Quick with a quip

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

VANCOUVER -- CFL teams are still just in the preseason, but the league's all-time win-leading coach, Wally Buono, is already in midseason form.

Following the B.C. Lions walk through at Empire Field on Saturday, Edmonton Eskimos new play-byplay announcer Morley Scott introduced himself as Bryan Hall's replacement, Buono smiled and asked: "Do you think you're the head coach, though?"

DECISION TIME: Preseason exhibitions offer a chance for coaches to evaluate players before making their final cuts at the end of training camp, but they're still a competition to be taken seriously.

"You always want to win," said Edmonton Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. "But I'd just like to see us be sound, be aggressive and have guys take care of the little things we've been talking about during the last two weeks.

"And go out there and play well because we've got a lot of decisions to make. You want the guys to play well so those decisions are hard decisions."

INSIDE SCOOP: He won't play Sunday, but Javier Glatt still might make an impact in the preseason game.

The Edmonton Eskimos linebacker, who was picked up as a free agent after spending seven seasons with the B.C. Lions, provided any inside information he could on his former squad.

"A little bit," Glatt said. "There are a lot of changes out there. To be honest, there's probably going to be a lot of new stuff that's run.

"Any competitive advantage that I can help us with, of course I'm going to help out, but that being said I don't know how much substance I'll be able to offer. There's just so much change on the West Coast, talking to my friends out there.

"It will probably be good enough just to show up, line up and play."

TURF WARS: It's the second new turf in as many weeks for the Edmonton Eskimos, who will be the first opponent to play against the B.C. Lions in Vancouver's Empire Field on Sunday.

"This is going to be a whole new experience for us, a different stadium, a new turf, all those sorts of things," said Eskimos quarterback Ricky Ray. "We're so used to playing in that nice dome. Being a quarterback and a kicker, those are the situations you love because you don't have to deal with any outside environmental things.

"It's going to be an adjustment, but it's preseason and we get to go out there and take a look at it."


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