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CALGARY -- Winning can disguise many things in football, but when something suddenly goes wrong, the sirens suddenly go off.

For the Calgary Stampeders, winning their first four games of the season disguised the fact that their offence has not been the powerhouse they were hoping it could be when they announced that Bo Levi Mitchell was going to be their starting quarterback.

The Stamps have been among the top teams in the league through five games, and yet, the offence is ranked among the middle of the pack in most categories heading into Week 7.

Recap: BC 25, Calgary 24

They rank fourth in total touchdowns (11), sixth in points (123), and fourth in net yards (1,303), while Mitchell ranks fifth among all quarterbacks in the league with 1,132 yards and eight touchdowns.

The problems might not be at par with what other teams are currently dealing with, but for a team that is supposed to be a favourite to hoist the Grey Cup in November, expectations are rather high.

Those problems were magnified during their loss to the Lions in Week 6.

“I thought we had a better offensive game than the previous two, so I thought we took a step in the right direction,”  said head coach/general manager John Hufnagel adding.

“We need to get better.” he added.

Although the Stampeders did lose their first game in a tight 25-24 battle, the offence looked better against one of the better defences in the league, after Week 6 they rank 2nd in total defence and 1st in passing defence.

The Stampeders were not completely satisfied with their offensive performance, but they did try to look at the positives.

“I was not disappointed in the way we played, we did lose the game though so obviously there’s things we gotta do better,” said Mitchell.

“There were plays that we missed here or there, small things, discipline things that we gotta clean up so we’ll clean it up after some film,” he added.

One of the bright spots for the offence against BC was the emergence of Martel Mallett in the backfield.

With Jon Cornish still injured and Matt Walter sidelines as well, the Stamps looked to the former Most Outstanding Rookie to help them get back to their bread-and-butter of running through the line.

The move paid off as Mallett ran 14 times for 116 yards and caught six passes for 59 yards and a touchdown.

“Martel played well. He ran the ball hard, with authority, showed some explosion, did a good job with his pass protection, and had some key first downs receiving,” said Hufnagel.

Mallett himself thought that his Calgary debut was good, but the result dampened the day.

"I feel like I did ok but there was a lot I left on the field. At the end of the day I wanted to come out and get the W.”

"I just have to get better as an individual, we have to get better collectively.”

Fan Comments
als rule
if the stamps "need to get better" per their HC/GM what then does montreal need to do ASAP?!!
August 07, 2014 - 6:37pm
Are you listening Stamps Fans? Your HC is telling you the team needs to get better. The stats say the Offense is middle of the road. Your QB is saying the O needs to improve. Understand this pony only has one trick right now ... run ... all the tire pumping of Mitchell and Tate is not going to change the fact that Mitchell is an average QB right now.
August 06, 2014 - 8:38pm
Whatever it takes? How about not sucking! Bo, you are probably the only guy who thinks your play was "not disappointing". Huff is lying. One more cr@pfest and you're done buddy.
August 06, 2014 - 6:35am
Every Team this season is saying the same thing !"We need to get better !" and they are all right as this is a close race in the West and a Close race in the east. Although both divisions are up to now worlds apart, they both need improvement ! Here's hoping the Stamps walk the talk !
August 05, 2014 - 9:31pm