WINNIPEG -- A halftime coaching decision may have spelled the difference between winning and losing for the B.C. Lions in Saturday's game against Winnipeg.
The Lions coaches decided to give quarterback Travis Lulay more freedom in the second half because head coach/GM Wally Buono admitted that they had designed plays for him not to lose rather than go after the victory.
A little advice from veteran receiver Geroy Simon also helped.
"I just told him (Lulay) to not worry about making mistakes," Simon told the Vancouver Province. "We're past that. We're going to make mistakes. And we're not going to make every play for him as receivers. After a while, you've just got to say, 'Forget it,' react and trust us."
Simon, by the way, aggravated a shoulder separation but still made two clutch grabs in the drive that led to the winning field goal in the 16-14 win over the Blue Bombers.
But it seems like no one has taken Bomber quarterback Steven Jyles aside and told him to relax and let loose.
"They made some plays," said Bomber defensive back Jovon Johnson, who was victimized by Simon on that last drive. "Their quarterback definitely made some throws, and when he's scrambling around like that, you've gotta keep him in the pocket. He did a good job of getting out of the pocket and having us chase him around. He managed the game with his feet.
"You've gotta give them all the credit in the world because they came out and earned it in the last couple minutes of the game ... We came out and played flat. They made plays and we didn't."
QB PLAN?: The Bombers will return to practice on Wednesday, one day earlier than originally planned, leading to further speculation that the Bombers do indeed plan to start Alex Brink at quarterback instead of Jyles when Winnipeg plays host to the Lions in a re-match on Thanksgiving Monday.
MILESTONE: With 108 yards on four catches versus B.C., veteran Bomber slot-back Terrence Edwards went over the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in his career.
"It's bittersweet," he said. "It's a goal that every receiver has, but I just wish some of the numbers I've put up would have contributed to more wins."
GOOD TIME?: Bomber DB Jonathan Hefney was mainly used on special teams and as a dime back in Vancouver in his first game back after his failed NFL sojourn.
"It was a little weird, but I had a good time," Hefney said. "Hopefully, we can get in there and do something next week, maybe a little bit more plays."
TOUGH KICKER: Lions PK Paul McCallum kicked the winning field goal despite pulling a hamstring earlier in the match. Trainers wrapped his leg so tightly, "I thought I had third-degree burns," he told Vancouver reporters.
McCallum still plans to play Monday.
NEW BLOOD: The Bombers are planning to bring more bodies in as practice rosters are allowed to expand by five players this week, but head coach Paul LaPolice does not believe any of them will provide immediate help.
TOP PL AYERS: Calgary QB Henry Burris was a unanimous selection as the CFL's offensive player of the week. Edmonton LB Rod Davis (defensive), Toronto KR Chad Owens (special teams) and Saskatchewan WR Andy Fantuz (Canadian) were the other choices.