'Riders have 'one' concept

Calgary Stampeders Marc Boerigter after making a 1st down during CFL football in Calgary at McMahon...

Calgary Stampeders Marc Boerigter after making a 1st down during CFL football in Calgary at McMahon Stadium, Saturday, June 30, 2007 (ALCHAREST/ SUN MEDIA)

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 2:58 PM ET

REGINA -- Tonight's opponent has adopted the slogan of 'One,' but the Saskatchewan Roughriders are unofficially using the term 'Everyone' to describe their own philosophy.

Everyone, as new head coach Kent Austin describes it, is who the leaders are in the organization.

"We believe that leadership is plural -- it's not one guy," Austin said yesterday in the buildup to the team's home-opener against the Calgary Stampeders (5 p.m., TSN).

"It comes from all levels of the organization, the bottom, the middle and the top. Leadership isn't your title and the position you hold. Leadership is being accountable to your teammates by first being accountable to yourself."

When the new regime took over the Roughriders midway through the last season, when Eric Tillman replaced Roy Shivers as general manager, it wanted to bring in a new attitude.

Tillman replaced coach Danny Barrett with Austin, the last quarterback to lead the Roughriders to a Grey Cup victory back in 1989, and together they instilled this new philosophy.

Since then, Austin said the club is teaching members of the organization every job they do helps breed success.

It's similar to what the Stamps have done by focusing on the goals of the group instead of individuals.

"If you want to run your own script and not what we want to accomplish as a team, you are not valuable to us," Austin said. "You need to understand what it takes to win as a team. Our guys understand that."


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