Last week’s Stampeder loss to the Montreal Alouettes was a disappointment in many ways. The team lost out on the opportunity to break a CFL Record for best regular season ever and the chance to possibly go down in history as the greatest CFL team ever.
The team just did not play very well. They did not play with the intensity and passion that you need in order to win a football game.
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After the game, I knew there were going to be many fans, media, etc. who wanted the coaches to “blast” the players for their poor play and lack of intensity. It was my opinion that doing so was the last thing the players needed.
As a player myself, I have been in that situation before and I remember how it felt and the negative effect it has when a coach “goes off” on a tirade about the missed opportunities and poor play. As a player, you know you played poorly. As a player, there are times that no matter how hard you try, the intensity and passion just sometimes is not there.
I was interested to see how Dave Dickenson was going to react to the loss. The interview that Mark Stephen did with Dickenson was fantastic. He did a great job.
Dave Dickenson’s answers were “music to my ears” and just reiterated to me, that Dickenson knows how to coach. I thought I would repeat some of the great quotes from Dave Dickenson and the players, from Mark Stephen’s interviews after the disappointing loss to Montreal. I don’t think I could have had better quotes:
Quote #1 – Responding to why the players did not have the intensity needed: “you can’t manufacture intensity”.
Quote #2 – Responding to Drew Tate’s play : “Even though it wasn’t Drew Tate’s best game, I hope that if Drew has to play in the playoffs, having played this game will pay dividends for him come that time he has to play”.
Quote #3 – Responding to the play-calling during the game: “We didn’t want to give away secrets and tendencies”.
Quote #1 – Responding to the fact they lost out on the opportunity to break a CFL Record: “It’s all about the ring and that is what we play for, not records”.
Quote #2 – Responding to the fact that they lost out on the opportunity to be the greatest CFL teams ever: “Now we don’t have to worry about being the greatest team ever, we now just have to worry about being a Grey Cup champion”.
Quote #1 – Responding to the fact that they lost a golden opportunity: “This loss doesn’t take away our main opportunity to win our main goal, – the Grey Cup!”
What a great bunch of quotes. This coach and these players have their heads on straight and I was so impressed with Mark’s interviewing and their answers.
Go Stamps Go.