Decoding Chris Jones’ post-game presser

Saskatchewan Roughriders head coach Chris Jones was pretty blunt in his post-game press conference after his team’s 39-12 pre-season loss to the Calgary Stampeders on Friday night and there were plenty of interesting tidbits. Here are five quotes from that session and what they mean.

1. “You could have blocked better than what we did in the third quarter and I didn’t want to risk our A-group and B-group quarterbacks going out there. The other guys have a little bit more mobility so I put them in there.”

Jones was responding to a question from Regina radio reporter Arielle Zerr (who, in her defence, is probably a decent blocker) who was asking why the Riders went away from their planned quarterback rotation in which Zach Collaros was supposed to play the first and third quarters, Brandon Bridge the second and fourth.

Instead, Collaros had two drives in the third and was replaced by David Watford and B.J. Daniels, who went the rest of the way.

2. “I saw Bridge all last year, I’m good with him… Collaros looks a little bit rusty. The ball didn’t come out of his hands the way I would liked, and he missed two deep throws… I have the luxury of having a guy who helped us win 10 football games last year (Bridge), so if a guy is struggling then Brandon Bridge will play, or it’ll be the opposite… Collaros has started a lot of games and has been a good football player for a long time. He has won too many football games to be rusty forever.”

This is essentially all of Jones’ quotes about his quarterbacking situation strung together (the questions were sprinkled throughout the press conference.) Jones first said the quarterbacks hadn’t decided anything with their play on Friday, then said he’s already decided on a starting quarterback for week one but he wasn’t telling the media – but he was smirking as he said it so it’s hard to know if he was joking or not. Read what you will into this expression…

3. “Emanuel Adusei is at guard and he had three or four busts in a row. He’s trying to make our football team and earn a living doing that job. That’s what you get paid to do. We get paid to play not just football, we get paid to play winning football. When you get our quarterback hit, your opportunities are limited.”

The Riders only surrendered two sacks on the night but Collaros took some hard shots and the protection wasn’t good all night. Adusei probably didn’t sleep great last night: never good when your coach calls you out by name in the post-game presser for the bad things you did.

4. “You can probably tell by the way I’m feeling right now that I’m not very pleased with the way we played in the first and second quarter. They had their backups in there, their B-group against our A-group offence in the second quarter and we didn’t do anything.”

That’s a pretty blunt assessment of how his team played. The Riders managed three first downs in the first 30 minutes, went two for 11 on second down conversions and were outscored 23-3. So, yeah.

5. “We’re not going to win or lose the Grey Cup off a pre-season game that still doesn’t count on the record but we’ve got to improve on some things in order to get where we’re going and I’m a little perturbed that we’re not farther along than we are.”

“Perturbed” in one word for it.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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56 Comments on Decoding Chris Jones’ post-game presser

  1. Adusei is a bright guy. He wants to be a lawyer, so you’d like to think he could figure it out, but there wasn’t much evidence of that yesterday.

    • dangnabbit // June 9, 2018 at 11:33 am //

      perhaps he is brighter than he SEEMS! imagine your rights were owned by riderholes chief CIRCUSMASTER and he was playing you at the wrong position where you are UNLIKELY to earn an especially compelling STAT sheet. dont forget that your stats are basically your RESUME in football so this severely limits your future OPPORTUNITIES! one SOLUTION to this conundrum would be get another team to claim you off waivers or sign you as a FREE AGENT if they have need for a player at your NATURAL position where you can expect to EXCEL. of course sandbagging is a RISK because you never know whether you will get that phone call once you are cut but the DESPERATION at being stuck under jones can be good MOTIVATION to take such chances!

      on the OTHER hand if his aspiration to become a lawyer is GENUINE then he may not care about that risk. having a CAREER lined up outside of football can be a good way to HEDGE your bets if you follow the EXAMPLE set by jon cornish and andrew buckley. so being cut is starting to look like a BLESSING in disguise for mr adusei! either he gets a better opportunity in another town OR he pursues another profession but in any case he is FREE from the current so called LEADERSHIP in riderhole!

  2. Just saying // June 9, 2018 at 11:06 am //

    I hope there’s more to this team than what we saw.

  3. Scottsask // June 9, 2018 at 11:21 am //

    I sure hope Bladek is a quick healer, I’m more concerned about the o line than ever, hope some good players get cut from other teams.

    • According to Mullinder – the 1st is solid, beyond them is questionable.

      However, if you attended Scott your view was much better than mine on radio 🙂

      • Who is even the 1st? Are we starting one, two or three Canadians on the OL?

        • MR. Green // June 9, 2018 at 2:23 pm //

          I believe the starters are 3 Americans ann2 Canadians.

