Riders QB confidence not a concern: Jones

Chris Jones isn’t concerned that his unorthodox rotation scheme will damage the confidence of his young quarterbacks

“Nah, I don’t worry about it because that’s what they pay me to do is try to figure out somebody to go in there and play, the best way to stay on the field is have success on the field, that’s what I would tell them,” the Riders bench boss said.

Jones started Brandon Bridge but rotated CFL rookie David Watford in for at least one series per quarter in Saskatchewan’s 18-13 win against Hamilton.

“Steve Spurrier did it and had a lot of success, so we decided we’d do the same thing,’ Jones said referencing the former NCAA and NFL head coach who was known for using multiple quarterbacks in games.

Bridge completed 11-of-13 passes for 101 yards, including the crucial 29-yard completion to Josh Stanford which set up the winning major, while rushing four times for 30 yards and accounting for all 12 offensive points the Riders scored. Watford went 3-of-6 for 47 yards and ran seven times for 50 yards, all of his drives ended in punts.

“I want more out of them, I’m hard on them. They both have unique qualities, David’s probably a little faster than what Bridge is but Bridge has got a little bit more experience,” Jones said.

“We’re just going to keep grinding until we figure it out.”

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73 Comments on Riders QB confidence not a concern: Jones

  1. Jim Bob // July 6, 2018 at 11:30 am //

    Only good thing with any type of rotation is a back-up QB will not get better not playing in real game action. They gotta play to get better but not going with a solid # 1 could hurt the team in the long run leadership wise.

    • Leadership wise, it’s still Collaros’ team when he gets healthy.

      • Puck Hog // July 6, 2018 at 2:12 pm //

        Sure. But it did not take much to concuss Collaros. I believe his playing days are pretty much over.

        • It could be, or he could stay healthy. Time will tell.

          I can’t disagree with Jones’s reluctance to ride it out with a single QB (either Bridge or Watford) at this point. They both know it’s an open competition, and neither of them has won the starting job convincingly yet. If you’re looking for long-term leadership at QB, and you’re going to assume that Collaros is not the answer, then a front-runner will emerge sooner or later and he will get the starting job based on performance and merit.

  2. Looks like the Rider braintrust has finally realized what I’ve been explaining for the past two years – – that Brando Bridge is not a pro level QB.

    That’s why they’re “not concerned” – – because they know Collaros will be back in a few games and then Bridge and this Watford character can go back to holding clipboards.

    • Collaros is washed up. His confidence is shot and he is one concussion away from retirement.

      • The offense will be much, much better when Collaros comes back. Just goes the show how night and day different the caliber of QB’s are on this team. Collaros is the starter for a reason and Bridge and Watford are the back ups. No doubt about it.

    • True Green // July 6, 2018 at 3:13 pm //

      Now I wonder why they didn’t just listen to your genius interpretation in the first place?

  3. Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 11:31 am //

    Lol….all slider quarterbacks just don’t have the skill set to compete in this league…..lol

  4. White Horse // July 6, 2018 at 11:34 am //

    Absolutely absurd! Jones has never heard of rhythm and continuity! Confidence ‘IS’ a major concern for god sakes! One play actually decided this game and now Jones is a hero? Get real.

    • Rider Fan // July 6, 2018 at 3:58 pm //

      Most games are decided by one or two plays. They are turning points or pivotal points. Just so you know.

  5. Imposter above!!!

    I laughed when he made the comparison to Steve Spurrier! That’s college football, not pro!

    “We’re just going to keep grinding until we figure it out.”—–Chris Jone year 3 statement

    • Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 12:07 pm //

      Imposter above!!!!!….How many more complaints does Chris Jones have in his bag of tricks?

    • Chris Jones has more Grey Cup rings than you do so we are wanting to listen to your opinion for what reason exactly???????? CouchSitting Coaches aren’t exactly desirable to listen to.

