September 4, 2015


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Bomber coach happier with offence at practice

Nobody need remind the Winnipeg Blue Bombers that turnovers aren’t just crippling, they can be pure evil.

And so as angry as Tim Burke might be with his team having spit up the ball 10 times in just two games, he hasn’t spent the week fixating on it with his troops.

Buck Pierce hands off to Chad Simpson during practice this morning. The offence was called out earlier this week by the coaches, but Burke is happier with their practice of late.

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Buck Pierce hands off to Chad Simpson during practice this morning. The offence was called out earlier this week by the coaches, but Burke is happier with their practice of late. Photo Store

"We’ve worked on it in practice and we’ve talked about it," said the Bomber head coach. "But you don’t want to beat a dead horse because sometimes if you talk too much about a negative thing that plants a seed and you just keep doing those negative things.

"You don’t want to overdo it."

Winnipeg’s -6 giveaway-takeaway ratio is the worst in the CFL and it will be a critical issue when the club tries to improve to 2-1 on Saturday in their match-up with the winless Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Guelph (5:30 p.m. TSN/CJOB). Wouldn’t hurt, too, if the offence started playing with even a bit of the same fire as the defence.

Burke called out the offence earlier in the week – and offensive coordinator Gary Crowton has also chewed them out – and there have been some positive signs since.

"I wasn’t happy with their performance on the first day of practice, but the last two days have been much better," said Burke. "This is hopefully a game where we break out of our slump."

Defensive back Alex Suber and defensive end Kenny Mainor did not practice today, but will accompany the team to Hamilton and suit up. The Bombers will be without receiver Terrence Edwards (shoulder) and defensive tackle Bryant Turner (chest).

Ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca

Twitter: @WFPEdTait

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Updated on Thursday, July 11, 2013 at 8:16 PM CDT: Tweaks headline.

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