Ottawa Redblacks GM Marcel Desjardins isn’t one to dwell on a past, even if it involves a overwhelming Grey Cup victory.
The Redblacks will flog off a CFL deteriorate as a group to kick following final year’s stirring 39-33 overtime championship win over Calgary. Ottawa starts a pretension counterclaim Jun 23 hosting a Stampeders in a Grey Cup rematch.
“I don’t demeanour back,” Desjardins said. “I try to be, and we try and be active in what we do day to day and try to have an answer before a doubt is asked.
“Our thought each year during this time is to get to a Grey Cup and see what happens from there. It’s worked a final dual years…let’s only wish we’re means to get it finished again this year.”
The unchanging debate opens Jun 22 with a Saskatchewan Roughriders visiting a Montreal Alouettes.
It’s been a duration arise for Ottawa, that has seemed in uninterrupted Grey Cups after a 2-16 initial 2014 season. Ottawa mislaid 26-20 to Edmonton in a 2015 pretension diversion before upsetting a 15-2-1 Calgary group after finishing atop a East with a 8-9-1 mark.
The Grey Cup win was Ottawa’s initial given 1976 when Tony Gabriel’s late 24-yard TD squeeze warranted a afterwards Rough Riders an sparkling 23-20 feat over Saskatchewan. Montreal (2009-10) was a CFL’s final repeat champion while no group has won a pretension on home dirt given a Roughriders in 2013.
But Ottawa will margin a many opposite group in 2017 than a one that finished final deteriorate in Nov during Toronto’s BMO Field.
Quarterback Henry Burris, a Grey Cup MVP, has late while maestro receivers Chris Williams (B.C.) and Ernest Jackson (Montreal) along with using behind Kienan LaFrance (Saskatchewan) were among those who left in giveaway agency. Kicker Chris Milo and American linebacker Damaso Munoz were released.
Desjardins re-signed descent lineman Nolan MacMillan — a initial actor drafted in authorization story — afterwards combined linebackers Khalil Bass (Winnipeg) and Ron Omara (Hamilton), receivers Kenny Shaw and Diontae Spencer and defensive behind A.J. Jefferson (all Toronto), kicker Brett Maher (Hamilton) and defensive behind Adam Berger (Calgary) in giveaway agency.
Arguably Desjardins’ biggest pierce came final year when he sealed former Toronto quarterback Trevor Harris, who’s now Ottawa’s starter. Veteran Drew Tate, performed in a off-season from Calgary, is approaching to assume backup duties on recuperating from a concussion.
“I’d contend many teams in a CFL are substantially identical [in carrying bustling off-season],” Desjardins said. “What’s tough is when it’s change we can’t control like injuries during a march of a year.
“Free group is a opposite animal…you kind of have a flattering good thought of what’s going to occur before it happens. But yeah, change is a inlet of a diversion and whoever adjusts a best as those changes are mandated on them are customarily a ones who’ll have some-more success.”
Here’s a demeanour during some of a other CFL storylines streamer into a deteriorate opener:
League acid for new commissioner
Jeffrey Orridge is out as CFL commissioner. League authority Jim Lawson will offer as halt commissioner until a deputy is hired. Lawson feels a new commissioner will be allocated someday in July. Not surprisingly, Lawson wouldn’t reason who some of a heading possibilities are though one name that keeps entrance adult is Wayne Parrish, a former sports columnist and Sun Media executive who also served as Canada Basketball’s executive executive and CEO. TSN’s Glen Suitor and Duane Forde — both former CFL players — have voiced seductiveness in a job.
New care in Toronto
Jim Popp and Marc Trestman are together again, this time with a Toronto Argonauts. Popp hired Trestman as Montreal’s conduct manager in 2008 and over 5 seasons he posted a 59-31 regular-season record, appearing in 3 Grey Cups and winning two. Popp spent 21 years as a Als GM, heading a group to 8 Grey Cup appearances and 3 wins. He also warranted a Grey Cup ring in ’95 as a Baltimore Stallions’ GM. The Argos were final in a East Division final year with a 5-13 record in their initial deteriorate underneath new tenure personification during a refurbished BMO Field. Ricky Ray, 37, entering his 15th CFL season, is a starter after fast injuries a final dual years.
Durant biggest further to Alouettes roster
It’s been a bustling off-season for rookie GM Kavis Reed. Since being promoted this off-season from a coaching ranks, Reed has overhauled a roster. He’s expelled such veterans as linebacker Bear Woods — a East’s tip defensive actor final year — and let others like linebacker Winston Venable and defensive lineman Alan-Michael Cash travel as giveaway agents. Reed has also combined such proven performers as defensive behind Ryan Phillips, receiver Ernest Jackson and defensive lineman Jabar Westerman though his biggest pierce was appropriation quarterback Darian Durant from Saskatchewan as Montreal looks to strech a CFL playoffs for a initial time given 2014.
Comeback on reason for Vince Young
The former Texas star’s football quip with a Saskatchewan Roughriders is on reason after pang a ripped hamstring during training camp. This week, Riders conduct coach/GM Chris Jones pronounced Jones would be out four-to-six weeks. Hardly an ideal unfolding for a 34-year-old who was out of football given 2014 before signing with Saskatchewan. Veteran Kevin Glenn will lead a Riders into new Mosaic Stadium this season. After posting a 5-13 record in his initial deteriorate with a club, Jones could find himself on a hotseat with Ridernation if a bar struggles out of a embankment this year.
Sunderland takes over Eskimos
Jason Maas earnings for a second deteriorate as Edmonton’s conduct manager though has a new trainer in GM Brock Sunderland. He was hired to reinstate Ed Hervey, who was dismissed in a off-season. Sunderland inherits a plain register anchored by CFL flitting personality Mike Reilly. Adarius Bowman, a league’s tip receiver final year, also earnings though Derel Walker — who was second altogether to Bowman — is now with a NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Shamawd Chambers, who was named a tip Canadian in Edmonton’s 2016 Grey Cup win, is behind with a Eskimos after signing with Saskatchewan as a giveaway representative in Feb 2016.
Lions could be skinny on defence
The B.C. Lions face opening a deteriorate reduction dual defensive stalwarts. Linebacker Adam Bighill — who shaped a energetic tandem with 2014 CFL superb actor Solomon Elimimian — assimilated a NFL’s New Orleans Saints this off-season while maestro defensive behind Phillips was recover before resurfacing with Montreal. Bighill had 489 tackles and 33 sacks in 6 seasons with a Lions while Phillips had played 12 years in B.C., induction 47 interceptions and 478 tackles. The Lions were second in a West Division with a 12-6 record and boasted a counterclaim that authorised a fewest yards and finished tied for a joining lead with 52 sacks though had a CFL-low 9 picks