Sombre mood among Riders after 2nd loss
Coach wants to see more maturity from less-experienced players
Following a tough weekend loss to the B.C. Lions, the mood is sombre at the Saskatchewan Roughriders clubhouse.
Fans were upset about bad penalties, missing tackles and missed plays as the Riders lost 26-13 to the visiting Lions.
Last year's Grey Cup champions are now 1-2 this season. Head coach Corey Chamblin said he's hopeful things can be turned around, but added players have really been their own worst enemies.
"There are some new guys who are still feeling their way around," he said. "We are asking for some guys to be more than just newbies in this league … Hopefully those young guys can grow up pretty soon."
On social media, some fans were lambasting their team for sloppy play, but on the street, members of Rider nation said they were not ready to pull the plug quite yet.
In Regina, fan Cal Pfeifer told CBC News the team needs time to gel.
"The season will start after Labour Day," he said. "If they don't put it together by Labour Day, then it's next-year country."
Likewise, Raequel Jiles said she isn't ready to push the panic button.
"Honestly, just letting the team be a team and play together," she said. "I think Coach Chamblin is doing a really good job. I think they just need to find their mojo as a team."
The Riders are on a bye this week but will be back in action on July 26, at home against Toronto.