Bombers' Simpson stoked with nervous energy

Winnipeg Blue Bombers RB Chad Simpson cuts back to the middle during first quarter CFL action...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers RB Chad Simpson cuts back to the middle during first quarter CFL action against the Montreal Alouettes in Winnipeg on Thurs., June 27, 2013. KEVIN KING/Winnipeg Sun/QMI Agency

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

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He began the night engaged in a stare-down with Montreal's Kyries Hebert during the coin toss at centre field.

He ended it just as wired, sitting almost alone in the Blue Bomber locker-room, his right leg bouncing up and down like a jackhammer.

Long after the rest of the media horde and the TV cameras had disappeared, I sat down with running back Chad Simpson at his locker, and the man who might be the most important to the Bomber offence this season, next to quarterback Buck Pierce, was still stoked with nervous energy.

It looked like he could start another game, right then and there.

One of the questions I've heard most since the 38-33 loss: why didn't the Bombers run the ball more?

Winnipeg's nominee for the Most Outstanding Player Award last season, Simpson ran just nine times for 35 yards, and caught three passes for 18 more.

That's maybe half the number of times I'd want him getting the ball every game.

 


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