Blue Bombers going with Brink in finale

- October 30th, 2012

Well, it turns out the answer to the quarterback quandary came at least a day earlier than expected.

Joey Elliott (knee) will indeed skip the Winnipeg Blue Bombers regular season finale with the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday, leaving the offence to be guided by Alex Brink.

Not a real surprise and in some ways, a fitting way for Brink to end what has certainly been an up-and-down season.

Brink was quite candid in his comments with the media this afternoon, sharing some of the emotion and offering how some perspective on what it was like for him to go from 2nd string to starter to third string over the course of 2012.

Here’s what Brink said when asked if he felt he was still on trial, in some regards.

“As a professional football football player and more importantly as a professional quarterback, our job is on trial every time we step on the field,” said Brink. “Whether it’s a pre-season game, a game late in the year with no playoff implications, whether it’s a playoff game, you’re going to be judged, based on that performance. There’s really no if’s, and’s or but’s about it.

“On game day, you’ve got to go out and perform, because if you don’t, the fact is they’ll find somebody else who can get it done.”

Blue Bombers interim head coach Tim Burke believes Brink will show quicker decision-making from Brink, noting he’s progressed in that area during the season.

Burke also reiterated that Justin Goltz will see some playing time on Saturday. Primarily that could come in the Wildcat-inspired package, but not necessarily limited to.

RJ Archer will be summoned from the practice roster to dress as the third QB, but Burke wouldn’t commit to giving him any snaps.

Speaking of the practice roster, Wallace Miles is getting a promotion and will start at WR, along with Doug Pierce. They’ll fill in for Terrence Edwards (foot) and Isaac Anderson (shoulder).

Today was our first real look at Miles and he has some impressive skills. Will be interesting to see what type of impact he could have in an actual game. Certainly some potential there.

Also spoke with RB Carl Volny about his opportunity to start in the finale. Naturally, he’s excited. That was expected. What wasn’t expected was Volny’s assertion that Saturday’s performance could help give him some tape to get some consideration to start next season.

Every player wants to be a starter, but the Blue Bombers are pretty well stocked at RB with Chad Simpson, Will Ford and Chris Garrett set to come back in 2013 from a torn Achilles.

Volny actually said it was his goal to be a 1,000-yard rusher in the CFL and join the list of Canadians making an impact at the position. I commend him for his honesty, but don’t expect him to be near those totals next season.

However, he has talent and this is a good chance for him to showcase it.

Burke was able to clear up one other mystery on Tuesday when he announced that Demond Washington has been cleared to play, meaning he’ll move back to SAM LB since Johnny Sears was downgraded to out with an undisclosed injury.

The 5-12 Blue Bombers are back on the field Wednesday morning to prepare for their match-up with the 11-6 Als in what will be the final game at Canad Inns Stadium.

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