Coach wants to see red

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:54 AM ET

Tom Higgins wants to change from the colour red.

The Calgary Stampeders head coach isn't shucking his CFL club's uniforms. He just wants people to stop calling the area inside an opposing team's 20-yard line the red zone.

"They have it all wrong," Higgins said yesterday, drawing many chuckles. "It's not the red zone, it's the green zone. It's the score zone. Red stands for stop, green stands for go. It's mislabelled. It was probably a defensive guy who first called it that."

The Stamps have been getting stopped at the traffic light in the 'green zone,' and sometimes earlier, all season.

Last week in Edmonton, the offence settled for four field goals instead of touchdowns. With the game on the line, they turned the ball over on what would have been the game-winning score while in the green zone.

Calgary has only put the ball into the endzone once when getting within the 20.

So all kidding aside from the head coach, it's a real problem for quarterback Henry Burris and his group -- and Higgins knows it.

With only two days of practice this week, the Stamps worked on their score-zone offence as much as possible.

"We feel we have the weapons to use down there," Higgins said. "The worst-case scenario, and Henry knows this because he's been told, you can't turn it over.

"You shoot yourself twice in the head, not just once. We like to think we have the answer but we won't know that until we go out and show people."

It's become clear the problem isn't just with Burris. Things haven't clicked with the entire offence.

Burris' teammates are willing to accept their part of the blame for mistakes.

"We're not doing our part," said receiver Nik Lewis, who caught just one pass in Edmonton. "We have to find a way to punch it in down there."

Using Joffrey Reynolds would seem to be a surefire method. The powerful running back is tough to bring down.

Reynolds did score in Edmonton before the play was called back for a penalty but Higgins said punching it in is easier said than done.

"The defence always takes something away, because they believe you want to run the football," Higgins said. "We have to run around and try to get open."


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