Containing Simon will not be simple

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:15 AM ET

Stopping this Simon is no simple task.

B.C. slotback Geroy Simon currently leads the CFL in receiving and has been a nemesis to the Blue Bombers almost every time he plays them.

So, how do you stop him?

"Nobody's been able to do it so far," Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry said on the eve of tonight's game against the Lions. "He can beat man-to-man, he can certainly find the open areas in zone and when he catches the ball, he can run away from anybody. So, he's a guy we'll have to swarm if the ball's thrown in his direction."

So, Bomber defensive backs Kelly Malveaux and Anthony Malbrough will have their hands full tonight.

"We've had our fair share of battles every year, we'll have to try to find a way to make somebody else beat us," Malveaux said. "A guy like that, you just want to eliminate his big plays. He'll eventually get frustrated if he has to settle for nickel-and-dime type routes. He lives off the big play so, he can get into the end zone and pose for the fans."

And they plan to get physical with Simon.

"We just want to continue to do the things we've been doing -- get physical with him, push him around, get in his face, challenge him, make the quarterback have to throw the ball somewhere else," Malbrough said.

Simon still gets up to play in Winnipeg.

"This is where I got my first opportunity to play as a professional," he said. "So this is always going to be a special place in my heart because they gave me an opportunity when no one else would."

TRASH TALK: Ex-B.C. linebacker Barrin Simpson has been getting a lot of calls from his former teammates this week.

"I've been joking around with a few of them," he said. "Carl Kidd, Otis Floyd, the old linebacking corps. They've been text messaging me, calling me up -- just fun and games. You know Kidd is the ultimate trash talker and he called me up and said, 'Yeah, I hope you're special-teams ready,' but that's just Kidd.

"It's just the excitement about getting to play against your former teammates, that's about it. There's no animosity or hard feelings about anything."

Javy Glatt has apparently filled in admirably for Simpson in B.C.

"If I say we haven't missed Barrin Simpson, you guys make a big deal about it," said Lions GM/head coach Wally Buono. "Barrin Simpson decided to be a Winnipeg Blue Bomber because he got more money, God bless him.

"Javy Glatt was given an opportunity to play and I believe he's made the most of it."

UNKNOWN QUANTITY: Buono, by the way, admitted he knows little about Winnipeg QB Mike Quinn, who starts tonight.

"I know he's played NFL Europe, that he's a very cerebral kind of guy, has a quick release, has been in the NFL but his playing time is very limited," he said. "Other than that, I don't what else I need to know about him ... If he's as good as (Edmonton QB) Ricky Ray, we'll have our hands full."

Quinn is also still sore from a bruised sternum/clavicle, the result of a hit from Montreal linebacker Duane Butler who was apparently fined $1,000 after the fact by the CFL.


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