Well that didn’t take long.
The Greg Marshal experiment was a short-lived one. Less than 24 hours after recording their seventh loss in eight games, the Roughrider organization parted ways with both their rookie head coach and offensive coordinator, Doug Berry.
Ken Miller is back as the Riders’ bench boss, though don’t expect this to be an immediate fix to all the Roughriders’ problems. However, we can expect to see a much more comfortable Darian Durant when Saskatchewan plays Winnipeg on Labour Day.
It has been quite obvious this season that Durant and the coaches have never been on the same page. There appears to have been a concerted effort to make Durant more of a pure pocket passer this season. Not sure why, considering Durant has always been at his best when allowed to use his running ability to keep defenses on edge.
Don’t believe me? The Riders’ only win this season came in a game where Durant ran for 71 yards. In their seven losses, Durant has averaged just 20 rush yards per game.
I’m sure Ken Miller knows this, and I expect him to re-work this aspect of Durant’s game back into the offense. There are many more changes necessary in order for the Riders to return to the competitive team that they have been over the past half-decade. The good news is that bringing back Miller, and his methods that have worked so well for this Rider squad recently, is one solid step in the right direction.