October 13, 2008
It's time for the CFL to stand behind its new player safety standards.
The Edmonton Eskimos have officially asked the league head office to look at Rob Murphy's dirty pin move on Edmonton Eskimo defensive back Jason Goss last Friday in Vancouver.
The league should suspend Murphy - the B.C. Lions' controversial offensive lineman - for the pin job, proving it means business with its new player safety standards that were announced on Oct. 2.
If you missed it last Friday, Murphy forced Goss to fumble the ball in the second quarter.
That should have been the end of the battle between the two players. But Goss rolled over onto his back, Murphy squatted over him and then used one hand to pin Goss's head and neck to one side against the B.C. Place turf.
In the CFL's memo in early October, it claimed that "from now on, any illegal act that creates a substantial and unnecessary risk of injury to an opposing player will be subject to a mandatory suspension."
The Eskimo organization is saying very little on Murphy's antics, which didn't even get him kicked out of the game.
"I don't want this thing to play itself out through the papers," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia. "Whatever I say is not going to get me anywhere."
A call by Sun Media to a key member of the CFL's head office was not returned yesterday.
What the league does in advance of Friday's rematch between the Esks and Lions at Commonwealth Stadium (7 p.m.) is anybody's guess.
But this is a glorious chance for commissioner Mark Cohon to kill two birds with one stone: prove his player safety standards are for real and make a statement that repeat offenders will be punished.
Two NFL castoffs are becoming key contributors for the Green and Gold in the stretch run.
Defensive tackle Eric Taylor - who was a recent cut of the Tennessee Titans - has become a force in the middle of the front four.
In last Friday's 27-20 Eskimos victory in Vancouver, Taylor had two fumble recoveries, one quarterback sack and two tackles.
And receiver Maurice Mann continues to prove why he was second in pass receiving during the NFL preseason with the Washington Redskins.
Twice in the defeat of the Lions last week, Mann was stopped just short of the end zone.
His speed and route-running ability also brought two pass interference calls against the B.C. defence on a drive that produced a touchdown.
In four games with the Esks this fall he has 18 catches for almost 230 yards - giving him a 12.6-yard average per catch.
The Edmonton-B.C. game on Friday (7 p.m., Commonwealth Stadium) will not air on CHED. Instead, an early- season Edmonton Oilers game in Calgary at the same time will be on the all-talk AM station. The football game can be heard on CISN FM (103.9).