Calgary Stampeders ask, “What about us?”
All the talk the last few weeks has been all about the stout defenses in Montreal, Edmonton and Hamilton.
But what about Calgary?
It’s weird to think that the defending Grey Cup Champions have an underrated defense but that’s exactly what they are. Robert Marve was only making his second career start (poor guy) so I won’t pretend that the Blue Bombers have a great offense but any time you can hold a CFL team to 136 total yards, you’re doing something right. What makes this even more impressive is that the Bombers had *two weeks* to prepare for the Stampeders before receiving a 36-8 beatdown.
Could offensive coordinator Marcel Bellefeuille be on the hot seat after this dismal performance? Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun sure has some choice words for him…
This definitely isn’t the first impressive defensive performance from the Stampeders, either. Just two weeks ago, the Ottawa RedBlacks, new receivers and all, paid a visit to McMahon Stadium and put up a measly three points.
The Stamps look to Rich Stubler as their defensive leader, and Stubler is nothing short of a legend. Year 2015 is his *twenty-seventh* coaching in the Canadian Football League with his first Grey Cup Championship coming in 1983. His most recent Grey Cup came last year, his first as defensive coordinator in Calgary. The man is a winner and a defensive mastermind.
It’s not like the Stamps are bad on the offensive side of the ball either.
Despite a patched up offensive line that included a converted *defensive* lineman earlier this season, Bo Levi Mitchell and the offense continue to roll. Of course when you have a receiver like Eric Rogers on your side, throwing the ball gets a lot easier.
Following four consecutive wins, the Stampeders now sit at 7-2 on the season yet the defending champs *still* aren’t getting the respect they deserve. Labour Day is next week and on deck are back-to-back matchups with the provincial rival Edmonton Eskimos. These two games will go a long way towards deciding first place in the West Division and showing us what the Stamps (and Esks, for that matter) are made of.
– written by Travis Currah