of the biggest a-holes covering the CFL these days. Take away his microphone & pen please……

    • justforkicks // December 7, 2017 at 2:31 pm //

      You should read his quote: ” I don’t buy it. In fact I’ve heard that about many players over the years – Ricky Ray and Armanti Edwards come to mind – but they’re now getting fitted for Grey Cup rings and having the last laugh.”
      Bit of an a-hole yourself Bob.

    • Did everyone miss the “I don’t buy it” comment at the end of the tweet? He even says on his blog that he thinks that Collaros ends up in Regina.

      • I don’t think Bomben was ignoring that, it was more the fact Pedersen quoted anonymous “Hamilton football friends” making a comment about which Ryan clearly disagrees (and people can speculate that it’s true, but there’s zero proof… not classy to fuel that kind of fire about a player)

        If people have been taking Drew and Dunk to task for using “sources”, Rod is fair game too.

    • Pedersen is actually a really good guy, but there is one important thing to know about him. Although he’s learning he did not grow up as a football guy. He was a hardcore hockey guy. His dad is or was a pro scout for an NHL team, I believe. He came up as the play by play person for the Regina Pats. When he first started doing play by play for the Riders he used to say some things sometimes that made you shake your head, and gave away that he was really a nube when it came to understanding the game of football. Carm was the colour guy and he straightened him out, and he’s come a long way, but when it comes to knowledge of the game and strategy etc. you should consider Pedersen an intermediate level guy not an expert. There’s nothing about Collaros’ play that suggest to me that he’s done and if some insider told me that he was, based on my experience and what I’ve seen of him, I wouldn’t believe them. It sounds to me like in this case Pedersen didn’t know enough to call BS when it should have been called. This sounds like Arash Madani insider info to me.

      • greenenvy? // December 7, 2017 at 7:02 pm //

        Well that’s obvious from his “Riders are cup contenders” 2016 comments & his completely idiotic conspiracy theory. But whether hockey guy or not, if he’s commenting upon football he needs to educate himself or let someone else do the job. Should Mullinder take over the Pats colour job & when he goofs up get a pass because he’s a football guy. Rod puts himself out there as if he knows something about the game. If he’s going to say some outrageous stuff, look up some facts or heed your own advice & SHUT. YOUR. MOUTH.

        • In your hast to jump all over Pedersen you seem to have gotten your facts confused. Pedersen is the play by play guy. He’s not supposed to be the expert. Carteri and Mullinder have been his colour analysts. They are hired to be the experts, or maybe you don’t know the difference? Rod does know a lot about football now, and by the looks of it he knows a lot more than you do.

    • Coming from an a-hole doesn’t make it so.

  2. Rod Peterson. Nuff said.

  3. This is a complete shyte disturbing comment from Pedersen. “Hearing from friends” is like some guy you bowl with on Monday nights a couple of lanes over saying he knows the winning numbers to the lottery. I don’t think Collaros would go to the Rider if he has his choice. Giving up one ass-clown like Austin for another in Jones does’t make a lot of sense.

  4. So many teams want our best. Collaros, Banks, etc. Unless these guys don’t think they have a chance here in 2018, those others can just keep asking Santa for their wish list. As long as Collaros can get his nerves under control, we may see shades of the old Collaros pre-injury. Let’s not start counting chickens anywhere in this league. They have until February, so stop putting bad news out there when you don’t know the facts. That especially applies to the honchos in TO.

  5. It’s Rod Pedersen running his mouth. He’d have a hard time finding employment with the National Enquirer. ‘Nuff said.

  6. I listen to his show all the time. But it’s shocking how little Roddy actually knows about other teams in the CFL. He knows the Riders but that’s it. He does almost no research or reading on CFL related news items

    • Habsnriders // December 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm //

      Yet you listen to his show , I guessing you don’t see the irony in that

    • When your employer tells you all you need to know, there’s no reason to research anything 🙂

    • It’s not his job to follow other teams. Clearly the hate for all things Riders on 3D continues post season. It’s time to tune out this rag.

