Defence didn't disappoint Maciocia

CON GRIWKOWSKY

, Last Updated: 7:50 AM ET

The scoreboard read 55 points against.

Yet Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia made his case for the defence.

Coaches will tell you the only stats that are important are in the win-loss column.

Still, despite being put in difficult field position all night, it would be tough to pin Saturday's 55-9 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders entirely on the defence.

"I have nothing to hold against the defence," said Maciocia. "Our defence felt they should have made a few more plays, with which I concur.

"Anybody that knows anything, anything, the smallest of details about this game, knows where that game was lost,' said Maciocia. "It doesn't take a Level 5 coaching certificate.

"They (the Riders) were picking it up and running it the other way and the defence was standing right next to me."

As far as carrying out the game plan - shut down running back Wes Cates and force the quarterback to pass - well, that part worked.

Cates was held to 48 yards on 16 carries.

"The important thing to do when you lose badly like that is to make sure you're correcting the things that need to be fixed and not just throwing your hands up," said defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell, who looked at things from a broader perspective.

"As a football team, offensively and defensively, we didn't get our jobs done.

"Everybody feeds off each other ... the offence, the defence and the special teams. If you're ahead or close, it's a whole different mindset."

Once things start unravelling ...

"I don't think the answer at all is pointing fingers," said Campbell.

"We didn't get it done as a football team and there's phases of each area in the game that we can correct.

"The leaders involved have to be smart enough to know what are the problems and what needs fixing and only correct those things."


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