There's never a dull moment around here. Ever.
As the calendar flipped to the second week of the Saskatchewan Roughriders' 2012 training camp, one career ended while another one was extended.
Which do you want first?
Let's start with the retirement. Highly-touted wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, a former second round pick of the Carolina Panthers and record-setter at USC, missed all of rookie camp due to travel issues. He showed up for day one of main camp last Sunday and participated lightly in drills. However unfortunately for all of us, that's the last we saw of him. An injury kept him on the sidelines for the rest of the week and on Thursday coach Corey Chamblin confirmed that Jarrett decided to retire. It appeared his heart wasn't in it and he wasn't prepared to put in the work which the others were.
As for the other announcement, when the Riders practiced Saturday in Saskatoon, Team President Jim Hopson announced a one year contract extension for General Manager Brendan Taman. It was appropriate, I suppose, because it was in Taman's hometown. However at first glance the timing seemed a bit odd.
Taman was precariously situated in the last year of his contract facing a make or break season. Should the Riders implode he would assuredly be out of a job. However if the club improved to the point of making the playoffs or even hosting a playoff game, you know he'd be rewarded with a new deal.
However Jim Hopson, who's made no secret of his admiration for Taman's abilities, said 'why wait?' and finished the contract. At a closer look, Taman's hay is already in the barn, so to speak. This winter he oversaw the hiring of a new coaching staff, vastly overhauled the roster (as we discussed last week), harvested a wealth of import rookie talent and signed his Canadian draft picks.
Mission accomplished. Go to Hawaii and put your feet up Brendan! Now the onus is on rookie coach Corey Chamblin to work this group into a contender. Taman has bought the groceries and now it's up to Chamblin to make the meal.
It all starts with the first preseason game of the year in BC this week and once it kicks off we can finally stop talking about last year.
Enjoy the ride.