New schemes from Esks' Strasser

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:32 PM ET

The Edmonton Eskimos offence is trying to get a head start on Sunday’s game against the Calgary Stampeders.

The offensive players were brought out for a 10-minute session with coaches in Commonwealth Stadium prior to joining the rest of the team for practice at Clarke Park Tuesday.

It’s part team-building and part homework as the offence struggles to find an answer to questions that have plagued the team’s 1-5 start to the season.

“We’re meeting more, we’re doing everything that we can,” said offensive co-ordinator Kevin Strasser.

“On Day 3s now, we buy them meals and I buy them chicken and we bring barbecues and we’re going to get extra meetings and we’re going to do whatever it takes.”

But exactly what does it take to win?

“I think it’s a ton of little things,” said Strasser. “Earlier in the season, we had our issues with dropped balls and fumbles. Now, it’s kind of transferred over to executing on second-and-short, second-and-medium.

“Each issue that comes up, we’ve addressed in a different manner. We feel that we’re addressing them ... we’d just like those issues to quit popping up so we can move forward,” Strasser said.

Whether that means moving forward with Ricky Ray, or with someone else at quarterback remains to be seen.

“I like playing with one quarterback, but I’m not stupid,” Strasser said.

“I understand that we do have weapons. I feel that Jared Zabransky is a weapon. The philosophy in the pass is ‘let’s get the offence going.’ Once we’re in the lead, let’s get our Bronco package going, which is what we call Zabransky’s package.

“Unfortunately we haven’t been in a lot of those situations, so then we wrestle with, do we bring Zabransky in as a spark? Or is that just another thing that the offence is going to have to think about and maybe not execute as properly because we don’t have as many reps?”

– Moddejonge


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