Lessons learned?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Adam Braidwood has made his first bold prediction for the CFL season.

"I think you will see a different team next week for sure," Braidwood said late yesterday afternoon.

The key cog in the Edmonton front line is referring to an Eskimo club that he believes will be much more disciplined on Friday night in Vancouver after getting a failing grade in that department in the regular-season opener against Winnipeg.

In a 39-39 tie on Thursday at Commonwealth Stadium, the Esks repeatedly shot themselves in the foot with undisciplined plays.

"That was pretty much the theme of the game (Thursday night)," continued Braidwood.

"If it wasn't a penalty, it was a missed tackle or just blown coverage or the defensive line wasn't in their gaps, and they ended up getting a huge play out of it.

"They didn't drive on us really, it was just big plays and they capitalized in the red zone."

The most costly example was defensive end Rahim Abdullah jumping off-side on a third-and-one gamble near the goal line.

Winnipeg got three more cracks at the play and eventually scored a touchdown in the second quarter.

"We have to learn from that," added linebacker Ray Perryman.

"We just can't do that in the future."

Then there were the second-and-long nightmares on defence.

On four TD drives by the Bombers, the Esks let the Winnipeg crew convert on second-and-long to keep the drive alive.

"We tell the guys that we work so hard in keeping offences in second and long - and now we have to capitalize," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia while his players had a light workout yesterday.

"And you've got to think (on) second-and-18, let them dump the ball underneath, rally and tackle and get the punt team out there. Take the deep stuff away and rally to the short stuff."

A big reason for that problem against the Bombers was the fact Edmonton had eight new starters on defence.

Communication became an issue at critical moments on the field.

"A few years ago you would have had (Malcolm) Frank, (Shannon) Garrett to one side and (Donny) Brady and Steven Marsh and they would have talked that out," continued Maciocia.

Added Perryman: "We got to cut that out. We have to get off the field in second and long."

Not once but twice, Milt Stegall burned the Esks in the second-and-long situation.

"We just had some missed assignments (on defence)," explained Maciocia. "If we line up right, we're OK.

"A couple of times they motioned (Milt) Stegall out of the backfield and we lost him and they were able to convert and keep drives alive."


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