Which Redblacks quarterback will the Edmonton Elks face in Ottawa?

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This isn’t the first time this season the Edmonton Elks have faced the dilemma of not knowing which quarterback to prepare for.

It was first Mike Reilly or Nathan Rourke in British Columbia, then Bo Levi Mitchell or Jake Maier in Calgary and now a smashed Ottawa Redblacks team that saw Matt Nichols injure his hand in Game of the Week. last, while Dominique Davis is on all six games. the casualty list and the third string Taryn Christion are listed week after week with injuries.

“It’s tough for the coaches, because you look at the trends, the behavior, does a quarterback wipe their hands before a pass?” What does his running, passing position look like? Said Elks head coach Jaime Elizondo. ” This kind of things. So we just have to go out there and focus on ourselves, playing better defensively, better offensively. In all phases.

“But we’ll fit into any quarterback and I know our D-line doesn’t care. They want to hit whoever is there.

The difference this time around is that the Elks also seem to have a little conundrum with the return to the active roster of franchise quarterback Trevor Harris, fresh off the six-game injured roster on Saturday after sustaining a neck injury. backed in the Labor Day rematch.

But that didn’t stop his replacement, Taylor Cornelius, from hanging on to the keys to the Elks’ offense this week to prepare for facing the Redblacks on Tuesday in the nation’s capital (5:30 p.m. TSN, CISN 103.9).

But considering how Edmonton prides itself on putting pressure on the quarterback, and how the only team with more sacks (12) than this season is Ottawa (10), it matters more to Edmonton’s top seven ahead of them. . that who takes pictures in green and gold.

“It’s tough because the last two teams we’ve played have done a good job of getting the ball out quickly, so it can get frustrating for the defensive linemen as they don’t count sacks on the stats line.” , Elizondo said. . “And they’re proud of it, and I respect that because that’s how they’re measured. But we were able to squeeze the quarterback, hit the quarterback, rush the quarterback.

“And so, we have to keep digging the pocket. I think we did a better job in the first two games than in the last game. Credit to the Winnipeg Offensive Line. But I’m happy with the pressure and the havoc we’ve created.

A few more bags wouldn’t hurt either, regardless of the red-black pivot that has the target on its back.

“Honestly, I don’t know who they’re going to start with,” said Elks defensive tackle Jake Ceresna, who leads the team with three sacks this season to sit tied for seventh in the league. “But we are ready for anyone. They have the offense that they like to lead, it’s the same offensive coordinator, so they’re going to do what they are going to do, no matter who is there.

“We’re just going to show up on game day and be good to go.”

Of course, if that trend continues, the Elks could well run out of opposing quarterbacks and find themselves chasing someone like Nate Behar, a 2017 Edmonton first-round pick, who returned to his home province to play for. the Redblacks and completed his first CFL pass attempt last week in the emergency quarterback role.

“Obviously, this is an unfortunate circumstance,” Ceresna said. “The way I see the game is I want to play a team when they’re at their best, I don’t want to play a team with their backup quarterback and you beat them, because it’s not really ( legitimate).

“So I like to play against teams when they’re at their full potential so you really get a feel for where you are at. ”

The Elks stand at 2-4, which they hope to start improving this week before facing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers for No. 1 in a back-to-back set.

Where they are physically will be on the road, which has captured both Edmonton victories so far this season, after losing their first home game to the Redblacks, 16-12, on Aug. 7.

To say the Elks still have a chip on their shoulder in a game where the only touchdown came from an interception return from Ottawa would be an understatement.

Especially since this is the Redblacks’ only victory in six tries so far and they are on an 11-game losing streak at home.

“Definitely, yes,” Ceresna said. “I feel like we played well defensively. There were also some chances that we missed defensively and that we could have put our team in a position to win.

“We felt like we were letting this get away from us as a team, overall, so you really can’t overlook anyone. You know they’re on a losing streak, but we’re 2-4 too, so there’s no looking back.

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