Stamps coach isn't disappointed

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 6:50 PM ET

A heated locker-room argument didn’t sound any alarm bells for John Hufnagel.

If anything, having two players —Brandon Browner and Teyo Johnson — scream at each other shows there is passion within the Calgary Stampeders.

Following a 32-11 manhandling from the Montreal Alouettes Monday morning, there was plenty of frustration.

So after the team returned home and cooled off, the Stamps players aren’t going to hear anything more about the incident from their head coach.

“Truthfully, I wasn’t all that disappointed,” Hufnagel said about the spat, which was dissipated by teammates.

“I know I have some high-energy players. I would rather have the challenge of toning it down than turning the light switch on. I’m not condoning it. Don’t misrepresent what I’m saying.

“I was disappointed after the game and I’m still disappointed. Imagine how they felt.

“I’m sure if one of my close friends said something that I took out of context, I might have snapped back at him.

“These players are a team. They understand what is ahead of them. We will meet (Wednesday) and I’m sure there won’t be an explosion.”

From an outsiders point of view, this season has been one of strife between the Stamps players.

In a win over the B.C. Lions in Week 4, defensive backs Dwight Anderson and Davanzo Tate got into a brief shoving match on a touchdown run.

Before the next game, kickers Sandro DeAngelis and Burke Dales had a fight at practice.

This incident wasn’t quite on that scale and it would have gone unreported had the players done it behind closed doors.

“I think it was overblown personally,” Hufnagel said. “It was a highly disappointed locker-room. The team prepared hard to play a good football team.

“Things didn’t go their way. We went there to win a game, not lose by a close margin. We wanted to win the game.

“Something was taken out of context and some comments were made. That’s all said and done. It’s not really an issue in my mind.”


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