Landry: Dickenson eyes Stamps’ future as GM

Landry: Dickenson eyes Stamps' future as GM

For Dave Dickenson, including the title of basic supervisor to his job description was at the least partly about persevering with the Calgary approach and partly about guaranteeing that, as head coach, he may proceed to work in an atmosphere with which he’s fairly snug.

In taking on the job from John Hufnagel — who steps again from the day-to-day however stays with the group as president — Dickenson is wading into his additional duties this low season with the information that the office he’s recognized since 2008 is not going to change all that a lot, until he’s the one which adjustments it.

“I imply, for me, it was partially egocentric as a result of I didn’t essentially need a man to return in and alter issues in our group,” stated Dickenson from the CFL winter conferences final week in Kananaskis, Alta.

“For me to assume that one other man doubtlessly may are available and never comply with that very same plan simply didn’t make sense.”

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Dickenson, who simply turned 50 on Jan. 11, now has some additional decision-making to deal with as a brand new basic supervisor. As he will get able to maneuver the Stamps by way of the upcoming free company interval, although, he can accomplish that understanding that he can comply with the template first laid down by Hufnagel and adhered to by the group ever since.

“We’re going to comply with the identical mannequin,” stated Dickenson. “I’ve good folks in place.”

With the free company window set to open at midday ET on Feb. 14, the Stampeders have a wholesome variety of prime gamers in want of recent contracts, in the event that they’re to stay part of the Calgary image in 2023.

“I’m not feeling overly optimistic that we’re going to have the ability to hold all the guys we wish,” stated Dickenson, frankly. “It’s definitely gradual shifting, throughout the league. I don’t really feel like there’s a ton of motion at this stage, with anybody group actually signing a bunch of their guys again.”

That would come with the Stampeders, although the group has prolonged star receiver Reggie Begelton, in addition to receiver Colton Hunchak, offensive lineman Zack Williams and operating again William Langlais.

Linebacker Jameer Thurman — to most observers a key ingredient of Calgary’s defence — can take a look at free company subsequent month. So can defensive finish Shawn Lemon, the West Division’s nominee for Most Excellent Defensive Participant in 2022.

Defensive backs Jonathan Moxey and Branden Dozier are doable free brokers and so is linebacker Cameron Decide, the group’s nominee for Excellent Canadian final season. Decide and Lemon had been CFL All-Stars, whereas Moxey was named a West Division All-Star. Breakout-star defensive lineman Folarin Orimolade is on the record too.

On offence, doable free brokers embody Working again Ka’Deem Carey, a 2022 CFL All-Star and Calgary’s nominee for Most Excellent Participant, in addition to offensive lineman Derek Dennis, additionally a CFL All-Star and the Stamps’ nominee for Excellent Lineman. Receiver Kamar Jorden is one other acquainted title whose contract is about to run out.

“We do really feel like now we have a plan,” stated Dickenson, “however that plan goes to vary and it’ll change weekly. And we’ve simply received to be ready and waft and signal the fellows in one of the best numbers we will and and develop this group mainly from the within out.”

That has been the rock stable sample for the Stampeders below Hufnagel, and Dickenson want to hold that beat going, although he does enable that the group may be a little bit extra energetic in signing different groups’ free brokers with him on the controls. That’s not as a result of he has any type of a quibble with the Hufnagel approach of doing issues. It’s as a result of the Stampeders may be compelled into it with different groups — significantly the Toronto Argonauts — raiding the Stampeders of gamers and coaches the previous few years.


“Once we began shedding a variety of our gamers after which coaches on prime of it,” Dickenson stated, “it will get harder. However each membership type of (goes by way of) cycles. We’ve needed to replenish a variety of our vets and we really feel like we’ve finished a fairly truthful job of it, discovering some actually good younger items.”

Certainly they’ve finished that. What group has been has been higher than the Stampeders, during the last 10-15 years, in relation to bringing in gamers who’re unknown in June however family names by Labour Day? Nonetheless, it’d be good to retain relatively than must recruit, just because you already know the puzzle items that you have already got match collectively properly.

“We haven’t had a shedding document since, I don’t know, earlier than my time right here,” stated Dickenson. “Once you’re profitable, you do are inclined to attempt to store in-house a little bit bit extra and reward these gamers which might be doing an incredible job for you.

“We’ve simply received to ensure we’re being truthful with our gamers and to attempt to make Calgary a vacation spot that gamers need to be at.”

In that endeavour, Dickenson has a variety of entrance workplace assist, the identical assist that Hufnagel’s had, actually.

Brendan Mahoney, already the group’s director of participant personnel, was simply elevated to assistant basic supervisor. He’s been with the Stamps for 16 seasons. Nick Bojda, the group’s director of soccer operations, heads into his fifth season with Calgary. And Cole Hufnagel has been the Stampeders’ director of U.S. scouting for seven years.

The three of them can and can do a variety of the required legwork wanted to assist in dashing Dickenson by way of the negotiation course of. “They’ve been doing these contracts for some time now,” stated Dickenson.

As was the case with Hufnagel, Dickenson plans on discovering consensus in participant recruitment, signing and re-signing.

“I really feel like, as a bunch, we’ve at all times talked issues out and we attempt to come to an settlement. The factor is, when you don’t come to settlement, you continue to must have that one man that when he desires to do it a sure approach, it’s his proper. For me I get a little bit bit extra say and finally, I’ve that ‘hammer’ if I need to use it.”

Meet the brand new boss. Identical because the previous boss. And in relation to persevering with the Calgary approach, that’s a superb factor.


One other a part of what has pushed Dickenson so as to add ‘basic supervisor’ to his title is an even bigger image in relation to soccer in Calgary and all throughout Canada. It seems like he’s going to be energetic in that
regard and that he’ll ask his gamers to be as effectively.

“I’ve at all times been about ‘on subject, on subject, on subject’ and now as a basic supervisor and having a little bit little bit of a stronger voice, I’m making an attempt to ensure the followers are coming to the video games, that the product’s what
we wish,” he stated.

“I actually need to make the CFL a vacation spot. That folks come to our video games and it’s the discuss of the city. I need folks in Calgary and Canada speaking CFL and we’ve received to do our half with a view to stimulate that dialog. Put an incredible product on the sphere however (additionally) make ourselves get on the market and meet folks and turn out to be part of that group. And in addition generate the brand new wave of followers.”

For Dave Dickenson, including the title of basic supervisor to his job description was at the least partly about persevering with the Calgary approach and partly about guaranteeing that, as head coach, he may proceed to work in an atmosphere with which he’s fairly snug. In taking on the job from John Hufnagel — who…

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