Winnipeg – Winnipeg Blue Bomber head coach Mike O’Shea changed quarterbacks for the first time all season during the Bombers 33-18 loss to Calgary Thursday night, and then told the 680-cjob post game show that he’s not sure if he will come back with his number 1 signal-caller Drew Willy when the Bombers visit Edmonton next week. Talk about adding fuel to the fire of a brewing quarterback controversy.
It was another perplexing night for Willy. He struggled at times but seemed to find his range in the third quarter as the Bombers clawed their way back from a 20-3 halftime deficit, cutting Calgary’s lead to 20-10 early in the fourth quarter. But, just as quickly as they fought their way back into the game, the Bombers gave it all back when Willy threw a pick-6, Joe Burnett returning an interception 34 yards for a back-breaking touchdown that gave Calgary a 26-10 lead with 9 and a half minutes left. That ended Willy’s night. Enter Matt Nichols, who promptly led the Bombers to their first touchdown of the night. Including a two-point convert, the Bombers were within 8 points with over 7 minutes left. But, as is usual with the Bombers these days, they couldn’t stand prosperity and Winnipeg’s defence gave up a nearly 5 minute, 9 play 77 yard Calgary touchdown drive that salted the game away.
O’Shea cited missed opportunities on the CJOB post game show, and when asked if he would come back with Willy as his quarterback next week, he said it was too early to make a decision on who would be behind center against the Eskimos.
O’Shea has staunchly defended Willy while he struggled during the early stages of the season. But as the losses mount and the pressure builds, O’Shea’s faith in Willy is clearly wavering.
Bombers are now 1-4, they are 0-3 at home, and if these aren’t desperate times, then it’s close. And you know what they say about desperate times. They require desperate measures.