Chamblin says he couldn’t pass up on Cortez | | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

REGINA -- Last season may not have gone as planned for George Cortez in the win-loss column in his first year as a head coach but his work with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats offence combined with a rich history working with quarterbacks made it all too easy for the Riders to bring him on as their new offensive coordinator.

"This was an opportunity that was too good to pass up,'' Riders head coach Corey Chamblin said Monday. "If it had been any other offensive co-ordinator, it wouldn't have happened. When you have what I believe and have believed since 2007 to be one of the best, if not the best offensive minds in the league, that's something that you have do.''

Cortez joined the Tiger-Cats as the Head Coach and Director of Football Operations. Despite only one year as sideline boss the native of Port Arthur, Texas brings over three decades of coaching experience to the green and white, including 19 seasons in the Canadian Football League with four Grey Cup championships. This will be Cortez’s second stint in Saskatchewan after spending the 2006 season as Offensive Line Coach.

Bob Dyce, who was the Riders' offensive coordinator last season, will remain with the club in a role that is not yet defined.

"He was shocked and taken back,'' Chamblin said when asked about Dyce's reaction to the move. "He understood from a business standpoint that we're trying to be the best. I did think we would grow and take strides as the offence. (Cortez) is one of the best in the league and we had to make that move.''

After not making the playoffs in 2011, the Riders are looking to the next steps after re-entering the post-season picture in 2012.  A lot of that will depend on the play of quarterback Darian Durant who will look to thrive under Cortez who most recently revitalize the stat lines of veteran Henry Burris.

“Darian was like a kid in a candy store (when he heard the news),” Chamblin said.  “He named the Doug Flutie’s and all of the other quarterbacks that have worked under George so he is excited about it.  Like I told him, he is at the stage of his career where he either wants to become a superstar or someone who was forgotten about.  I think he is going to take those strides under George to become somebody who is remembered.”

The Riders also acknowledged that recently hired defensive line coach Mike Sinclair has indeed accepted a role with the Chicago Bears alongside former Montreal head coach Marc Trestman but would not confirm if they have found a replacement as of yet.

Fan Comments
This is going to be an interesting year for the RR's. Cortez can prove a lot of people wrong but I doubt it.
January 24, 2013 - 2:13am
als rule
for the 6th time trying to get this posted!! with austin hired, cortez fired and trestman jumping ship let me jump feet 1st into this so called west coast offence which never existed!! paul brown invented the offence before he became HC in cleveland(NFL) and made it famous with HOFer QB otto graham before moving to the C/bengals as HC/owner!! bill walsh became brown's assistant learned from brown left became HC in SF and taught all his assistants brown's system!! renamed it the west coast offence and accepted credit for inventing it!! walsh's assistants left for their HCing jobs(8 or 9 assistants got HCing jobs) and they taught their assistants who taught their assistants etc etc etc!! which brings us to trestman who learned the offence in his many NFL OC positions before become the als HC!! where he taught current argo HC milanovich and current argo OC brady MR. PAUL BROWNS OFFENCE!!
January 23, 2013 - 10:57pm
This Old Man
No reflection on Bob Dyce. Cortez is a rock-star, and, in this climate of celeb-worship, quiet effective leadership isn't sexy. Bob can hold his head up high knowing he contributed to the revivification of the Riders fortunes.
January 23, 2013 - 12:11pm
als rule
yes I think I like that!! well said except connecting rock star to cortez BUT it does work with the "in this climate of celeb-worship"!!
January 24, 2013 - 8:16pm
als rule
cortez for sinclair!! green giants lose again on this swap!! sinclair is a very very good DL coach!! cortez average OC and below average HC!! chicago bears HC marc trestman wins again against the saskatchewan roughriders!! LOL LOL LOL
January 22, 2013 - 1:11pm
I guess that's why Burris was the top QB last season and Ticats had the best offense!! LOL LOL LOL!!! You are WRONG AGAIN - Cortez is MUCH better than average.
January 22, 2013 - 9:39pm
als rule
what a joke!! eastern conference final standings for 2012!! in a 4 team conference THE HAMILTON TIGER CATS WERE IN 4TH PLACE OR SO YOU CAN UNDERSTAND LAST PLACE/BASEMENT/CELLAR DWELLERS!! LOL LOL LOL. as usual totally wrong again!! LOL LOL LOL
January 23, 2013 - 11:50am
Cant help but feel Durant's excitement. He plays like a younger (slightly more inaccurate) Burris. Cortez should bring the riders attack to the best its been since 09. With all the coaching chaos that has surrounded the Riders this is a good hire. Its too bad for Dyce, but you cant turn down a guy with a record like Cortez.
January 22, 2013 - 12:19pm