Saskatchewan Roughriders name 2013 defensive coaching staff

Richie Hall retuns, Mike Sinclair and Richard Kent join the team
Reported by Joel Gasson
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The Saskatchewan Roughriders have finalized their defensive coaching staff for the 2013 season...and it offers up few surprises.

As head coach Corey Chamblin said after the team made the releases of Alex Smith, Mike Walker and Kris Sweet official, everyone still here is still here, at least defensively.

Richie Hall will return as defensive coordinator for a third season, he'll also be the teams linebackers coach.

One of the worst kept secrets in Saskatchewan sees former Alouettes defensive line coach Mike Sinclair join the green and white. He had been with Montreal since 2008, before that he coached a year in NFL Europe.

"I decided it was time for Mike Sinclair to grow his football and see where that takes him," said Sinclair.

Sinclair added that it was an easy decision to come to Saskatchewan, because of the pashion of Rider Nation, and the vision Chamblin has for this team. It's actually something they went over a fair bit over dinner just after Sinclair was hired. As for the type of coach he is, Sinclair sees himself as a players coach.

"If you help that player become a better person, you get a better player," said Sinclair. "That's kind of my philosphy in dealing just with the players."

Barron Miles returns for another season as defensive backs coach, but he'll have some help this time around as Richard Kent will also be coaching the secondary. Kent was a guest coach with the Riders during the 2012 training camp, he also previously coached in the NCAA, UFL and NFL Europe, he also spent a year coaching the Argos secondary.

"I saw an opportunity to have one guy coach the half-backs, one guy coach the corners," said Chamblin, but he wouldn't clarify who would be coaching what just yet.

For more from Friday's announcement watch the videos below.