Stamps' DBs have it covered

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:10 AM ET

Brandon Browner doesn’t have a prediction for the West semifinal, nor does he have a preference of winner.

No matter which team comes into McMahon Stadium next Sunday for the West final, their top receiver had a weak outing the last time they faced Browner and the Calgary Stampeders.

A month ago at McMahon, Browner jumped in to cover B.C. Lions veteran slotback Geroy Simon when halfback Brandon Smith was injured.

Simon caught one pass for 11 yards, and that was just before halftime, when the Stamps were in a deep drop.

The previous week in a victory over the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Browner shut down CFL-leading receiver Andy Fantuz, holding him to zero receptions in a physical battle dominated by the defensive back.

So Browner can’t wait to find out his assignment after Sunday’s meeting between the two teams in Regina.

“Whoever comes out, I’m more than willing to put the study in and do what I have to do against him,” Browner said.

“I’m not going to ask for them, but the coaches will put me on a big body. Our coaches are smart and they will gameplan accordingly.

“I’m sure I would be on Fantuz, but we’ll worry about Simon when the time comes.”

The Stamps have two all-star cornerbacks in Browner and Dwight Anderson, but with the way those players have moved around, you can’t hardly call them corners anymore.

It started with back-to-back games against the Montreal Alouettes, when Browner went inside to face the lanky Jamel Richardson because wideout Kerry Watkins was out with injury.

They kept it going in Saskatchewan, but with Fantuz eliminated by Browner, wideout Chris Getzlaf had more than 200 yards against rookie Johnnie Dixon.

The plan going against the Lions was to have Browner match up with Paris Jackson, but Smith’s injury made them switch.

Before secondary coach Corey Chamblin could adjust, Browner was engaging in a clutch-and-grab battle with Simon.

“When Smitty went down, coach told me to cover Simon,” Anderson said. “BB came on the field and said, ‘I want Geroy.’ I said, ‘OK, you can have him.’

“He did a great job on him, so I can’t complain about it. That’s coming off a week against Fantuz. To have back-to-back games against guys like that is amazing.”

So will there be a repeat of those battles? Anderson won’t tell.

“Towards the end of the year, we surprised people a bit, but we’re going to shake it up for the playoffs,” Anderson said.

“BB is confident in himself, and that’s the way he’s supposed to be. Nobody is supposed to catch anything on him. I feel the same way, no matter where I am on the field.

“If you can defend him there, you should do it anywhere. It’s a swagger and confidence we have.”

There are groups of players getting together to watch Sunday’s game at various locales around the city.

Some of the families — the Chevriers, Archibalds and Thelwells — are heading to the Burris household.

No matter what happens, one thing is certain: Quarterback Henry Burris is thankful the Stamps aren’t in chilly Regina this weekend.

“This is like Thanksgiving. It’s family, food and football,” Burris said. “You get to sit around watching the games. This is better because our future lies in those games. I’m looking forward to it.”

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