MAX Hall will get the start against the B.C. Lions on Friday, Bombers head coach Tim Burke confirmed, and apparently the pivot is fully healed from whatever injury caused doctors to pull him out of Friday's game. Hall has been asked not to say what exactly the suspected injury was; Burke said it was "a stinger or something like that." Anyway, he's good to go now -- heck, he said he was yearning to get back in Friday night's game.
FOR his part, Hall thinks he made a good argument for himself to finish out the year as the Bombers' starting pivot on Friday, completing 18 of 27 pass attempts for 253 yards and the Bombers' first touchdown pass in way too many games. Still, he tempered that optimism by taking a little responsibility. "To be the quarterback that I know I should be, I gotta fix the mental mistakes," he said, and pointed to his two interceptions.
"If I don't have those turnovers, I think it's a different outcome... the good thing is, they're things I can fix. And I plan on doing that this week."
IF the quarterback carousel has squeaked to a stop on Hall, that helps a bunch of the little things as well. It's not just chemistry with receivers that benefits from consistency, Burke said. "Like (tempo of) snap count. If Max goes on two, and if Justin Goltz goes on two, they're different. So that's how sometimes you get an offensive lineman jumping offsides."
IT seemed too soon to talk about silver linings on Friday night, after fans and team had their heart wrenched out of them by the last-minute loss, so that optimistic sheen fell on Monday's post-practice chats instead. For instance: when the Bombers were marching their way to 20 points in the first half, the squad was sharp on their assignments, Burke said. And what's not to like about scoring on your first chance?
"If it wasn't our best drive of the year, it certainly was one of our top two or three," Burke said.
WITH veteran tackle Glenn January back from his injury, Bombers coaches are toying with the idea of playing three American offensive linemen, and starting another Canadian -- likely linebacker Pierre-Luc Labbe -- on the defence instead. "We've got to run the ball better," Burke said simply.
CHAD Simpson wasn't at practice on Monday, he was visiting the doctor. Slotback Cory Watson was home in Montreal dealing with a personal matter, but Burke expected him back today. Chris Matthews is still three weeks away, Burke said. Defensive back Johnny Sears ran a full practice on Monday, even though he's on the nine-game injured list. He could return against Calgary next week.
-- Melissa Martin