Stubler bigger loss for Eskimos than Ricky Ray

With the loss of defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler after the 2011 season, the Eskimos defence saw...

With the loss of defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler after the 2011 season, the Eskimos defence saw its yardage and points allowed go up. (David Bloom, Edmonton Sun)

GERRY MODDEJONGE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:21 PM ET

Is it just me, or was Ricky Ray not the biggest thing the Edmonton Eskimos lost recently?

Something else is turning out to be bigger than the trade that sent the future Hall of Famer to the Toronto Argonauts, followed closely by the 2012 Grey Cup.

And with back-to-back weekends in a home-and-away series against the B.C. Lions coming up, the Eskimos will have double the reminder of what very well may be the biggest piece of the puzzle that went missing.

Sure, it was no easy task to fill Ray’s cleats following that lop-sided off-season deal with Toronto, but surprisingly enough, the Eskimos managed to come pretty close.

According to the statistics, at least.

In Ray’s last season in Edmonton, the team completed 64.9% of its passes for 4,821 yards, 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for a 97.5 pass-efficiency rating.

Compare that to last year, where as a team, the Eskimos completed 59.3% for 4,841 yards, 25 touchdowns, 19 interceptions and a rating of


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