Pivotal moments

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:51 AM ET

"Moments" are not usually enough to win games.

But they were probably the kindest words he could come up with as Winnipeg head coach Jim Daley assessed the work of his three quarterbacks shortly after the Blue Bombers settled for a 20-20 tie in a CFL pre-season game against the Eskimos in Edmonton on Friday.

"I thought all three had their moments," Daley said.

Kevin Glenn started and completed five of nine passes for 65 yards, with one interception.

"This is going to sound funny but, early in the game, I thought our whole team was off their game because they were adjusting to (natural) grass," Daley said. "We slipped around a bit."

BOBBLED BALLS

And there were bobbled balls, an old habit that Bomber receivers still can't shake.

"We had good operation by Kevin but we had too many dropped balls while he was in there, and that ended drives," Daley said. "We addressed it at halftime, saying that our offence cannot sustain drives if you drop the ball."

Glenn, however, refused to blame any miscues on the conditions.

"It did feel a little different playing on grass," he said. "But, at the same time, it was still football. It was wet grass but that's Mother Nature. They don't cancel the games because of wet grass.

"It was all right for our first pre-season game. We did some things well and some things bad that we need to work on. We just have to get more consistent on offence. But I felt good. Once we get more consistent on offence, we'll be a lot better."

All three quarterbacks were hampered by the fact that tailback Charles Roberts was left at home and his replacement, Jarrett Smith, suffered a shoulder injury during the match.

Spergon Wynn went 7-of-13 for 58 yards, with one pick, and engineered Winnipeg's first touchdown drive. Russ Michna, after a slow start, completed four of eight passes for 91 yards, including a 35-yard TD toss to wide receiver Dimitrius Breedlove. Michna also scampered for 18 yards and did not throw a pick.

"When Spergon came in, he marched the ball, got some points and took a couple of sacks," Daley said. "He looked good and he threw the ball well. And we seemed to catch the ball a little bit better at that point.

"By the fourth quarter, we were catching the ball well. Russ Michna came in and drove us for points. The difference in their production was the number of dropped passes early in the game."

Winnipeg's other quarterback, Tee Martin, stayed behind to nurse a sore knee. Daley expects to get an update on that injury by tomorrow and hopes Martin can play in a re-match versus Edmonton at Canad Inns Stadium on Thursday.

Despite the dropped balls, none of the Bomber pivots really had observers salivating over their potential Friday. Daley, however, believes their time will come.

"They have less experience probably than that of quarterbacks on other western teams, which are very well-established," he said. "But our guys are very good quarterbacks. We have a good foundation at that position to build a very competitive team. They're just not as well-known and haven't played quite as many years as the quarterbacks on other teams in the West. We are very comfortable with our quarterbacks, and very, very confident."


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