Defensive coordinator Corey Chamblin not planning on return to Argos

Defensive coordinator Corey Chamblin doesn’t plan on returning to Toronto for the 2018 season, per sources, despite signing a two-year contract in advance of the 2017 season to join head coach Marc Trestman and the Argos.

He’s currently pursuing coaching opportunities in the United States and plans to spend more time with his family after the recent death of his father.

If Chamblin changes his mind and decides to return to the CFL in 2018, however, it would have to be with Toronto.

Chamblin turned around the double blue defence that ranked last in points allowed (568), touchdowns allowed (59), rushing majors (19), rushing yards allowed (2,074), yards per rush (5.7), yards per completion (8.7), opponent completion percentage (70.9), red zone chances allowed (62), big plays allowed (rushes 20-plus yards and completions 30-plus yards equaled 52) in 2016.

Compare those numbers to Toronto’s defence in 2017. The Argos ranked first in rushing yards allowed with 1,491 and tied for first (Stampeders) notching 50 sacks and placed top five in points allowed (456), opponent touchdowns (47), passing touchdowns allowed (25), opponent net offence per game (second 329.1), opposition yards per play (6.1), two-and-outs (69), passing yards allowed (4,822), opponent completion percentage (second 64.6) and opponent QB rating (66.6). That’s a marked difference on defence under Chamblin even as he incorporated several new faces.

Chamblin was a defensive back in the NFL from 1999-2004. After retiring, the 40-year-old rose through the ranks in the CFL, becoming a head coach in Saskatchewan in 2012. He led the Riders to a Grey Cup triumph on prairie soil in 2013, earning the franchise just its fourth CFL title since being established in 1910. During three-and-a-half seasons as head coach in Riderville, Chamblin posted a 29-34 regular season record while going 3-2 in the playoffs.

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33 Comments on Defensive coordinator Corey Chamblin not planning on return to Argos

  1. Toronto seems to be a place that a lot of people want to leave ASAP, and if you look at what Butler said about their facilities it’s not hard to see why. What I would like to hear from MLSE is that they have plans to build a new, state of the art, training facility out in the burbs somewhere, but with MLSE I’m not holding my breath.

    • Checkmarks for each of the Big Three: vandals, arsonists and bats!

    • They have moved into Don Bosco highschool and plan to renovate. It was an upgrade from where they were and and a huge upgrade from the U of T site they were at. MLSE will make sure the players are taken care of

      • I hope so! One of the secret weapons for the Riders in the last couple of years has been the facilities. As much as I have enjoyed the competitive advantage this has given us in terms of recruiting, it would take the league to the next level if everyone had facilities like this.

    • He signs a two year contract but then decides to take a job in the US? Yet Wilder, does the same thing and everyone says he must honor his contract or sit out the season.
      Come on CFL if you hold your players to contracts what about holding your coaches to their contract?
      Also there is no salary cap for coaches? – you have to set examples.

  2. Chance for Tyron Brackenridge to get a promotion. Did wonders with the secondary in 2017.

  3. Feeling Blue // February 6, 2018 at 9:28 pm //

    Corey is a class individual. He wants to spend more time with his family in the states. Makes sense to me. Argos already have a practice facility which will be developed. Glass is half full not half empty.

    • You may want to check in with all past employees about that..It’s always interesting that no matter how much of an Ahole guys like Chmblin are…a few years later they are treated like heros. next thing your going to want him and Roy Shivers in the Plaza???

  4. Just saying // February 6, 2018 at 9:33 pm //

    Says he’s currently searching coaching opportunities in the states. He’s under contract just like wilder and butler what a joke!

  5. terrible optics…..every player and coach scratching and clawing to run away from the CFL after 6 months….hissy fits if they have to stay for more than a season

  6. He was transparent about wanting to leave when Reed called him to interview in Montreal. True to his word, looking to move south and spend time with the family. Good luck Coach!

  7. Well perhaps he really just wants to be closer to family sudden loss of parent can be eye opening . Best wishes to Corey and family

  8. The guy is having “family” issues, not sure why people are looking for conspiracy theories.

    • Yea, Wilder said he had family issues too, he had a wife and kids in Tampa and couldn’t afford to live in Toronto and maintain a family in Tampa.
      The issue is that it they can hold players to contracts and prevent them for leaving for work in the US but it’s okay for coaches to do the same thing.

      • Stumps choke // February 7, 2018 at 10:21 am //

        So what, coaches don’t play the games. Coaches are not who we buy tickets to see. So putting the same restrictions does not make sense. It’s a player’s league and always will be. Coaches can come and go, it doesn’t affect the league. Players do.

  9. Just saying // February 6, 2018 at 10:32 pm //

    And if wilder said he was having family issues and currently looking for work in the states. Would they let him walk? And don’t everyone get upset this is a fair question.

  10. If he still has a year left on his contract & wishes to leave & go to the US, he is free to go, but should have to sit out the 2018 season before taking a job in the US….

  11. Do as I say…not as I do. Commish in fact does speak with forked tongue.

  12. Just saying // February 6, 2018 at 10:53 pm //

    Yes that would make sense, thanks Bob

  13. He should fulfill his contract obligations before moving on to other oppurtunities.

  14. The man needs to honor his two year contractual obligations as per the agreement. Why should he have preferential treatment to take a walk south? The Argos and the CFL need to take legal action on this matter if Chamblin leaves.

  15. It’s no use making him stay, he will do as he did in2014 he’ll make stupid calls and bench players and lose games until the Riders had to fire him. Then he’ll illegally go to Pittsburg and work for cash while he collects his full salary for 2 more years Go Riders Go3

    • I’m not suggesting that they make him stay, merely that if he leaves he cannot coach anywhere else this coming season….

  16. If the article is true, it sounds like these are PERSONAL and family reasons as opposed to financial or the CFL. He might want to get back to a HC role despite signs after his early success – that his arrogance is his real enemy.

  17. That’s too bad. Big loss for Argos

  18. If Chamblin said I QUIT or I RESIGN for WHATEVER reason he should be free to go with no further obligation on the Argos part. Just like what happened in Indy a TEAM wants a guy who is ALL IN when he is coaching. Anything less is only a hindrance to the club, players and the HC.

  19. All I remember is Chsmblin is a selfish dude. Ok sympathies to him and family life moves on. Any self respecting rider fan will remember him sewering our organization purposefully losing us games so he could get out of town quicker (while his house was already for sale I might add ) never once taking blame or responsibility for the teams this guy got another chance is beyond me. He will always burn you in the end. I hope he stays down south to “make his family happy “

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