by Staff Writer – Jason Langvee
With the most anticipated game of the 2014 season set to hit the field tonight in Winnipeg, we wanted to know how some of our players were feeling about the season that has led to their respective 3-0 starts. Glenn January of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Matt Nichols of the Edmonton Eskimos were kind enough to take some time out of their game preparation to answer a couple of questions:
Although it is still early in the season, there are only 3 teams that remain undefeated, only 2 of which that have played all 3 games. What do you think you and your team have done early that has resulted in your success?
Glenn: “The first thing that comes to mind is the hard work we have put in as a team to ensure that we are as prepared as possible for our competition. We have a great group of guys who are afraid to let their teammates down by not being completely prepared for game day.”
What do you and your teammates plan on doing to ensure that this early success remains consistent for the remaining regular season?
Matt: “We just look at the week at hand. Don’t look too far into the future, and continue to attack each week the same way. We have had some adversity already and showed that we have a very resilient team.”
Glenn: “We need to make sure that regardless of record or opponent our routine remains consistent. The season in the CFL is extremely long and if you allow your mind to wonder you are setting yourself up for failure.”
What have you done personally to remain at the top of your game, and contribute to a winning season?
Glenn: “Over the course of my career I have picked up small tricks of the trade from players I hold in high regard. I have been very fortunate to have played with some of the best players in the CFL over the last eight years. I also try to make sure that I do everything possible to help my club be successful. We have a good thing going here in Winnipeg and I’m excited to see what the future holds for us.”
Matt: “I just get ready for each week as if I’m the starter. You never know when your number will be called, so always prepare the right way. I spend a lot of time helping receivers at practice and watching film with Mike. We see the game the same way, and I just try to communicate anything I’m seeing to help this team be better.”
Both teams are looking to maintain a perfect record as they vie for a fourth consecutive win. One team will fall, but based on what Matt and Glenn elucidated, neither team is taking the other for granted. Expect a great game tonight at 8:30PM EST!
All of the best in tonight’s game gentlemen!