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Bombers Hearsay

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HEAD COACH TIM BURKE, ON BOMBERS DEFENCE:

"I'd give us a C at best, certainly not as well as we played at B.C."

 

BOMBERS QUARTERBACK BUCK PIERCE:

"Don't get the idea that everybody's hanging their heads. We're professionals. We've had to pick ourselves up before. Every player in this locker-room has been through situations like this. Now we have to see how people handle it."

 

BOMBERS QB MAX HALL:

"We may have pressed a bit, being down, tried to force a few things. I think that's what caused some of the bad things in the second half."

 

TIM BURKE ON WHETHER HE PLANS TO TAKE MORE CONTROL OVER WHO STARTS AT QUARTERBACK:

"If I want, I can pick the quarterback. But I'm going to let the offensive coordinator pick the quarterback unless I have strong objections."

 

BURKE'S REACTION TO HIS TEAM'S FLAT PERFORMANCE AFTER A WEEK OF UPHEAVAL:

"Extremely disappointing. I expected us to come out and play extremely well...I thought our guys played hard, but we didn't execute and we took way too many penalties which leads you to think we're not being very disciplined."

 

BURKE ON WHETHER GARY CROWTON WILL STILL BE HIS OFFENSIVE CO-ORDINATOR NEXT WEEK:

"Well, I'm not going to get into that because there's no preconceived notion of what's going to happen or anything like that. Like I said last week -- every facet of this organization is going to be looked at."

 

BURKE ON WHAT IT'S LIKE TO BE 1-6 IN WHAT IS HIS FIRST FULL SEASON AS A HEAD COACH:

"I go down the hallway (at Investors Group Field) and look at the winningest coaches and their percentages and I don't even want to look at my percentage. It's not a lot of fun losing, I will put it that way."

 

DB BRANDON STEWART ON HOW THE PLAYERS FEEL AT 1-6:

"It's disheartening for us. We can't be happy with ourselves. And we know the fans want a W. We want to get one for them and for us."

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN GLENN JANUARY ON THE POSSIBILITY OF CHANGES:

"It's professional football. At 1-6 you have to look to the left and to the right and realize one of you might not be there the next day. This isn't good enough and this is when change happens."

 

JANUARY ON WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:

"We have to try to play perfect football to get some wins. Every player on every play has to strive for their personal best. This has to stop and we have to be the ones to stop it."

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN JUSTIN SORENSEN ON ALL THE LOSING:

"It sucks. No one likes to lose."

 

SORENSEN ON THE ACCUSATION THE TEAM DOESN'T COMPETE:

"I would disagree with it. We compete. We need to execute better and we need to finish more. But we're trying. I would dispute that."

 

QB MAX HALL ON HIS PERFORMANCE FRIDAY NIGHT:

"I'm proud of my performance. I think there was some miscommunication (on his two interceptions)."

 

HALL ON WHETHER HE THOUGHT HE DID ENOUGH TO EARN THE START AGAIN NEXT WEEK:

"That's their decision, but yeah, I do."

 

SB TERRENCE EDWARDS ON HIS BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR:

"I could've had the same game I had the first six weeks of the season and it would still feel the same. We lost. I thought we had a good game plan this week, but we didn't make enough plays to win. That's the bottom line."

 

DEFENSIVE BACK JOVON JOHNSON ON WHETHER HIS TEAM IS JUST GOING THROUGH THE MOTIONS OF COLLECTING A CHEQUE AT THIS POINT:

"We don't just step on the field and let other teams do what they want to do. This is a serious ball game. It doesn't matter about the paycheque. None of that really matters. When we play football, we play football to win. We don't play to lose games. It's not a joke to us. We take it very seriously, so that question shouldn't have even been asked."

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 17, 2013 C2

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