Dunigan got bad rap from fans

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:57 AM ET

CALGARY -- The Matt Dunigan era is considered a colossal failure by many fans in Calgary.

A 4-14 record last year is Example A.

But if you look closely at the current Stampeder roster, last year's general manager/head coach laid some impressive building blocks for the new crew.

During Dunigan's short one-year stay, the regime brought to town several outstanding players: John Grace, Brian Clark, Scott Coe, Nik Lewis and Joffrey Reynolds.

"I would give the previous regime a lot of credit for those players they brought in," said current GM Jim Barker.

"They did some things ... (found) some key, key players in this organization."

Grace, Clark and Coe now form 75% of the Stamps' highly-acclaimed linebacking core.

"That was definitely something we were able to build around," continued Barker.

All three players rank in the top 15 in the league in tackles.

"The linebacking core is as good as you can find, basically," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

Lewis is the team's top receiver on the stats pages and is fourth in the league in receiving yards. And Reynolds is second on the CFL rushing chart this season with 1,379 yards and seven touchdowns. Only Winnipeg's Charles Roberts had more yards.


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