The relationship between Fred Reid and Ryan Dinwiddie was first solid throughout their days in the Peg, a relationship that may be rekindled when the 2 gathered at a Tampa highschool area just a few years in the past.
The two would usually talk about the opportunity of someday serving on the identical coaching workers, the previous all-star working again Reid and the backup quarterback Dinwiddie.
With a lot uncertainty surrounding the way forward for the CFL, the previous teammates proceed to go about their every day enterprise in making ready for no matter season awaits by way of convention video hook ups with the remainder of the Argos coaching workers.
As a participant, Dinwiddie obtained his first begin in the 2007 Grey Cup performed on the SkyDome in opposition to Saskatchewan.
As a participant, Reid’s days successfully ended when he tore up his knee throughout a sport on the SkyDome in opposition to the Argos.
“Ryan and I hung out quite a bit,” Reid relayed from his house in Tampa throughout a cellphone interview. “We had a very good relationship when we played in Winnipeg. He’s a great guy just to be around, period. We had a good bond, a good relationship when we played together.”
One of Reid’s coaches on Dinwiddie’s workers is Kevin Eiben, the one-time Argos linebacker who knocked out Kevin Glenn in the East remaining, paving the way in which for Dinwiddie to start out in the large sport.
“That was my first year in Winnipeg,” Reid mentioned of the 2007 season. “Ryan has all the time been a assured man. I noticed no nervousness in him (through the week of Grey Cup) going in. He went about that week as if he was the starter for some time.
“He’s simply that kind of man. He was the identical man coming in like he all the time was earlier than he grew to become the starter.”
The Blue Bombers would lose to the Riders.
Reid, who backed up Charles Roberts, would evolve into the crew’s starter and put collectively back-to-back 1,000-yard dashing seasons.
Reid was the last word CFL scat again, a man may generate yards out of the backfield as a runner or be used as a receiving possibility. But the knee damage he suffered in September of 2011 derailed his profession.
Reid, who grew up in Tampa and have become a highschool star, coached at a highschool.
When Dinwiddie served as an assistant in Calgary, the Stamps used the sphere at the highschool the place Reid coached.
“They used my field,’’ said Reid, who went from running backs coach at the high school to head coach. “I knew Ryan and a couple of more guys on that staff. They wanted to have a workout in Tampa and they used my field. It happened for a couple of years.”
As Dinwiddie made the bounce from assistant in Montreal to serving in Calgary, Reid was in the method of forging his personal profession path again in his native Tampa.
“Just the timing of everything worked out,” mentioned Reid. “Ryan getting the coaching job and me trying to elevate myself I just figured it was the perfect fit. We had a pretty good relationship during our playing days and that’s pretty much what it was.”
Reid didn’t even blink a watch when the provide got here up.
“A real no-brainer,” mentioned Reid. “For me learn under a very smart offensive guy in Ryan was an easy decision to make. And knowing Ryan the person. It’s perfect. I can learn a lot under Ryan.”
At this level, Reid would welcome half a season.
“Just something would be welcome,” he added. “Hopefully we can play a full season.”
Football has been in Reid’s blood since he was 5 years outdated.
“I always loved football growing up,’’ said Reid, who was raised by his grandparents. “She (his grandmother) always kept me in football. It kept me busy. I completely loved football. It put me on the right path.”
At King High School in Tampa, Reid produced a 2,000-yard season in 10 video games, changing into the primary participant in his county to achieve the mark. He then went on to attend Mississippi State.
Barrin Simpson, a product of Mississippi State, was in Winnipeg and he inspired the membership to signal Reid.
In 2006, Reid was enjoying Arena Football in Tupelo, Miss.
During the season, he would head to close by Starkville the place he encountered Simpson in the varsity’s weight room.
“He knew I was a pretty good player when I played at State,” mentioned Reid.
A day after Reid had a cellphone name with Brendan Taman, who labored in Winnipeg’s entrance workplace, the Bombers signed him. During his run in the Peg, Reid met John Murphy, the Argos’ vice-president of participant personnel, and former participant Markus Howell, Toronto’s new receivers coach.
“The CFL was the perfect game for me,” mentioned Reid. “My time in Winnipeg was awesome. Winnipeg was good to me. I enjoyed it. They gave me an opportunity to start a career.”
He’s now beginning his professional coaching profession in Toronto.
REID EMBRACING NEW JOB
Considered a professional’s professional throughout his all-star days as a working again, Fred Reid is shortly embracing his first professional job as a coach.
The hope is he can truly coach gamers in stay drills slightly than huddle with his friends on teleconference video calls.
“I never had any ambition of being a coach,” admits Reid throughout a cellphone chat. “I ended up serving to out high-school children for one 12 months as working backs coach. Then the next 12 months a head coaching job got here up … And then someday I made a decision I wished to maneuver up, make a change.
“I do know lots of people in the CFL, I’ve the fervour, I’ve realized quite a bit. I believe I used to be able to make that bounce. It’s been one thing I’ve been considering of for the final 12 months and the chance got here up.”
Reid is aware of good coaches are good academics.
“It’s a totally different ball game when you go from playing to coaching,’’ said Reid. “I had to learn on the fly that first year as head coach in high school, but I’ve learned a lot over the years. I believe that’s going to help me be a great coach in the pros.”