Ticats' coach learned from Calgary days

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:46 PM ET

Corey Chamblin has two players to thank for the confidence he had taking over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defence.

During three seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, Chamblin was in charge of wild personalities in Dwight Anderson and Brandon Browner.

Chamblin managed to harness their potential and both became all-stars.

"Those two guys right there single-handedly got me ready to be a co-ordinator," said Chamblin, whose Ticats play the Stampeders Saturday night at McMahon Stadium.

"I deal with a lot of different personalities now and those two were different."

The way Chamblin did it? He sat down with both of them and asked them their goals, then explained how they could get there.

Anderson needed to control his temper, play with an edge but not cross the line. He did that, and signed a hefty free-agent deal with the Montreal Alouettes.

Browner wanted back in the NFL, so Chamblin taught him the proper aggressive technique in press coverage that wouldn't get him flagged. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

Chamblin helped himself, too, going from the Stampeders' defensive backs coach to interviewing for the head-coaching job in Saskatchewan before choosing the Tiger-Cats as a co-ordinator.

"The trick with them was getting them to turn their attention," Chamblin said. "I showed them the road to get there. They took it."

But Anderson and Browner weren't the only bright lights the Stampeders had in Chamblin's secondary.

The mere mention of Brandon Smith and Keon Raymond brings a huge smile to Chamblin's face.

The feeling is mutual. Smith and Chamblin both came to the Stamps at the same time in 2008 and are good friends.

Chamblin managed to garner a great deal of respect among the players. He was the boss but also on their side.

"As long as we played hard and we made full-speed mistakes, he would take the blame for it," Smith said. "That's all he wanted us to do. He just wanted as much effort as he possibly could get. If we messed up a play, he always had our backs in that respect."

Smith and Raymond are now the examples for Ticats defensive backs.

"These guys are my babies and those two are my older kids." Chamblin said. "I want our guys to learn those techniques. I turn the film on and say, 'watch him and watch him.' "


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