'Commando' defence

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:45 AM ET

CALGARY -- Bryan Chiu was told yesterday among the unusual things facing him tomorrow, he should expect one opponent to be going commando.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive line often puts three players over the centre, or splits them up to have two in front of each tackle.

So if Chiu, the Montreal Alouettes veteran centre, didn't have enough to worry about, news broke yesterday Riders defensive tackle Marcus (Chunky) Adams won't be wearing underwear in the Grey Cup at McMahon Stadium.

"It's OK. I play against (Toronto's Adriano) Belli," Chiu replied.

"He goes commando and doesn't even zip up."

All kidding aside, the Alouettes veteran offensive line realizes they have their hands full with pre-snap looks from the Riders and their creative defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry.

Depending on the formation, the Alouettes might believe there to be a hole at a certain spot that could close quickly.

Or they could believe a certain player is on a blitz and instead it comes from the other side.

"The amount of moving they do, it's so unconventional," said Chiu, who is an 11-year veteran.

"I told our guys, if you close your eyes for a second, when you open them up again, they aren't where they are supposed to be. We have to communicate well and things should go OK."

The Riders managed to disrupt Henry Burris and the Calgary Stampeders offence with pressure in the West final, recording four sacks.

And only one of those came from the CFL's most outstanding defensive player, John Chick, as the unique formations allowed linebacker Rey Williams to get free for three sacks.

Although Stevie Baggs was held without a sack, he did have a knockdown.

Baggs, who is one of the most popular players of Grey Cup week, promised to get to Als QB Anthony Calvillo.

"Calvillo should be concerned because this guy has a great offensive line, he gets the ball out quick but most importantly, they are coached well," Baggs said, almost mocking.

"If we're breaking through their line, then he should be very concerned.

"I'm looking forward to this challenge because you want to play against the best. Their 15-3 record coming into this game earns them the right to be favourites.

"We're putting our ears back and going after him. We'll see who is the best man."

ian.busby@sunmedia.ca


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