September 8, 2012
Burke gives Bombers positional makeover
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defence will have a decidedly different look on Sunday afternoon.
Blue Bombers interim head coach Tim Burke believes the subtle change — moving reigning CFL defensive player of the year Jovon Johnson from corner to SAM linebacker, while Brandon Stewart moves back into the secondary — will have a positive effect.
“It gives us a really good cover guy inside,” said Burke. “Brandon Stewart is a very good field corner, and sometimes when you move guys inside, they come from both directions and it happens really fast, and Jovon is just better made for that. He’s such an instinctive player and he reacts extremely fast. He’s better at that position, because things are flying at you.
“Stew is more of a guy who’s better on the edge, where all the action is coming from one direction, and Jovon’s a better player inside because he can handle all that coming from every which way.”
Johnson welcomed the switch with open arms.
“In this league, a linebacker is a converted defensive back, so it’s not that much of a difference for me,” said Johnson. “I played the nickel in college and I know how to play inside, do zone drops and play man-to-man. It’s part of the business and I’m more than willing to do what I need to do.”
Stewart is fine with the switch.
“I played corner last year and I had a good season,” said Stewart. “I made the position change (to linebacker) and I was trying to help my team but I’m back at corner now. I’m comfortable and I’m happy.”