How the 2015 season played out:
To say that the 2015 season was rough in Saskatchewan would be an understatement. The team began the year 0-9, which was one of the worst starts in franchise history, and star quarterback Darian Durant had a season ending injury in Game 1 of the season. Following the 0-9 start to the year the Roughriders cleaned house, firing then GM Brandon Taman and then Head Coach Corey Chamblin and replaced him with Bob Dyce in the interim. The team won their next game, against Winnipeg, before losing all of their remaining games up to the season finale where they defeated Montreal – finishing the forgettable season at 3-15.
Additions and Subtractions
One of the biggest additions the Saskatchewan Roughriders made this off-season was Chris Jones as head coach. The off-season was only days old when Chris Jones shockingly left the team he had just led to a Grey Cup, the Edmonton Eskimos, to go coach in Saskatchewan.
The Roughriders made a key addition on defense in signing Eric Norwood, following his release from Hamilton, who is a good depth signing on defense.
The team also lost play making wide outs Chris Getzlaf and Ryan Smith to free agency.
2016 Season Thoughts
With a healthy Darian Durant behind centre, the Roughriders should be able to get more wins then they did last year. He will provide that veteran Grey Cup winning attitude and leadership on offense. How Chris Jones adjusts from coaching the team that won the Grey Cup to now turn around a 3-15 team that finished third last in league offense, and dead last in team defense will certainly be an intriguing story line.
I certainly predict the season goes smoother than the last for the Roughriders, but it will be tough to compete with the likes of Calgary and Edmonton up at the top of the division. The Roughriders go in to the season with many question marks that we will only be able to see the answer to once season gets underway.