  6. Best CFL Fan // July 6, 2018 at 11:47 am //

    I like when the 2 QBs have different skill sets. Bridge had lots of success last year relieving KG. Defence planned for pocket passer, gave BB’s mobility a better chance to succeed. I don’t know that Watford and BB bring enough diverse skills to make a big difference.

  7. TruBlu58 // July 6, 2018 at 11:49 am //

    God couldn’t play behind the rider o-line!

  8. I remember back in 2013 when my brother took Durant’s and Chicks athletic cups home at the end of the season for me to add to my shrine. Drank a Coors outta those cups, only time I’ve tasted success………

  9. Looks ones like peewee football

  10. solara2000 // July 6, 2018 at 11:58 am //

    Certainly Jones is unorthodox in his management of his QBs. While it would seem to be intuitive that getting playing time without the fear of making a mistake would develop a QB more quickly from knowledge, confidence, skill bases, the test will of Jones’ approach will be most easily found firstly in the Rider’s W/L record.

  11. If the QB’s had a even a couple of seconds to deliver the ball down the field they might have more success. The o-line is the main concern of the Rider team.

  12. Says the defensive coach who has NO idea about coaching QBs and what is best for them. They won that game by the seat of their pants because the Ticats failed to capitalize one or two times on their scoring opportunities!

  13. Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 12:19 pm //

    Was it not announced on field by the TSN guy right before the start of2nd half that Bridge would go the rest of the way?? Clearly that didn’t happen

  14. Regina wasn’t going to let Brando Bridge throw the game away last night with dumb INTs so they limited him to no passes beyond 5yds. That’s why they didn’t take any shots downfield – – NOT because the OLine couldn’t hold up.

    It wasn’t until the final drive when there was nothing to lose, Bridge tossed up that wobbling Hail Mary that Joke Stanford managed to come down with.

  15. Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 12:29 pm //

    Playing musical chairs with the quarterbacks is not a good formula. It will backfire and have long term consequences for the riders. Of course this doesn’t matter to Chris Jones…lol…

  16. Jones’ reference to Spurrier is pure rationalization for his game management of Bridge and Watford. His handling of the two QBs is both counterproductive and amateurish. There is no way after getting subbed following an unproductive series or two that a QB, especially fairly young QBs, can develop any rhythm and chemistry with their receivers. As a strategic move, there is no discernible change of pace between the two QBs. The only benefit from Jones’ musical chairs is to give Bridge and Watford time to recover from the pounding they’re absorbing from the leaky offensive line. There is an old adage, if you have two quarterbacks you have zero quarterbacks.

  17. Jeffrey Pedler // July 6, 2018 at 12:47 pm //

    Put Carter back on offence, trade for a centre and keep Bridge in the whole game.

  18. It was a ugly win but rather have an ugly win over a good loss.

    Jones only cares about the defense. Can’t draft a starting Cdn Oline for 2 years now? Most have have atleast 2 frim the draft some 3 starters. Yes there is bladek but he is struggling along with the entire line.

    Qb is only as good as his O. Bridge needs playing time. Give him 3 games and either he improves or get rid of him. As far as Watford the best thing I can say is he is our best running back.

    • Bridge gets too antsy in the pocket, even when the O-line is playing okay. A successful CFL QB finds the safe spot in a collapsing pocket to buy himself those crucial 2 or 3 more seconds to find an open man, steps up, and throws decisively. You see that regularly from Masoli, Reilly, Trevor Harris, and Collaros in 2015. We haven’t seen it from Bridge yet. He sees pressure coming, and either runs the other direction straight into a defensive end, or backpedals until his only option is to throw it out of bounds.

      Watford extends plays with his legs, but that’s not a sustainable way to run an offense either. He’s shown better accuracy and in my opinion seems to be more confident at reading the defense.

    • ARSE 51 and ManyHandles MUST be BANNED // July 7, 2018 at 12:20 am //

      So true TJ. An Ugly Win is better than a well played loss.

