Buck, Burke struggle in Bombers opener

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce takes a break during play against the Montreal...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce takes a break during play against the Montreal Alouettes in CFL football in Winnipeg, Man. Thursday June 27, 2013. BRIAN DONOGH/WINNIPEG SUN/QMI AGENCY

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:01 PM ET

 

In the CFL you need a good quarterback and you need a good head coach.

Neither were very good in the Blue Bombers' season-opening, 38-33 loss at home to Montreal, Thursday.

Pierce blew too many throws, while Burke blew a critical call in the fourth quarter.

I'll start with Pierce, who was off the mark on his first pass and his last, both interceptions, and too many in between, not the kind of quarterbacking this team needs to make the playoffs, never mind end its Grey Cup famine.

"He was rushing his reads more than anything else," Burke said right after the game. "If he'd have let the play develop we had guys wide open. The thing with Buck is, the first game he plays... he's going to be so gunned up, his adrenaline's going so hard he just speeds up his reads. He's not patient enough."

After a sleepless night to turn the game over and over in his mind, Burke didn't ease up.

 


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