The sideline discussion that may (or may not) impact Blue Bombers future

- September 19th, 2012

So it seems the Winnipeg Blue Bombers might be changing their tune about bringing in a few players to help try and get things turned around.

There was a point during Wednesday’s workout — which featured heavy winds — at Canad Inns Stadium where Blue Bombers interim head coach Tim Burke and general manager Joe Mack were involved in a discussion on the sideline. It lasted a fair amount of time and during his daily media address, Burke naturally was asked what the chat was about.

Burke admitted the talk was about what players the Blue Bombers might look at bringing in, not for this week but presumably in the near future.

When I asked him what areas of the team the Blue Bombers might be looking to upgrade, Burke calmly replied:

“I’d rather not say.”

Interpret that as you will.

From where we sit, that wasn’t a threat to the players. It’s a simple fact. NFL cuts and other free agents are out there — that’s just the nature of things at this time of the season. Teams always look at those options.

The difference for the Blue Bombers is if they don’t win this week against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and next, against the Toronto Argonauts, their slim playoff chances are likely going to be thrown out the window and the time for auditions in sure to heat up.

Although Blue Bombers GM Joe Mack told the team he believed in the group after the Labour Day Classic blowout, he didn’t give them a free pass to play out the string either, so this development shouldn’t be all that shocking.

It’s pro football and if you aren’t trying to make the team better, soon you might find yourself out of work.

It will be interesting to see what type of players are brought in, but it’s unlikely that anyone brought in will be able to have a huge impact on the team in the short-term.

However, time spent on the practice roster might help some guys get ready to challenge for a starting job next season.

Here’s what I’m working on for Thursday’s paper:

* Piece on the challenges the Blue Bomber defence faces in going up against Henry Burris and the Ticats offence that put up 51 against the Edmonton Eskimos last week.

* Discussion with long-snapper Chris Cvetkovic — the longest serving member of the Blue and Gold — about where things stand right now

* Notebook featuring a few other nuggets — including the strong words from Riders Head coach Corey Chamblin, who told reporters in Saskatchewan today that Stamps RB Jon Cornish wouldn’t run for 100 yards this week or someone will be losing their job.

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