Tradin' places

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:21 AM ET

REGINA -- In the midst of all the Edmonton Eskimo player changes this week, something is flying under the radar.

Linebacker coach Dan Kepley has moved from the field to the coaching booth in the press box during games, allowing defensive line coach Malvin Hunter to come down to the field.

It happened for the first time last week in a win against Hamilton.

The same arrangement existed last night during the Eskimos-Saskatchewan Roughriders tilt at Mosaic Stadium.

"We wanted coach Hunter to be able to talk to some of the D-linemen.

"We were doing some things last week (against Hamilton). And coach Kepley and I have a good familiarity. So it was good," said defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell.

"We talk on the phone (from the field to the press box) and it's bang, bang.

"I actually enjoyed having him up there because he can see things and tell me what I need to know."

From 2003-2005, Kepley spent his time in the coaching booth. He seems to applaud the move back to familiar ground.

"Obviously you see the football field, which is a little better for all of us," said Kepley on the vantage point from high above.

"Obviously, the more that we can see, the more that we can communicate.

"Having Mal there (on the sidelines) - being able to talk to the D-linemen - I think that is important because neither myself nor Rick is probably as well versed in talking to D-linemen as Malvin is."

The Eskimos received the best outing of the year from their defensive line last week against the Ticats, sacking Jason Maas four times.

The front seven also contained Hamilton running back Jesse Lumsden, a key reason for the victory at Commonwealth Stadium.


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