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THERE'S going to be a whole lot of meeting going on when the Bombers return to practice at Investors Group Field on Monday.
Cornerback Jovon Johnson said Friday night that there will be a players-only meeting on Monday to allow for some airing of laundry, but head coach Tim Burke said Saturday that he's got a meeting of his own planned for Monday.
"I'm going to have a players' meeting with the head coach first. Before they have their meeting," said Burke.
Asked what he planned to discuss, Burke said his agenda for a team that fell to 1-3 with a 35-19 loss to the Toronto Argonauts Friday night will remain private. "This is between us," said Burke.
Johnson was less circumspect about what the players-only meeting will be about.
"I think guys are down and kind of emotional about the loss. But we're going to come in on Day 1 and meet as a team without the coaches and we're going to go from there," Johnson said after the game.
"Our destiny comes from the guys in our locker-room, so as long as we keep the team together and keep the unity, I think we'll be fine. We just have to come out and play better."
The fact the players are having their own special meeting just one month into a new season is perhaps reflective of how serious the Bombers' predicament is right now with a tough schedule in front of them.
"It's not usual," Johnson agreed, "but different situations call for different things. If guys want to get some things off their chest, that's just the way the business goes. So that's what we're going to do."
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Speaking of Johnson, Burke was asked if the CFL's most outstanding defensive player in 2011 has lost a step this season.
Johnson has looked bad on a number of big plays, but Burke said looks can be deceiving.
"Sometimes it looks like it's his fault and it's not his fault, especially in zone coverage," he said. "He did get beat in man-coverage (Friday)."
Burke was asked if Johnson is playing well enough. "I don't think anyone is playing well enough. I will just say that (Friday) night I don't think there were a whole lot of guys who played well enough."