Bombers stay course

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:38 AM ET

Kamau Peterson didn't get much sleep Thursday night.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers receiver was still reeling from his drive-killing dropped pass late in the fourth quarter of their 21-15 loss to the Calgary Stampeders.

"I'm on like two hours," said a groggy Peterson, who went to Canad Inns Stadium at 8:30 a.m. and ran himself ragged. "I just keep looking for the rewind button."

Peterson wasn't the only one on Maroons Road yesterday with a glazed look in the wake of Winnipeg's third straight loss to start the season.

The grim look on Jim Daley's face, however, didn't reflect his thoughts. The head coach maintained his team showed improvement, and calls for another signal caller to lead the struggling offence are going to fall on deaf ears.

Since Kevin Glenn's high ankle sprain will keep him out at least another week, the coach said quarterback Tee Martin will start Friday night in Edmonton against the Eskimos and will be better than he was against the Stamps.

SAME LEARNING CURVE

"When Kevin was starting, people were asking the same question about Tee," Daley said. "A veteran quarterback who hasn't been at camp goes through the same learning curve right now as the other new players we're bringing in at other positions.

"You can't keep changing players, and quarterbacks especially, every week. Our urge is to try to finalize a roster and let them play together."

The offensive line actually had three changes Thursday night, with Dan Goodspeed and John Feugill at the tackle positions and Dave Mudge replacing Dan Gyetvai at left guard after just eight offensive plays.

SWITCHES WORKED

The switches worked, as running back Charles Roberts had 108 yards on 21 carries.

"On our left side in particular, we did manage to be knocking people off the ball," Daley said. "Dan Goodspeed and Dave Mudge, they did a good job. That shows a lot of promise."

Daley, however, wouldn't confirm yesterday that the O-line will remain the same for the Edmonton game.

"When you make four changes, you have execution errors which don't accompany a group that's been together every week," Daley said. "We had a couple of those. I said going in: When you make changes you're going to start over in some aspects.

"The other thing we have done in each of the three games is -- three or four times a game -- drop a ball that we should have caught that becomes a drive ender. We can't afford to do that.

"We improved tremendously our running game ... but our passing game still needs a lot of work, and our pass protection and our productivity in the air needs a lot of work."

Martin completed 12 of 23 passes for just 130 yards, and Peterson's drop is the lasting image.

Bombers GM Brendan Taman, who isn't about to cut Peterson, admitted that his non-import status plays a role in him sticking around.

"Because he's a non-import, you buy some more time with a guy like that," Taman said. "With an American like Scott Cloman, you don't. I'm not going to lie to you.

"(Peterson) is like a lot of guys. We just need to get better."


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