The Winnipeg Blue Bombers landed in Winnipeg on Friday morning victorious, but also a little battered – especially an offensive side which endured an endless stream of blitzes from the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday night.
"We didn’t have an answer for their blitzing, and we’re going to have to come up with an answer for that, or we’ll see the blitzing every week," Bombers head coach Tim Burke said, surrounded by media at Winnipeg’s James Richardson Airport.
Although Burke was pleased at the performance of his defence and special teams, the coach bristled at the number of turnovers the Bombers suffered en route to the win, including one interception and four fumbles. "That was probably the scariest one of all," he said. "We’re just going to keep emphasizing hold on to the football."
Defensive tackle Bryant Turner, who was laid out on the field with what looked like breathing trouble after sacking Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo in the fourth quarter, stayed in a Montreal hospital for further tests.
Burke said tests Thursday night did not find anything serious, but that doctors decided to keep Turner as "a precautionary thing." The club expects him to recover with flying colours, defensive co-ordinator Casey Creehan said.
"He was doing okay the last I heard," Creehan said. "He had a heck of a football game, and he’s a tremendous person… we’re confident he’ll come back strong."