    • Man BC Dave you are so far off the mark with that comment. The facts are most of you know very little about the other teams and just think you do.
      Rod is friends with all of the other teams play by play and color people. He’s also friends with 80% of the assistant coaches in the league. It dosent matter who makes any kind of comment today. Unless he represents your team. All of you call those in the know all kinds of derogatory names. The fact of the matter is that you people yourselves fit the name better than those your calling out.
      So many fricken know it alls but really don’t know shitz in here.
      Also to the comment that Rod is the voice of the Regina Pats? Proves how out of touch you people really are. Self educate before you make stupid remarks. Rod has called a Pats games since 2009.

  7. BleedzGreen // December 7, 2017 at 4:44 pm //

    Welcome to the unofficial kickoff of the CFL “silly season”.

  8. Habsnriders // December 7, 2017 at 5:03 pm //

    I know others on here have already stated that Peterson said he doesn’t agree but of course because it came from someone related to the riders people reading it only read the part about collaros being done . Seems to me it was someone in Hamilton running their mouth off.
    The idiots that made reference to the enquirer love goofballs like you that read only the parts that are bad. The media lives for morons like you , so easily swayed .
    I heard from some people in Calgary that Dickinson is headed to the area football league and is taking Mitchell with him , more to follow . Now onto other news .

    • greenenvy? // December 7, 2017 at 7:08 pm //

      Excuses excuses from the tin foil society. People like us only read the parts that are bad? Riderville reacts to all criticism without actually checking out the facts thrown at them. You boys are overly sensitive. Have a group hug with Justin.

  9. Rod Pedersen has friends in the Hammer? The man is as arrogant as they come. The fact he said there is a conspiracy during the Eastern Final to keep the Riders from advancing to the Grey Cup Game is over the top. Penalties and the fact Kevin Glenn through a couple of interceptions had nothing to do with the Riders demise? As for Collaros he hasn’t been the same QB since he returned from knee surgery. I hope he gets another chance to play but I don’t see it in the Hammer at his current salary. Once Ricky Ray makes a decision to play in 2018 nothing is going to happen. The off season is shaping up to be awesome.

  10. Rod’s an idiot. Everything is turning to trash in the 21st century so get used to it folks.

  11. Maybe there is some truth to the knee not being 100% or maybe rod just throwing this out there to see if zacks worth comes down so jonesy can snatch him up at a discount ! It’s a goddam conspiracy lol……

  12. mehh what is bomben supposed ot say publically regarding Albteros !!!! ( whO IS done done done ) MINIMUALLY even if bomben behind doors agress colaros is DONE , he is a TICAT team member and wants SOMETHING back in a possible trade, to help out the team he is on !!!!!! , only Calgary stampeder players hap hazzardly throw their teammates under the buss publically as thye have their heads showed to far up their own butts to understand what to say or not say !!!! And GOD please heaven forbid that ALBETROS winds up in Regina in a capacity other then a DISH WASHER !!!!!!!

    • That’s true. Bomben did not have the option to stay silent. He was compelled to issue a response, since the comment appeared on Twitter and made no mention of him personally.

  13. Rod Petersen is an absolute buffoon and an airhead. He says controversial things to drive traffic to his blog, nothing more.
    He even sells a package that promises to teach you how yo blog for profit. The man has zero integrity and the CFL needs him about as much as it needed Marty York.

  14. Chuckles9961 // December 7, 2017 at 8:01 pm //

    Hamilton can keep him.

  15. Peterson might say controversial things, but it’s better then printing controversial things like DUNK does.

  16. Baltimore CFLer // December 7, 2017 at 8:36 pm //

    Not everyone can be Mark Stephen. Lol

  17. rider prider? not! // December 7, 2017 at 8:46 pm //

    maybe rod is getting his info from that idiot jason fickturd. he makes up shit all the time then denies he said it when he gets called out.

