Esks still have fight

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:20 AM ET

What went wrong?

Edmonton Eskimos running back Arkee Whitlock wished he had an answer for the team’s 0-4 start.

“A lot of us wish we knew what was the case,” said Whitlock. “We didn’t show up until the second quarter. We tried to get momentum, but those guys (Winnipeg) played one of their best games.”

It’s true the Bombers defence disrupted the offence out of the gate, sacking quarterback Ricky Ray three times and taking a 7-0 lead before the Bombers offence even got on the field.

“Our defence played good for a while and offensively, we couldn’t get it together to help them out,” said Whitlock. “We had too many two-and-outs. Right now, we have to get it out of our system and move on.”

Whitlock is not buying the theory that Winnipeg is a tough place to play.

“I never believed in ‘hostile environments’ because no matter how many people are in the stands, there’s only 24 people on the field at the same time,” said Whitlock. “You should always be able to get up for a football game, no matter what the situation is. Whether it’s in Saskatchewan, or negative 100 degrees, that’s no excuse. It’s a football game. It’s business.”

Whitlock still believes this team is much better than its record has shown.

“Just play, that’s all you can do,” said Whitlock. “Right now, we’re in the midst of trying to find little pieces here and there and try to put together a win.

“We’re just having a tough time rallying when things go bad. You’ve got to understand, we’re a team that has a lot of talent, probably the most talent in the CFL and we’re 0-4.

“There’s frustation there and if there wasn’t, you should worry. It’s about us regrouping when things go bad.”

con.griwkowsky@sunmedia.ca


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