Second Gess-ing

ERIC FRANCIS -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Three games into the Henry Burris era and the question is already being asked:

Who else can the Stampeders turn to and when should they do it?

Calgary football fans may find out the answer to both questions Saturday if the showdown between Burris and his former Saskatchewan teammates gets ugly.

"Because of the inefficiency of our offence that question continues to be asked and we're saying 'there's a point in time where it's going to happen,' " said Stamps head coach Tom Higgins, armed with an interesting plan to introduce backup Jason Gesser to the masses.

"I can't say if it's this week, next week or the week after but there comes a time when there is a little bit of a lull and then we'll send Jason in."

And while Burris said it would be a humiliating moment -- especially against his old pals -- the pain apparently wouldn't last long as Higgins sees it.

"We'd want Henry to see it from a different perspective for maybe two or three series and then we would definitely want to be putting him back in," said Higgins of an old trick he used in Edmonton to spur on competition between Jason Maas and Nealon Greene, and then Ricky Ray.

"If and when it comes to fruition there's a lot of people around the CFL who don't like it. I don't really care what anybody else thinks. It served myself very well when I was up north and it can serve us well here.

We've made our bed and we want to sleep in this with Henry. We have made a commitment but we've also got to make a commitment to being prepared. We're on a very slippery slope."

Burris can be excused if talk of him being ousted -- albeit temporarily -- is a tad unsettling after all the hype preceding his arrival.

"I've waited for the opportunity and position I'm in so it would actually be embarrassing because as a competitor and quarterback you work your tail off to make sure you're not in that position," said Burris, who blames his early-season struggles on unfamiliarity and mental mistakes by the entire offence.

"If I'm not getting it done then I know they're going to make a change. But really, as a quarterback coming off a big year, I expect to do the same thing. You really don't expect to come in and have this happen. It'd be frustrating to have to deal with but it comes with the territory."

Wearing 'Burris Sucks' t-shirts from RiderNation.com, thousands of Hoppers fans bitter over Burris' defection to Calgary would delight in another shaky start. And if Burris charges up Riders fans by being kept on the sidelines for a spell, the rookie stepping in will do so with a refreshing attitude.

"I'm just a little white boy from Hawaii, man, comin' out here to play some football," smiled the 27-year-old former Washington State stud who spent two years as an unused backup for the Tennessee Titans.

"I'm just a scrappy little guy who likes to go out there and make plays. If I were to have a chance to go in I'd hope it'd be more than just a couple of plays. But you want to go out and be productive, show what you can do and get a chance to get a rhythm going."

Given the amount of money Burris is being paid to use his character and skills to turn the Stamps around, it's unlikely Gesser would get enough time to establish momentum. But a solid showing could spark a QB controversy long before anyone thought possible.

"He has a very good command, good leadership, he's very accurate and seems able to execute our offence really well," said Higgins.

"The only thing he doesn't have is meaningful snaps in a game."

Yet.


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