Stegall impressed

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:15 AM ET

Milt Stegall was asked for three words that best describe the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offence under new head coach Doug Berry.

"Unpredictable, exciting, high-powered," he said.

And that has the 11-year veteran more fired up about this season than any of the ones that came before it.

"I say this every year, but this is the most exciting offence I've been in," said Stegall. "And I've been in 10 different offensive systems in 12 years."

Obviously, the Berry plan is similar to the high-flying attack he used in Montreal over the past half decade. It features many looks that have confused the heck out of the Bomber defence during training camp, and Stegall said it is simple for the offensive players to understand.

The Turtle Man is not surprised that the Alouettes had four 1,000-yard receivers in both of the past two seasons.

"That's why Terry Vaughn is gone (from Montreal)," said Stegall, "because they were like, 'We can plug anybody in this system and we'll get 1,000 yards. We're not going to pay a guy $200,000. We can plug anybody in there.' It's the system."

Stegall admits that Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo and slotback Ben Cahoon, for instance, had several years to build their chemistry, but he almost makes it sound like the system is foolproof.

"As long as everybody is doing what they're supposed to do, we're going to be successful," he said. "You don't want anybody to be selfish in this offence. As long as everybody just does what they're supposed to do, somebody's going to be open, somebody's going to make a play."

Stegall, 36, said changes had to be made in the off-season for him to return. Those alterations took place, so he is back for what many believe will be his 12th and final CFL season.

He's still searching for his first Grey Cup title, but he seems legitimately excited about Winnipeg's chances.

"The changes they made so far are looking real good," said Stegall. "Coach Berry, he's not a get-in-your-face guy. If you make a mistake he's not going to kick you in your butt or put you in a line and make you run 50 sprints.

"He'll just say, 'Let's correct this mistake.' The thing that he wants us to do is give 100% effort, hustle, and you can see that. Guys are enthused. Guys are excited."


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