Add the Saskatchewan Roughriders to the list of teams who have been forced to deal with a last-minute change to their coaching staff.
The Riders have announced that special teams coach Merritt Bowden has “resigned to pursue another opportunity” and has been replaced by Terry Eisler, who has spent the last four years as the special teams coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Bowden was a defensive and special teams assistant under former head coach Chris Jones for three seasons and was a guest coach with Jones in Edmonton as well. With Craig Dickenson taking over as head coach following Jones’ departure, it’s not that surprising that Bowden is moving on as well.
Bowden isn’t a household name (outside the province of Saskatchewan) but our radio friend Jamie Nye has a helpful identifier.
#Riders special teams coordinator Merritt Bowden – aka the person people asked about last season 'who is the guy with the crazy hair that stands next to Chris Jones?' – has resigned.
— Jamie Nye (@jamienye) May 13, 2019
Let’s have a closer look at that hair, shall we?
Ohhhhhhh, that guy. He does have some excellent hair, no question.
Anyway, as with the late off-season departures of Jaime Elizondo in Ottawa and June Jones in Hamilton, the timing could probably be better for the Riders. But given that Dickenson is considered one of the better special teams coordinators in the CFL and Eisler knows the Canadian game, the green and white should be alright.