Usually defensive players do whatever possible to hide their coverages, but the Calgary Stampeders don’t bother with that.
When asked who he will be covering Friday night against the B.C. Lions, Brandon Browner gave a straight answer: “Paris Jackson.”
So what about you, Dwight Anderson: “Manny Arceneaux.”
It’s novel to get a honest answer, but it also shows the level of confidence the Stampeders cornerbacks have for Friday’s meeting with the Lions (8 p.m., TSN) at McMahon Stadium.
“There’s nothing to disguise,” Anderson said.
“This is our fourth game against them. We know what they got. They know what we got. It’s just a matter of playing ball at the end of the day.”
Every week, the Stamps defensive coaches come up with a plan to neutralize the top opposition receivers.
In the past month, it’s been a matter of taking the most physical DB (Browner) and putting him on the biggest slotback (Jamel Richardson and Andy Fantuz against Montreal and Saskatchewan).
The player most fitting in that description on the Lions is Jackson, a former wideout who moved inside last season.
Anderson then takes the speed guy on the outside, so that means he will face Arceneaux in this crucial matchup.
The plan is different every week and, with all five members of the secondary moving around, Anderson and Browner aren’t even corners anymore. They are rovers.
“When we come in to start the week, the matchups are up there on the board,” Anderson said. “You don’t know what it’s going to be. The scheme of the defence changes every week to the team we play.”
Unlike a week ago when Fantuz was seemingly taken by surprise that Browner would face him, Jackson is ready for the challenge.
They’ve had some duels in the past, and the eight-year Canadian slotback knows what to expect.
“He plays in your face for 60 minutes,” Jackson said. “When we talk about playing 60 minutes, Browner is a guy that plays for 60 minutes.
“He does that every game.”
In the first two meetings between these teams, Arceneaux went over the 100-yard mark in both.
Anderson is pumped for this battle.
“In the first game I played against him, I got a feel for what he does,” Anderson said. “I will be in his face.”