Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 18, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 18, 2015


    Huff comments - Nov. 17

    Coach Hufnagel gives injury updates as the team prepares to hit the practice field tomorrow to prepare for the Western Final.

    Sights & Sounds - Nov. 15
    The players were hyped up before, during and after the Western Semi-Final.


    It can sometimes be an overlooked position in football and a thankless job, but somebody has to do it.
    Fortunately for the Calgary Stampeders, they have one of the best in Rob Maver, who excels at putting footballs deep and forcing opponent’s returners to earn their yardage.
    Coming into Sunday’s Western Semi-Final action against the BC Lions, much was made regarding the Leos’ explosive return man, Chris Rainey.

    Calgary Stampeders’ gameplan was thrown out after injuries plagued offensive line
    All that time scheming and preparing went out the window in the span of a couple of minutes.
    After centre Pierre Lavertu went down on Sunday afternoon, everything changed for the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL’s West Division semifinal.
    A few minutes later, it went from bad to disaster at McMahon Stadium
    “When we had the first injury, we shortened the gameplan down,” Stamps GM/head coach John Hufnagel said.

    Juwan Simpson’s speeches embraced by Calgary Stampeders teammates
    The face paint might be a different colour.
    But Juwan Simpson has a little Braveheart in him.
    The Calgary Stampeders vocal linebacker has long been the emotional leader of the defence.
    Apparently that extands to pre-game speeches.
    “When you bring that type of energy, even before the game, you can see the look in peoples’ eyes,” fellow Stampeders linebacker Deron Mayo said of Simpson.

    Status of Calgary Stampeders’ offensive line up in air
    There are few certainties with the Calgary Stampeders offensive line.
    Imports Derek Dennis and Garry Williams started at the tackle spots last week.
    They are healthy and good to go for Sunday’s CFL West Division final at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium (2:30 p.m., TSN/News Talk 770).
    After that, it gets a little murky.

    Offensive line injuries force ratio tinkering for Stamps
    When John Hufnagel met the media on a quiet day around McMahon Stadium Tuesday, talk didn’t revolve so much around the upcoming challenge in Edmonton, but rather who would be physically able to take it on.
    Alas, injuries — particularly on the beaten-up offensive line — were the news on this day.
    This is how it stands at this point: Centre Pierre Lavertu suffered a hamstring strain in Sunday’s West Division semifinal against the B.C. Lions and won’t be on the field for the first two days of practice. How he responds to treatment will determine his availability for the West Final this Sunday.

    Hufnagel, Stamps face questions up front
    John Hufnagel and the Stamps have some tough decisions to make this week, but for now it’ll be a wait and see approach as they deal with injuries on the O-line.
    Pierre Lavertu and Shane Bergman both exited Sunday’s Western Semi-Final win over the BC Lions and both of their statuses are up in the air for the Nov. 22 Western Final against Edmonton.

    Rivalry renewed in Battle of Alberta
    There are few key ingredients that go into making a great sports rivalry, and without all of them, it can really go sour.
    The Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Eskimos have put the final piece together over the past two seasons.
    The Battle of Alberta CFL style always has the usual elements that go into those must-see, rivalry-week meetings.
    They are geographically close. They have a long history. There is a general disregard for the other’s city. They meet at the same time every year, and you can set your calendar by it.

    Stamps’ O-line a question mark ahead of West Final
    It will be an interesting few days for the Calgary Stampeders‘ offensive line.
    Injuries to a pair of Canadians means coming up with a contingency plan in case they can’t play in the CFL’s West Division final Sunday in Edmonton against the Eskimos.
    After a couple of days off from practice, the Stampeders get back on the field Wednesday.

    What now for the Stampeders?
    Life of a Canadian Football League General Manager. Not only does he have to figure out the best players for his team, he has to squeeze them in under the CFL ratio rules.

    Why the Stamps Win the West!
    It’s a true heavyweight championship title fight!
    The two best teams in the CFL this season. Two teams with a 14 win regular season. Two imposing defensive units. Two quarterbacks with a huge will to win. Two coaches that don’t exactly exchange Christmas cards. Two cities where sports rivalries run deep!

    Will Esks be too rested?
    Time for the fourth, final and most important instalment of the 2015 CFL Battle of Alberta. Edmonton and Calgary finished tied for first with 14-4 records, but the Eskimos will host the Western Division championship game Sunday because they won two of the three regular season meetings between the two clubs.
    It will be the student Chris Jones against his former teacher and mentor John Hufnagel who is retiring from the coaching ranks at the end of the season and wants to go out on a winning note.
    The first-place finisher usually has two weeks to prepare for the entry game into the Grey Cup. Because of a quirk in the schedule, they had a bye week at the end and haven’t strapped on a helmet in anger since Nov. 1. They are well-rested but past history suggests that may not be an advantage.

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