Chamblin wins CFL's coach of year award

Corey Chamblin is the CFL's coach of the year. Chamblin received the Annis Stukus Trophy at the...

Corey Chamblin is the CFL's coach of the year. Chamblin received the Annis Stukus Trophy at the league's annual coach of the year luncheon in Ottawa Wednesday Feb 5, 2014. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:57 PM ET

OTTAWA - Corey Chamblin’s best coaching moment of 2013 occurred just before the Saskatchewan Roughriders roared on to the field at B.C. Place to battle the Lions on Oct. 4.

The Riders, who started the season with an 8-1 record, were in danger of losing their fifth game in a row and were staring at the possibility of having to win two road games in the playoffs just to play in their own Grey Cup.

That’s when Chamblin went to work, peeling the paint off the walls of the locker-room and getting his charges ready to run through a wall for him.

“In that locker-room that night,” Chamblin began, “we just said, ‘Hey, we don’t have anything to lose. Let’s just play. Forget all the pressure. Forget all the hype. Forget everything everybody’s saying about what you should be and just play football.’

“From that point forward nobody cared anymore about the Grey Cup or whatever. It was just about let’s win and let’s play ball.”


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