Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Roughriders Sign Head Coach Chamblin to Contract Extension

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Saskatchewan Roughriders Sign Head Coach Chamblin to Contract Extension

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Riders sign Chamblin to contract extension

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REGINA - Two years ago, GM Brendan Taman went outside the box to find a new head coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

On Thursday, he rewarded Corey Chamblin with a contract extension through the 2017 season after leading the Riders to just the fourth Grey Cup title in franchise history.

"I went with my heart and some people may viewed it outside the box but I knew we had the right guy," Taman told reporters at a news conference. "Corey brings is a lot of things to the table I was looking for when we were hiring a head coach for this organization.

"He's knowledgeable, he's very confident, he can deal with people which is very important as a head coach, he's got a very very good ability to put a very good coaching staff together. The last two years we've been able to do that and we're going to have another one this year and I think that's a huge credit to Corey."

Taman hired Chamblin, then Hamilton's defensive co-ordinator, following the 2012 season after Saskatchewan posted a league-worst 5-13 record. The Riders finished third in the West Division with an 8-10 record in Chamblin's first season, losing 36-30 to Calgary in the conference semifinal.

Last year, Saskatchewan won eight of its first nine games before suffering four straight losses. The Riders finished the regular season with an 11-7 record -- second only to Calgary (league-best 14-4 mark).

After dispatching B.C. 29-25 in the West semifinal, the Riders upset Calgary 35-13 to advance to the Grey Cup game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

Before a rabid Mosaic Stadium gathering of 44,710, the Riders capped their season by downing Hamilton 45-23 for their first CFL title ever on home soil.

"It was great for Brendan to think outside the box," Chamblin said of Taman. "He talks about making that decision from the heart, well, I coach from the heart and I thought that was a good match for us."

The country's sports editors and broadcasters rewarded the Riders for their accomplishment by voting them The Canadian Press Team of the Year for 2013. …

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