Dominant Stamps defence craves QB sacks

STEVE MACFARLANE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:22 AM ET

The Calgary Stampeders woke up smiling Sunday.

Saskatchewan Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant probably popped a couple of painkillers and hopped back into bed.

The Stamps might be tied for last in the CFL with just seven sacks, but they sure made Durant miserable during their 40-20 victory Saturday at McMahon Stadium.

“I’m sure he was pretty sore. I’ve been watching some film. He got hit more than I thought he did,” said Stamps defensive lineman Tom Johnson, who didn’t get a sack but forced an interception by drilling Durant just as he released the ball late in the first quarter.

The dominant defensive performance was proof you don’t need to drop the quarterback for a loss to be successful.

But the Stamps defence wants more sacks.

“They’re necessary,” said Stamps linebacker Juwan Simpson, who along with rush end Robert McCune tagged the Riders for a pair of

QB sacks. “I can’t say they’re not necessary, but I think people put more into it than needs to be. As long as you got a solid secondary and a solid back end, I think things work well.”

Johnson wishes Durant held onto the ball just a little longer on his hit.

“Sacks, to me, are a big deal. I wish he could have held it a second more,” Johnson said. “But the biggest thing is getting pressure. As long as you’re in his face and he’s feeling that, he might flinch instead of following through his throws.”

The constant pressure made a noticeable difference in the way Durant played as the game went on.

“I saw a few times, once

I got into his face, he started flinching a little bit. I knew I had some kind of affect on him.”

steve.macfarlane@sunmedia.ca


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