Winston October, the Ottawa Redblacks’ wide receivers coach and offensive play caller is doing all he can to be a contender in the CFL, and it shows.
The Redblacks may be 3-5 this season, but October and the other Redblacks’ coaches have been moving players all over the roster, changing plays and doing everything to help the football team.
In his career, October played six season in Canada while spending one with the Washington Redskins as a Wide Receiver and Defensive Back. In the CFL, he played for both Montreal and the Eskimos, totaling up 3 return touchdowns, and over 1,500 total yards on the career. October said, my time as a player has really helped me as a play caller this season, and the fact that I played Defense and Offense has really stepped in because I know what is happening on the field as a coach.
After his playing career, October went on to pursue a coaching career at William & Mary, where he coached the same team Redblacks receiver and returner DeVonte Dedmon played with. October said today, I had nothing to do with the signing, but as soon as I heard the name, I had a huge smile on my face, knowing what we were getting.
Once he reached the end of his contract with the University, he’d been hired as a receivers coach by the Ottawa Redblacks. Last season (2018) was October’s first coaching experience in the CFL and he coached his receivers to three 1,000 yard receivers on the year. October mentioned, the guys last year were already together for three seasons, and the fact that Harris and Rhymes have already been together for their second season, they will have a great future together in Ottawa.
With the success and hard work he showed in year one with the team, Marcel Desjardins and the front offices gave Winston October all responsibilities to call offensive plays for the 2019 season.
Working with two quarterback’s has been even tougher on October to call plays, and with the lineup changing nearly every week with the injuries the team have suffered, he’s had a hard time finding the right plays for the right personnel.
Considering all the new faces and all the obstacles he’s had, October has had a great first season as a play caller and will likely be the play caller again next season if the team doesn’t bring in someone else.
October and his offense is set to kickoff against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this Sturday at TD Place at 4:00 pm EDT for Ottawa’s “Pride Game”