The Esks are my 2nd favorite team, from the days of Warren Pistol Moon and Willie Pless and greats like Donny Brady, Wiltshire and Garret on Defense.
The key is to make Burris THINK and make him feel some pressure. In the first 3 games vs CGY i don't recall a sack on Burris, and he can keep plays alive for ever when he gets to the edge.
THE KEY TO BEATING BURRIS IS THE FOLLOWING THINGS--
1-Make him a POCKET QB where he cannot EXTEND plays and run around and then make plays--
2-HIT HIM EARLY- Take a 15 yarder penalty but make sure YOU NAIL HIM HARD- He gets rattled, and if he is going to keep the ball and run the FAKE handoff you have to GANG TACKLE him and make him PAY like Hamilton did with Otis FLOYD.
3-Cover COPELAND DEEP- Did Edmonton CUT COPELAND at one time? JERMAINE copeland absoutely goes crazy vs Edmonton and catches everything throw his way including anything deep, and will WIN every JUMP ball vs the Edmonton Db's. We have cut BUHL and I believe Malveaux is no longer starting and KEYES was also cut because those guys never turn around to locate the ball and are not at the professional level at all. AT least Edmonton realized this-
COPELAND is invisible vs other CFL teams, i believe they might double cover him, but when he plays Edmonton he seems to know he owns this secondary-- SO COVER COPELAND and MAKE BRETT RALPH and BRYANT BEAT YOU--
Send corner blitzes more often tonight and the Defensive END has to take BURRIS and not worry about the RUN, they need to account for his runs to the outside. CGY is running a short passing game and what needs to be done is to force Burris into handing the ball off and beating you from the POCKET-- If that means sending BLITZES for gods sake DALEY send some pressure early-- This receicing core is VERY SLOW ON CGY, if you cant blitz this team, then you are not a defense--
In the first 3 games, I dont recall hardly any blitzes either- They let BURRIS sit back and have for ever to throw and read the defenses-- You have to get PHYSICAL with HANK, he is a SOFT QB, and can be rattled beyond BELIEF---
QUESTION? Is Hamilton amazing on DEFENSE? NO they are not, but thier linebackers make Burris pay, and they rattle him with hard and hellacious hits, and BURRIS quickly folds.
Burris FYI used to lose to SASKATCHEWAN in crucial games and in every playoff game because he gets rattled and also is a SOFT QB- He has a BIG O line to protect him, CGy was smart to do that--
Send pressure, keep him in the POCKET< make him beat you with the quick passes-- If that means COPELAND and LEWIS beat your man to man coverage, so be it, lose LIKE A MAN, instead of the usual way you lose--
THe ESKS should read this and listen to me, because doing it DALEY's and HALL's way has RESULTED in the worst DEFENSE in the CFL-- SO what you guys are DOING IS NOT WORKING and every team can move the ball on this defense--
They have to play this way, they have better Db's now in Parker and DREW and have replaced the dead wood on the team wihch was BUHL and KEYES who are not even semi PRO level in ability. They have some decent players on Defense now and need to PLAY SMARTER---
IMO there is no Reason why Edmonton cannot beat CGY in CGY tonight, you have the better offense clearly and defensively you should be able to shut down BURRIS who IMO can be shut down if your team knows how to DEFEND him and rattle him and take away what he likes to do--
REMEMBER BURRIS OWNS the worst QB rating in NFL history when he started a Game for the bears in the NFL vs TAMPA BAY-
This is a QB where you make him THINK a lot, and you can win--
LETS hope the ESKS read this and WIN the game tonight as I belive there is no EXUCE to not win tonights game .