Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 24, 2015

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  1. Madman

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 24, 2015

    John Hufnagel — Post-season

    John Hufnagel talks about the end of the 2015 and the upcoming transition at the head coaching position.

    Bo Levi Mitchell - Post-season
    Bo Levi Mitchell tells the media he played for a great coach this past year and will play for another great one next season.

    Juwan Simpson - Post-season
    Juwan Simpson talks about the disappointment of the end of the Stamps' season and what lies ahead for himself and the Red and White.

    Eric Rogers - Post-season
    Receiver Eric Rogers speaks to the media about his chemistry with Bo Levi Mitchell and a possible NFL opportunity.

    Hufnagel: ''I had a blast for eight years''
    As John Hufnagel's time as Stampeders head coach comes to an end, the team talks about how different things will be under Dave Dickenson and Hufnagel opens up about his time in charge on the sidelines.


    After a hard loss, you’d think a player would try to forget the pain as quickly and ruthlessly as possible.
    But not so for Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.
    “I’m going to make sure I remember how this feels,” said Mitchell in the wake of Sunday’s 45-31 Western Final loss to the Eskimos at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium. “First time for it to end like this. I’m going to make sure that I remember this and use it as fuel all off-season when I’m working. Just to make sure that I can come back and get this team past this game.”

    While Rene Paredes did his job on Sunday, he was relied upon much too often when all was said and done.
    Paredes, recently named a 2015 finalist for the CFL’s Most Outstanding Special Teams Player, connected on all five of his field goal tries in the Western Final. Despite the stellar individual performance, the Red and White were denied the opportunity to defend their Grey Cup title in the big game.
    “It’s tough,” said Paredes in a sombre post-game locker room at Commonwealth Stadium. “We’ve been here before and it hurts. You’ve got to give (Edmonton) credit. They came out flying and playing around. Like (Coach) Huff said, they made a few more plays than us and that’s what happened.”

    Bricks & Balls from the West Division final
    The season ended a week earlier than planned.
    And no one was happy about the longer winter vacation.
    The Calgary Stampeders didn't get the result they were after but the 14-4 season season was still a successful one.
    It just might take a while before the Stamps or their fans can feel good about 2015.

    Calgary Stampeders receiver Eric Rogers aims for NFL gig
    Even though it lasted about 13 months and 23 games, there are many moments that stand out in the Eric Rogers era.
    Unfortunately for Calgary Stampeders fans, however, that era is likely over. For the time being, at least.
    His destination?
    Somewhere that features four-down football on Sundays.

    Calgary Stampeders assistant GM John Murphy looking at Saskatchewan Roughriders gig
    Branches of John Hufnagel's coaching tree will be on full display when Chris Jones and Rick Campbell match wits in the Grey Cup on Sunday.
    His front office tree could be sprouting another limb in the near future, too.
    After the Calgary Stampeders GM — the head coach title is no longer attached — confirmed assistant GM John Murphy is a candidate for the vacant Saskatchewan Roughriders GM job following Sunday's 45-31 West Final loss to the Edmonton Eskimos, Murphy met with the media Monday morning at McMahon Stadium to discuss the situation.

    Stamps notes: Simpson not tuning in to Grey Cup
    As familiar as he is with the players and the coaches taking part in Sunday’s Grey Cup game, the appeal just isn’t there for Juwan Simpson.
    “Not really. I won’t watch it,” the Calgary Stampeders’ veteran middle linebacker said on Monday, as the club held its customary end-of-season media availability before the players scattered. “I have a lot of close friends who play on both sides of the ball. I just hope it’s a good game and may the best team win. I’ve played for both coaches, so I don’t care either way.”
    Simpson, understandably, was still smarting from the loss of the previous afternoon in Edmonton, which put the Eskimos in the coveted championship game.

    Hufnagel bids farewell to coaching a day after Stamps' exit
    If in any way John Hufnagel felt diminished or coerced, cast aside or suddenly excluded, he was doing a masterful job of hiding the pent-up angst.
    On his way to the microphone in front of the inevitable camera-friendly Calgary Stampeders backdrop Monday, the now ex-coach paused to unleash an exaggerated, high-pitched “SOB!”, before dabbing theatrically at bone-dry tear ducts.
    Then, after ‘composing’ himself, broke into this huge game-show-host grin.
    “Just messing with you guys.”

