Smilin' Hank still smarting

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:50 PM ET

Henry Burris didn’t mince words about his performance last game.

Nor did the Calgary Stampeders quarterback make any bones about why he’s had a burr in his saddle ever since.

Calgary’s 27-24 loss to the Toronto Argonauts may be in the past, but Burris will admit he has some extra motivation for Saturday’s date with the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

“I was, frankly, pissed about how we played last week. A lot of things weren’t happening the way we drew them up to happen. We went into a game knowing if we did the right things, we could get a victory, but Toronto played a great game and we didn’t,” Burris said. “That fired me up for this week, regardless of who we’re playing.

“Of course, it being Saskatchewan — the best team in the West and the best team league right now, record-wise — you’re excited. It’s a Western opponent and these games mean much more than any other games.”

The Stampeders (2-1) face the CFL’s lone unbeaten team in Saskatchewan (3-0), but that’s not the only motivating factor for Burris.

His team’s offence has not performed well. Part of that is the turnover along the line of scrimmage and receivers, but he said the time has come to start showing more attack.

“I feel we can do better and know we can be better,” Burris said. “Even though we are learning each other in different situations right now, learning on the fly through the heat of the fire, I want to help speed up that (learning) curve.

“There are certain routes we haven’t thrown, certain situations. I made sure we got those throws in this week, made sure we put in that extra time in the film room and on the field, made sure guys are fully confident what their assignments were and what my reads were.

“Those are things we hadn’t done in prior weeks. We made it mandatory guys had to attend, and that’s going to make us better come this week. We need to put up points and make our defence’s job easier.

“They’ve, frankly, been carrying us the first three weeks.”

The Roughriders are the top-scoring team in the CFL and have a seemingly never-ending stream of big-play guys.

Burris will have to hold his own against Darian Durant.

It’s easy to make a case Durant is the best quarterback in the CFL right now.

“No championships are given out over three weeks. Come on, now, let’s be real here,” Burris replied to that theory. “They’ve played well. They’ve run the ball well. His receivers are getting open and he’s made good decisions. He’s done all the right things.

“Hands down, I’ll say right now he’s been playing the best. That’s why they’re 3-0, and I’ll give him that, but I’m not focused on the first three (weeks). I’m focused on four through 18, and hopefully, our defence will go out there and play a great game.”

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca


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