Blue solve one problem ...

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:29 AM ET

First it was a defensive line that couldn't get within two time zones of the quarterback, followed closely by an offensive line that couldn't protect one.

Before too long, either the receivers couldn't catch a cold, the quarterback couldn't throw a fit or the secondary got looser than Britney Spears.

Have you noticed that each time the Blue Bombers address one problem, another crops up?

It's like the football version of The Money Pit. You know, the electrician finishes up, just as the pipes start leaking. The plumber takes care of that, walks out the door and falls through the front step.

If the Bombers were a dike, the siren would be blaring and the town evacuating.

"It's like they're shooting at our canoe, and a hole keeps popping up," the Bombers' Little Dutch Boy, GM Brendan Taman, was saying yesterday. "We just haven't had a consistent, group effort."

Taman has already stuck his finger into a couple of holes this season, most notably the defensive line, patched up with former CFL defensive players of the year Elfrid Payton and Joe Fleming.

Opposing defenders aren't flowing past the Bombers O-line anymore, either, not since the threat of the unemployment line sealed that unit.

Remember when the quarterback was about as accurate as one of those garden hoses set on wide spray? Well, Kevin Glenn seems to have turned the nozzle in the right direction.

It helps, too, that his receivers have stopped fertilizing the artificial turf with dropped balls.

But here we are, 14 games in, and we're back to one of the original problems: a leaky secondary that had slowed to a drip during a three-game win streak in September has been in full gusher mode the last two games, against Montreal and B.C.

At this rate, it's only a matter of time before Glenn goes into the tank or, heaven forbid, Charles Roberts begins to take a powder.

"It's funny -- winning cures everything," Taman said. "The last three weeks, before the two we lost, it was, 'Wow -- who you gonna sit down? We've got too many.' Now, we don't have enough that are good.

"It's just been one of the those years, where you can't get any continuity going ... from every position, for more than two or three games, and then you're back to where you were."

And each time a new problem arises, it costs the Bombers another two points in the standings.

With Glenn and the offence putting up 31 points, even a decent showing by the defence Saturday would have given the Bombers a good shot against the Lions.

Instead, the Bombers DBs played revolving door to B.C.'s receivers. Check that. A revolving door actually provides some resistance.

Yes, inexperience can bite you in the butt, and the Bombers are employing rookies in the secondary. Last time I checked, so was B.C.

All this has created a win-or-else environment as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats visit Friday.

Thanks to the renewal of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the Bombers likely have to win two of three, or maybe all three of their remaining games, just to make the playoffs.

And the way Taman sees it, this lineup belongs in the playoffs.

"I don't think there's a reason not to be," he said. "We control our ticket. If we only win one of those games, we don't deserve to be. The next three games will tell us.

"We're a team that, if we make the playoffs, we can make some noise."

Yeah, but what kind of noise?

They could wind up playing the Lions or Alouettes again, teams that have outscored them by an average 20 points this season.

In which case Bomber fans will be tempted to sound the alarm.

Just before they evacuate.


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