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Could Blue call Hall?

Pierce, Goltz still banged up: Burke

Posted: 07/31/2013 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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Justin Goltz is hobbling and Bomber brass insists Buck Pierce is still injured.

So, could Max Hall make his first start for the club Monday in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions?

"You might see Max Hall this week," said Bomber head coach Tim Burke Tuesday. "Goltz is hurt more than what we originally thought."

Still, Goltz did finish last Friday's loss to Calgary, his first pro start, and there is a belief his ankle injury could be healed enough for him to still be good to go against the Leos in six days.

Here's Burke on Goltz' first start last week:

"Justin did some really good things and I think he did some things he'll get better at with experience. The trouble with Justin is, (his) first start (was) against a very good football team.

"The one interception was obviously not his fault because they hit his arm as he was throwing. But I thought he stayed away from turnovers which is always a positive."

Burke said cornerback Jovon Johnson will also be doubtful, but there is some good news from the infirmary as both Desia Dunn and Jeremy McGee should be back to help a pass defence that has been simply atrocious over the last few games.

CONSULTANTS ON CALL? Sign No. 2,341 a football team is reeling: Burke is considering tapping into some outside voices -- consultants -- for their take on what ails the Bombers.

"We could send him some video and tell us what he sees and maybe make some suggestions," Burke said. "In the NFL they do it all the time. Tom Mora, for example, was a long time coordinator for Peyton Manning at Indianapolis and when he retired he became a consultant for several teams and now he's back being a coordinator at Arizona. It's very common down south and I think Edmonton did it a couple years ago as well, but they actually brought somebody in. We wouldn't do that.

"It would be somebody to look at our defence, somebody to look at our offence. Sit and tell us what you are seeing, what do you think an opponent's thinking when they look at us. Now... don't blow this out of proportion."

MORE VETERAN HEAT: Burke said a week ago he felt his team was immature in that it wasn't able to handle adversity well. During his media session Tuesday he was asked about that situation -- after all, it's usually veterans who help teams in critical moments.

"They (the veterans) actually created the adversity," he said. "That's the point -- not handling the adversity is different than creating the adversity. Their mistakes created the big plays and we just can't have that."

ed.tait@freepress.mb.ca Twitter: @WFPEdTait

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 31, 2013 D3

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