2021 Ottawa Redblacks season
Head coachPaul LaPolice
General managerMarcel Desjardins
Home fieldTD Place Stadium
Results
Record2–8
Division place4th, East
Playoff finishTBD
Uniform

The 2021 Ottawa Redblacks season is the seventh season for the team in the Canadian Football League. The Redblacks will attempt to qualify for the playoffs following 2019's absence and improve upon their league-worst 3–15 record.[1]

The team will attempt to win the second Grey Cup in franchise history and 11th in professional Ottawa football history. This is the first season for Paul LaPolice as the team's head coach and the seventh season with Marcel Desjardins as general manager.

An 18-game season schedule was originally released on November 20, 2020, but it was announced on April 21, 2021 that the start of the season would likely be delayed until August and feature a 14-game schedule.[2][3] On June 15, 2021, the league released the revised 14-game schedule with regular season play beginning on August 5, 2021.[4]

Offseason

CFL Global Draft

The 2021 CFL Global Draft took place on April 15, 2021.[5][6] With the format being a snake draft, the Redblacks selected last in the odd-numbered rounds and first in the even-numbered rounds.[5]

Round Pick Player Position University/Club Team Nationality
1 9 Anthony Mahoungou REC Purdue France France
2 10 Tyron Vrede LB North Dakota Netherlands Netherlands
3 27 Chris Ferguson OL Cincinnati The Bahamas The Bahamas
4 28 Tony Anderson DB Grand View France France

CFL National Draft

The 2021 CFL Draft took place on May 4, 2021.[7][8] The Redblacks had six selections in the six-round snake draft and had the sixth pick in odd rounds and the fourth pick in even rounds.[9]

Round Pick Player Position University Team Hometown
1 6 Deshawn Stevens LB Maine Toronto, ON
2 13 Alonzo Addae DB West Virginia Pickering, ON
3 24 Connor Berglof OL Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK
4 31 Jake Julien K/P Eastern Michigan Barrie, ON
5 42 Keegan Markgraf LS Utah Hamilton, ON
6 49 Matthew Derks OL Delaware State Brantford, ON

Preseason

Due to the shortening of the season, the CFL confirmed that pre-season games would not be played in 2021.[4]

Planned schedule

Week Game Date Kickoff Opponent TV Venue
A Bye
B 1 Fri, May 28 7:30 p.m. EDT at Montreal Alouettes NA Molson Stadium
C 2 Fri, June 4 7:30 p.m. EDT vs. Montreal Alouettes NA TD Place Stadium

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Regular season

Standings

Team GP W L T Pts PF PA Div Stk
Toronto Argonauts 9 6 3 0 12 201 207 4–1 W3 Details
Montreal Alouettes 9 5 4 0 10 228 206 4–2 W3 Details
Hamilton Tiger-Cats 9 4 5 0 8 179 166 3–3 L2 Details
Ottawa Redblacks 10 2 9 0 4 169 285 0–5 L3 Details

Schedule

The Redblacks initially had a schedule that featured 18 regular season games beginning on June 11 and ending on October 29.[2] However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, the Canadian Football League delayed the start of the regular season to August 5, 2021 and the Redblacks began their 14-game season on August 7, 2021.[4]

