Eskimos' Burnett running amok

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:51 AM ET

So, Joe should the head coach scream a little louder next time?

Maybe you didnt hear Kavis Reed when he told you the last time. If you are bringing a kick out of the endzone, make sure you have an opening, a hole, some daylight somewhere.

Sure, the CFL has some tricky rules, and as a first-year player we wont expect you to know them all.

But how did you not realize that giving up a point on that kickoff return against the Calgary Stampeders Monday and taking the ball at the 35-yard line was the right move?

As a newcomer to the Edmonton Eskimos, defensive back and returner Joe Burnett probably has been told a few things from Reed, seeing as how hes a former special teams co-ordinator.

Reed let Burnett know explicitly how it doesnt make sense to return a missed field goal out to the seven-yard line against the Toronto Argonauts a week ago, berating him in front of TSN cameras.

This one was a bit more costly.

Maybe the Stampeders going for two points after a touchdown threw Burnett off. They wanted a three-point lead, not just two, because they were certainly worried the Eskimos could get into field-goal range with about a minute left.

Instead of scrimmaging at the 35, the Eskimos lined up at the 11-yard line. Had they started at the 35 and gained the same yardage on their final drive as they did, the field-goal attempt would have been 29 instead of 48.

Grant Shaw has plenty of leg, and he probably would have hit that one.

Live and learn?

Hopefully, next time Burnett makes the right decision.

Maybe Reed should tell Burnett about the time his team was poised to win the Grey Cup, but then had too many men on the field for the missed winning field goal against.

Now thats a story.


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