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.