Week Game Date Kickoff Opponent Results TV Venue Attendance Summary
Score Record
1 1 Sat, Aug 7 10:00 p.m. EDT @ Edmonton Elks W 16–12 1–0 TSN/RDS2/ESPN2 Commonwealth Stadium 30,302 Recap
2 Bye
3 2 Sat, Aug 21 7:00 p.m. EDT @ Saskatchewan Roughriders L 10–23 1–1 TSN/RDS Mosaic Stadium 28,559 Recap
4 3 Sat, Aug 28 7:00 p.m. EDT BC Lions L 12–24 1–2 TSN/RDS TD Place Stadium 15,000 Recap
5 4 Fri, Sept 3 7:30 p.m. EDT Montreal Alouettes L 29–51 1–3 TSN/RDS TD Place Stadium 15,000 Recap
6 5 Sat, Sept 11 10:00 p.m. EDT @ BC Lions L 13–45 1–4 TSN/RDS BC Place 12,552 Recap
7 Bye
8 6 Wed, Sept 22 7:30 p.m. EDT Hamilton Tiger-Cats L 7–24 1–5 TSN/RDS2 TD Place Stadium 12,041 Recap
9 7 Tues, Sept 28 7:30 p.m. EDT Edmonton Elks W 34–24 2–5 TSN/RDS2 TD Place Stadium 12,108 Recap
10 8 Wed, Oct 6 7:30 p.m. EDT @ Toronto Argonauts L 16–35 2–6 TSN/RDS2 BMO Field 6,788 Recap
10 9 Mon, Oct 11 1:00 p.m. EDT @ Montreal Alouettes L 16–20 2–7 TSN/RDS Molson Stadium 15,236 Recap
11 10 Sat, Oct 16 4:00 p.m. EDT Montreal Alouettes L 16–27 2–8 TSN/RDS TD Place Stadium 16,139 Recap
12 11 Sat, Oct 23 4:00 p.m. EDT @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats TSN/RDS2 Tim Hortons Field
13 12 Fri, Oct 29 7:00 p.m. EDT Calgary Stampeders TSN TD Place Stadium
14 13 Sat, Nov 6 4:00 p.m. EDT Toronto Argonauts TSN/RDS2 TD Place Stadium
15 Bye
16 14 Fri, Nov 19 7:30 p.m. EST @ Montreal Alouettes TSN/RDS Molson Stadium

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 #  Games played with white uniforms.[14]
 #  Games played with colour uniforms.[14]
 #  Games played with alternate uniforms.[14]

Team

Roster

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Fullbacks

Receivers

Offensive linemen

  • 64 Dino Boyd LT
  • 52 Juwann Bushell-Beatty RG
  • 61 Chris Ferguson RT
  • 65 Mark Korte C
  • 57 Andrew Pickett
  • 53 Jakub Szott LG
Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

1-Game injured

6-Game injured

Practice roster
  • 41 Tony Anderson LB
  • 67 Kétel Assé OL
  • 44 Dan Basambombo LB
  • 56 Jaylen Guthrie OL
  • 34 De'Chavon Hayes DB
  • 97 Clement Lebreux DL
  • 83 Wesley Lewis WR
  • 19 José Maltos K/P
  • 81 Daniel Petermann WR
  • 18 Jordan Smallwood WR
  • 76 Howard Stephens DL

CFL practice roster

Suspended

Coaching staff

Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Bob Dyce
  • Special Team & Defensive back Assistant - Patrick Bourgon

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning Coordinator – Nick Mercuri


Coaching Staff
More CFL staffs

References

  1. ^ "Montreal Alouettes vs Ottawa Redblacks". cfl.ca. November 1, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Divisional games take centre stage in unique 2021 schedule". Canadian Football League. November 20, 2020.
  3. ^ "CFL Announces Plans To Return-to-play For 2021 Season". Canadian Football League. April 21, 2021.
  4. ^ a b c "Circle your calendars: CFL releases 2021 schedule". Canadian Football League. June 15, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "CFL calendar busy with free agency, virtual combines, drafts". Canadian Football League. February 4, 2021. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  6. ^ "2021 Global Draft tracker". Canadian Football League. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  7. ^ "CFL announces date for 2021 CFL National Draft". cfl.ca. Canadian Football League. March 30, 2021. Retrieved April 15, 2021.
  8. ^ "2021 CFL Draft to feature some significant changes". CFL.ca. November 5, 2020. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  9. ^ "Ti-Cats snag first selection as CFL reveals 2021 order". CFL.ca. November 21, 2020. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  10. ^ "2021 Ottawa Redblacks Schedule". Ottawa Redblacks. Retrieved November 21, 2020.
  11. ^ "2021 Schedule". Canadian Football League. Retrieved June 14, 2021.
  12. ^ "Le football de la LCF de retour sur RDS dès le samedi 7 août" (in French). Canadian Football League. August 3, 2021.
  13. ^ "ESPN Networks, ESPN+ to carry entire 2021 CFL season". Canadian Football League. August 4, 2021.
  14. ^ a b c @REDBLACKS (August 5, 2021). "Another schedule to get hyped about" (Tweet) – via Twitter.