  19. White Horse // July 6, 2018 at 1:29 pm //

    The Cats should never have lost this game. Riders with two high school QB’s throwing 7 yrd passes and running for their lives. Masoli was very accurate for the most part and his receivers let him down. Right now Masoli is the best QB in the CFL. Keep up the good effort. Return game will be a good one, same as Stamps/RB next week.

    • Si1ver Fox // July 6, 2018 at 1:48 pm //

      Maybe you can tell me which quarterback was the only one to throw an interception last night? It also wasn’t his receivers fault that he overthrew him by 10 yards…

  20. Edward Leslie // July 6, 2018 at 1:30 pm //

    Absolutely ridiculous. Bridge was 2/3 passing when he got pulled for firsy time. One missed pass and he gets the hook.
    I hope Jones gets fired at the end of the season.
    His endless unnecessary tinkering with the lineup will fail again. Always switching QBs; always switching Running backs; always moving players to different positions; switching Carter to Strong Corner, then Field corner, then Safety; Not drafting Offensive linemen when he has no depth; decimating the receiving core; Getting rid of Muamba with no replacement ready.
    Maybe being Head Coach AND defacto Defensive Coordinator AND General Manager is too much for him.

    • I have to disagree with you Edward. Most of the stuff is said is false. Carter playing defense last night, did extremely well. With the bye week coming up.. he will be back in at Receiver on the rematch, Plus the QB position will be back to normal once Collaros is back. He’s hands down their best QB. It’s not even a question. Hopefully it will be the rematch. Jones’s Defense has again proven to be one of the best in the league. There is absolutely no reason to fire him.

      • At the end of the day, the wins and losses will speak for themselves. Jones has had 2.5 years to set up the roster, staff and system exactly how he wants. While we all love to question his decisions and I believe he’s sometimes blinded by his loyalties and stubbornness, he watches the guys practice day in and day out, and he’s more familiar with their capabilities than anyone else. He had them within less than a minute of going to the Grey Cup last year. He will (or at least should) live or die by their win-loss record.

        2-2, with the starting QB injured for three of those games, is not terrible. Yesterday’s win was crucial for Jones.

  21. Stampeding // July 6, 2018 at 1:44 pm //

    But it’s Chris Jones, he is God, he is the Master of Suprise ….lol….

  22. MR. Green // July 6, 2018 at 3:43 pm //

    Apparently 8million people know better than Jones.
    When you look like crap continually running the offence, you deserve to get the hook. When you make poor reads am make the wrong play, get her but outta there. Time after Time both made poor reads and missed looking at open recievers right in front of them. I liked it. Change it up. Forget this rythm crap QB’s say they need time to get it. Some QB’s are in a rythm on play one. You know the plan and offence!
    Now, I saw Bridge make more strides, but still played like crap. That last drive may be exactly what he needs gaining confidence. It’s a feeling I have from watching. I think the desperation of that drive kind of woke him up and realized he needs to be smarter and trust his teammates. He better stay in Regina, study and work instead of taking off.

  23. Riders01 // July 6, 2018 at 3:49 pm //

    Well, I would be pretty concerned if I was him. The starter is an unproven player who hasn’t looked good for a very long time getting paid Alot of money and just missed a bunch of games with another concussion, wouldn’t be surprised if he gets another one and is done for good. The backups don’t look like they’ll be in the league much longer and have no chance of succeeding if Collaros gets hurt again, especially with the musical chair routine Jones has them playing. Have a feeling it’s going to be a long, disappointing year.

  24. Your dad // July 6, 2018 at 4:07 pm //

    Area 51 your a goof. All I see you on here spewing verbal garbage. The only “joke” on here is you with your armchair gm observations. Eat a big bag of dicks. Punk.

  25. Your dad // July 6, 2018 at 4:14 pm //

    Stampedeking you are a punk too. Quit trolling on a rider post if you just wanna talk smack. let us fans celebrate our win.

  26. Chris Jones has more Grey Cup rings than you do so we are wanting to listen to your opinion for what reason exactly???????? CouchSitting Coaches aren’t exactly desirable to listen to.

