MONTREAL - Who knew Kavis Reed could crack a smile after a loss like this.
All it took was a member of the Montreal media to ask the Edmonton Eskimos head coach if he would like to face Montreal again in the Grey Cup.
"Thanks for the joke," Reed replied following a half-hearted laugh. "Obviously we have to worry about being at home next week and playing B.C. It's a marathon and this is a very good team here.
"I expect that they'll be one of the teams there."
As of right now, he can't say the same for his own squad.
"We've got a long way to go before we're one of those guys," said Reed, who has taken over an Eskimos team that won two out of three championship finals against the Alouettes over the past decade.
But they won't make it back anytime soon playing like they are.
"The game was disappointing," said Reed, who saw his squad give up five first-half sacks and six in total. "We came in with the mandate of protecting our quarterback.
"We haven't done that well in the last three games and we'll get it straight."