Stamps coach in rush to adjust run

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:30 AM ET

When you lose the line of scrimmage battle, you shouldn’t expect to win in the CFL.

So even though they had a late lead Wednesday night, the Calgary Stampeders shouldn’t be surprised to leave Toronto as losers.

The Argonauts managed to win the battle on both sides of the ball. Running back Cory Boyd kept hammering the Stamps’ defence and finished with 142 yards.

On the other side, the Stamps didn’t get their usually solid rushing attack on track.

Joffrey Reynolds had only

44 yards on nine carries.

“We weren’t on the field enough to get anything going, run or pass,” said Stamps head coach John Hufnagel upon returning to Calgary Thursday.

“When you get a good running game going, it’s because you are staying on the field and getting first downs, and the opportunity to run is there.

“We kept trying to get the run established, even in the last couple minutes of the game, when we were in clutch offence. We tried to get past the line of scrimmage and let Joffrey do some damage. It didn’t happen.

“When you don’t have the ability to run the ball 20 times, it’s tough to get yards.”

Hufnagel places most of the blame on the defence for not being able to control Boyd, who never seemed to go down on first contact.

In Week 1, the Stamps held Boyd to 32 yards on eight carries, and in Week 2, they shut down DeAndra Cobb for 37 yards in the win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.But Boyd and a physical offensive line pounded them into submission.

“Our defence played hard and well,” Hufnagel said. “They were on the field too much. They wore down a little bit.

“We knew going in we would need to stop the run. We knew they would consistently try to establish it. The thing I was disappointed with about the defence is they were not as good stopping the run this game as they had been the two previous games.”

Reynolds has a pending sit-down chat with Hufnagel about a play in the first quarter. After getting tackled by Jason Pottinger, Reynolds stepped on the Argos linebacker while getting up and was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

Hufnagel said he was waiting to see it on the game tape, but it wasn’t there, and he’ll have to find it on the highlights.

Reynolds — and quarterback Henry Burris — left the Argos loss with horrible numbers, but Hufnagel said the entire unit must take credit for that.

“We need to play better offensively in all aspects: Protecting the passer, throwing the football, blocking for the run and catching the football,” Hufnagel said. “The offence has to play better, not only Henry. He was victimized a few times with well-thrown passes that were dropped. A couple of them ended up in Toronto’s hands.

“There were other plays he should have made, and he realizes that. We can’t be on the field for two plays and not move the ball away from our goal-line. Those were things we accomplished in our first two games.”


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