WINNIPEG - It sounded like it had been building up in Terrence Edwards for a while and needed to get out.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers slotback is none too pleased about the criticism heís been receiving lately on Internet message boards and in the media. He doesnít actually see the questioning of his game, but his family does.
ďMy parents kind of read it and tell me,Ē a fired up Edwards said Wednesday after practice. ďI donít really get on it too much, but my parents Ö Itís more my family that calls and says something to me.
ďIt bothers players.Ē
Edwards is nursing a hamstring pull that has been bothering him for most of the season and has limited his practice time. He didnít complete a full practice this week but will play on Friday when the Bombers (8-5) visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (7-6) in a critical East Division tilt.
Edwards has fumbled at critical times in the last two games, which bothers him to no end, but he still leads the Bombers with 858 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. He would therefore love to know why some think he should take a seat.
ďIím sixth in receiving (in the CFL), Iím second in touchdowns, Iím second in yards per catch, and people still say stuff and my parents have to read it and brothers and all that,Ē Edwards said, obviously sporting a bee in his bonnet. ďPeople at home are like, ĎWhat are you not doing?í
ďPeople who care and understand inside the (Bomber) building know Iím doing everything that they ask me to do. People on the outside who only see what they want to see and sit behind a keyboard and write about it, donít know.Ē
Edwards was just getting warmed up.
ďIíve been very happy with my season. Thatís the only thing that bugs me, is those two fumbles that I had. If you ask the coaches, if you ask everybody else, this is one of my best seasons. Probably not statistically, but I graded out at over 90% every game besides two this year. If you grade out over 90%, thatís passing.
ďI get people lined up during the game. I do all the things that a leader and a captain is supposed to. Iím not tooting my own horn, but Iíll give you one example.Ē
Edwards went on to say he was the one who corrected an alignment mistake just before Fred Reid ran for his 47-yard touchdown in Montreal on Sept. 18.
ďIf I didnít have the wisdom and the knowledge to do that, Fredís touchdown would have been called back,Ē Edwards said.
Head coach Paul LaPolice obviously wants Edwards to stop fumbling, but he has nothing but respect for the 32-year-old out of the University of Georgia.
ďHeís one of our best, most steady players since Iíve been here,Ē LaPolice said. ďSo heís just gotta play better.Ē