EDMONTON - The Eskimos have become the talk of the town in oil country, a team that has some evoking memories of the glory days of the fabled franchise.
As much as head coach Kavis Reed appreciates the buzz his team has stirred, he’s paying no attention, preferring to focus on the present and the process involved in an 18-game season.
When he gathered with his staff and players to prepare for the Argos earlier in the week, Reed mentioned how the Eskimos are barely one third into their season.
“We have such a long way to go,’’ Reed said. “You can’t start to project that we’ve arrived or start thinking we’ve accomplished something historical.”
Against the Argos, the Eskimos have been installed as prohibitive favourites, a role not seen in these parts in quite some time.
“We’re approaching this game like we’re the team trying to prove a point,’’ Reed said. “If you approach it as though you’re on top of the heap, then you’re doing to discover it’s a hard fall.”
Maintaining perspective and demanding accountability have become two of Reed’s coaching hallmarks in his rookie run.
Edmonton’s early season success has certainly become the story in the CFL, a record that has caught the attention of opponents.
No team has surrendered fewer points than Edmonton’s defence and no offence has rushed for more yards and thrown for more yards than the Eskimos.
“They’re the league leaders,’’ Argos linebacker Ejiro Kuale said. “We’re approaching this as a challenge for us to try and shut them down.
“They’re a great offence and they’re living high. They’re 4-0 and I applaud the Eskimos.
“But it’s now time for our defence to step up.”