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Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. (SUN/Walter Tychnowicz)

Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia. (SUN/Walter Tychnowicz)

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:06 PM ET

Danny Maciocia's blood is still boiling, nearly 48 hours after the Edmonton Eskimos' debacle in Winnipeg.

But the head coach isn't going to make any hasty decisions on personnel in his battered defensive unit.

"We are going to get together as a staff and talk our way through it to make sure we know what the (^%$#) we need to do here to get it straightened out," said Maciocia.

But after watching his defence give up 601 yards of offence in a 46-10 thrashing by the Bombers on Saturday night, he openly admits there could be some major lineup moves before Edmonton hosts the B.C. Lions at Commonwealth Stadium Friday night.

"There could be some big changes (on defence)," he said. "There could be some changes up front and in the back end."

THE BIGGER CONCERN

While the offence self-destructed in the red zone in Winnipeg, the defence appears to be the bigger concern with Maciocia, who finds his team in the West Division basement with a 1-2 record.

The front seven is being shredded by opposing running backs - to the tune of 136 yards per game.

"We definitely aren't tackling and some aren't playing their gaps and that's why we're being exposed," said Maciocia, who could insert a healthy Jabari Issa into a tackle spot and change his defensive end rotation.

But Quincy Stewart will likely remain at middle linebacker. Stewart apparently graded better than most players Saturday - and is likely the club's only option because former starter A.J. Gass is doubtful with a hamstring injury.

In the secondary, Maciocia is going to look at reversing a last-minute switch last week, which saw Reggie Durden move to corner and Keyuo Craver move inside to halfback.

REPEATED EMBARRASSMENT

Receiver Chris Brazzell, who scored two majors, repeatedly embarrassed Durden on Saturday.

The club may also activate defensive backs Jonte Buhl or Roosevelt Williams.

The team returns to practice today, where it will become more clear if Maciocia is going to really shuffle the deck or not.

SHORT YARDAGE: There's no talk of making major changes offensively before Friday. Don't expect an emergency call to be made to retired centre Kevin Lefsrud or import guard Raleigh Roundtree to be activated.

SIDELINES: Defensive end Andre Sommersell will be healthy enough to play against B.C. after suffering a hand injury Saturday. Slotback Mookie Mitchell is questionable with a strained right hamstring.

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DISSECTING AN UGLY START ...

Here is an in-depth dissection of the Esks' ugly 1-2 beginning to the 2006 regular season.

TURNOVERS: In three games, Edmonton has turned the ball over to the opposition a staggering 13 times.

RUN DEFENCE: In 2005, the Esks were masters at keeping running backs in knots, allowing an average of just 79 yards per game. This year, that average total is up to 136 yards.

OFFENCE: There is nothing wrong with the yardage totals, with the offence averaging 392 yards per contest. But...

AVERAGE PPG: The Green and Gold are averaging just 14 points in each tilt.

RED ZONE EFFICIENCY: Why is the offence failing to score? Just look at the comedy of errors in the red zone, which is inside the opposition's 20-yard line. In nine trips, the Esks have produced three turnovers, one single, two field goals, three TDs.

KICKING DEPARTMENT: Sean Fleming is two-for-five in field-goal tries this year - but that doesn't include the aborted attempt in the third quarter Saturday, when holder Jason Johnson couldn't squeeze the ball.


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