        • MR. Green // June 9, 2018 at 2:39 pm //

          No reason to panicked and label a team before the season, like this. Riders started slow last year and came on strong. Calgary lost to a 3-15 team last season. To get a very, very bad game out of the way now and learn from it is better than later, although can happen to anyone.
          Momcrief looks like he will have a monster year. Defence will be fine. The offence who has high quality players will come out with something to prove despite some success last season. This is like Las Vegas, people writing them off before the season. Messam, Owens and Bagg will all be playing sometime. Duron will be a full-time receiver barring injuries.
          Like my fellow fans said and we all said before, O-line depth is a concern when injuries are in play to a couple Canadians. People cied why so many running backs and not O-linemam, well Sherlock, nothing worth signing the last 2 weeks. If you have players you are interested in any they become available, you bring them in for a look. A QB practicing all week with the Starters full time and not taking reps with backups will help. Not worried at all. They will be a different team and will win next Friday.

          • True Green // June 9, 2018 at 7:21 pm //

            I appreciate your post and your first paragraph helped me to check my emotions after last night.

            I wish you were also right about Bagg 🙁

      • True Green // June 9, 2018 at 7:19 pm //

        Mullinder isn’t so bad. Pederson wears green goggles. I was at the game and it was terrible. Oline especially, QBing almost as bad and discipline was embarrassing.

    • Do you know what his injury is? I haven’t heard anything. Jones keeps saying that JSJ looked good before he got injured too, but holy cow when is that guy going to get healthy and play? He has a tweaked hamstring, and there are a wide range of possibilities on that.

  4. It’s been obvious for some time. This isn’t a Grey Cup caliber team. No doubt they are better than they showed last night, but they’ll be battling for a playoff position all season long. Jones has made the lethal mistake of forgetting about solidifying the trenches, well at least the O line. Needs to worry less about stockpiling former NFL running backs and get his Oline straightened out. Collaros showed last year, he cowers when pressured.

    • Three injuries plus the unexpected retirement of Zver and departure of Meredith are the issue on the OL. Keep in mind we’re only talking about the depth for 2-3 Canadian spots, not even the whole line. When you’re out 5 players who are/were depth players for 2-3 positions every team is going to struggle.

      • Yes, Zver didn’t help. Meredith was cut. The fact that in 3 draft classes the riders still haven’t managed to find a starting Offensive lineman is very concerning. We are only starting TWO Canadians (TWO for F sakes) on the OL and they are players that Taman brought in. The depth behind those two Cdn’s is paper thin.
        Grading on securing OL talent = F

  5. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 9, 2018 at 11:30 am //

    The biggest problem for Jones was his action earlier this week. He said this game would basically be the audition between Bridge and Collaros to decide the starting QB. Clearly in hindsight, that was an ill fated plan and something Jones will not admit. Hopefully he will learn to keep his plans closer to his chest to avoid these type of back tracking press conferences in the future.

    • Pretty hard to have a decent comparison of your QBs who are vying for the starting job when you fail to give them the kind of protection needed to make good decisions. No QB’s decision-making skills can be properly evaluated when he has to scramble for his life on virtually every play. Jones drafted the absolute “best” OL player available this year. Only problem is he’s so good that he may never play north of the border as he’s being pretty well compensated by the Jets. Games are won and lost in the trenches so having the best players WHO ARE AVAILABLE is the key to success. Jones doesn’t seem to have this figured out yet – at least not on his OL.

  6. Just saying // June 9, 2018 at 11:43 am //

    Or because of the pressure the D line was giving, like he said he pulled them so his top two would not get hurt.

  7. Blue rules // June 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm //

    WOW, looks like Rider’s fans are going to have a long year making excuses for their team. Welcome to Jonestown drink up.

    • Blackhawk89 // June 9, 2018 at 12:26 pm //

      I’m by no means a rider fan but some if the experts on here seem to forget they were 5 yards from going to the grey cup.

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 9, 2018 at 12:47 pm //

        So what?
        Does that guarantee them something this year?
        The Flames were 1 goal away from the Stanley Cup in 2004, were has that got them since?

      • My gosh, are we going spend a whole season hearing Rider fans lament the “one that got away?” Every team that made the finals last year and didn’t win the cup lost by a single play. Continuing to hang on to your fisherman’s tale isn’t going to help anyone – especially yourselves.

        • Uhhh – if you can read (I can see that’s not the case) Blackhawk89, indicated he was “by no means a Rider fan” But keep on hating, if it helps you function from day to day.

          • Yeah, I missed that part, Yup. Of course, Blackie wasn’t the only one here trotting out that “couldabinacontenda” line here.

          • Oh I hear that. I’m certainly not one of them. Close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades. I also didn’t make excuses for my teams piss poor “performance” (lack of) last night either.

            They played poorly, better team won. It’s in the past, and hope my Riders come to play Friday when it counts.

        • Hey wine guy you did read the part where it said they werent a rider fan right. Just have to be a mor*n anyway

      • Blue rules // June 9, 2018 at 3:00 pm //

        Does saying that make you feel better??

        Rider’s were also one extra player on the field away from winning a Grey Cup!

        • Puck hog // June 9, 2018 at 6:34 pm //

          And Winnipeg hasn’t been too close to winning a Grey Cup in …what? …20? ……30 years. Your funny, Blue!

