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Burke wants Monday to be just the start

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 9/10/2012 (2790 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

MONTREAL -- Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Tim Burke was asked by a Montreal reporter here on Monday if, when it comes time at the end of this season to make his pitch to stay on next season as Winnipeg's head coach, will he just toss a tape of his team's 27-22 victory over the Alouettes on the desk.

Burke laughed. "I hope there's more tapes to give them."

And Burke said the formula for getting more of that kind of tape is actually fairly simple as far as he is concerned.

"We just need to be relaxed and go out there and have fun and not press," Burke said. "That's what we've been doing is just pressing too hard."

With the win in Montreal, the Bombers are 2-4 under Burke since he took over in August when Paul LaPolice was fired.

Burke gave his club the day off on Tuesday. They return to the field this morning for what will be an abbreviated week of practise in the lead up to Saturday's game against the Calgary Stampeders at Canad Inns Stadium.

Edwards on pace

SLOTBACK Terrence Edwards, whose 50-yard first quarter TD catch against Montreal snapped a six-week TD passing drought for QB Joey Elliott, was asked if the huge upset of Montreal is just what the Bombers needed to finally turn around their season.

"It has to be for us to try and sneak into the playoffs. We have to play like this every week to give ourselves a chance to win," said Edwards.

With 69 more yards in receiving against the Als, Edwards now has 846 yards in receiving this season and appears on his way to what would be his fifth 1,000-yards plus season for the Bombers -- and third in a row.

But it's also notable that Monday's TD catch was just the third of the season for Edwards. Edwards has never had less than five TDs in six seasons with the Bombers.

Rookie wide receiver Chris Matthews leads the Bombers this season in both touchdown catches with six and yards receiving with 974.

Edwards said he feels like he has done the best he could with the opportunities he's been given this season.

"Joey gave me an opportunity to make that play and I made it. And that's what I want to do. I probably don't have the most yards for the year, but I think I'm making important plays that my team has put me in a position to make."

Joey Was Cool

"He played with poise, he played with confidence as usual. I think he took care of the ball better than he has. He made the right reads and he made great throws."

--Bombers slotback Terrence Edwards offering his assessment of Joey Elliott's play in Monday's win over Montreal

Simpson, eh?

Monday's win over Montreal marked the first time this season that the Bombers had won a game in which tailback Chad Simpson didn't have at least 14 carries. He was close though -- Simpson had 13 carries on Monday.


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