October 8, 2007
Not very specialArgonauts expose Eskimos defensive deficencies with two TDs
OTTAWA -- Scott Squires is taking a look in the mirror while trying to solve the Edmonton Eskimos nasty special teams problems.
After a horrible effort in a 33-8 loss to the Toronto Argos on Saturday, the Green and Gold's special teams coach wasn't hiding from reporters.
"I have never been around it before in my life -- just the roller-coaster ride of this," said Squires.
"It is frustrating.
"I really felt like we were prepared coming into the game (in Toronto).
"But I got to go back and really do a self-inventory to make sure we are doing everything we can do to put the right players on the field and for everybody to make plays.
"That is on me.
"I will take full responsibility for what it looked like out there (in Toronto)."
The Eskimos gave up two special teams touchdowns at Rogers Centre on Saturday.
One major came through a 69-yard punt return by Dominique Dorsey. The other came from a blocked punt returned by Byron Parker.
In total, the Esks have given up four touchdowns on special teams plays this year.
The other two majors came early in the season: Saskatchewan's Jason Armstead went 90 yards on a punt return in Game 4 while Saskatchewan's Kyle Mitchell returned a blocked punt to the end zone in Game 5.
In the one defence of Squires and his crew, there have been too many new faces on the various special teams units this year.
And in some cases, he has lost impact players like Mathieu Bertrand and Kenny Hollis.
"With any team, you are always trying to produce continuity," said Squires.
"We haven't had that luxury, whether it be from a return standpoint, whether it be the guys on the punt team or on punt return."
If the Eskimos somehow claw into the playoffs, there is one good piece of news: offensive lineman Dan Comiskey will be able to play.
"I will be ready for playoffs," said Comiskey this past weekend.
On the nine-game injured list for a tricep problem, Comiskey was in the Eskimo locker-room at Rogers Centre on Saturday night, helping a young boy get autographs from players.
Comiskey is due to come off the nine-game list when the playoffs start.
A tip of the hat to the Eskimo organization for having 19 players participate in Read-In Week from Oct. 1-5. There are youngsters across the city that will never forget reading with a professional player.
The CFL trade deadline is tomorrow, with very little action expected.
However, here is something to ponder: Will the Eskimos even consider taking a run at prying Jason Armstead out of Hamilton?
Edmonton needs a spark for its return game and could use another playmaker on offence.
The Esks also have something any team in the CFL would want - plenty of veteran offensive linemen.