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GATHERING MOMENTUM: the Reds and Blacks try to improve on and off the football pitch

The Rougenoirs announced that they had added four people as part-time scouts. It’s about getting better now, next week, next month, next year and in the years to come.

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The Ottawa Redblacks hope to have the pieces in place to shift into high gear on and off the football field.

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Entering the second half of the CFL season with only their second win (to go with eight losses), the Rouge et Noir also announced that they had added four people as part-time scouts. It’s about getting better now, next week, next month, next year and in the years to come.

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“It was always planned to have a more robust scouting team to make sure we’re on the road enough,” Redblacks general manager Shawn Burke said on Tuesday. “Scouting can be the cornerstone of an organization. This allows us to reach more domains in order to have more names in the pipeline. With both leagues (USFL and XFL) possibly next year, there will be a fight for different types of talent. Our responsibility is to keep bringing players in to be assessed; it’s a weird concept, but you bring in guys who take guys’ jobs. We accept that – we want to bring in the best people on and off the pitch who fit what we’re looking to do here.

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Join the Rougenoirs: Rick Worman, Ron Selesky and Nadia Doucoure as Scouting Consultants and Todd Worley as US Regional Scout.

Worley was head of scouting and analysis for the Seattle Dragons of the XFL. He was a Midwest regional scout for Saskatchewan from 2016-2019 and has also worked for the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and 247 Sports as a scouting analyst.

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From 1996 to 2001, Worman, who worked with the Redblacks before their 2014 expansion season, played quarterback in the CFL (with Calgary, Edmonton and Saskatchewan) and coached in Winnipeg, Hamilton, Edmonton and Montreal (as offensive coordinator for the Als in 2014).

Doucoure, who helped out as a coach during the Rouge et Noir training camp, worked with the Carleton University football team as an offensive assistant and assistant receivers coach in 2021 and this season is a defensive assistant. She has been involved in football since 2002, coaching her local football club in France and has played flag football and top level rugby for decades.

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A former NFL player, Selesky has more than two decades of experience coaching and staffing players. He was an American scout for the Roughriders in 2015, before becoming director of football operations for the Birmingham Iron of the AAF and manager of football operations for the Tampa Bay Vipers of the XFL.

Each of those in the Redblacks football operations department also has a designated American zone. Assistant General Manager Jeremy Snyder and Phil Moreau did some road scouting recently.

“It’s part of a plan that was in place that I talked about in my interview that we had to hit the ground running in the US scouting department,” Burke said. “I also felt that we needed to have a central person for Canadian Scouting; so (Chad Hudson) is that person, but he still has an area in the United States. I wanted each person to have a different region in the United States

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“I worked with Rick in Hamilton. Ron had previously worked with (Professional Personnel Manager Brendan Taman). We all sort of knew Todd and he had done work with Saskatchewan, Nadia just blew us away in training camp with his work ethic and desire to work in all areas of football. We had stayed in touch, I had approached her with an opportunity to do some stuff in the northeast, mostly virtual, but she just jumped at the chance.

“Todd has a full area where some of the consultants probably have a more condensed area. It’s just that we get more bodies there. We really believe in the process that we have of going to see people with our eyes and then get reviews from people these players have worked with, giving us the ability to reach all regions of North America.

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Everything merges with the desire to improve on the football field. That joins a team that had suffered home losses to the Stampeders (17-3) and Elks (30-12) before a fine 25-18 rebound win in Edmonton on Saturday. The Rouge et Noir hope to keep some of that mojo going into Friday’s game in Montreal.

“You always like to win – that’s why you play the game,” Burke said. “It’s always a happier room, a better flight home and more excitement for next week. It’s our responsibility to remember that feeling, build on it and see if we can follow up this week against Montreal. I’m excited to see how the team performs this week. We have the opportunity to get a second straight win; we haven’t done that this year. I want to see how they rise to that challenge. Obviously going to be tough – we’re on a short week (and Montreal is) coming off a pass. But the momentum is building into things.

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“There have been positives and negatives when you bring together a new organization. And that’s where we are now. We brought together a lot of new people. I see the effort, I see some of the things that we want to be as an organization in terms of fast play and physical play, but it’s about doing it consistently. We need to start putting the three phases together – in each game you’ve seen a few highlights from one or two phases. You need to play a full team football match of complementary football to give yourself the best chance of winning.

THE END AROUND: The Rougenoirs released LB Troy Young and announced the signing of DL Will Kiely (William & Mary), who was with the team in training camp and released in early June… DB Money Hunter (hamstring) has trained (limited) on Tuesday. WR Justin Hardy (hamstring) and OL Randy Richards (chest) were full participants… Montreal DB Najee Murray (foot) missed a third straight day of practice… The Redblacks moved up a spot in the CFL Power Rankings. Now ranked eighth, the Rougenoirs are ahead of the Elks. Among Ottawa’s East Division rivals: Toronto is fourth, Montreal is sixth and Hamilton is seventh.

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