December 4, 2014

Riders confirm Cortez will not return in 2015


REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders made their first major move of the off-season on Thursday, announcing that Offensive Coordinator George Cortez will not return in 2015. 


Cortez, without a contract beyond 2014, finished his second season with the club after joining Corey Chamblin’s staff as the offensive coordinator at the start of the 2013 season. In his first year, he helped the Green and White capture the 101st Grey Cup Championship on home turf.

Plagued by a mid-season injury to Darian Durant, though, the offence struggled through this season, particularly over the second half of the season. After a seven-game winning streak early on, the Riders lost seven of their last nine games, including an 18-10 loss to Edmonton in the Western Semi-Final.

The Riders owned the league’s sixth-best offence in 2014, averaging 305.1 yards per game, along with the third-best rushing attack. They were at the bottom of the league in passing yards, however, with 195.6 yards per game through the air. 

A replacement has not yet been named.