Esks’ Hall advocates execution

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:16 PM ET

It’s fitting that a team called the Eskimos would have polar-opposite performances in their last two defensive outings.

But that’s the best way to describe how Edmonton followed up a 56-15 loss to the Calgary Stampeders with a win over the Saskatchewan Roughriders last week that only saw them give up a single touchdown on defence.

“It’s kind of the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat when you talk about highs and lows,” said Eskimos head coach Richie Hall. “I think the thing that we did against Saskatchewan that we didn’t do against Calgary was just executing and doing what we were supposed to do.

“The game plan for the most part was very similar. Against Saskatchewan, we seemed to be in our gaps, we seemed to make tackles, we seemed to make plays. When they threw the ball, we seemed to put a little bit of pressure on the quarterback.”

None of which happened against the Stampeders, who earned more than 500 yards of offence compared to Saskatchwan’s 300.

“When you look at the (Calgary) game, the first play of the game was a 30-yarder, the next play was 27 yards and they were in the end zone,” Hall recalled. “That kind of typified the game for our defence, that we gave up big plays in gashes. I think they had 15 snaps of 15 or more yards in that game.

“When you look at the (Saskatchewan) game the other day, we were able to eliminate the big play by just playing solid, disciplined, fundamental football.”

IN AND OUT: SB Kelly Campbell (ankle) and SB Jason Barnes (ankle) sat out of practice again Friday, but are expected to get back to work Saturday.

“The prognosis from the beginning of the week was for Kelly to practise on Day 3 (Saturday) and Jason … he could have practised today (Friday) and I look for him to practise (Saturday) for Day 3.”

– Moddejonge


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