Offence stumps Stamps

The Stamps have emerged victorious three of the past four games despite not having great outings on...

The Stamps have emerged victorious three of the past four games despite not having great outings on offence. (Sun Media/Mike Drew)

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:26 AM ET

One play could have summed up the struggles of the Calgary Stampeders offence, and it was a weird one at that.

During the third quarter of Saturday's 15-14 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Stamps quarterback Henry Burris scrambled away from pressure and spotted running back Joffrey Reynolds open for a dump-off pass.

But Reynolds didn't realize the play was still going and stopped running, letting the ball sail over his head, where Brett Ralph made a diving stab at it.

Reynolds was given the game ball for his 17 carries for 86 yards along the ground, so it wasn't like he had a bad night.

Overall, though, the offence struggled with little details such as this one, and it's been having trouble the past three games.

"It was a collective edition of everybody taking their turn," Burris said. "Each and every guy confessed their mistakes (yesterday at rundown).

"We all vowed we could come back and give the team everything we have this upcoming week. That was one example of many.

"Joffrey is alert. I thought he was running the route. When I threw it, I could see he was actually walking away.

"It was one of those nights when some things were going good and some things weren't. It was obvious the things that weren't going well."

Burris went just 14-of-30 passing for 132 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. He has just one TD pass in the past three games, but coach John Hufnagel said there was never any thought he would pull his No.-1 pivot.

"Not a chance," said Hufnagel, who isn't sure why the offence is struggling.

"It's not easy to pinpoint because if it was, there would be a quick fix. There was a combination of things.

"We made a play to (Jeremaine) Copeland in the fourth quarter, but he's not legal (he went offside).

"On another play, we don't block the (middle) linebacker when we should and it's a potential touchdown. Those type of things occur, and you are fortunate to play that way and still win a football game."

The Stamps have emerged victorious three of the past four games despite not having great outings on offence.

In Edmonton, Burris threw three interceptions before hitting Copeland with a game-winning touchdown.

In a loss at Hamilton, dropped passes were the major issue as the run game was the only thing working.

At home against the B.C. Lions, Copeland scored the only touchdown through the air and the rushing attack was once again on target.

Burris has a 57.1 quarterback rating the past three games, but he isn't the only one to blame. Although the offensive line played well, everyone accepts responsibility.

"We have a great team and a great unit across the board," said veteran right tackle Jeff Pilon. "We just need to start clicking. That's it.

"We keep shooting ourselves in the foot. It was a penalty here, a missed block there. It goes on the whole offence because we took turns doing it. You can't put your finger on one person or one unit. It's a collective effort of shooting ourselves in the foot."

IAN.BUSBY@SUNMEDIA.CA


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