Alouettes players holding chemistry above chaos

Edmonton Eskimos CJ Gable (right) celebrates his touchdown with team mate Greg Ellingson during CFL game action against the Montreal Alouettes at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on Friday June 14, 2019. Larry Wong / POSTMEDIA NETWORK

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MONTREAL — You would have to forgive the Edmonton Eskimos for thinking the Montreal Alouettes front office looks more like the funhouse of a circus sideshow this season.

After all, the first time they played each other in the season-opener, Montreal had just fired a head coach who could barely fight his way out of a headset.

This week, the Eskimos are rolling into a three-ring show amid controversy surrounding the dismissal of Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed.

While the Alouettes looked to already be in total disarray the first time around, losing 32-25 in Edmonton on the way to an 0-2 start to the season, the growing organizational snowball doesn’t seem to be affecting the on-field product, as the league-owned Alouettes come into Saturday’s game (2 p.m., TSN, 630 CHED) looking for their third win in a row.

“It’s grind mode when we get on the field,” said Alouettes running back William Stanback, adding there has been no issue focusing on the task at hand in the locker-room. “All the guys keep each other level headed, keeping us upright. Whenever we see someone that’s down, we always immediately go to them and ask what’s wrong.

“And that’s what’s really the culture here, the chemistry is at a high level and that’s what’s going to help us win games this year.”


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