Continuing our CFL Camp Countdown series, here's a look at what's ahead for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, based off Thursday's conference call with team president Jim Hopson, general manager Brendan Taman and head coach Corey Chamblin.
— This offseason saw plenty of moves made at quarterback, with Hamilton and Toronto both making notable trades to try and upgrade their starters. The 5-13 Riders finished below both of those teams last season, but are standing pat with Darian Durant. Chamblin said his role as starter heading into the season isn't in question.
"Darian is our leader," Chamblin said. "We know he'll take us where we need to go, where we want to go."
—That makes sense from this standpoint; Durant didn't have a great 2011, but was very solid in both 2009 and 2010, and was a crucial part of the Riders' back-to-back runs to Grey Cup games. Taman cited that success as the main reason behind their faith in Durant.
"We were struggling last year; there were a lot of reasons for that, but our starting quarterback has been to two of the last three Grey Cups," Taman said. "I don't think that's luck."Read More »from CFL Camp Countdown: Riders double down on Darian Durant