‘Hell naw, we ain’t there’: Johnson says Riders’ confidence is still high after back to back losses

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders enter their bye week with more questions than answers following back-to-back losses to the Calgary Stampeders.

For Riders’ defensive lineman Micah Johnson, however, it’s not going to take the whole bye week to figure out what is ailing the Green and White.

“At the end of the day it don’t matter if we have two weeks off or however much time off, we gotta play better,” he told the media following Saskatchewan’s 22-19 loss to Calgary.

Johnson has 14 tackles and two sacks this season. He told reporters they have to make life more difficult on his former teammate Bo Levi Mitchell.

“The biggest thing for them is winning first down and getting them into situations where they are looking at second and eight, second and nine. They are a hard offence to handle when they are sitting at like second and four, second and five,” Johnson explained.

“They have a very good intermediate and short game, so it’s trying to pull them out of that intermediate and short game. We know the sacks and the pressure will come because we are confident in the D-line, we should have got more sacks, more pressure. It wasn’t good enough.”

Their two losses to the Stampeders now have narrowed Saskatchewan’s lead for second in the West Division down to just two points. But Johnson says the team hasn’t lost any confidence during their recent slide.

“Hell naw we ain’t there. We are still a confident group. I mean, I felt we should have won this game. I don’t think it’s a confidence thing, you have a bunch of confident guys in that room, we just got to watch the film and keeping figuring everything out.”

Saskatchewan (5-4) is now off until Saturday, Oct. 23 when they travel to McMahon Stadium for their third straight matchup with the Stampeders (4-5).