With the Ottawa Redblacks (1-8) last in the overall standings, these are indeed tough times for the veteran quarterback. The club has lost six straight games and continues to look like an expansion franchise striving to find its identity.
And the situation doesn't get any easier Friday night as Ottawa hosts the BC Lions (5-4) at TD Place.
"This is definitely a new experience for me, but I think the most frustrating part, regardless of what the situation is, is the recurring mistakes we've had, especially in the penalties and mental mistakes we're making," said Burris. "I feel for the most part offensively we're one of the top teams taking care of the football.
"We're doing a good job in the turnover category, but the thing is when you're not executing the same plays that we've been running since Day 1 and we're having penalty issues, that's where the frustration comes for me. It's self-inflicted as far as pain that you're causing yourself."
Ottawa leads the CFL in penalties with 113 for 966 yards, an average of 12.6 penalties for 107.3 yards per game.
Discipline has been a recurring theme this year for Ottawa, with players and coaches saying weekly that better on-field choices must be made. But it's obvious the message isn't getting through.
As a team leader, Burris talks to his teammates on the importance of making better choices and expects accountability.
Burris believes it all starts in practice, saying players can't be sloppy in their preparation, then expect to execute better later because it's a game situation. He believes it comes down to developing good habits on a daily basis.
"We're trying to nip it in the bud as players because at the end of the day it's probably lost us a number of games that we've been in," said Burris. "Offensively we've had numerous penalties that have brought back big plays and defensively it has extended drives.
"The thing is we can't have those mistakes as a young team trying to get over that hurdle. Learning how to win consistently doing it the right way is the only way it's going to become possible."
Ottawa's offence has done the most damage with 43 penalties.
The Redblacks had 16 penalties for 123 yards in last week's 20-10 loss to the Montreal Alouettes. That prompted head coach Rick Campbell to tell the team's radio broadcast that "players have to choose to be a professional football player and not have the moment be too big for you or too emotional and that's what it is. We've got to coach guys better and that starts with me and I'll do a better job."
On Thursday, Campbell said he probably should've chosen his words more carefully but added individuals can't allow themselves to get caught up in the moment.
"Football is an emotional game, there's a lot of battles going on out there on the field," Campbell said. "You just have to make sure in the heat of the moment you're not costing the team anything by letting your emotions get the best of you."
Some teams fine players for taking bad penalties but that's not something Campbell wants to do.
"If you're a consistent, repeat offender we're going to have play with someone else because we need to be productive and stay positive," said Campbell. "We keep track of who's taking the penalties and why and what.
"Obviously we need to be better at it because we can't play with repeat offenders. It's hard to win games that way."
More points would help from an offence averaging a league-low 15.1 per game. Burris hasn't scored a TD at home this season and it was the defence that scored Ottawa's last touchdown at TD Place on an interception.
"We've had plenty of opportunities to have some but we just haven't finished plays off and that's been rather frustrating," said Burris. "I've told people I'm embarrassed because nobody fears us as an offence.
"I want us to be an offence people fear. That's the only way I can think."
Burris has completed just 58.7 per cent of his passes this year, well down from the 65.8 completion percentage he had last year with Hamilton. Although he's with a spanking new franchise, Burris is much too proud to be satisfied with his current production.
"Right now until we go out and show on a consistent basis that we can execute nobody's going to fear us," he said. "I've challenged our guys to that.
"We need to put some plays together and get these fans going because not to have touchdowns to me is rather embarrassing."
Friday's game marks the return of quarterback Kevin Glenn, who Ottawa secured in the CFL expansion draft from Calgary. But Glenn asked to be traded after the Redblacks signed Burris as a free agent, a wish they granted when they sent him to B.C. during the league's draft.
But Travis Lulay will make his first start of the season for the Lions.
NOTES: Ottawa defensive lineman Keith Shologan won't play Friday while offensive lineman J'Michael Deane is questionable. Alex Krausnick will start at centre and Jon Gott will shift to left guard. Offensive lineman Matt Albright could also be available. Brandyn Thompson will replace Reggie Jones in the secondary. Defensive lineman Kalonji Kashama will make his Ottawa debut on special teams.