Winnipeg – Winnipeg Blue Bomber head coach Mike O’Shea had softened his stance when the club returned to the practice field Monday, saying he was still disappointed in their performance in a 36-22 loss in Calgary Friday, but also still believes the team is better than it has shown in losing its first two games.
Immediately after the game, Oshea said he was frustrated and disappointed and that the team played “garbage” football for two of Friday’s four quarters. Today, O’Shea wasn’t quite so critical.
“Getting together with the team, having your regular team meeting and film review, and getting out there at practice, it certainly makes the day brighter. And there is no time to really lament it, you have to move on to the next opponent, you can’t carry it too long with you. And as you see the film, it’s the old cliche, it’s never as good or as bad as you thought it was” said the third year Bomber head coach.
O’Shea added “There was a stretch there where I thought we tackled poorly but when you get to look at it closer, there are a lot of bright spots that quickly allow you to be positive again. I am a positive, optimistic person so when you see those clips it’s good.”
And, Oshea added “There were a lot of good things in the game, just not enough of them. I still believe in this team, it’s a good football team and most importantly the players believe they’ve got a good football team in that locker room. That’s a great start and we will figure out a way to get that team working and get the wins on the board.”
Bombers will have receiver Weston Dressler back in their lineup for Thursdays game in Hamilton after he missed the Calgary game with a suspected concussion.
And prior to Monday’s practice, the Winnipeg Football Club brought in 3 Canadian players- all with CFL experience. Former Montreal Alouette Fullback & Defensive Lineman James Tuck has been added to the active roster. while Linebacker Herve Tonye-Tonye and Offensive lineman T-Dre Player have also been signed to the practice roster. Tonye-Tonye has spent the past 4 seasons with Toronto and Player suited up for 18 games with BC the past two seasons.