Berry keeps the faith

DEREK JORY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:15 PM ET

Believe it or not, there are positives that came out of Winnipeg's loss to Montreal this past Friday night.

It takes optimism to find them, sure, but they're part of the reason coach Doug Berry didn't sign his crew up for Extreme Makeover, Winnipeg Blue Bombers Edition following the game.

Berry has faith in his team as he continues tinkering with what he can, including the play-calling of the quarterbacks.

Yesterday after practice he stood behind his decision to not only go back to Kevin Glenn at pivot, but also give Glenn the ability to call the shots on offence.

"I think that quarterbacks calling their own game allows them to really call the things that they are most comfortable with and as the game is developing on the field, that they have a better sense of how they're being played, they're seeing it from behind the line of scrimmage rather than from the sidelines or the press box," said Berry.

"I think that we should be able to get the most out of everybody in this aspect, this allows the coaches in the press box and on the sidelines to be able to focus now on how we're being played and to have the communication with the quarterback each time he comes off the field."

Berry said that this change will be on a continuing basis, he isn't about to waiver from it if things don't go exactly according to plan right from the start.

Things have certainly not gone as intended with kicker Alexis Serna, the Californian was supposed to make fans forget all about Winnipeg's kicking woes, instead he's added to them.

In keeping with his tinkering ways, Berry addressed the situation by bringing in former Edmonton Eskimos kicker Warren Kean, but said that Serna "will most likely be the kicker this week."

It was too windy yesterday to get an accurate reading on either kicker as they seemingly audition for the role, one that Kean is hungry for.

"I think it's pretty obvious that there's a need here, I think it's been well covered," said Kean of Winnipeg's kicking conundrums. "As far as that goes I'm just here to do what I do.

"I just try to kick the ball straight and get my punts off, there's still a little bit of acclimatization to be done as far as getting to the snap and the hold and the timing and stuff like that. We're working on that, but I think it's getting better."

In addition to the new-old quarterback returning to run the show and a fresh face kicking the ball alongside Serna, Winnipeg also had some interesting looks on defence yesterday.

Defensive back Kelly Malveaux spent time at safety for a few drills, while DB Stanford Samuels tried his hand at corner, although there was no indication from Berry what the moves meant.

Berry's tinkering will surely continue leading up to Winnipeg's game on Thursday night against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, but that's a good thing because the old idiom "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," doesn't apply to the Blue Bombers right now.

RECEIVERS INJURY UPDATE: Receiver Terrence Edwards, who missed last week's game with bruised ribs, practised yesterday for the first time since facing the Toronto Argonauts two weeks ago.

Berry said he'll be looking for a little bit more out of Edwards today, but hopefully he'll have him as an option against Hamilton.

Milt Stegall took part in a few drills yesterday and looked good doing so. He's showing no signs of injury, yet coach said Stegall is still experiencing some soreness.

Derick Armstrong and Kerry Johnson did not practice yesterday, they're both also a little sore.

Surprisingly Berry was optimistic about the return of all four receivers within the next day or two.

"We have a nicked up receiver corps, but I think that there's a very strong possibility that probably all of them could be ready by the end of (today)."


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