Coach loves da attitude

CON GRIWKOWSKY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:55 AM ET

It's all in the attitude.

As the Esks finished off their two-a-day grind, head coach Danny Maciocia likes the attitude adjustment he's seen this camp.

It's all about competitive spark.

"We're in a revision mode right now," was the way Maciocia phrased his mission to get the team back into the playoff picture.

"I would definitely say we're faster and we're going to bring some attitude on the playing field. That's the side I wanted to see come out."

Whether Maciocia can harness the six-day string of intramural punch-ups into a positive during the season remains to be seen.

So far, the dust-ups have only cost the team bruised knuckles and Maciocia continued to defend his players' right to fight.

"It's also the fact we're promoting it - not so much as we go out and fight each other - but the physicality of it," said Maciocia. "We'll get after one another and compete on a daily basis."

Ultimately, it is the competitiveness that forms an important element of what Maciocia considers a winning attitude.

"If you don't want to compete, you shouldn't be here," said Maciocia. "Where there's competition, there's usually going to be some skirmishes along the way, so the message is getting through. It's not only coming from the head coach, but from all the coaches and every unit coach."

RUNNING BACK DECISIONS

With Ron McClendon still hampered by a quad injury, Damien Anderson and A.J. Harris have a chance to show their stuff at running back.

"Harris is a big back who can separate," said Maciocia. "He's been timed at 4.4 (seconds over 40 yards). You don't see too many big backs with that type of speed. A.J.'s going to make it tough on us. We're going to have to decide whether we can make it work as far as the cap is concerned by keeping both. Or, we can go in the direction of keeping one back and keeping our fingers crossed."


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