Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for July 24, 2015

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  1. Madman

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for July 24, 2015

    Pre-game comments - July 23

    Coach Huff, Bo Levi Mitchell and Eric Rogers address the media Thursday at Ottawa's TD Place Stadium.

    Three things to watch: Stampeders/Redblacks
    Ahead of the Stampeders and Redblacks' Friday Night Football showdown, Matthew Scianitti takes a closer look at Calgary's offensive line, Ottawa's troubles converting TD's and Jon Cornish's impact.


    Before the Calgary Stampeders last took the field at TD Place to take on the Ottawa RedBlacks, a heavy-hearted Joe West had an important decision to make.
    After receiving sudden news of his younger brother’s murder in Arkansas mere hours before the Week 9 matchup a season ago, West declared himself available to play. Not only was the wideout in the lineup on that fateful August day, but he recorded 129 receiving yards on four receptions en route to CFL offensive-player-of-the-week honours.
    Now preparing to return to the city for the very first time where his life forever changed, No. 85 is battling mixed emotions.

    Calgary Stampeders receiver Eric Rogers was nearly a member of the Ottawa RedBlacks
    The sensational start to Eric Rogers’ professional career is no accident.
    But there has been a whole lot of good fortune allowing him to do it dressed in Calgary Stampeders’ Red & White.
    Last April, Rogers was a member of the Ottawa RedBlacks for a weekend, before he was handed his release after a mini-camp cameo in Virginia.

    Former Stamps receiver grateful for switch away from QB
    Prior to the start of the 2012 season, the Calgary Stampeders severed ties with Brad Sinopoli.
    The Stamps didn’t have room for the then-quarterback on the roster because he was beaten out by some fresh-faced youngster named Bo Levi Mitchell.
    That was good decision No. 1.

    Ottawa RedBlacks receiver Mo Price recalls role in Calgary Stampeders offence
    Maurice Price owns all the measurables a football player could possibly want.
    The 6-foot-1, 206-lb. size is nice, and the 4.3 speed is even nicer.
    Health and consistent production, however, have eluded the Ottawa RedBlacks wideout and they eventually conspired to lead to the Calgary Stampeders shipping the playmaker east in a mid-winter trade this past off-season.

    Former Stamps return man Jock Sanders addresses 'lie' about leaving Calgary
    The circumstances surrounding Jock Sanders’ release were curious from the start.
    When the Calgary Stampeders surprisingly cut their primary return man after just one season in Red & White, GM/head coach John Hufnagel didn’t hide the fact it didn’t have much to do with the 5-foot-7, 191-pounder’s on-field play.
    “Basically, something happened during the game, so I slept on it for a couple days and made the decision,” Hufnagel said June 14 when Sanders was handed his walking papers.

    Former Stamps amped up to go against old team on Friday
    The extent of Maurice Price’s experience with the Calgary Stampeders’ defence has been within the friendly confines of practice.
    That changes on Friday night.
    “It’s going to be weird,” admitted the Ottawa Redblacks’ receiver. “The bright side is I’ve been trying to psyche myself up like it’s going to be just another practice. Three years of going against those guys …

    Sacks are down but Stamps feel QB pressure is working
    The numbers are in from the first four weeks of CFL action, and one stat jumped out as one that should make offensive coaches happy.
    Quarterback sacks are down 31 per cent from last season, to just 3.75 per game from 5.4 last season. There is one big reason, and a predictable one too, as resident Calgary Stampeders sack master Charleston Hughes pointed out in training camp when he opined that numbers would be down this year.
    With the new rule stating that defenders can’t touch receivers past five yards off the line scrimmage, defensive players expected it would be harder to hit the quarterbacks, and that’s what is happening.

    Stamps' offence heads into Ottawa looking for breakout game
    Early in this 2015 CFL season, each week has been a grind for the Calgary Stampeders’ offence, getting the job done minus the conviction that was their signature in 2014.
    It’s nothing, insisted quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, to get your knickers in a knot over.
    “Whether it’s a throw, a route, whatever it is, we’re always just a little bit off on a couple of things,” admitted the Stamps’ starter. “That’s going to happen early on in the season and to be honest with you, I’d rather be off now than at the end of the season, so we have something to work toward.”

    What’s wrong with the Stampeders? Um, NOTHING!
    Over the past two weeks I have been repeatedly asked by people I run into at work or on the street, “What is wrong with the Stampeders? They are barely winning!” My first inclination is to blast a sharp, terse response back such as, “Nothing is wrong with the Stampeders and why would you ask such a stupid question you unreasonable, silly person“. However, as a part of the broadcast team for the Stampeders and as an ex player, I have to catch my tongue, be calm and politely respond, “Nothing is wrong with the Stampeders but thanks for asking such a good question you informed intelligent fan“.

    Calgary Stampeders Juwan Simpson tackles family, relaxation off the field
    Calgary Stampeders Juwan Simpson – fearless on the field and father off the field. In his eighth season in the CFL – all of which have been with the Calgary Stampeders, the middle linebacker from Decatur, Alabama talks with Metro about spending time away from his family to continue his career on the field.

    RedBlacks seeking strong start against Stampeders ahead of bye week
    The Ottawa RedBlacks say their focus is entirely on the Calgary Stampeders and not the coming bye week.
    They would love nothing more than to head into the break on a winning note with a winning record.
    The 2-2 RedBlacks, who are on a two-game losing streak, know Friday’s game against the defending Grey Cup champion Stampeders (3-1) will be a challenge.

    Ottawa RedBlacks No. 1 task: Stop RB Jon Cornish
    Right near the top of the Ottawa RedBlacks "to-do" list for Friday night, somewhere beneath "Win the Game," is "Stop Jon Cornish."
    If the RedBlacks are going to come out of Friday's game against the Calgary Stampeders at TD Place with a "W," they're going to have to put a lid on Cornish, the dynamic Stampeders running back who has three straight seasons of 1,000-plus yards rushing, with 305 already in the books this year. Last week, he rushed 15 times for 120 yards against Winnipeg and was named the CFL's No. 2 top performer. The former Most Outstanding Player can run around defenders or bulldoze over them. He's plenty of fun to watch, unless you're lined up on the opposite side of the ball trying to stop him.

    RedBlacks receiver Brad Sinopoli excited to line up against former team
    Brad Sinopoli came into the CFL with the Calgary Stampeders as a rarity – a Canadian quarterback.
    With Bo Levi Mitchell rising up the ranks, the Stampeders took a close look at Sinopoli's athletic ability and switched him to receiver. Brilliant move.
    And now, Friday night at TD Place, Sinopoli, who signed as a free-agent with the Ottawa RedBlacks in the off-season, will line up against a bunch of his old teammates for the first time.
  2. fireguyfire

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    Here's hoping for a good first half for the first time this season.
    Go get em boys!
  3. fireguyfire

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    Perhaps time to let Tate see if he can get this offense out of its coma?

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