Rust will offer proof at Esks' camp

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:04 AM ET

Danny Maciocia will have his coaching mentor at his side during Edmonton Eskimos' training camp.

Rod Rust - a former head coach and defensive co-ordinator in the NFL and CFL - will be one of two guest coaches during the three-week camp that starts today with rookies on the field.

"Rod Rust is someone that I coached with in Montreal," said Maciocia.

"He also gave me my first co-ordinator's job in 2001 (in Montreal)."

A former head coach of the New England Patriots and a defensive co-ordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Rust will be used in one key area for the Esks.

"If there is a facet of the game that I think that everybody overlooks or doesn't put enough of an emphasis on in football is how to tackle," continued Maciocia.

"So, this is his expertise: how to enter contact, how to wrap, how to bring your opponent down.

"He will be the lead coach on any drill that we have which requires tackling because I think it is a lost art.

"I think when you pay attention to details and you do the little things (as) far as fundamentals of the game are concerned, that is what wins football games."

The remaining players in the Eskimo secondary from last year don't need to be reminded of the criticism they took last year for missed tackles.

LATE HITS: Rust is 78 years old ... University of Calgary head coach Blake Nill will be the other guest instructor, likely helping along the offensive line.

FINISH LINES: With each passing day it appears linebacker Ronnie Heard will likely be a no-show at main training camp, which starts Sunday.

"I don't think it will be that big of a loss," said Maciocia yesterday.


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