Insider Talk: Jefferson re-signs, Dinwiddie’s offence, Ambrosie in B.C.

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Insider Talk is a weekly feature on 3DownNation that features anonymous quotes from people around the CFL — players, coaches, personnel people, executives, agents, etc. — regarding the latest news around the league. It’s a combination of insight, analysis, rumours, and friendly gossip.

This week’s Insider Talk is full of discussion regarding Winnipeg re-signing Willie Jefferson, Randy Ambrosie spending time on the west coast, Ryan Dinwiddie’s offence in Toronto, the future of 2022 CFL Draft prospects Jalen and Tyson Philpot, Wally Buono’s recommendation in Edmonton, and the CFL’s best head coaches.

Enjoy this week’s quotes and come back next Wednesday for another edition of Insider Talk.

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Winnipeg re-signed (defensive end) Willie (Jefferson) quickly and without overpaying him. He got just under a ten percent bump from last year and I bet that other teams — Edmonton for sure — would have offered him a lot more money.

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Randy Ambrosie spent a lot of time this past season on the west coast. I think he was trying to make a good impression on (new B.C. Lions’ owner) Amar Doman.

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I think Ryan Dinwiddie was more involved with Toronto’s offence than many people realized. He did a nice job last year and I think he’ll do it again (in 2022 without the coaches that departed for Edmonton).

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Do you know what bothers me most when watching draft prospects? Seeing guys doing cocky celebrations when their team is down by 20 points. When I see a player doing that, they drop down my board almost every time. You’re down 20. Get back to the huddle.

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If you believe that Wally Buono recommended Chris Jones for the GM job in Edmonton, then I’ve got some swampland in Florida to sell you.

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I’m pissed that Winnipeg was able to keep their front office together. They would have had a tougher time retaining players if (assistant general managers) Ted (Goveia) and Danny (McManus) had been hired elsewhere. I hope (Canadian offensive lineman) Drew Desjarlais signs in the NFL. That’ll hurt them.

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The best head coaches in our league are (Winnipeg’s) Mike O’Shea, (Hamilton’s) Orlondo Steinauer, and (Calgary’s) Dave Dickenson. There’s a reason why those three teams are the favourites come playoff time.

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I think the Philpot twins (from the University of Calgary) are right in that sweet spot: they’re good enough to make a real impact in our league but I don’t there’s a serious risk of them getting signed by an NFL team.

John Hodge is a CFL insider and draft analyst who has been covering the league since 2014.