Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 20, 2015

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    Calgary Stampeders News Roundup for November 20, 2015

    Mitchell focused on solving Eskimos' defence

    Bo Levi Mitchell hasn't been baffled by much in his young career, but the 2015 Eskimos defence is a problem the Stampeders are yet to solve. Jermain Franklin has more on how Calgary plans on attacking Chris Jones' defence.

    Coach's Playbook: Battle at the line of scrimmage
    The Stampeders got the best of the Eskimos in last year's West final. Paul LaPolice explains why this year could be different and how it will all come down to the battle at the line of scrimmage.

    Hughes post-practice comments - Nov. 19
    DE Charleston Hughes talks to the media after his first day back on the practice field.

    Bo and Bell Show
    Bo Levi Mitchell plays reporter and interviews all-star safety Joshua Bell.

    Bo Levi's QB Tips #5
    As part of his QB Club, Bo Levi Mitchell is giving out quarterback tips. Here's Tip #5.

    WF: Esks Two Big Targets Pose Bigger Threat
    Adarius Bowman and Derel Walker both finished top 5 in the CFL with over 1000 receiving yards each in 2015, and together they form a dynamic receiving duo that the Stampeders defence knows they must account for.

    WF: Next Man Up in Calgary
    The injury bug bit the Stampeders hard in 2015, especially along the O-line. Following a costly Western Semi-Final, the Stamps are still confident they have the pieces in place to get the job done in Edmonton.


    For Calgary Stampeders fans of a certain age, a Western Final between the Red and White and the Edmonton Eskimos at Commonwealth Stadium — as will be the case on Sunday — brings to mind a very specific and wonderful memory.
    The Stamps have won seven Grey Cups over the years, and it would be a fairly easy sell to declare those championships the most important victories in the club’s history.
    But looking beyond those select contests and all the regular-season and playoff games played by the Red and White since 1945, few stand out more than the West final in Edmonton that was played a little more than 24 years ago on Nov. 17, 1991.

    Stampeders fullback Rob Cote is the team's nominee for the 2015 Jake Gaudaur Veterans’ Award, given annually to the CFL player who best demonstrates the attributes of Canada’s veterans: strength, perseverance, courage, comradeship and contribution to their community.
    The award also recognizes Jake Gaudaur – one of the CFL’s long-standing Commissioners and distinguished World War II veterans.

    Ratio issues mean Calgary Stampeders DB Ciante Evans still not sure whether he'll play Sunday
    Ciante Evans is the antithesis of the man he’s had to replace.
    It’s natural for a rookie to be quiet, and as one of just eight players on the Calgary Stampeders’ roster born in 1992 or later, the 23-year-old Evans is a fresh-faced as it gets.
    Veteran cornerback Fred Bennett, who’s been traipsing around the practice field this week with his broken arm in a cast, is the exact opposite.

    Calgary Stampeders look forward to challenge of taking extra step toward Grey Cup
    In the John Hufnagel head-coaching era — one that’s about to come to an end one way or another — the Calgary Stampeders have been to three Grey Cups and come away victorious in two of them.
    Both times they sipped champagne and rocked rings — 2008 and ’14 — the Stamps took the easy road, one that came along with a first-round bye and a home date in the West Final.

    Calgary Stampeders star Charleston Hughes still sporting cast on injured hand
    If Charleston Hughes is cleared for action this weekend, he’ll have to go about his business without his entire bag of tricks.
    Returning to the practice field for the first time since breaking his hand in late October, the Calgary Stampeders defensive end was sporting a casted-up club of a left hand Thursday at McMahon Stadium.
    “It really just limits what I can do and what moves I can do,” Hughes said after going through a light practice that didn’t feature many meaningful reps with the first-team defence. “I mean, I’ve got restrictions because I won’t be able to move my fingers or move my hand like I want to move, but I’ve just gotta figure out a way to adjust.

    Stamps' special teams unit aims to build off sterling semifinal performance
    If there was a game this year in which Calgary Stampeders’ special teams most imposed their will on the opposition, last weekend’s West Division semifinal could be that game.
    The unit, which has had its share of lapses this season, limited vaunted B.C. kick returner Chris Rainey to ordinary yardage, while — in rather brisk conditions — punter Rob Maver did what he does best, working nicely in tandem with the coverage group.
    “We just started focusing more on basic coverage principles and I’ll leave that at that,” explained Maver. “We’re just playing with better technique, we’re playing with more physicality. I was putting the ball where it needed to be more and guys were making tackles. It’s not one thing, it’s a combination of many. And everybody brought it that day. It’s tough to return the ball when you have those things going against you.”

    Star Eskimos receivers spell danger for Stampeders
    There are any number of prolific pass-catching partnerships spread across the country.
    Manny Arceneaux and Lavelle Hawkins west-coast way. Chris Williams and Brad Sinopoli/Ernest Jackson and Craig Ellingson in our nation’s capital (choose your poison or mix n match).
    Tasker and Sinkfield. Moore and Denmark. Dressler and Smith.

    Stamps notes: Club-handed Hughes returns, is doubtful for Sunday
    At Thursday’s practice, his teammates probably had to be wary of the club that is Charleston Hughes’ left hand, cocooned in a cast.
    The Calgary Stampeders’ defensive end, who has been sidelined the past three games with the broken hand, made his first foray onto the field to see whether playing in Sunday’s CFL West Final is even feasible.
    “It felt all right, just trial runs right now,” said the upbeat Hughes. “Still not for certain whether I’ll be out there or not. Leaving it to the coaches. Just playing it day by day.
    “It’s different, but I’m pretty sure I can manage.”

    Mitchell anticipates heavy Eskimos pass rush
    Bo Levi Mitchell knows exactly what will be asked of him come Sunday when his club tangles with the Edmonton Eskimos. The 25-year-old Calgary starting quarterback understands that whether it is shifting the pocket with his feet or lowering his shoulder into a would-be tackler, it is just what comes with the task of trying to defeat one of the CFL’s most vaunted defensive pass rushes.
    A seasoned defensive front led by the likes of Odell Willis and Willie Jefferson will undoubtedly be pinning their ears back, waiting to get a shot at Mitchell but the reigning Grey Cup MVP is managing expectations.

    Stampeders on schedule for Grey Cup appearance
    This one is so tough to call, it might have save time and space simply to toss a coin and let you know the result.
    The difference may well lie in a strange quirk of the schedule.
    When the White Stallions beat the Eskimos on Labour Day, it was the 12th time in a row they had bested their northern rivals. Change was in the air, however, and Edmonton won the following week in the pouring rain before doing it again in Week 15.

    Stampeders players have the edge in Grey Cup appearances and wins but Eskimos confident
    Been there. Done that. Won that.
    The Calgary Stampeders have 63 games of Grey Cup experience and 42 Grey Cup rings.
    The Edmonton Eskimos take a lot of things to Sunday’s CFL Western Final including an eight-game winning streak and back-to-back wins over the defending Grey Cup champions. But experience isn’t one of the things they bring to this game.
    Edmonton players have 13 games of Grey Cup experience and five Grey Cup rings. And much of that doesn’t count for much.

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