September 2016 – The Coordinator History of Jacques Chapdelaine

To be clear…I WAS going to do it. I was going to research my butt off, come up with as much info I could on the guy, and write it all up. So I started researching…and found THIS article written as Chapdelaine was poised to start as OC in Saskatchewan.

So what could I do? Repeat all the research this diligent blogger did all those years ago…or copy and paste…and go do something else. What Could I Do?

2002: Calgary Stampeders (6-12, missed playoffs): In 2002, the Stampeders struggled after winning the Grey Cup in 2001. Marcus Crandell was at quarterback. Kelvin Anderson was running the football and Travis Moore was the Stampeders top receiver. Chapdelaine’s offense ranked 5th in the league in passing (264.8 yds/gm) , rushing (107.2) , points (24.3) and time of possession (29:53), while ranking 4th in overall net offense (349.5). The offensive line gave up 35 sacks, which was 4th best in the league. It was also the last year of Wally Buono in Calgary before he, Anderson and Chapdelaine took off to B.C.

2005: B.C. Lions (12-6, lost West Final): 2005 was among the best statistical years for Chapdelaine as a coordinator. He had both Dave Dickenson and Casey Printers take snaps at QB. Geroy Simon, Ryan Thelwell and Jason Clermont had 1,000 yard receiving seasons. Antonio Warren nearly eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark rushing. The Lions net offense (386.8), points (30.6) and passing (317.7) were ranked 2nd in the CFL. Rushing was 6th (101.4) and time of possession was 3rd (31:31). The offensive line was terrible, giving up 74 sacks. Worst in the league.

2006: B.C. Lions (13-5, Won Grey Cup): After Casey Printers left it was Dave Dickenson and Buck Pierce who helped Chapdelaine’s offense score the most points in the league with 30.8 points per game, including the best passing game in the league at 292.3 yards per game, which was 25 yards less per game than the previous year. Again the run game wasn’t the best as they averaged just over 100 yards (5th). The Lions net offense was 2nd in the league (369.6). Again the offensive line struggled, giving up 56 sacks, which was the worst in the league for the second straight year. They led the league in time of possession, however, with 31:56.

2007: Edmonton Eskimos (5-12-1, missed playoffs): Chapdelaine decided a move would be good and left for the Eskimos, who had forced Danny Maciocia to give up the play-calling duties as Maciocia was GM, Head Coach and OC. The relationship didn’t work. Ricky Ray had one of his worst statistical seasons, although the Eskimos were third in passing that season (281.1), they were sixth in scoring (22.2) and net offense (338.8). They also had the worst running game in the league (87.6). The Eskimos turned the ball over 46 times. Chapdelaine returned to B.C. after the season.

2010: B.C. Lions (8-10, lost West Semi): After two years as the Lions receivers coach, Chapdelaine took control of the offense. That season, Casey Printers started the year, then Travis Lulay came in, then Printers, then Lulay again. The offense was fifth in scoring (25.9) and passing (257.8), while ranking seventh in net offense (332.3) and rushing (102.7). Again, the Lions offensive line gave up a league worst in sacks with 65. The Lions were also seventh with just 28:03 of time of possession.

2011: B.C. Lions (11-7, won Grey Cup): With Travis Lulay at the helm on a full time basis, the offense became one of the best in the league again under Chapdelaine. They allowed the lowest amount of sacks (29) and kept Lulay healthy. The passing game (282.8) and scoring (28.4) was ranked second in the league, while having the third best net offense (369.2). The only low point was the run game that was ranked sixth (99.7).

2012: B.C. Lions (13-5, lost West Final): Once again the offensive line was able to keep Travis Lulay healthy for the majority of the season. They allowed the fewest amount of sacks for the second year in a row (30). For the first time in Chapdelaine’s career as a coordinator it was their run game that fuelled the offense, with the #1 run game in the league (124.9). Chapdelaine had never before had an offense with a run game ranked higher than fifth in the league. The passing game was ranked fourth (278.1) but the team did have the #1 net offense (388.5) and was third in scoring (26.6). The run game also helped the Lions have the best time of possession in the CFL (33:04).

2013: B.C. Lions (11-7, lost West Semi): After two seasons with a healthy Travis Lulay, injuries put Lulay on the shelf after 11 games and with it the success of the Lions offense suffered. They were fourth in the league in scoring (28.0), sixth in net offense (330.2), seventh in passing (244.9) – both were the worst in Chapdelaine’s career as a coordinator. The rushing game was third in the league (107.4) and the sacks climbed as well with 47 that season, although that was still good enough for third best in the CFL. Chapdelaine and the Lions parted ways after the season. Under Khari Jones in 2014, the offensive numbers were nearly identical to 2013 except the Lions scored nearly a touchdown less per game under Jones.

In summation: Jacques Chapdelaine had good or very good offenses in 2005, 2006, 2011 and 2012 and below average to poor offenses in 2002, 2007, 2010 and 2013. No surprise when he’s had good, consistent quarterbacking the numbers are good. Never really been a good running game under Chapdelaine as he is a throw heavy OC, leaving QBs open to some punishment. Although, in his last two years in B.C. he showed a lot more balanced attack.

Chapdelaine was Saskatchewan’s OC in 2015. The team had a 3-15 record, finished LAST in the West Division and missed the playoffs. The QB situation for the Riders that season was a MESS, with Durant injured and a succession of young QB’s failing spectacularly.

If Chapdelaine’s success running offences has depended on “good, consistent quarterbacking” let’s hope Cato and/or Adams will get ‘er done. Printers, Pierce, Lulay…a tradition of success with athletic, mobile pivots. And MUCH of Chapdelaine’s success has come DESPITE less than stellar offensive lines.

The “fit” seems right.

 

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