Not-so-special start for Bombers' Dickenson

Winnipeg Blue Bombers special teams co-ordinator Craig Dickenson (r) directs defensive end Zach...

Winnipeg Blue Bombers special teams co-ordinator Craig Dickenson (r) directs defensive end Zach Anderson CFL football practice in Winnipeg, Man. Tuesday July 02, 2013.

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:51 PM ET

Craig Dickenson had one of those moments on Thursday night that he doesn’t have to deal with very often.

Yes, the Bombers special teams co-ordinator had to watch in anguish as Alouettes kick returner Tyron Carrier carried a Mike Renaud punt all the way back to the house to make it 14-0 less than five minutes into the season-opener.

The reason it was such a rare moment is because Dickenson said it was just the second time in his seven CFL years as a special teams boss that one of his punt cover units gave up a touchdown.

“We’re still learning,” Dickenson said Tuesday as the Bombers concluded on-field preparations for Thursday’s rematch in Montreal. “The regular season games come so fast that you still feel like you’re trying to get your guys up to speed with your base stuff. We didn’t play a lot of starters in the pre-season, so that was kind of trial by fire and we got burned.

“We weren’t in good position across the board. There were maybe one or two guys tha


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