Burke making it work in 'Peg

IAN BUSBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

WINNIPEG — Just two weeks in, Tim Burke is looking like a genius.

Of course, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive co-ordinator will remind you it’s just two games.

Through two weeks of the 2011 CFL season, the Bombers are undefeated and look like powerhouses defensively.

They lead the league in sacks, turnovers created and yards allowed under their new boss.

“We had two good weeks,” said Burke, the former defensive co-ordinator of both the Montreal Alouettes and the Calgary Stampeders.

“We have talented guys on defence. They are still learning the system. They are still learning how to practice and be professionals.

“Last year, it was a young unit, and there were a lot of first-time starters. This year, there is a lot more second-year guys, and that’s paying off a little bit.”

Clearly, the Bombers get their biggest test yet Thursday night when they face the Stampeders.

Burke has had mixed success against Henry Burris & Co. in the past. In 2008, the Stamps owned the Alouettes three times, including in the Grey Cup victory.

Since then, Burke’s defences have done reasonably well, but the key is getting in the quarterback’s face.

The Bombers do that better than anyone in the CFL these days with sack leaders Odell Willis and Doug Brown.

“It will be an interesting test to see if our four-man rush can beat the their offensive line,” Burke said of a defensive line successful so far this season in pressuring opposition quarterbacks.

“The best-case scenario is getting pressure with a four-man rush. Then, you can actually play (pass) coverage. When you blitz, it’s feast or famine. If you don’t have to blitz, it’s that much easier.”

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