Garbage mouth?

JONATHAN HUNTINGTON -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 12:28 PM ET

MONTREAL -- In the old home of the Montreal Expos, Davis Sanchez stepped up to the plate and hit a home run.

Make it a home run in the game of smack talk.

Standing on the turf at Olympic Stadium yesterday, the Montreal Alouettes defensive back made a very bold statement that has insulted his former Edmonton teammates.

"I guarantee you that if I was on that (Edmonton Eskimo) football team this year, that consecutive streak of playoffs would still be intact," said Sanchez. "That is because I make plays and I exude confidence.

"Some of those games where they lost confidence (in Edmonton) in a streak where the team was struggling, someone like me would have made a difference, along with some other guys."

The struggling Esks meet the Alouettes this afternoon in a game that is thankfully starting to gain some hype, thanks to Sanchez.

The talented non-import cornerback was traded - some would say punted for attitude problems and/or for his high salary - out of Edmonton this off-season for Robert Brown and Reggie Durden.

HE'S MISSED

While Brown has become the Esks defensive MVP with 12 sacks and Durden has quit, Edmonton dearly misses Sanchez's play in the secondary.

With three interceptions and five pass knockdowns in only 10 games this year in Montreal, he's one of the best in the league.

But he also brings a swagger to the table, which Sanchez believes is the one ingredient that is missing with an Eskimo team that has ended the franchise's 34-year run in the playoffs.

"They lost what made them the Eskimos. They don't have any swagger any more," said Sanchez.

"They have a good coaching staff. They have good football players. But they need to mix in a blend of guys that exude confidence, and they are missing that.

"And you can say what you want about Davis Sanchez, but I have been in this league five or six years and how many games have you seen where the guy in front of me gets the better of me on the day?

"It is not going to happen. Guys like that you need on your team."

Needless to say, A.J. Gass takes exception to Sanchez's claim the Esks would be heading to the post-season if he was still around.

"To say a remark like that is pretty insulting to everybody in our locker room and to the organization in general," said Gass. "To say something like that is pretty outrageous."

Gass agrees with the fact his team has no swagger, but says it comes once you win.

"Swagger comes with success," he explained, believing Edmonton has the players and the personalities to eventually be successful.

SOME SWAGGER

Sanchez believes Joe Montford and Kelly Wiltshire also brought swagger to the table last year.

Montford was cut twice this year by Danny Maciocia, while Wiltshire lost his starting safety job early in the season.

"I look at their roster defensively and they have four or five mainstays, but the rest of the guys - I have no idea who they are," remarked Sanchez.

Shannon Garrett, one of those mainstays, just laughed at the guarantee.

"I think he missed the last six games last year," said Garrett, "and we won the Grey Cup."


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