DB coach plans on Working over Ticats

IAN BUSBY

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

Tim Burke has a decent working knowledge of what a Mike Working offence is going to do.

The Calgary Stampeders defensive backs coach was receivers coach for Appalachian State 26 years ago, when the Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive co-ordinator was the head man for that team.

So even though Burke doesn't know much about what the Ticats bring in terms of receivers, he can't help but think he knows what Working is concocting for strategy tonight when the Ticats visit the Stamps (8 p.m., McMahon Stadium).

"I have somewhat of a sense of what he's going to do," Burke said of Working, who was with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers last season.

"He will do some things they did at Winnipeg and will also have his own ideas.

"Charlie Taaffe will have his ideas that he wants implemented. He's an excellent offensive mind as well.

"Schematically, they will be very good. If they have the players to execute what they want to do is the question. That's the unknown, what their players are like."

Hamilton's only returning receiver is Canadian Brock Ralph and the only other one who has played the Stamps in a CFL game is former Eskimo Richard Alston.

So Burke is interested in finding out how they will use new names such as Jo Jo Walker, Nate Curry, Chris Getzlaf and Anthony Arceneaux.

The Stamps may just stay in a zone defence instead of giving the Ticats the advantage of going man-to-man but Burke said his defensive backs have to watch out for running backs Jesse Lumsden and Corey Holmes.

"You have to go into fairly generic, saying we'll make these calls against different personnel groups," Burke said.

"We anticipate them going to two tight end set with two backs. "They will be looking to create a mismatch somewhere. Two years ago, we thought Corey Holmes was the best offensive player in the league.

"Last year, he didn't have a great year but he's always a threat as a running back and as a wide receiver."

Burke said of his 30-year career, only three of them were spent on the offensive side of the ball -- one of those was under Working at Appalachian State.

"Offensively, we were pretty good," Burke said. "Mike is a great coach and he was throwing the ball when the people in the U.S. weren't throwing it a lot."

EXTRA POINTS

Stamps punt returner Markus Howell is out with an ankle injury, meaning newcomer Calvin Bannister will start out handling all the return duties ... The Stamps have unveiled full-screen video highlights on their website this season. Check out Stampeders.com after each game for a nice package of full-screen game shots. The Stamps are the only CFL team offering this feature.


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