Defence has its 'motors running'

IAN BUSBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:13 PM ET

From his new perch in the centre of the defence, Scott Coe likes what he is seeing.

Although the starting three Calgary Stampeders defensive lineman are new this year, the veteran linebacker isn't expecting them to suffer badly.

Third-year Stamp Terrence Patrick will anchor the line with youngsters Keron Williams and Anthony Gargiulo at the other spots.

"These guys are fast," said Coe, who moves over to a platoon situation with Brian Clark at middle linebacker.

"It's going to be an overall fast defence.

"We will come non-stop, motors running, just like we've done the last couple of years."

Being at 'mike' linebacker, Coe and Clark call all the plays on defence and both players have spent four years in Denny Creehan's system so they are comfortable instructing young guys.

There are plenty of new faces learning the system, including two young defensive backs in Brandon Browner and Calvin Bannister.

But Creehan's system flows through the linebackers and that's where the Stamps have depth and experience, especially with third-year CFLer Cornelius Anthony in the other spot inside the three-four. The other starting linebackers, Tony Bua and Shannon James, are speedy and love to hit.

"Everybody knows our system is based on linebackers, ever since Denny came in," Coe said. "The line gets as much credit as we do and these guys will get a lot of attention."

Patrick, who notched six sacks last year in part-time action, could be one to watch at defensive end.

This is his third season he's starting to get comfortable with the system, which is more complicated than just running after the quarterback.

"We not only need to know what we're doing but also where the linebackers are going and sometimes even the cornerbacks," Patrick said.

"It's complicated at times but if you stay in the playbook and keep at it, it all works out."


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