Eskimos defence needs to limit first-down, run yardage

Aaron Grymes, bottom, and J.C. Sherritt combine on a tackle in a preseason game against the B.C....

Aaron Grymes, bottom, and J.C. Sherritt combine on a tackle in a preseason game against the B.C. Lions, an example of team tackling the coaching staff wants to see more of. (Carmine Marinelli, QMI Agency)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

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Heading into the 2013 CFL season, the Edmonton Eskimos had a pretty realistic game plan.

They knew they would start the year with a first-year quarterback who had to operate behind a totally rebuilt offensive line.

So, until their eventual starter would adjust to running the offence in a high-pressure situation, it would be up to the defence to carry the fortunes of the franchise.

Unlike a previous era when rookie Tracy Ham was the quarterback on a 16-2 team in 1989 backboned by a fearsome defence and a pretty decent offensive line, this team has presented a different challenge.


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