October 11, 2012
Stampeders prepare for second meeting against Blue Bombers QB Joey Elliott
By IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency
CALGARY - When preparing for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers this week, something might have seemed odd to the Calgary Stampeders defence.
The quarterback the Stamps faced a month ago when the Bombers visited McMahon Stadium is the same one who will start Saturday in Winnipeg.
“It is strange, as funny as that sounds,” defensive end Charleston Hughes said with a laugh.
For the first time in 10 meetings, the Bombers are running out the same starting pivot as they did in their previous meeting with the Stamps.
Due to injuries, poor performance or regime changes, every time the Bombers were facing the Stamps since 2008, they had a different player leading their offence.
For a second straight, it’s Joey Elliott getting the call, as No. 1 quarterback Buck Pierce was ruled out Thursday because he couldn’t pass his concussion test.
The Stamps shouldn’t mind really. On Sept. 15 at McMahon Stadium, they chased Elliott off the field in the second quarter with two sacks and an interception.
“He had happy feet most of the night against us the first time but I don’t expect to see that this time,” said Hughes about Elliott, who is the reigning CFL offensive player of the week after throwing for 335 yards and three TDs in a win over Montreal Monday.
“Potentially, we can control that as a defence. We can blitz or have good coverage or bat balls down up front. Overall it could be our defensive play. It could be anything that will shatter a quarterback’s confidence.
“It’s like a bunch of sharks when that happens. Blood in the water.”
Since the start of 2008, the Stamps have consistently faced a new starting pivot every time they play Winnipeg.
It started with Ryan Dinwiddie, went to Kevin Glenn, Stefan LeFors, Michael Bishop, Steven Jyles, Elliott, Buck Pierce, Alex Brink and then Elliott.
The only two pivots to pick up wins for the Bombers were Dinwiddie and LeFors, although five of the past six Stampeders victories have had lead changes in the final three minutes.
During the 44-3 Stamps victory a month ago, Elliott certainly wasn’t the only problem for the Bombers. They allowed a fake-field goal TD and their defence couldn’t stop Nik Lewis.
The Stamps saw what Elliott did on Monday in Montreal and saw an entire team playing better.
“With Joey, you could find games where he was making good throws and other stuff wasn’t happening for him to have success he did against Montreal,” Stamps quarterback Kevin Glenn said. “I just believe it was one of those things where everybody was doing their job.
“They had that momentum and confidence. I don’t think you can take from that game and say, ‘Hey, this is the first time he ever played well.’ It just happened everything came together for that team.
“Given Winnipeg’s situation, they’ve had a bunch of different guys in the huddle, so that could be tough.”
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