Eskimos' Rennie Curran says he'd rather win than rack up tackles

Rennie Curran (right) and Dexter McCoil tie up RedBlacks ball carrier Chevon Walker during Friday's...

Rennie Curran (right) and Dexter McCoil tie up RedBlacks ball carrier Chevon Walker during Friday's game at Comonwealth Stadium. (CODIE McLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

CON GRIWKOWSKY, QMI Agency

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EDMONTON - During their history, the Edmonton Eskimos have always had a MAC with smack.

Traditionally, their middle linebacker has been given a starring role in the defence.

All you have to do is go down the list of middle linebackers over the years.

Dan Kepley, Dan Bass, Larry Wruck, Willie Pless and A.J. Gass were all fearsome hitters that put up big numbers.

More recently, JC Sherritt set a CFL record for tackles in a season in 2012.

The current incumbent, Rennie Curran, had a couple of 11-tackle games when he stepped into the MAC role last season.

Still, something has changed this campaign.

Could be the way the defensive line is vacuuming up opposition ball carriers.

Could be a new defensive philosophy.

Could be that the responsibilities have been shifted.

Whatever it is, tradition seems to have been put aside in what Curran is being asked to do.


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