If only McManus were 17 again

PERRY LEFKO -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:06 AM ET

It's one thing to connect on successive passes, it's quite another to do it 17 times in a row.

Or to be able to duplicate it again.

Quarterback Danny McManus authored the streak of 17 this past Monday in Hamilton's 33-30 win over the Argos, but doubts he'll be able to repeat it.

"That (streak) is one of those freak things that happens and you just kind get into a rhythm or a roll," McManus said yesterday in anticipation of today's rematch against Toronto at the Rogers Centre.

"All the stars lined up together. Things worked that way. Who knows if you can do it again. You just go out there and see what happens.

"I couldn't tell you the last time I threw three in a row, even two in a row," the self-effacing signal-caller added. "Things were clicking, the guys were making some great catches. It just worked out that that streak was going. We had no clue what was happening, it was just a matter of the guys being in the right spots, the (offensive line) doing a good job blocking and me getting rid of the football."

McManus started off slowly before he and offensive co-ordinator Jamie Barresi made some adjustments and proceeded to whittle away at the Argo defence with short, intermediary passes. It's a strategy some teams have used this year, but the Tiger-Cats had the greatest success. McManus completed 22 of 32 passes, but generated only 198 yards. It was exactly the opposite of a performance on Aug. 26 against Winnipeg. He threw for 440 yards and averaged 22 yards per completion. But the team has produced wins in both games after starting out the season with eight consecutive losses.

"Offensively, we've got to play a 60-minute ball game and we hadn't done that earlier in the season," McManus said. "Now we're starting to get that rhythm for playing 60 minutes. For me to (to have another effort similar to Monday), everything's got to line up."

McManus' play the last two games has quieted some of the criticism he experienced from fans and the media for the first part of the season in which he threw about two interceptions for every touchdown pass. Some of that had to do with misreads, but also receivers running the wrong routes.


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