Winnipeg – Winnipeg Blue Bomber head coach Mike O’Shea didn’t try to sugar coat his clubs dismal performance in Friday’s 36-22 loss in Calgary. Making his regular appearance on 680-CJOB’s post game show, O’Shea said “we just didn’t play football in quarters two and three, we gave up 200 yards rushing, we didn’t tackle, we dropped balls, two quarters where our play was embarassing. We talked about how they need to tackle at half-time, then we come out and let them romp for 77 yards on a run play. We just gotta keep on coaching them, trust me, when they see this film, they are going to be embarassed.” O’Shea added “the defence was out there too long, which doesn’t help. Some of our problems on offence were self-inflicted. We messed up at the end of the first half running out the clock when we could have kicked a field goal.” O’Shea closed his comments with this “I’m disappointed and I’m frustrated. Football is about running and hitting on every single play and catching the ball. We gotta figure out a way to get them to run and hit and catch and run and block, all the stuff that you do when you play football.”
The Bombers rolled up a pile of yards in the fourth quarter AFTER the Stamps had built up a 36-7 lead and had understandably relaxed on defence. The Winnipeg offence did the same thing in the season opener against Montreal. They were life and death to make a first down when it mattered, but when the opposition had lost some defensive intensity, Drew Willy and company went to town. The Bombers finished with 28 first downs against the Stampeders and if ever there was a misleading statistic, that was it. Here’s the more telling stat. In their first two games, the Bombers have scored a grand total of 11 points in the first three quarters of those games.
Special teams were okay but the Bombers were just plain bad on offence and defence. This team should be better than it was last year–but it’s not. Not so far anyway. Answers need to come quickly because O’Shea’s gang has to play in Hamilton next Thursday before coming home for back to back games against the Eskimos and Stampeders.