Winnipeg – Much was expected of the revamped Winnipeg Blue Bomber offence this season but through the first four games the production has not been there. Bombers are 6th in the league in average yards per game, 356, and 8th out of 9 teams in points per game, 20. But, receiver Weston Dressler says he remains confident that the offensive unit is on the right track.
“First off, sometimes people on the outside only the see the game and the result of the game. Obviously we’re not where we want to be right now but inside the locker room we know the type of work that we are putting in and the progress that we are making. Each week we are trying to correct things and be better in certain areas. That keeps us confident in where we’re at and what we’re doing. Obviously we would like to have more wins right now but in the long run there are 14 more games. We just gotta keep fighting, fight through these fourth quarters and find a way to win these close games” said Dressler.
The 31 year old Dressler has only played two full games due to injury and says he is just now starting to feel comfortable in the teams new offence under the direction of Paul lapolice. “I thought last game I started to get into that comfort zone. It’s hard to put into words but it just gets to a point where you’re comfortable with everything, the way the players are being called, breaking the huddle, everything.”
Quarterback Drew Willy has been the object of the fans wrath through the Bombers 1-3 start. Dressler says that’s not fair. “It’s definitely the toughest position to play in all of sports. I think it’s important for Drew to keep trusting in the guys around him and understand and know that we trust in him as well.” Dressler added “It’s hard as a player, because you become friends and form these bonds with guys that you player with, it’s hard to see them take heat when it’s definitely not deserved. We see how hard Drew works, guys in here all day long every day, checking film, calling or texting late at night just on little notes of things he has seen in the film that he wants from us as receivers. We see the work he puts in and it hurts us to see when he takes that heat.”
Willy’s numbers aren’t bad. He has completed 72% of his passes for 1239 yards, 5 touchdowns and 3 interceptions in four games. But that 1-3 record and the lack of point production are hard to ignore. Willy says he hasn’t lost any confidence in his ability. “No, I just need to really hone in on a couple of things that I’m doing in my drops and I think that will all take care of itself this week.”
Bombers host Calgary on Thursday night.