Glenn wary of Roughies defence

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:09 AM ET

HAMILTON — Some of the names have changed, others have gotten a little older, but the same confusing defence that has become Saskatchewan’s trademark identity is very much alive in the prairies.

Gary Etcheverry ranks right up there along with the likes of a Rich Stubler when it comes to CFL trailblazers on the defensive side of the football.

Stubler's defences confused opponents by throwing different coverage looks with zone principles.

Etcheverry is more attack-minded, sending guys from different spots on the field, giving teams the impression of multiple looks on the line of scrimmage and generally hell-bent on causing havoc.

Words such as 'funky' and 'unorthodox' get tossed around, but like any defence there are areas of vulnerability, opportunities that must be seized.

"That defence still has a core group, which has now been surrounded with new pieces," Ticats QB Kevin Glenn said on Thursday. "It's a very functional defence, one of the best in our league."

Whether it's Saskatchewan, Montreal, Toronto, Calgary or any other team, Glenn knows the key is to executive ones game plan, which hasn’t been consistent with Hamilton so far this season.

"I think we match up well against any defence," Glenn added. "It's just that our (1-3) record doesn't indicate that right now. But you can see the progression and it provides for confidence, even as people on the outside looking in see things otherwise."

A win against Saskatchewan on Saturday and a breakout offensive game would silence many of the critics.


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