Winnipeg – Winnipeg Blue Bomber offensive line coach Bob Wylie went on the offensive today when questioned at a post practice media scrum about all the sacks the Bombers have given up the last two years. The Bombers gave up a league leading 71 sacks in 2014 and had the second highest total last year with 59. But Wylie vigorously defended his group when asked about the 59 sacks in 2015.
“We let up 59 sacks! Are you sure it was us, we let up every sack? Are you positive with that shit? No, we let up every sack, is that right? We are a part of it, but of the 71 sacks the club allowed two years ago, the offensive line game up 27” said Wylie.
He added “I’m not concerned about our offensive line at all. Because you guys don’t see the film the way we see it. The problem with the offensive line is everybody is involved in the sacks. We are going to get hammered for it and that’s part of the deal. We understand that. But everybody gets the sacks. We have to block our guy, the quarterback has to throw it the right depth, receivers have to run the right routes, backs have to block the right guys, so everybody is involved in the thing. But when it comes right down to it, the offensive line coach is going to get blamed for all the sacks.”
Wylie added that, through training camp and the first two pre-season games, the Bomber offensive line is playing at a higher level than they did last year and he is confident that the talent brought in by the scouts will result in a solid offensive line in front of Drew Willy.
Before Wylie sparred with the media, the Bombers cut 6 American players, including holdovers Nate Collins and Kevin Cone. They also put Jeff Keeping, Addison Richards and Kyle Knox on the 6-game injured list with head coach Mike O’Shea saying he didn’t expect any of the three to return early. Keeping has a knee injury, Richards a broken hand while Knox’s injury is described only as a lower body injury.
O’Shea also said he is confident slotback Weston Dressler will be ready for the regular season opener June 24th vs Montreal. Dressler has been sidelined with an undisclosed injury. And O’Shea is hopeful cornerback Johnny Adams will be ready vs the Als. Adams has missed most of camp due to injury. Bombers will make their final cuts on the weekend.