Berry won't make changes simply for sake of sending message

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry watches a drill during football practice at Canad Inns...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Doug Berry watches a drill during football practice at Canad Inns Stadium. (Jason Halstead/Sun Media)

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:00 AM ET

Surprisingly, Doug Berry doesn't sound like a man who is ready to take a stick of dynamite to his roster.

(It should be noted, however, that the Bomber boss hadn't watched his defence yet. That could change things.)

Those seeking massive changes to the roster after Friday's 42-24 debacle of a loss to the B.C. Lions shouldn't hold their breath. Berry won't make substitutions for the sake of sending a message.

"I wouldn't do that just for that reason," he said. "It would have to be a warranted move. I'm not going to play mind games with anybody."

Berry spent nine hours yesterday watching his team's offensive plays, and he acknowledged that there will be alterations to the game plan on that side of the ball when the Bombers and Lions meet again on Friday in Vancouver.

"We're going to have to make some adjustments in what we're doing," Berry said. "Clearly we're not running the ball effectively, and there are some reasons for that. We'll make those adjustments. Pass game-wise, you can spread the (blame)."

Quarterback Kevin Glenn completed nine of 17 passes for 86 yards on Friday before getting the hook.

The last time Glenn started a game and threw for fewer than 100 yards was the fourth start of his career, on Sept. 17, 2001, as a rookie member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. That was 70 starts ago.

Despite his struggles, Berry said Glenn will "most likely" be behind centre for Friday's rematch with the Leos.

"He is not the sole reason why we're coming off the field at the end of every drive," Berry said.

Glenn has thrown one touchdown and five interceptions this season. His 67.2 efficiency rating is the worst mark of the league's eight starters, and Berry said his starting pivot might have been pressing on Friday.

"That may be the nature of the beast. I don't know," Berry said. "I just know that I've seen him play better games. But I can't say that this was a bad Kevin Glenn game."

Berry said he and GM Brendan Taman will examine potential personnel changes today after they have finished reviewing the game film of the defence and special teams.

Berry warned that the Bombers don't have much roster room to bring in a whack of new talent.

NO RELIEF IN SIGHT: Offensive lineman Matt Sheridan, who's been out for a month with a groin injury, should return to the lineup on on Friday, according to Berry.

The same can't be said for slotback Milt Stegall, who seems to have taken a step back in his recovery following knee surgery. Berry said the Bombers could certainly use the CFL's touchdown king.

"Milt can help us," Berry said. "Milt's a leader. And that's what this football team needs, is more guys to step up and make everybody accountable to themselves and their teammates."

DEPT. OF CORRECTIONS: The Bombers started the 2000 season with an 0-4 mark but did make the playoffs that year. Incorrect information appeared in yesterday's Sun.

Since 1952, the Bombers have made the playoffs in four of nine seasons that they've started with at least three straight losses.


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