According to Rod Pedosen.
|Johnny Holland (Riderville)|
From the usual source
Career highlights and awards
Significant event and a noteworthy, positive mileage marker in the evolution of Riderville.
Heaps of events and moves occur during the course of each CFL campaign. It's been our observation, often significant and consequential happenings go-- either unnoticed, or get swept under the rug.
After all, CFL teams now restrict and control media access to players and coaches. More so now than ever. In this age of social media and instant dissemination of information-- it does make sense.
However, even when they had full access, CFL media have always been largely oblivious to what really takes place. None of them were involved in the game. And if they were-- certainly not at a meaningful level-- so they lack the frame of reference to put two and two together.
Those who played and allegedly provide expert analysis-- are shackled-- either by the terms of their employment or by the fact their actual football knowledge is limited by the narrow focus of having played a position. They never invested significant brain matter nor spilled blood coaching at the play for pay level.
Thank Buddha-- we in Dilke-- are wild and free as the wind. We kowtow to no one.
So, we wish to make-- a point of emphasis, just how significant Johnny Holland joining the Rider staff for the 2013 season is.
A tip of the sombrero to Coach Chamblin for having the cojones, the connections and the credibility to make it happen. And high fives for all others concerned who made it so.
Holland will elevate whatever difference, coaching can make during a CFL campaign.
Moments like this, it's worth remembering the not too distant past. A time when the "Hayseed Boys" of the board of directors called the shots. Shelling out the coin to bring in a prospective player during the season was like squeezing turnip blood. If the prospect didn't pass muster, the personnel guy and the coach who made the call got called to the carpet. A mere, tip of the iceberg hint-- of the horror that lay below.
Used to be, one big, "What The Fuck?", after another.
Now, almost, all football ops and executive decisions make perfect sense, thus deserving of kudos and acknowledgement.
- Last season the Society was heartened and applauded as the Riders finally stopped with the excuses and began to utilize charter flights. Definitely made a difference in the game in Hamilton.
- Luc Mullinder signed for a day to retire as a Rider.
- Assisting and facilitating the growth and presence of the Rider Alumni.
- Forking the bucks to assimilate George Cortez.
- And now, hiring Johnny Holland.
All significant indicators, of which way the wind blows.
The Society anxiously awaits the opportunity the evaluate Young Ben at RT. Tall order on short notice for #65 . We KNOW he can play guard. Wish we could remember the exact quote, but The Right Honorable Mr. Makowsky once said something to the effect, "if you can't play all the O-Line positions you better learn in a hurry".
Godspeed and give'er Ben.
Too bad about Neufeld. Didn't have an opportunity to see if he accomplished the off-season mission. Not a single report from training camp addressed the question. Certain media proclaimed he looked good. Impossible to discern exactly what that means. Without substantiating, detailing or quantifying performance those reports mean less than zero.
Also look forward to having a look see at Valdez. Hope he is something special along the lines of X. Pure speculation until we can evaluate video.
If he is, having a full deck to deal from, is an enormous positive as the campaign unfolds.
#64 RT Jose Valdez
Also worth keeping in mind, pre-season games, while a more accurate indicator than practices-- are still not the full on, real deal.
"LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!"