    • Actually Rod and the 650 ckom Green zone tend to have Dunk and Edwards on a fair amount GOD knows why ????????? but I guess that is the best the east has to offer re commentators, we all know FORD and Black are terrible, medani is an idoit so who does one ask, for information . The only guy that seems to have a clue is the Toronto play by play guy and the fellow form Ottawa, not. much to choose form for sources re CFL east .

  18. solara2000 // December 7, 2017 at 11:39 pm //

    Good for Bomben for coming to the support of a team-mate. Rightly or wrongly, ZC may still be a good football player; regardless he is still a team-mate.

  19. Christopher // December 8, 2017 at 1:13 am //

    Rod Pedersen needs to take some advice from Abraham Lincoln… Its better to remain silent and thought a fool than to speak up and remove all doubt…

  20. Time for the 1.5 m dollar man to grab his stylograph and etch his name on the TC wall of shame of other former TC QB’s (hello Maas and Printers) who were generously paid a boatload of dollars by the TC organization…and fizzled out. Goodbye.

    • Maas, Printers and now Collaros all proved that O-lines matter! Anyone who blames them is too stupid to comment on football.

      • LOL! So it was the “O-Line” that doomed Maas and Printers careers as TC QB’s? How about this…that Maas was always more comfortable as a back up and could always rely on Ricky Ray to bail him out. And Printers let his over sized ego, as well as a nagging shoulder injury, get the best of him and he was washed up at 26. As for the 1.5 m dollar man it’s the space between his ears that’s the problem. Perhaps you should do more research next time and it may save you from posting another ignorant comment in the future.

        • Maas was more comfortable as a backup, relying on Ray to bail him out?

          Ray wasn’t on the Edmonton team when Maas was starting QB as well as a Western All Star.

          Ray was in the NFL when Maas as Edmonton’s starting QB put up something like six hundred yards *more* than Ray had the year before, with a 105.1 QB rating.

          If he wasn’t up to being a starter, he should have cracked with the high expectations Ray had left for him.

          Injuries seem more of an issue than preferring the backup QB role.

      • Ticats fans Chill // December 10, 2017 at 2:11 am //

        I am so sick and tired of u Zach lovers always kissing the mans a*s all the time. Like jeez, you are the stupid one if u think collaros is a good player… O WOW the ticats get like one or two new O-linemen..that makes no difference and did u know there is something called money, ya the stuff they give to the guys for playing “good”, that’s the issue. Of course you would not understand because you never played the game. Nor have I, but I think u need to go somewhere else because this blog ain’t for you. Man good to get that out of my system after seeing all these comments about all this crap. IM FED UP. ZACH ” 0-8 ” collaros SUCKS. THERE.

  21. sumyungguy // December 8, 2017 at 8:23 am //

    Rod Pederson had aspirations of doing play-by-play in the NHL. When that didn’t work out, he settled for the CFL.

    • News flash! Regina doesn’t have an NHL team! If he wanted to do NHL games he would have moved to an NHL city. And I think it’s safe to say that if you actually knew anything about him you’d at least know how to spell his name correctly.

  22. Pedersen is a waste of skin.

  23. Rod is a good play by play man, too bad he doesn’t just stick with that but he’s more interested in making money from his blog.
    He actually competes with the Roughrider website.

  24. Edward Leslie // December 11, 2017 at 12:03 am //

    It’s absurd all this criticism just because he’s saying that some people figure Collaros is done in Hamilton. Collaros hasn’t won since 2016, and he’s the highest paid player in the CFL. Then you see how good Jeremiah Masoli was in leading Hamilton to a respectable finish. Add it all up and guess what? Collaros isn’t coming back to Hamilton! I’d be shocked to see him back with Masoli there and the future greatest CFL player, Johnny Manziel (June Jones’s opinion, not mine).
    Collaros will probably bounce back from a horrible year, but will he ever be as good as he was pre-injury? We’ll see when plays for either Toronto, Saskatchewan, B.C. or Montreal… but NOT Hamilton.

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