I missed the Labour day game between Calgary and Edmonton.
So I'm halfway through the 4th quarter and something occurs to me...
something that I think is relevant to the game on Saturday, even if it IS re-hashing old sentiments:
The Stamps put in their backup quarterback Drew Tate....mid way through the 3rd quarter....up by a ton and a half.
He's not even "under orders" to hand the ball off, even though Joffrey Reynolds is only 40 yds or so from the all-time rushing lead for the Stampeders.
TSN: "We would all like to see them hand the ball to Joffrey Reynolds...see if he could get that (the record)..."
"...bottom line being: Drew Tate's going to run the offense. The only way you start to say 'they're rubbing it in' or doing anything like that is if they're gambling on third and long and things like that. Drew Tate's going to go compete and run the offense and if Edmonton can't stop them, it's not Calgary's problem."
Trestman was given high marks by the same announcers for sportsmanship...not allowing his backups to throw the ball when coming in for the last few minutes in blowout wins last year....hell he even ran on 3rd down rather than kick a field goal. At the time I remember commenting how foolish this was....how this is a tough sport and all this "touchy-feely" nonsense is out of place. Remember the Lions mewling when McPherson threw that ONE pass to the endzone up by a bunch?
So here we are, with Calvillo on the sidelines. One backup with absolutely zero experience was pummeled last week...oh yah...BC Lions were feeling real Zen while they messed with Chris Leak. Now Adrian McPherson comes in, I hope and pray he's healthy enough to stay that way.
But damnation...he surely would be better prepared to take this challenge on if he'd actually played as much as Drew Tate just did....in all those blowouts last year. Remembering that McPherson was 3 for 6 for 11 yards and 2 touchdowns when he finally came into that Hamilton game last year, after Calvillo injured his calf. Six passes total by week 16!!! Criminal. He performed amazingly well, considering.
For a head coach who's specialty is supposed to be managing quarterbacks...I've been less than impressed with Trestman on this one.
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