Former Riders offensive coordinator Stephen McAdoo didn’t deserve ‘the boot in Saskatchewan’

Toronto Argonauts head coach Ryan Dinwiddie felt Stephen McAdoo was run out of Saskatchewan unfairly.

Following the 2019 CFL season, Roughriders bench boss Craig Dickenson let McAdoo know he wouldn’t be back as the offensive play-caller prior to contacting, and ultimately hiring, Jason Maas. That led to Dinwiddie hiring McAdoo as his offensive line coach with the double blue.

“He’s always done a good job in our meetings in the pass game. Mac’s a great coordinator. I thought he got the boot in Saskatchewan, I don’t think it was deserved,” Dinwiddie said on The Rod Pedersen Show.

“I thought he did a great job there, got Cody [Fajardo] to the next level being unproven. Being an o-line coaching and to be able to work with your quarterbacks, that says something.”

McAdoo was integral in the development of Fajardo. He was the assistant head coach and play-caller and should be given credit for the success of the offence and building the playbook around Saskatchewan’s new face of the franchise.

Fajardo led the Riders to a 12-4 record and first in the West Division at 13-5 in 2019. He threw for 4,302 yards while completing over 71 per cent of his passes with 18 touchdowns against eight interceptions in his first season as a No. 1 QB. The dual-threat pivot used his legs for 611 yards and 10 touchdowns on 107 rushing attempts, averaging 5.7 yards per carry.

McAdoo spent four seasons in Saskatchewan and before that was Edmonton’s offensive coordinator for two seasons, including 2015 when the green and gold won the Grey Cup. The 50-year-old McAdoo previously spent four seasons as the offensive line coach for the Argos and four with the Montreal Alouettes in various offensive roles.

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