Greg Marshall has been fired as the head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He will be replaced by Vice-President of Football Operations Ken Miller. Marshall was a first-time head coach after years as a player, an assistant and a coordinator in the league. Also fired today was Offensive Coordinator Doug Berry.
The Riders did not waste any time making a change to the team after a a disastrous 1-7 start, the worst in 15 years. Miller takes over and his challenges will be back to back games against the league-leading Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Conceivably the Riders could be 1-9 by the middle of September. While Marshall in the last 24 hours has looked and sounded like a man defeated, both of these moves appears to be change for change's sake. Marshall and Berry do however deserve some of the responsibility for the team's lacklustre starts to games, but the problems with this team remain with the talent on the field, and that falls to General Manager Brendan Taman.
Can Miller pull off a miracle and get this team into the playoffs? Stay tuned.
Updated and edited to add: It's not all bad for Marshall. He has a 3-year contract and will continue to be paid through the 2013 season.