Guys just wanna have fun

CON GRIWKOWSKY

, Last Updated: 7:51 AM ET

When all else fails, try the Cyndi Lauper approach.

For a while, Eskimos head coach Danny Maciocia's tried the 'firings will continue until morale improves' approach with frequent lineup changes at running back and along the defensive line.

He even yelled at his players during one practice.

Now, he's trying the 'guys just wanna have fun' deal to raise his team's spirits.

Maciocia seems like a fun guy, so it may not be completely out of character for him to dress up as the Joker in the runup to the Halloween night tilt against the Als at Commonwealth.

"We're going to try to have a bit more fun, loosen them up because I know what they're capable of doing," Maciocia said yesterday.

"I think a lot of people know what they're doing when they're flying around out there, capable of making things happen.

"If we're going to go out there and we're more concerned about things, than maybe bad things will happen."

Maciocia is convinced he has a resilient group that can bounce back.

"One thing about this group is that there's no shortage of pride," said Maciocia.

"This is a group that cares, this is a group that clearly felt bad after that football game, this is a group I'm sure will address certain things among themselves."

Maciocia would not say what tricks he had up his sleeve, but it could be a treat trying to find out.

"We're going to change up a few things and try to loosen up the atmosphere, the mood around here," said Maciocia. "They're hurting, too."

SHUFFLIN' THE DECK

Jim Davis and Jordan Younger rested their injured bodies during yesterday's practice.

Adding to the Esks woes, defensive back Lenny Williams was hurt in a three-player collision during the workout and may have reaggravated the shoulder injury that kept him out earlier this season.

"It's all up in the air." said Maciocia. "It's going to be touch and go, but we've been through this drill before."

Changes are always possible and the picture will be clearer by game time. Maybe the tinkering will continue right through the crossover game.

"I'm thinking we're still going to play with the lineup a bit, bounce a few more people inside on the roster and see what they're capable of doing," said Maciocia.

"Hopefully, we'll have a good idea of how to handle the lineup when we go to Winnipeg."


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