What's evident throughout is that Reed is ticked off at his players' predilection for taking penalties in particular. The conference starts with The Edmonton Sun's Terry Jones (off camera) uttering "Discipline?" as a one-word question, and that gets Reed going. "The absolute lack of it," he starts. "There has to be consequences now. There has to be consequences now. There has to be consequences now. Just, there has to be consequences. Enough of talking about it, there has to be consequences for it. It's just not acceptable. We're not good enough to be as undisciplined as we are at home and allow teams to continue drives and allow our drives to be stalled because of it. Enough of talking about it, there has to be consequences."
Using "consequences" six times in 40 seconds has to be a CFL record, if not a global record, and although it would probably be more grammatically friendly if he went with "There have to be consequences," Reed is just getting going. He then goes off on how he's going to punish his players. "I'm going to watch every penalty and if there are repeat offenders, there will be decisions made. The rules won't allow us to fine them, but there has to be a message sent through playing time or changes, because penalties are killing us and we're not good enough to overcome them right now".
Then, after a question Reed doesn't quite hear (which causes him to deliver a surface-level polite "Pardon?" with undertones of "I'm going to strangle you"), he starts talking about the team's third quarter issues. "We can't seem to get off the field in the third quarter, we can't seem to, we can't seem to control time of possession in the second half. That's just been the last three games. Coming out of halftime, we've not been a very good football team and it's very discouraging right now." If that's a discouraged Reed, you'd hate to see him when he's outright upset.
Interestingly enough, the Eskimos' website doesn't appear to feature Reed's comments in their press conferences section, but the league website still has them up. Good for the CFL for doing that: press conferences like this should be a matter of public record, and hey, they provide plenty of amusement to football fans across the globe. Now, if only we can get Reed to deliver a "The Lions are who we thought they were!"...
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