Despite a recent string of losses, the Saskatchewan Roughriders remain optimistic about a possible spot in the postseason. If they manage to secure a victory against the Calgary Stampeders in their upcoming match, their spot in the playoffs is guaranteed. The Stampeders, who carry a 4-11 record, trail behind the Roughriders in the West division.
Head coach Craig Dickenson acknowledged the implications of their next match following Tuesday’s practice. He stated, “We are aware that if we win, we advance into the postseason. It’s certainly a motivating factor for me and hopefully for the players too.”
With a less-than-stellar 6-10 record, the Riders are in control of their playoff destiny this season. The team’s quarterback Jake Dolegala noted, “We dictate our own future from here. If we win the next match, we advance. That’s the reality and that’s what needs to be done.”
Running back Jamal Morrow reinforced the urgency of the situation. “Now is the time for action. No excuses,” Morrow stated, “We just have to iron out the minor issues and ensure flawless execution.”
Fulfilling the team’s aim to win is proving challenging these days for the Roughriders. Faced with uncertainty after their recent loss, Dickenson remained unsure about the team’s starting quarterback, with both Dolegala and Mason Fine emerging as viable options during the match against Hamilton.
In a recent statement, however, Dickenson exhibited optimism. “I anticipate that if we’re playing well, Jake will be the one to lead, but if an extraordinary situation arises, we’ll certainly consider Mason,” he said, indicating openness to changing game plans based on current circumstances.
Dickenson’s regrets about calling a recent loss a “low point” in his coaching career in Saskatchewan also marked a shift in his perspective. “One must take things in stride. I am grateful for my life and everything I have,” he shared. “Even the lowest point in my coaching tenure here remains relatively high.”
In an attempt to drive the team towards a positive trajectory, general manager Jeremy O’Day addressed the players before Tuesday’s practice.
Dolegala shared, “Jeremy gave us an enlightening talk this morning. His message effectively resonated with everyone,” expressing optimism about a shift in the team’s mindset. “Though today was the first day, the focus was more on mental preparedness. The emphasis this week is on thorough and meticulous execution.”