Struggling RedBlacks trying too hard

RedBlacks defensive lineman Marlon Smith stretches during practice in Ottawa on Tuesday. (Tony...

RedBlacks defensive lineman Marlon Smith stretches during practice in Ottawa on Tuesday. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)

TIM BAINES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:34 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Ottawa RedBlacks had a couple of days to rest up a bit, lick their wounds, watch some film from a 38-17 loss to the Calgary Stampeders ... and now, it's full steam ahead to a Friday night home date with the Edmonton Eskimos at TD Place.

"I really don't think it's a question of want to with our guys," said RedBlacks coach Rick Campbell. "Our guys want to win for the fans, for our owners, for everybody. We feel like we owe it to the city and the whole region. Sometimes you get trying too hard. We need to make sure we try smarter, not just try harder. If we clean up some stuff, it'll give us a chance to win some games."

Getting guys like Jermaine Robinson, Eddie Elder and Antoine Pruneau into the thick of the lineup provided some spark on the defensive side of the ball in Calgary.

"They gave us a lot of energy, a lot of upside," said Campbell. "They're only going to get better. There are some young guys here who have been a pleasant surprise as to how fast they've progressed."


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