  27. As far as the QB rotation goes if you know you are going to be pulled for the next set it could actually relieve some of the anxiety and loosen you up. Looking forward to the next match up. Riders will be ready!

  28. big guy // July 6, 2018 at 5:29 pm //

    if memory serves me correctly Wpg game up a ton of yards to most teams but still won the majority of their games. When someone says we deserved the win because we had more yards what does that really mean. If you run up and down the field kicking field goals instead of TD’s the odds are you will lose. A win is a win is a win and at the end of the year no team goes into the playoffs because they outgained the opposition, you gotta win on the scoreboard. Was it an ugly win, of course but it was still a win especially considering they were up against a very good team.

  29. Evil Empire // July 6, 2018 at 9:15 pm //

    One of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard. What was it they said on the broadcast …

    I’ve never seen a qb change from first to second down except for injury.

    Yeah, there’s a reason for that. Let’s face it. Masoli was brutal last night. Hard to believe in a 300+ yd passing game. But he was awful. Repeated unforced errors. He was flat out missing his receivers by many yards on alot of throws. And his receivers made some great catches on some bad throws.

    The Rider defence was awful. I know they don’t want to hear that. But they gave up over 300 yds. And if Masoli hadn’t of sucked so badly. It would have been a massacre. But, I hope they are lulled. I hope they thought they were great. Ham needs to get their crap together. A good defensive effort. But the offence completely crapped the bed.

    I was once again amazed by the walking, talking, egotistical, gong show known as C Jones. If they are going to go anywhere. It will have to be in spite of that Dr Jekyll, and Mr Jive. He’s a horrible coach.

  30. Collaros is not a scrambling q.b. If the o line & play calling don’t get any better Collaros is done for next game he comes in!

  31. No surprise // July 6, 2018 at 10:57 pm //

    Typical Rider fans. Arrogant and sarcastic, win or lose. Where did all the Saskatchewan class go to? It used to be abundant, now is just about extinct.

  32. It is because of a couple of supposed fans of other teams coming on this site and trashing the Riders continuously even on stories that have nothing to do with the Riders. I wish some Riders fans would not reply to these at all because their responses are reflecting poorly on the Riders. Lowering yourself to these fake CFL fans level is easy because they get you upset but it just goads them on because they know they got under your skin.

  33. KingKong // July 7, 2018 at 1:50 am //

    Rotating two QBs will be the way of the future, Chris Jones is a genius he just needs the QBs and O-Line to do their job consistently. Start using guys in different positions for certain Marc-ups against opponents is smart! How about using RB as pass rusher? I could see Thigpen or Messam breaking through the OLine and and dragging down a QB!

  34. I just call it as I see it, my friends.

    Masoli was terrible last night, but Watford and Brando Bridge were unspeakably bad.

    Regina won in spite of their QB play.

  35. Joanne Trebilcick // July 7, 2018 at 7:55 am //

    Yes Chris Jones has three grey cup rings and when he was sitting at the round table with three or four gc winning coaches, his hands were “stuck” on the table while the other guys sat like normal human beings. Sometimes hands in their laps, sometimes on the table but at no time was there anyone sitting with there with their hands stuck on the table, not moving and gc rings glowing under the lights.

    Then he took “his” Grey Cup down to Tennessee to his old neighbourhood and had to explain to those people what it was and then of course he had to explain where Canada was.

    This guy is a joke!! No “O” line?? Where is Peter Dyakowski?? Smartest Guy in Canada, great player and still young. Did Jones have to dump him because Peter speaks in smart and Jones listens in dumb! Probably couldn’t understand him!!

  36. Joanne Trebilcick // July 7, 2018 at 8:02 am //

    At the round table, no other Grey Cup winning coach even wore their rings.
    But, there was Jones with all three, hands stuck to the table. I thought this needed repeating because it just shows to go you what a no class, no talent of a human being this guy is!!

    • I don’t think it’s fair to say he’s got no class just because he wore his Grey Cup rings to a CFL event and took the trophy to his hometown… Those are fairly normal things to do. You might be reading into things.

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