The Eskimos are licking their wounds today following a disappointing 38-25 loss to the Montreal Alouettes last night. It comes one week after the team picked up their biggest win of the season last week at home against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Head coach Kavis Reed says he sees a disturbing pattern from his team following an emotional win.
"For two years now, after emotional wins this team seems to come out a little flat," Reed explained. "Against B.C., we come out flat against Winnipeg. Against Saskatchewan, we come out flat again against Montreal. A sign of a very good football team is the ability to go through an emotional roller-coaster and keep the same kind of poise and focus."
The Eskimos fell behind early and were down 28-0 in the first half before outscoring the Alouettes 25-10 the rest of the way.
Reed says the defense couldn't stop the bleeding.
"We allowed them to score, we allowed them to get the big play, we allowed them to move the ball, and control the time of possession," Reed said. "When we had them in second and long, we didn't exectute, they executed and we just couldn't stop them."
Quarterback Steven Jyles was 15 of 28 for 173 yards, he threw one touchdown pass and one interception. Reed feels his quarterback played solid enough, the protection was adequate against an Alouettes defense who did a good job of mixing up their fronts. Reed says he gives the receivers a passing grade but feels their not challenging the line of scrimmage enough with motion to drive defenders back. Reed says he's also dissapointed with the team's lack of execution with good field position.
"Overall offensively, we got to capitalize on field position," Reed said. "We had excellent field position last night, we just didn't capitalize."
Reed says slotback Fred Stamps is banged up after receiving a couple of hard hits last night. Stamps will likely miss one-to-two days of practice but is expected to play in the Eskimos next game which is August 27th in Toronto.