Henry Burris’ theory on Redblacks struggles includes Henry Burris

Former Ottawa Redblacks quarterback Henry Burris has his own theory as to why his former team has started the 2017 season 1-5-1 just one year removed from winning the Grey Cup.

The Redblacks have lost players such as receivers Ernest Jackson and Chris Williams, Canadian running back Kienan LaFrance, defensive back Abdul Kanneh… and quarterback Henry Burris, who retired in January.

Of course, it might also be worth pointing out that the Redblacks have lost their six games by a combined 18 points and have had one of the tougher CFL schedules to date (two games against Calgary, one against Edmonton and a stretch that included three contests in 11 days.)

The response from some Redblacks fans …

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37 Comments on Henry Burris’ theory on Redblacks struggles includes Henry Burris

  1. White Horse // August 6, 2017 at 2:55 pm //

    Henry Burris is not the messiah that people think.
    He had a long career in the CFL and had two good seasons equals 2 Cups. Remember he was on some really good Stamps teams and most of the time he was a very average QB. He threw a massive number of interceptions and many were a pick six for the other team. Good thing he retired.

    • And Harris to this point has thrown all of three.

      I was at the cottage when this came out. Of course, there are some who say it will light a fire under the team. I don’t buy that. I don’t think that guys are going to go into the game on Thursday thinking “I’m going to show that Hank Burris what I’m all about!”

      In the meantime, they’re left answering an awkward question because their former leader didn’t have enough sense to keep his opinion to himself, or at least to word it so that it didn’t sound like he was throwing a bunch of people under the bus. Unnecessary distraction. You’d think a leader, who has in the past reacted himself very badly to criticism, would understand that.

  2. White Horse its called the Cowtown choke, to research more ,go to city hall or the Saddledome. It was there before Henry and remains today.

    • No doubt you are a riders fan lol.The usual doormats of the CFL

    • CFLs Best since 1990 // August 8, 2017 at 7:58 pm //

      It’s true, the Stamps have choked quite a lot over the years. The reason for this “appearance,” however, is because – unlike the Eskimos and everyone else – they are always in the running.

      Look it up historically or statistically, if you wish: both will support this claim. In other words, call us chokers all you want, but we’ll always be there competing for the Cup at the end, as we have been for nearly 30 years, with our superior .700 winning percentage. Remember, too, that the CFL game changes with the conditions when games get meaningful, making it a real crapshoot.

      You can only be considered chokers if you are playing meaningful games. I’ll wager we’ve played a lot more of those than you over the past 30 years… but you probably want to dig much further back… am I right?

      • White Horse // August 8, 2017 at 8:53 pm //

        Dave you have a good point. 27 years for me at the stadium and losing many a game to the Eskimos, equates to most Stamp wins on Labour Day though. Let’s talk after this coming LD game.

        • White horse I do believe the Eskimos still have the edge on the Stamps, my point is if the LD game is so important and meaningful than why is it not alternated from Calgary to Edmonton, would this not be an unfair advantage to Calgary. And the game is usually a good one but it counts as 2 points like the rest of them.

          • White Horse // August 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm //

            Dave.. Labour Day is both games. Home and Home. It is tough to compare the Grey Cup winning numbers because the Eskimos have won more for sure. I can only relate since 1990. I believe without consulting Google, that the Stamps have won the Lions share of LD games since. I love the rivalry but also the Wpg/Saskatchewan LD games.

      • Wanna count Grey Cups or does that not fit your theory, go pick your cherries somewhere else buddy

        • White Horse // August 9, 2017 at 8:25 pm //

          Dave…does Katz own the Eskimos or are they still community owned?

          • He owns the Oilers and half of downtown it seems, but the Eskimos are community owned. Katz has talked city hall into a freebies but probably has no interest in the CFL. I would probably move to Calgary if he did. Edmonton does have advantage on LD although it is diminishing especially in the last 10 years

  3. Henry was an inspirational leader and clutch playmaker, just ask him he’ll gladly tell you.
    A lot of things to like about Hank but these kind of comments don’t exactly play well IMO.
    Perhaps he is struggling with retirement and can’t let it go?

