Stamps' D poses unique challenge for Esks

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:19 AM ET

The Battle of Alberta begins in the trenches.

While the Eskimos faced a straightforward attack from the Toronto Argonauts’ big, brutish defensive linemen last week, Sunday’s game against the scheming Calgary Stampeders will pose a completely different challenge.

“Calgary does a lot of things, they’re a very fast unit,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. “They give you a lot of looks. For them, it’s a matter of being on your Ps and Qs on your assignment checks regarding our mental approach.”

Calgary’s defence is second in the league behind the Montreal Alouettes in rushing yards allowed, and fewest in passing yards allowed behind the Eskimos.

The Eskimos, however, are the worst in the league when it comes to rushing yards allowed.

“What (defensive co-ordinator) Chris Jones is doing down in Calgary is unique,” Hall said. “We have a big challenge because they’re fast, they’re active and they can give you a lot of different looks. They’ve got their own wrinkle and their own uniqueness and it’s something different.”

Of course, when the Eskimos pull back the curtain and reveal the true wizard, it’s hardly magic at work — a fitting metaphor for the 1-5 team that has been accused of having no heart, brain or courage along the yellow brick road that has been the 2010 season so far.

“But when it’s all said and done, they’re still going to be A-gap players, B-gap players and C-gap players as far as people coming at you,” said Hall. “The thing about it is movement causes indecision, movement causes hesitation. It causes you to not be as aggressive.

“They’re moving, so all of a sudden you’ve got to locate who you’ve got to block and it causes you to play not as fast as you want to play.”


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