Coach playin' it cool for now

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:34 AM ET

Don't look at the standings and get too confident.

That is the message from Edmonton Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia to his troops as they prepare to play the lowly Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Saturday at Commonwealth Stadium (5 p.m., CHED).

The Esks enter the game at 6-4 and in second place in the tough West Division.

Hamilton travels to this city with a brutal 2-8 record - tied for worst in the league.

"We better take (Hamilton's) record and toss it out of the window," said Maciocia.

"We better not get caught up in numbers. We have got to get ready to play them tough."

Maciocia is not wasting any time putting his spin on this week's game.

"We have got a football team coming to town that needs to win," he remarked.

"And we are just as desperate as they are. We need to win, also."

The Ticats will show up with a new head coach after Charlie Taaffe was fired this week and replaced on an interim basis by Marcel Bellefeuille, the offensive co-ordinator.

But Maciocia claims that won't change how his club prepares.

The bigger concern in the Edmonton locker-room is how the hometown crew responds after losing to Calgary last week in an ugly performance by the offence.

Five drop balls and a fumble by the receiving unit was compounded by five Calgary sacks last Friday.

"I am not going to let one game put a damper on our season. Now it is time to get back to work," said Maciocia.

"Are we Grey Cup contenders as we are speaking? No. We have got some work to do. If we take care of our business and keep working hard, maybe in four or five weeks that opinion will change."


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