The Calgary Stampeders fell to 1-1 on the season in the Canadian Football League following a disappointing 39-36 loss to the Toronto Argonauts on Saturday afternoon at the Rogers Centre in the Ontario capital.
But the Stampeders lost more than a football game. In the first quarter, shortly after leading the Stampeders on a touchdown drive, Calgary quarterback Drew Tate injured his left shoulder and did not return. It is unknown at this time if Tate dislocated or separated his shoulder. He is expected to fly back to Calgary this week to have his arm examined.
Backup quarterback Kevin Glenn, who played the majority of the game against Montreal today is expected to start Thursday in Montreal.
One major concern in Calgary today was their sloppy pass defense. Toronto Argonauts quarterback Ricky Ray threw for 407 yards–including 118 yards to Andre Durie and 107 yards to Dontrelle Inman. Cory Boyd also had 101 yards rushing.
My number one concern about the Stampeders heading into this season was defensive co-ordinator Rick Campbell. There were too many times I felt the Eskimos struggled as a unit while Campbell coached them as an assistant from 1998-2008 and 2011. On Saturday, what better quarterback for Toronto to have than Ricky Ray, who obviously would know Campbell’s coaching tendencies. Campbell now has a lot of work to do on a short week to get prepared for Montreal.
Calgary moved the ball rather effectively. Kevin Glenn had 172 yards passing in a backup role, but had two interceptions to go along with his two touchdowns. The running game was also a bit of a disappointment as Jon Cornish only ran for 39 yards.
The best part of Calgary’s day was Larry Taylor’s 125 yard touchdown on an unsuccessful field goal.
My grade for the Stampeders this week is a B+ on offense, a D on defense, a B on special teams, with an overall grade of a C+. Don’t forget, the Stampeders were in this game until the very end when Noel Prefontaine kicked a game winning 28 yard field goal for the Argos.