Stamps coaches caution against complacency

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:08 AM ET

There is a downside to big wins.

Sometimes, they can lead to big heads.

The Calgary Stampeders are riding a momentum swing after whipping the division rival Saskatchewan Roughriders 40-20 last Saturday at McMahon Stadium.

So all week, the coaching staff has harped on the fact the Winnipeg Blue Bombers aren’t as bad as their 2-2 record suggests and they can’t take them lightly Saturday night.

“The coaches have said it all week like a broken record,” said defensive tackle DeVone Claybrooks. “We know not to be complacent and we have to stay hungry.

“That’s why I like this team. Being around a bunch of football, you can see that this is the case.”

This is the classic trap game for the Stamps.

The Bombers haven’t won in Calgary since 2002, they are playing their backup quarterback Steven Jyles and they haven’t played well in one game away from home so far this season.

On paper, the Stamps should be easy winners, but the Bombers do have a strong defence that currently ranks first in average yards allowed per game.

“They will want us to take them lightly, and then they can come in here and surprise us,” Claybrooks said. “Last year, the (Stamps) let up and Fred Reid ran for 160 yards (167 actually).

“We have a good group of core guys who have been there before. They’ve had letdowns and slept on people and then been blown out 40-10 on their home turf.

“We won’t want to let that happen.”

Sam out for nine games

P.K. Sam has a torn meniscus in his right knee and will be lost to the team for at least two months.

The Stampeders put the receiver on the nine-game injured list despite not having yet set up a schedule for his recovery. Sam has to choose between a minor surgery and a quicker return or a more invasive one that will keep him out a longer period.

“The competitor in me wants to come back quick, but you have to make sure you can be the best for the long run,” Sam said. “I’m only 27, so I’m not sure I want to do something that is going to hamper me in the long run. We’ll see what happens.”

Sam has 13 catches for 129 yards and a touchdown in three games this season.

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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