Watters stands by coach

RYAN WOLSTAT -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

Two years ago, a rough start similar to the one the Rock is going through now, cost head coach Ed Comeau his job.

The man who replaced Comeau now finds himself in a similar funk, but apparently has nothing to worry about.

"It's not a coaching issue, we'll be fine," Rock president Brad Watters said about coach/general manager Terry Sanderson's status heading into tonight's tilt against the Buffalo Bandits.

"Terry's under a three-year contract," Watters added. "It's just a part of starting a season slow. (The team owners) know what we've got with players and coaching and we're very happy with them and think these guys can get it going."

Comeau was fired as interim coach after leading the Rock to a 2-4 start in 2004.

TEAM IS READY

Sanderson said he doesn't concern himself with worrying about his own future and also believes his team is ready to collect a win tonight.

"The guys are upbeat and ready to go," Sanderson said, adding that the team had one of its better practices of the season late this week.

"We're not playing bad. We're just a little bit away from playing at the level we should be at. I'm expecting our best effort."

Downtown Buffalo has been strangely welcoming for the Rock, 8-2 all-time at HSBC. In fact, the visiting team has won the past five Toronto-Buffalo encounters.

Last weekend, the Bandits defeated the Rock 13-11 at the Air Canada Centre.

The Rock will likely be without promising young defenceman Brad MacDonald who was slashed last Saturday in the game with Rochester and may have suffered a broken hand.


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