Mathematics and confusing formulas are no longer required for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Their only path to the 2012 CFL playoffs would see them finish third in the East Division and the only way for that to happen would be to win the final two games, including Saturday’s tilt at Ivor Wynne Stadium against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Two losses by the Edmonton Eskimos (against the Montreal Alouettes and Calgary Stampeders) are also required.
“We dug ourselves a hole this year but the fact is, we have an opportunity ahead of us,” said Blue Bombers quarterback Alex Brink. “We don’t necessarily control our own destiny but we know what we have to do in order to put ourselves in position to to get there. Winning our next two is the most important thing.”
Brink enjoyed some great success in running the Blue Bombers Wildcat-inspired package in Friday’s 44-32 victory over the Toronto Argoanuts.
He’s also rocking an impressive red playoff beard.
“I grew it last year for the first time last year when we clinched (a playoff spot). It turned out to be real nice, so I decided to bring it back,” said Brink. “It seems to be blossoming at the right time.”
At this time, Brink has no plans to follow in the footsteps of injured San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson by adding black polish to the beard. He’s sticking with the fiery red instead.
“I like the red. It gives me some character.”
Speaking of the Wildcat-inspired package, that’s the subject of our main story for Wednesday’s paper. It will also be up on www.winnipegsun.com shortly.
Spoiler alert, Brink likes being at the controls of the new addition to the playbook.
“We’ve made a conscious decision that it’s something we can use and teams are going to have to prepare for another wrinkle,” said Brink.
Interim head coach Tim Burke provided an update on his injured players on Tuesday afternoon after his team worked out at the Winnipeg Indoor Soccer Complex:
In: S Ian Logan
Out: DT Bryant Turner
Pending: WR Terrence Edwards remains day-to-day with a foot injury. WR Rory Kohlert will be re-assessed but unlikely to play this week. OL Paul Swiston took a maintenance day on Tuesday but should be ready to go for Saturday as the 6th O-lineman.
Likely moving onto active roster: DE Youri Yenga and DE Rodney Fritz, who was signed to practice roster on Tuesday along with DE Anthony DeGrate.
Other stuff we’re working on includes a notebook that deals with WR Isaac Anderson’s breakout performance and the key play made by DT JT Gilmore.
Speaking of Gilmore, here’s what he had to say when we asked him about others along the D-line needing to ramp up their game in light of all the recent injuries.
“We’ve got some great depth,” said Gilmore. “It’s not a drastic drop-off when we do get someone else in there. It’s very beneficial, we all work well together.
“Eveyrbody needs to step up these next couple weeks to get us where we need to be, in the playoffs. If you’re a football player and you don’t love pressure, you’re not going to be playing at this level. This is nice, my favourite situation. Our backs are against the wall and we have to do something. There’s no question about it.”
My sidebar is on Burke chatting about how his transition to head coach has gone and how he’s juggled the head job while continuing to run the defence — something he won’t do if he stays on as head man going forward.
Although Burke doesn’t want to deal with hypotheticals until he is told he has the job, he made it clear that he would be hiring a DC if that was the case.