Three straight losses and a 5 and 7 record has the Grey Cup Champion Eskimos in a hole. They are on the outside looking in at the playoffs with 6 games to go. The good news is that head coach Jason Maas does not think for a second that this team is not capable of climbing out of that hole.
“We aren’t out of anything” said the rookie head coach on the 630 CHED post game show on Sunday. “We need to be playing better football than we are right now and that’s where our focus is”
Quarterback Mike Reilly also has that strong belief in his teammates.
“We’re 12 games into this thing, we can’t do anything about the 12 games that have already been played. The only thing we can do is work on the 6 that are up coming”
The first of the remaining six games will be on the Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium on Friday night against the BC Lions.
“We’ve got to get back to work, we’ve got to figure out a way to get it turned around and it starts with BC. We have a job to do and that’s to win football games and the only thing that matters is playing BC this week and making sure we are on the top end of the scoreboard”
The CFL schedule makers have set the Eskimos up for this game. BC is coming off the bye week – they will have 13 days between games. The Eskimos will be playing their fourth game in 19 days on Friday. Add into that the plight of both these clubs and it will not be an easy night for the Eskimos. BC is currently 8 and 3, behind only Calgary in the CFL standings.
The Eskimos did not practice on Tuesday as expected. Instead Maas gave the team the day off the field to work in the class room or gym. Four games in 19 days likely plays a role in that. Injuries do too. The Eskimos lost three players Sunday in Regina, defensive back Marcel Young, receiver Cory Watson and special teamer Alex Ogbongbemiga all left early.
Maas feels they can overcome injuries as well,
“Anytime a guy doesn’t finish the game its for a reason, we will reevaluate them but we have a whole practice roster with guys ready to step up and play, and we have other guys on our 6 game that can come off and play. We’ll be fine, we will put out a football team that’s capable of beating BC”
Some of the injury questions will be answered Wednesday when the Eskimos go back to practice.