Eskimos offensive co-ordinator Doug Sams figures team can adjust to new systems

Doug Sams came to the Eskimos from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he served as quarterbacks coach....

Doug Sams came to the Eskimos from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, where he served as quarterbacks coach. (Amber Bracken, Edmonton Sun)

Gerry Moddejonge, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:46 PM ET

Is it just me, or is this just not the Doug Sams offence Edmonton Eskimos fans were expecting?

The former Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterbacks coach arrived here in the off-season after his last crew put up a league-best 538 points of offence and the most passing touchdowns with 43.

Last year, Sams’s offence also averaged league highs of 29.9 points and 298.2 passing yards a game, despite having the lowest average time of possession (27:55) in the CFL.

Last Saturday, his new one put up 18 points and 329 passing yards — six points and 70 yards of which came late with backup Jonathan Crompton in to clean up the garbage time on the way to a 38-19 loss to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

And the 27:02 of possession Edmonton had can hardly be attributed to scoring quickly off of big, aerial plays like Sams’s last squad did.

So, why is the system he brought in so much less effective here?

If the Xs and Os are similar, the difference lies in the tools used to


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