Andrew Harris is holding court docket with the media – a standard scene on the times main as much as a Winnipeg Blue Bombers recreation – and preaching about consideration to element and limiting errors, each psychological and bodily.
It’s a well-recognized chorus, however an particularly vital one at the moment of the 12 months because the Bombers are working out of runway to get some raise earlier than the Gray Cup derby opens.
Sure, to construct on a phrase in style within the Bombers locker room, Friday’s common season finale in opposition to the Calgary Stampeders at IG Subject isn’t only a huge recreation as a result of it’s the following recreation, it’s a giant recreation as a result of this crew additionally must get its ‘stuff’ collectively earlier than the West Division Semi-Last.
And heading into the ultimate common season recreation on a 1-Four run of their final 5 video games hardly screams out peaking on the proper time.
“We’re close to the tip now and we’ve bought to repair it now,” mentioned Harris after observe on Wednesday. “We’ve bought to place our greatest foot ahead going into the playoffs. That is the final recreation to get it proper. You don’t need to be attempting to determine issues out once you’re within the playoffs and enjoying within the recreation. That is our greatest alternative to attempt to get that proper.”
The Bombers nonetheless have an outdoor shot at enjoying host to the West Division Semi-Last in two weeks, however it’s going to take a win Friday evening in opposition to the Stamps after which some assist every week after once they take pleasure in a bye. A Stampeders loss Friday after which once more of their finale every week later in opposition to the B.C. Lions would lead the 2 groups tied at 11-7, however with the Bombers holding the tiebreaker 2-1.
However at dwelling or on the highway within the playoffs, the Bombers should discover some magic once more heading into November and in a season during which they busted out of the beginning blocks 5-Zero and had been 9-Three on the two-third mark of the season.
“For probably the most half the veterans and the younger guys do perceive that we do have the troopers to get this executed,” mentioned Harris. “We’ve simply had some mishaps right here and there.
“It simply comes all the way down to – and I’ve been preaching this – the little particulars and ending video games. We all know that we will get it executed, it’s only a matter of really getting it executed and doing it. It’s going to take each man within the locker room to lock in, focus up and simply play with that sure perspective, a sure consideration to element to have the ability to end it out.
“It’s a must-win for us, particularly going right into a bye week you need to empty the tank and actually put our greatest foot ahead and play a really bodily model of soccer and execute at a excessive stage.”
The Bombers accomplished their ultimate full observe Wednesday in preparation for this week’s dwelling recreation in opposition to the Stampeders behind closed doorways. Listed here are a number of the notes and quotes from the day’s media availability on this week’s 48-Hour Primer…
CLOSE TO THE VEST:
Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea knew the questions concerning the membership’s quarterback scenario had been coming, what with Zach Collaros taking all of the reps Tuesday, however Wednesday’s session closed. And so he started his session with the media with this earlier than a query might even be requested:
“Pay attention, I respect that that is going to make your job harder, however Day Three and a closed observe and given the time of 12 months and the scenario, I’m not going to disclose any roster data at the moment.”
OH SO CLOSE:
Andrew Harris has an honest lead atop the CFL’s dashing chart, even when the Bombers have only one recreation left and all however the B.C. Lions have two remaining. Harris is at 1,316 yards, 313 greater than Montreal’s William Stanback and 319 yards greater than each Edmonton’s C.J. Gable and William Powell of Saskatchewan. Harris can be turn out to be the primary working again in Bombers historical past to win three straight dashing crowns.
“That’d be nice,” mentioned Harris. “It will be good to perform that. I’m only a product of my surroundings and the fellows I’m round… nice coaches, nice O-linemen, nice teammates and a tough work ethic. It’s been one thing I wish to get executed, however I’m nonetheless trying ahead to attending to the playoffs.”
Harris wants 75 yards to eclipse final 12 months’s complete of 1,390 yards dashing – his profession finest.
“It’s the arrogance within the offensive coordinator has in eager to do it, simply the hassle and physicality that we play with and the enjoyment we get out of dashing the soccer,” he mentioned. “These five-six guys up entrance actually like to pound the ball, working with that sure vitality and energy. We like to dominate the road of scrimmage once we get a chance. It’s actually a mindset and an perspective and positively one thing all of us take delight in. Whenever you’re in a position to combine the ball round so nicely with so many alternative guys carrying the soccer that throws groups off. It’s not only one man, it’s not simply myself. There’s a whole lot of different guys contributing to it as nicely.”
“There’s an important stage of vitality in right here proper now. The vibe is de facto good. All the fellows are excited, the observe was actually good at the moment and guys had been flying round. You actually really feel like individuals are meshing collectively. It’s only a good time to get on the market and get every part proper.
“We’re already really feel like we’re in playoff mode. Persons are positively stepping their recreation up with each recreation. It’s an excellent time to essentially hit it working.” – Bombers cornerback Chandler Fenner.