Saskatchewan Roughriders fans are right about this: don’t panic!
There’s no reason to panic following the CFL team’s lopsided loss to the Ottawa Redblacks. But if the Roughriders lose Saturday to the visiting Montreal Alouettes, Canada’s version of the Cleveland Browns, then it’s time to panic.
The Roughriders have lost starting quarterback Zach Collaros to a concussion and they moved Duron Carter, one of the league’s top receivers, onto their defence. Collaros is being replaced by Brandon Bridge, who was moderately successful last year as a backup quarterback.
But it’s not the Roughriders. It’s the Alouettes. Their general manager, Kavis Reed, and starting quarterback, Drew Willy, have been dispatched by nearly half of the CFL’s teams.
They just lost 56-10 to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who are led by a 23-year-old rookie quarterback.
Their veteran players are too old, the veterans who left haven’t been adequately replaced, the new guys aren’t very good and the head coach, Mike Sherman, doesn’t fully understand Canadian football. There is absolutely no way the Roughriders should lose to the Alouettes.