October 27, 2008
Gut-check timeComiskey urges calm following Saturday's debacle in Saskatchewan
By JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA
REGINA -- Calm down.
That is the blunt advice coming from Dan Comiskey - the leader of the Edmonton Eskimos' offensive line - after the Saskatchewan Roughriders crushed the Green and Gold 55-9 Saturday night in Regina.
"We just have to look at the film," said Comiskey. "Calm down, look at the film, find out where we got to fix and fix it.
"It really is (a) simple game.
"Everyone knows what we are supposed to be doing at this point.
"A lot of things went wrong.
"(It's) not just a bunch of guys not knowing what the hell they are doing, the ball was really bouncing for Saskatchewan.
"But hats off to them, they kicked our ass.
"But it's not the end of the season and it's not the end of the world."
The Eskimos had 13 players on Saturday's roster who are CFL rookies - heading into their first taste of playoff action.
After the final regular-season game on Friday against Montreal at Commonwealth Stadium, the Esks are in the East Division semifinal in Winnipeg on Nov. 8.
What it means is the Esks have one game to get the ship in order before the playoffs in Manitoba.
"I've got my ass kicked here (in Regina) on occasion and gone on to win the Grey Cup," said Comiskey, referring to 2003.
"That is the bottom line. You just have to come out (this) week swinging and find a way to beat Montreal (this) week when we are at home."
The Eskimos will likely return to the practice field today to get ready for the Alouettes.
And veteran defensive back Jason Goss believes that is when players will have to start proving they want to be part of the playoff roster.
"How the way guys practise (this) week and how the way guys play in the game (this) week against Montreal will show who wants to be on this playoff run," said Goss.
Added Edmonton defensive tackle Dario Romero: "It is going to have to go back to each guy on the field beating the guy in front of them. That is what it comes down to. It doesn't come down to weather, doesn't come down to it's too cold.
"It comes down to: Can I beat this guy in front of me?"
FINISH LINES: EDMONTON DEFENSIVE LINEMAN JIM DAVIS IS SCHEDULED TO HAVE X-RAYS TODAY AFTER BEING TAKEN TO THE DRESSING ROOM DURING SATURDAY'S GAME WITH A LOWER LEG INJURY.
Hobbling on crutches before leaving Regina, Davis was surprisingly positive.
"Hopefully I will be back by next week," said Davis. "Ankle and foot got all twisted up. So, it is a combination of the foot and the ankle."
EXTRA POINT: IF THERE IS ONE POSITIVE FOR THE ESKIMOS FROM SATURDAY'S NASTY LOSS, TRISTAN JACKSON SHOWED SOME PROMISE AT RUNNING BACK, GAINING 18 YARDS ON TWO CARRIES.
A returner with break-away speed, Jackson could be a change-of-pace tailback from Calvin McCarty in the playoffs.
PARTING SHOT: ROMERO TOOK EXCEPTION TO ANY SUGGESTION THE ESKIMOS WERE DOMINATED PHYSICALLY IN EVERY FACET OF THE GAME SATURDAY IN REGINA.
"(Expletive) no, we weren't," shot Romero.