Fraser Caldwell | Ticats.ca Staff
- With files from CFL.ca Staff
HAMILTON -- Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Henry Burris doesn't have all of the answers but he states that the keys to getting more production against the Edmonton Eskimos this weekend at home is consistency, leadership and a sense of urgency
Burris reminded the gathered media on Tuesday that his team remains the highest scoring outfit in the CFL as Week 12 gets underway.
“We’re still the leading team in scoring in this league, but we’ve got to do it more consistently,” said the quarterback. "We’d probably be scoring even more points if we did it that way."
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“But we’re our own worst enemies. We know what other teams are going to do, what they’re going to throw at us. But the bottom line for us is that we’ve just got to make sure that we finish drives off."
“We came away with nine points on our first three drives [in Toronto] and we should have had at least 14 or 17 points. The scenarios are there and they’re not hard to see. But we’ve got to clean those things up right now, and we have the people to do it.”
The Ticats pivot argued that there is no shortage of leadership within the Tiger-Cats’ locker room, and that the duty of he and his fellow players is simply to carry out their assignments to the best of their ability.
“Each and every guy understands his responsibility as a player,” said the quarterback. “Right now, we’ve just got to do our jobs. That’s something we’ve voiced as leaders for this team."
“We have a great week of practice and then get into games and make mistakes and don’t show it. Guys are definitely speaking up and getting after people, letting them know how important their job is.”
Burris suggested that the Ticats must overcome the emotion of the game to play their parts with clear heads and proper technique.
“Sometimes guys get caught up, whether its emotional excitement to play a game or trying to get a half step lead on a guy,” said the quarterback. “Sometimes when guys get beat on a play, they want to make sure that they don’t make that same mistake.”
Asked whether the Ticats are feeling desperate of late, Burris contended that urgency should be a constant part of any player’s approach.
“What is desperation,” asked Burris hypothetically. “The thing I always say is that regardless of whether you just lost a game or won a game, you have to come out and play as if it’s your last snap – like it’s the most important thing ever. If you don’t play the game that way, you won’t be successful."
“Have we made mistakes? Yes, that’s why our record is what it is. Have we made plays? Yes, but we need a whole lot more of those. It starts with me doing it and setting an example for my guys.”
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