EDMONTON - The name of the game is adaptation. Or is it chess?
Either way, the Edmonton Eskimos made the necessary changes following an eight-play scoring drive by the Calgary Stampeders that covered 99 yards on Monday.
Those were the first and only points the Eskimos allowed in the game, which saw them regroup and play three straight quarters of shutdown defence.
And despite missing both their starting corners, the didn’t ever give up a big play.
“It was a chess match and we just happened to come out on top,” said Eskimos defensive back David Pittman. “You have to give those guys credit, too, they’re a good team.
“We were able to make adjustments during the game and were able to capitalize. I guess they weren’t able to go back to the table and make more adjustments to try and counteract the punch that we gave them during the game.”
But in-game adjustments weren’t the only changes the Eskimos made against the Stampeders.
Coming off the bye week, there was more put into preparation for the Labour Day Classic than they would get against an opponent on a regular week.
“We had time during the bye week to self-scout,” said Eskimos head coach Kavis Reed. “We looked at what Calgary was going to see and we made some adjustments.”
Given the meticulous nature of the Stampeders coaching staff and how they approach game film, Reed said he had to throw a wrinkle into his otherwise predictable game plan.
“Go against our tendencies and that’s the importance of self-scouting,” Reed said. “We went against our tendencies last week and I think that played a part in it.
“We’re not going to expect to be able to do the same things and get away with it again. They’re too well-coached for that and Henry (Burris) is too smart of a quarterback.”