          • Blue rules // June 10, 2018 at 10:33 am //

            Rider’s would still need to win 6 more Grey Cups to catch up to the Bombers. At their current rate that should take about another 150 years. You won’t get there with Zach concussion!

          • Puck hog // June 10, 2018 at 11:13 am //

            ….or if we go with recent history and extrapolate the future Grey Cup wins, Blue Bummers = zero. Heck, let’s go back 30 years and see if that makes a difference…….oops, I guess not, lol!

          • Blue rules // June 10, 2018 at 1:50 pm //

            Get ready for 5th place in the West, 7th overall. Hamilton will get the crossover!

            And SAY good bye to four hundred,thirty thousand dollars on one soon to be backup QB!!

          • Blue rules // June 10, 2018 at 2:52 pm //

            Hog, you dumbass, Bombers won 2 Grey Cups and 7 Grey Cup appearances in the last 30 years! If you’re going to shoot your mouth off learn the facts first!!

            Saskatchewan school system failed again!

    • Not making excuses. They sucked last night. Period.

  8. SteelyMan // June 9, 2018 at 12:34 pm //

    Cue all the panicked patricks. R-E-L-A-X people, it’s the CFL and you can go into the playoffs with a losing record and hell even win it all.

  9. Provemewrong // June 9, 2018 at 12:37 pm //

    This just shows that Jones is in way over his head. He is certainly a defensive genius, but being headcoachmanagerchiefcookandbottlewasher is just a recipe for failure. Predicting the slider don’t even make a crossover this year.

  10. Former Rider fan // June 9, 2018 at 12:40 pm //

    This is Jones’ third year of masquerading as a GM. The gig is up, even RFD is questioning some of his moves. Jones’ replacement will have a big mess to clean up.

    • Green Apples // June 9, 2018 at 12:51 pm //

      You’re a fraud and you know it. Rider fans are loyal. You’re a bitter Stamps fan which everyone understands.

      • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm //

        Well I can tell you this.
        Carm Carteri didn’t have much good to say about the rider organization last night, but he sure did Calgary’s.
        He pretty much said in so many words, that he’s now a Stamps fan.
        IMO -He’s never sounded happier.

        • He’s on the right bandwagon team then.

          • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 9, 2018 at 1:43 pm //

            No such thing as a bandwagon in Stampeder Nation. We stand on the rock of Gibraltar.

            T- The
            S- Stampeder
            N- Network

  11. Sun always shines at McMahon // June 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm //

    I do fear the rider in 2018. I’m worried they may be announcing Devon Claybrooks as their next HC in December.

  12. Provemewrong // June 9, 2018 at 2:15 pm //

    Look at Jones’s face… like some one just asked him, “So, what do you actually do to earn all that money”?

  13. Hate to veer off the Rider bashing. If anyone else is watching the Hamilton game – can anyone else confirm that Rod Black has said Manziel/Johnny (some variation) South of 200 times 😉

    • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 9, 2018 at 2:44 pm //

      It’s nice to see Jim Barker on the panel.
      Manziel is getting people’s attention for the right reasons, He played pretty decent- better than Collaros and Bridge combined.
      So that look on Chris Jones face- is that an “I give up” or I don’t care” look?

      • It’s the I have a life, and responsibilities “look”. Not the I creep on everthing the Riders do until I get booted, and watch bobblehead Bo through binoculars from my car in the parking lot at prehistoric McMahon “look”

        • Sun always shines at McMahon // June 9, 2018 at 3:39 pm //

          Are we going for burgers tonight? I got a coupon and dying to try the new mango shake

      • How many names do you need on here? It’s pretty pathetic a seemingly grown man gets kicked off a cfl website. Your family must be so proud at how you’ve turned out!

    • I didn’t even bother to keep count. Rod is going to have a heyday with Johnny, Tasker and Carter and their NFL roots when Saskie plays the Ticats! 🙂 (not that Johnny is likely to be playing barring some unforeseen injury to Masoli)

  14. @Yup, we were just talking about that. I can’t stand Rod Black’s commentary. Forde isn’t that much better either. And how much makeup is Jim Barker wearing today eh? Haha

  15. Rider fans and those with any real football IQ(I wont acknowledge all the others) remember what we looked like on D last year for the first month plus. We were getting burned in the backfield unlike I had ever seen before in the CFL. Well we turned it around pretty well and finished the last third of the season as the best D in the league. If we take a game or so tightening things up I’m far from worried. I think he called out Adusei because he has high expectations for him. Come end August we will have a winning record and not even remember this game

    • With all due respect I don’t think that defense is your problem – but the offense, if the QBs can’t be protected, is another matter. It doesn’t matter how many playmakers you have on O – if the QBs don’t have time to get the ball to them, they can’t make plays. Unless Jonesy is planning to just run the ball with his stable of RBs? <)

      • Tfmcb ya I get that but my point is I have complete faith that Jones and company will pull it together. If D picks up where they did last year and no reason to think they wont they will buy us time to straighten out the offense. Lots of good weapons but need better Oline which will come

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