  4. rogieshan // August 6, 2017 at 5:19 pm //

    You could add Moton Hopkins and Damaso Munoz to the leadership void in the locker room. Still, it’s not cool for Hank to undermine the team publicly in this manner. How is that going to help Trevor Harris’ confidence? And seriously, even with Hank, the Redblacks was a sub-500 team last year.

  5. eogweotr // August 6, 2017 at 6:11 pm //

    Drew Edwards is too scared to stand up to Kent Austin, so he takes passive agressive shots at Henry Burris instead. Burris could have said something generic like “team just needs time to jell together” and Edwards would have written an article implying that Burris meant the team would already be a winner if he were there instead. Burris comments today is a non-story, and trying to force some selfish meaning when there is none comes off as being on the side of being disreputable.

    • Trouble is … Burris in his own words points to missing leadership and guys who are with other teams.

      Claiming there is a forced selfish meaning requires selective reading.

      • so he is saying Harris is not a leader dont take reading between the lines to see his game

  6. Ottawa Rob // August 6, 2017 at 7:47 pm //

    Maybe Drew should have included Hank’s 3rd tweet regarding the Redblacks….
    “Its going to take time but they’re not far away!! This team will clear the hump and be there when it matters most..”

    • it was his first 2 tweets that are controversial you don’t help your team tweeting that nonsense

      • Ottawa Rob // August 7, 2017 at 12:48 pm //

        But the 3rd tweet adds a layer of context that is missing by just posting the first two.

        Hank is very media and social media savvy. I have no doubt these tweets are not random, unplanned, or uncoordinated and I think that they are very much meant to help the team. We will find out on Thursday.

    • CFLs Best since 1990 // August 8, 2017 at 8:03 pm //

      You’re right, that should have been included, except maybe it didn’t fit the script.

  7. Give it up eogweotr Burris said drew wrote it big deal . And Burris should just shut it and enjoy retirement he always sais a little too much . No class when he played and none now that he is retired .

  8. Southwest cowboy // August 6, 2017 at 8:45 pm //

    Henry loves Henry. Always did always will.

  9. Ok .Folks enough .Regardless, They had a losing season last year. Got hot in playoffs, and did a great job in playoffs and Grey Cup.. They loss their guy that Makes a difference, They loss players to free agency, And so did everyone else. There just not the Grey cup team. There the same as they were last regular season. The east looks weaker, Or i’m I wrong.What do you think will fix it.?

  10. IMAN ICE HORSIE // August 6, 2017 at 9:29 pm //

    If my fans go back and read my comments after the redblacks loss on Friday they will see I say this exact thing about Burris. I was all on him

  11. It really doesn’t matter about their record. With such a weak eastern conference Ottawa’s only problem from being in the Cup will be a cross over western team

  12. Ottawa will be just fine, Burris had his best years of career in Ottawa, am a fan. If Harris was injured I could see a real move to get Burris back, I wonder if his TV gig would allow him a leave of absence if it came to that.

    Coach might not take his tweet as flattering though. Red Blacks are in a 18 game schedule are ahead of Hamilton and just behind Montreal, they could still finish first, have not finished off games but have played well

    Hamilton may finish well with 12 games remaining

    • White Horse // August 9, 2017 at 8:31 pm //

      Checkpoint…sounds very dubious but, I believe either Ticats or Redblacks in Grey Cup 2017 against Stamps…..

  13. OttawaHamiCatsFan // August 7, 2017 at 2:18 pm //

    Considering that the Redblacks were a sub 500 team last season with Burris and their record this season is deceiving I do not think that Burris should be saying anything. The Redblacks could easily be 500 or more on the season as they have been in many close ones.

    To me this is nothing more then Burris being selfish and putting the spot light on him again. The Reblacks lost a bunch of players are in a bit of a transition with the new guys. Reality is though they were nothing special last year but got hot at the right time and won it all. The whole east last year was like that and the Redblacks came out on top. Not taking anything away from them don’t get me wrong. I have no doubts that they will be in the thick of things again this year and to me the biggest surprise on the season is that they are 1-5-1.

  14. Well of course Hank’s theory about the OTTRB’s struggles includes Hank! LOL! 🙂

  15. CFLs Best since 1990 // August 8, 2017 at 8:08 pm //

    People feel the Stamps have a bit of a choker label…

    …Henry was a big part of that. Funny how history can flip the script because of a single game among many. Now he’s a winner, I guess…

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