CALGARY - The Calgary Stampeders had enough time to watch a couple of movies on the way back from Moncton, N.B., Monday.
Sure hope they were comedies because head coach John Hufnagel got his fill from the horror genre when he got back to his office.
The game film from Sunday’s 55-36 shellacking at the hands of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats was not pretty.
“Watching the film just confirmed what I saw in person,” Hufnagel said. “Obviously, we’re turning the ball over too much, and we’re not creating any turnovers.
“Those two things are killing us.”
The Stamps made four key mistakes on the weekend and each of the blunders led directly to points.
Quarterback Henry Burris fumbled, which the Tabbies turned into a field goal.
Just before halftime, Landan Talley put the ball on the ground on a punt return and the Ticats scored a touchdown with 14 seconds left.
Those two miscues were the difference in a 24-14 game at the midway point.
Hamilton’s Marcus Thigpen took a missed field goal back for a backbreaking TD in the second half. And a Burris interception was also turned into a major, but was just basically salt on the wound at that point.
Hufnagel was particularly concerned with the special teams.
“Two weeks in a row, our special teams have allowed a touchdown — a blocked punt and a missed field goal,” he said.
“When you make those types of mistakes, it’s very difficult to win.”
Mistakes, of course, will happen.
Hufnagel doesn’t expect his squad to play error-free football for the rest of the season.
But he does expect his players to respond better.
“It’s been hard to reload and answer,” Hufnagel said. “We have been a team before when things have gone bad, we’d be able to seize back the momentum and keep it.
“But we’re putting ourselves in the hole way too much to continually fight out of it.”
Hufnagel said Stamps teams from past years have had the intestinal fortitude to deal with negative plays.
But he has openly questioned the mental toughness of this year’s edition of the Red & White.
“You need that edge,” he said. “I’m proud of the teams we’ve had over the past three-and-a-half years because they usually come to the field on game day with an edge.
“I can’t say, with the way we’ve played in three of our last four games, that we had enough of that edge.”