Roughriders hoping history doesn't repeat itself

Team opened last season with three wins, only to lose five straight
Reported by Joel Gasson
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders are hoping that history doesn't repeat itself.

The Riders have started their season with three straight wins, something they did last year as well.

That's where the team is hoping the similarities from this last year to this year end, as after that third win to open the season over the B.C. Lions the green and white went on to lose five straight games, starting with the fourth quarter meltdown at McMahon Stadium.

It seems the young players from last year have learned from that experience.

"Last year we started 3-0 and we didn't win the Grey Cup," said running back Kory Sheets. "We have to get over this hump and make sure we stay focused on the goal at hand."

Of course that's easier said than done.

One way the Riders hope to make sure that happens this year was bringing in all of the veteran talent they did in the off season. Dwight Anderson, Ricky Foley, Geroy Simon, Rey Williams, Jermaine McElveeen, and so on, they've all been there and done that in the CFL.

Diamond Ferri is a hold over veteran from the team last year, he thinks now is the time the veterans have to make sure they hammer home head coach Corey Chamblin's message.

"The teams that really go the distance really buy into the coaches messages every day," he said.

And it's up to veterans to lead the way by buying what Chamblin and the rest of his staff are selling, and the expectation is that the younger guys will fall in line.

That being said, Ferri admits that there aren't a whole lot of inexperienced players on this team, and those that are, should know better by now.

"We're three games in, we've had a full football camp," noted Ferri.

Chamblin himself isn't too worried about the team falling into their old tricks, saying this is an entirely different team.

"It's a different attitude, if we stay healthy I think we'll win a lot of games," he said.

One major difference from this year compared to last is how consistent the team has been every week, scoring over 30 points in all of them, and keeping their opposition below 30. The overall point differential is about the same as it was this time last year, thanks to 43 points scored against Hamilton, and one given up to Edmonton last year.

One thing is for sure, the Riders now have to prove they're a different team than last year by working through this long week of practice, and then win a game against the Ti-Cats who have struggled out of the gate.

Championship teams win the games they're supposed to, this could certainly be classified as one of them.