Whatever Chris Jones’ plan is, it seems to be working.
After cycling through hundreds of players in 2016, the first year Jones was in charge of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the revolving door slowed this year.
The CFL team still dressed more than 90 different players, but the incessant tryouts slowed enough to show that some of these recruits were pretty good. Kacey Rodgers, Willie Jefferson, Crezdon Butler, Cameron Marshall and others, in addition to becoming familiar faces, helped the Roughriders to a 10-8 record and their first playoff appearance since 2014.
So let’s consider 2016 a lost year. It was a chance for Jones and his dozens of assistant coaches and talent evaluators to find players capable of forming a decent team in 2017.
Having beaten every one of the playoff teams, the Riders have apparently put the pieces in place to challenge for a championship.
Jones insists that veteran quarterback Kevin Glenn, despite his recent shoddy performances, will be Saskatchewan’s starter when the Riders visit the Ottawa Redblacks.
What the plan is after that . . . well, wait and see.