Moving message

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

The message on the white board at the entrance to the Edmonton Eskimos' dressing room said it all.

The headline of the message read: Gotta Believe To Achieve.

Special teams coach Scott Squires penned the rest of the note as follows: "Get mind right. Flush the (previous) weekend. Get better as a group today."

Trying to move forward from last Saturday's 54-14 butt kicking against the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Eskimos are trying to look ahead this week, not dwelling on the past.

The other key to moving forward and beating the Calgary Stampeders on Saturday, though, is believing in each other.

"We just have to understand what our responsibilities are out there," said Edmonton head coach Danny Maciocia.

"If we understand what we need to do and we do our job, not worry about the guy to our left or to our right, then I think we have ourselves a decent football team.

"It is called believing in one another and having faith in the guy you are going to line up next to.

"Like I told the players: If they don't get it done then that is my job to fix it, not theirs.

"If you believe in one another and you trust the scheme, then we are going to be OK."

The Eskimos enter Saturday's home game at 2-2-1. The Stamps enter off their own tough loss at 2-3.

The good news for Maciocia is that it appears his players have bought into the messages his staff is trying to deliver.

"I had a coach once say: 'If you lose, don't lose the lesson,' " remarked linebacker A.J. Gass.

"That is the big key to making progress even after a loss.

"Our main focus is not how we are going to redeem ourselves from Saskatchewan, it's how we are going to approach and win against Calgary."

Gass believes players tried to do too much in Regina.

"Any time you get a couple of big plays on you and you get behind in a game, it is a natural tendency for an athlete to start to overcompensate and try to do a little bit more than required," continued Gass.

"And when you do that thing, you leave yourself open to mistakes, leave yourself open to big plays and a team capitalized on that (in Saskatchewan)."

STILL HOBBLING: Receiver T.J. Acree is still wearing a walking cast on an injured foot. And Jason Tucker didn't practise again yesterday.

Both are apparently going to be game-day decisions again.

UGLY SCENE: In the middle of yesterday's practice, Mathieu Bertrand tried to crawl off the field on all fours in pain.

After being surrounded by several members of the training staff, the fullback eventually got to his feet and slowly walked off the field.

He apparently has an ankle injury, but Maciocia expects him to play this weekend.

SHORT HITS: Defensive tackle Rob Brown appears to have a knee injury but is expected to play against Calgary ... LB Ray Perryman is now doubtful for this weekend with a shoulder injury.


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