Corey Chamblin retooling Roughriders offense

Release of Cole Bergquist completes quarterback house-cleaning
Reported by News Talk Radio staff
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The names on the Saskatchewan Roughrider depth chart under Darian Durant will be much different for the Riders when the training camp starts in June.

Cole Bergquist was released by the Green and White. Bergquist has been with the Roughriders for two years, but as third string quarterback attempted just six passes last season.

The move completes a back-up quarterback house-cleaning. The Riders released veteran Ryan Dinwiddie back in January.

On Wednesday the Riders signed quarterbacks, Levi Brown from Troy University and Matt Johnson from Bethune-Cookman College. Three weeks ago the Green and White signed quarterbacks Colt Brennan and Drew Willy.

Head coach Corey Chamblin said the scheme for the offense has been completely retooled and the new quarterbacks are not the only ones with a big learning curve ahead of training camp.

“He may know the CFL game but at the same time, he has to learn this offense so they’re all starting right there at the bottom,” Chamblin explained.

He is looking forward to the competition, noting that all of the quarterbacks have great numbers in their conferences. The training process will take a lot longer than two weeks and he said right now all of the quarterbacks are training for a spot.

“Darian is a different breed, to me when I look at him I think of him being the likes of a Steve McNair where he can run the ball and also throw the ball,” Chamblin commented. “Some of these other quarterbacks are just real gun-slingers.”

Chamblin also explained why Stevie Baggs won’t be returning because the new offensive schemes do not really fit with what he brought to the team and there was no use trying to change his ways.

Edited by News Talk Radio’s Adriana Christianson with files from Wray Morrison and Joel Gasson