Blink not celebrating

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:46 AM ET

Charles Roberts keeps getting better, and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers keep getting worse.

Roberts, the Bombers dynamic running back, capped off his best season in Blue and Gold yesterday with 20 carries for 116 yards and two touchdowns in Winnipeg's 46-24 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

He set career rushing highs of 1,624 yards and 12 touchdowns, and he is poised to win his second CFL rushing title in the last three seasons.

His main competition, Calgary's Joffrey Reynolds, had 79 yards yesterday and trails Roberts by 245 with only one game remaining.

'Feels pretty good'

"It feels pretty good," Roberts said. "I hate to talk about it now. We lost the game tonight. But obviously it's something I wanted. I would've been pissed off if we would've lost the game and I lost the rushing title all in one.

"It's just one of the goals that I set for myself and was lucky enough to get this year. My goal is always 2,000 yards, and I'm going to stick to it."

Roberts didn't dodge the question when asked what changes he would make to the Bombers, who have gotten progressively worse since he joined the squad in 2001.

"One of the things we have to do is find some ways to where we can use the ratio to our advantage," Roberts said. "The teams that are winning right now and in the playoffs have Canadian talent in places where we don't. That's a major hamper to us."

Roberts added that the offensive pieces are in place for a successful season, but he couldn't say the same about the defence.

"The offence is talent heavy," he said. "We just need to have another year for the coaches to prepare and find out what they did wrong this year so we won't make the same mistakes next year.

"Defensively, I don't know. ... I know we do need some work, obviously. We set a record this year. Definitely you can expect to see some new faces."

Another bright spot for the Bombers this season was superstar slotback Milt Stegall, who caught his league-leading 17th touchdown of the season yesterday.

Stegall, 35, has hinted at retirement this season in order to spend time with his growing family, although he has said there's a good chance he'll be back for a 12th campaign.

And why wouldn't he return? The only time he caught more TD passes in a season was during his record-setting campaign of 2002.

"I want to come back so bad," Stegall said. "I definitely don't want to end like that ... but I have some other things I need to deal with."


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