Not much to draw on, Mike

JIM BENDER

, Last Updated: 8:42 AM ET

Hey Mike, let me paint you a picture.

You know how you told us that your players had trouble understanding your "genius" until you started drawing the concepts out on paper?

The type of plays that worked so well when you had a guy named Dunigan taking the snaps -- back in the 1990s?

But then, how do you draw the fact that the man you have anointed as the one to lead the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to the Promised Land is still lost in the wilderness?

Maybe your concepts are wonderful but you still need someone to execute those plans and it is obvious that Stefan LeFors -- a third-stringer with you in Edmonton last season -- just can't get the job done. For whatever reason.

Blame game

Don't blame the receivers.

Don't blame the offensive line.

Don't blame the running backs.

Don't blame your assistant coaches.

Yes, blame yourself but also blame the guy at the controls.

Whether it's that Mickey Mouse glove he wears or if he is still hurting, it is time to re-think who your No. 1 gun will be.

We know you have faith in LeFors and good for you for maintaining that faith to this point. But there comes a time when that faith is not rewarded.

LeFors turned in the worst performance by a quarterback in recent memory in the first half of last night's game against the Toronto Argonauts.

Even T.J. Rubley and Troy Kopp weren't this bad.

He completed seven of 11 passes for a whopping 30 yards and one interception. The Bomber offence had a grand total of ONE first down in the opening 30 minutes.

How do you draw a picture of fans upchucking?

And yes, the fans were upset. They booed the offence every time it went two-and-out and that was almost non-stop.

In fact, the biggest cheers were reserved for when punter Mike Renaud chased two punts downfield and almost recovered them, running over the returner both times.

The fans also booed the team off the field at halftime.

Actually, we believe they were actually booing YOU, Mr. Kelly, and your teacher's pet.

They also cheered when a still-green Bryan Randall started the second half. Randall, I believe, has tremendous upside but he is not ready for prime time.

But worst of all, reading your players' body language, it looks like they have lost confidence in LeFors, not that they would ever say it on the record.

If true, they could soon lose confidence in you.

(By the way, sure looks like the opposition has figured out that "brilliant" draw play on second-and-long; maybe it's time to try something else.)

Back to the QB situation, this was the reason I had suggested the need to keep Kevin Glenn around to at least to help groom LeFors into a starter and to be able to come into the game when he struggles.

Did you see what Glenn did against you last week in just that sort of scenario?

Leaving LeFors in for the entire first half when he could not complete a pass over nine yards was actually unfair to him.

It's like leaving Patrick Roy in net when Montreal was getting bombed. But LeFors is no Roy and this could destroy his confidence.

Maybe it's time to swallow your pride and send for an experienced CFL quarterback who might be available.

Gee, maybe you could even make a trade for Glenn.

And another thing, it is about that tirade that cost your squad back-to-back objectionable conduct penalties, aren't head coaches supposed to teach their players to maintain discipline?

Shouldn't you be leading by example?

Do you plan to fine or suspend yourself?

And how does it feel to be the head coach of the worst team in the CFL?

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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