    Long list of Stampeders free agents head into uncertain off-season
    The Calgary Stampeders without Keon Raymond would be like the sky without stars. Hard, hard to fathom.
    Yet, as the Stamps embark on a week-early off-season, the veteran SAM linebacker is on a lengthy list of pending free agents and even he is uncertain what the future will bring.
    “I’m still a little heartbroken over this loss,” Raymond said on Monday, a day after Calgary was soundly defeated by Edmonton in the CFL West Final. “I have to patch up my wounds a little bit.

    Stamps' Murphy interested in Roughriders' GM job
    In assessing the debris field in Regina — hypothetically, naturally — John Murphy doesn’t consider the clean-up to be as extensive as people might believe.
    “I don’t think it’s a ‘project’,” replied the Calgary Stampeders’ assistant GM/director of player personnel, “and if it was, that to me would be even more reason why people would be interested in a job like that.
    “You’re interested not only for the opportunity but the chance to put your mark, your stamp — no pun intended — on the roster.

    Cornish decision big question mark heading into Stamps off-season
    There is a lot of chatter around Calgary that the three-time most outstanding Canadian and 2013 MOP has already played his last game for the Calgary Stampeders.
    It’s quite likely though that Jon Cornish hasn’t made up his mind on whether he’s playing again, most likely waiting until his injury clears up to make that decision.
    When the Stamps cleared out their lockers on Monday, had a final team meeting with new head coach Dave Dickenson addressing the team for the first time in the new job, there were two people that didn’t address the media.

    An Interesting Off Season ahead!
    After a heart breaking loss in the West Final, the obvious question for Stampeders fans is “What’s Next?”
    We know the black and white, we’re just not too sure about the grey!
    John Hufnagel is no longer the head coach and he will focus only on the GM role. The Dave Dickenson era now begins. Will Dickenson hire a new offensive coordinator? Maybe he tries to do both?

    Roughriders given permission to talk to Calgary assistant GM John Murphy
    John Murphy is officially a candidate to take over the Saskatchewan Roughriders vacant general manager job.
    The Calgary Stampeders have given the Riders permission to talk to Murphy, who is currently Calgary's assistant general manager.
    The Stampeders season came to an end on Sunday following a 45-31 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos.

    Stampeders prep for head coach change, but Hufnagel continues influence as GM
    Aside from the wins, John Hufnagel's legacy as head coach of the Calgary Stampeders will be seen on the sidelines of Sunday's Grey Cup in Winnipeg.
    Edmonton Eskimos head coach Chris Jones was Hufnagel's defensive co-ordinator from 2008 to 2011.
    Ottawa Redblacks coach Rick Campbell was Jones's successor in Calgary in 2012 and 2013. Campbell also coached the Stampeders' running backs in 2010.

    End to Stampeders' season fuels speculation
    The Calgary Stampeders’ season is over, but speculation regarding some of their key employees is likely to continue.
    John Hufnagel coached his final game with the Stampeders on Sunday, when they lost 45-31 to the host Edmonton Eskimos in the CFL’s West Division final.
    The Stampeders’ blueprint calls for Hufnagel to remain the team’s general manager while handing the head-coaching reins to Dave Dickenson, who has been the team’s offensive co-ordinator.
  2. Bumpnrun

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    Kim Murphy and any of his fellow crew should not be anywhere near the Grey Cup. If they are ... shame on the league.

    Game bricks:
    The injuries finally caught up to this team. Especially on the o-line. Due to the fact that the Stamps we're decimated on the line changed the whole ratio and complexion of the D.

    Game brick #2:
    Suspect play calling from both coordinators.

    Silver lining?

    With exception to extra motivation in the offseason, not much to reflect on from Sunday's game. Overall the team just didn't have the extra gear to get it done this year.
    redwhite2005 and Tundra Mustang like this.

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