Stampeders hire defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler

Defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler, right, speaks with Etienne Legare during the Edmonton Eskimos...

Defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler, right, speaks with Etienne Legare during the Edmonton Eskimos practice at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Tuesday, October 18, 2011. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI AGENCY)

Scott Mitchell, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:41 AM ET

CALGARY - Rich Stubler was out of work exactly 12 days.

Fired by the B.C. Lions on Dec. 7 after spending two years as the defensive co-ordinator on the coast, Stubler was quickly snapped up Thursday, agreeing to shift 971 km east to lead the Calgary Stampeders defence.

Stubler and former Stamps defensive mastermind Rick Campbell, who bolted earlier this month to become the first head coach of the expansion Ottawa RedBlacks, already share certain defensive philosophies — Campbell coached under Stubler at the University of Oregon and later with the Edmonton Eskimos — that may mesh well with the personnel in place.

“We both have a similar view of football,” Stubler said Thursday evening from California. “I think Rick’s view, as mine, is it’s a lot simpler than people want to make it out to be.

“Get good people and let them play, that’s the biggest part I could tell you."


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