Working to get Westwood back in groove

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:28 AM ET

It is something like that golfer who keeps shanking his long irons.

Winnipeg placekicker Troy Westwood has been good with his short game thus far. But his long game? Not so much.

"Inside the 40, he's probably 88-90%," Blue Bombers head coach Jim Daley said yesterday. "Outside the 40, he's say, under 40%. So, there's a huge problem outside the 40-yardline and just about half our field goals have been from outside the 40. So, we need Troy and the whole battery of centre (Matt Sheridan), holder (Jamie Stoddard), kicker to get better and more efficient. We need those points every time we can get points."

Westwood has connected on only eight of 13 attempts for a lowly 61.5%, seventh in the CFL.

"We think strongly that he has the ability to be in the top three, and he knows that," Daley said. "Oftentimes, a subtle change in terms of the placement of a foot in relationship to the ball does affect it. So, Scott Fawcett, our special teams coach, is watching every tape he can of Troy's kicking last year where he was 79%, which is very, very good.

"Troy's in watching all the time and it will get corrected, hopefully, quickly. We need him, or his leg, to be automatic, or close to it."

OVERDUE GUILD: Daley, by the way, fully supports the movement to form the Canadian Professional Coaches Association, the brainchild of Montreal head coach Don Matthews.

"We have said for 15 years that we need to have a coaches' association -- not to introduce some conflict between coaches and management or ownership, but to work together to build this league," Daley said. "I think it's a good initiative and eventually, if it does proceed, it has all sorts of potential to help our league. The No. 1 thing in the CFL right now is we have to do things that are good for our league, and not things that compromise it.

"Knowing Don's belief, respect for and commitment to the CFL, that's exactly the direction he would take us."

SNAPPING BACK: Long snapper Chris Cvetkovich declared himself ready to play against the Argos in Toronto on Monday after recovering from a concussion during Winnipeg's victory over the Montreal Alouettes.

"It was just a little scrambled eggs," he said. "I turned the corner, I wasn't looking upfield and the guy came in and caught me. It was a clean hit, he just caught me right under my chin. I knew where I was, I knew who we were playing, I just got knocked a little woozy."

It was due to Cvetkovich's unavailability that Daley decided to attempt that failed third-down gamble versus Montreal.

HASHMARKS: If yesterday's practice was any indication, it looks like LB Lamar McGriggs (pectoral muscle) will stay in the lineup ... Both a healthy Willie Fells and Ryland Wickman (elbow) were taking turns at MLB ... DB Justin Coleman (foot) did not practise ... Canadian WR Gilles Colon (hand) took a lot of turns on the kick cover unit.


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