Sparks flyin'

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

The suggestion that Edmonton Eskimo head coach Danny Maciocia is being out-coached or out-schemed by the Calgary Stampeders is another hot-button issue in the Eskimo camp.

Sparks practically fly when that topic is brought forward.

"Who is that coming from? It is coming from people sitting in the stands, not being involved with it," said quarterback Ricky Ray, jumping to his coach's defence yesterday.

"We've got to start thinking positive. It seems like the last month everything has been negative on us. We have just got to put that aside and go out there and play our game."

Maciocia has his own take on the criticism coming at him and his staff after losing 43-23 to the Stamps last weekend.

"(An) 11-7 (record) last year would have definitely (meant) second and home-field advantage," said Maciocia.

"For some strange reason, when we win football games the players are good and the coaches are just put on the shelf.

"When we lose, the coaches are out-coached and out-schemed and all that other good jive. At the end of the day, just take a look at the number of wins the last four years and that speaks for itself."

Maciocia and four of his assistants - Rick Campbell, Bill Macdermott, Dan McKinnon and Danny Kepley - have been with the Eskimos for four years.

During that stretch, the club has won a total of 49 games - or an average of 12 per year.


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