Trade blurs memory of loss

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

The Trade has overshadowed that mauling the Blue Bombers suffered in Montreal last Saturday.

The Alouettes raced to a 42-10 halftime lead, then cruised to a 47-25 victory over Winnipeg, the worst performance the Bombers have given since Jim Daley took over as head coach.

DOES NOT SIT WELL

After the match, the Bombers dealt quarterback Khari Jones, fullback Randy Bowles and a draft pick to Calgary for defensive lineman Joe Fleming, safety Wes Lysack and fullback Scott Regimbald. And the aftermath of that blockbuster has buried the memory of that blowout. But it still does not sit well with Daley as he prepared his troops to play the Lions in B.C. on Saturday.

"The play in the first half, specifically in the second quarter, was a major negative step," he said. "We were a disaster as a team in the second quarter."

What was most disturbing was the play of the secondary that had been improving so steadily. It allowed Montreal quarterback Anthony Calvillo to complete 18 of 22 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns.

"Certainly it was disappointing," Daley said. "Anthony Calvillo ran a clinic. We made some adjustments at halftime and I thought our guys really played much more effectively in the second half. I think it was 15-5 for us in the second half and that was a tribute to the guys not going into the tank."

But the Bomber pass defenders will have to face possibly an even better corps of receivers in B.C.

"They've got one of the two best receivers in the league (Geroy Simon)," said Bomber defensive back Ricky Bell. "And (Lion quarterback Casey) Printers is staking his claim as one of the top quarterbacks. So, we're going to have our work cut out for us.

MORE PHYSICAL

"It will be a tough ordeal. I think we just have to be a little bit more in tune, a little more physical this week than we were last week. But we've just got to put that last week behind us and go forward."

The key will be trying to keep Printers in the pocket and Simon contained, he added.

Daley, at least, was encouraged by the secondary's adjustments after the half-time break in Montreal.

"There's no question that B.C. and Montreal both have tremendous passing games and I certainly was concerned, especially in the first half against Montreal," Daley said. "The second half, there was a tremendous difference in our efficiency in pass defence compared to the first half. We just came out as a team and played better, and the coverage was much better."

TROUBLE SPOT

Of course, The Trade did land a true safety (Lysack).

The secondary was not the only trouble spot. The Winnipeg offensive line surrendered five sacks and the Bomber quarterbacks were under siege throughout.

"There was very little assignment confusion in terms of protections or the concept of how we were playing," Daley said. "Our execution and our technique need a lot of work. Montreal just beat us. We got beat by a good football team, now we have to get better. I'd rather have to improve the technique than to clarify confusion."

And Bell assured that the Bombers will rebound.

"We'll be OK, man," he said. "We're not happy that we lost. We're going to come back and fight. If we're going to make a playoff run, the time is now."


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