Blown tackles still plaguing Bombers

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:17 AM ET

TORONTO -- Former Bomber assistant coach Less Browne dropped by the locker-room to pay his respects after Winnipeg's loss to the Argos yesterday.

Browne, who is now coaching kids, said something about the Bomber defenders needing to go back to their Pop Warner days to learn how to tackle all over again.

"When we go to Calgary (this Saturday), we'll have to tackle a lot better than we did (yesterday)," said Bomber head coach Jim Daley. "It's a mindset. In our league, because of the smaller rosters, you can't practise tackling. But tackling at this level has been done for 20 years by a lot of people. So, it's not a skill that they are new to. But you have to be sharp.

"It's like pulling teeth when you're not there. How do you get it better? You have to come ready to play better and play aggressive, tough football. It's not something you can practise and risk injury on a small roster."

Ever hear of tackling dummies?

BLOWN TACKLES: Bomber LB Sean Woodson led both sides with nine defensive tackles but he was still kicking himself for the ones he missed.

"I'm very disappointed with the way I played," he said. "I missed some tackles that turned into big gains and that just can't happen. No one player wins or loses a game. All you can do is look at yourself at the mirror and evaluate the way that you played. Be a man and accept the challenge and come out and play better next week.

"There's no use crying over spilt milk. This one's over, let's go ready and beat Calgary."

HAND WOES: The Bomber secondary suffered a blow after defensive back Cedric Dickerson suffered a dislocated right wrist when Argo receiver Arland Bruce III landed on it after fighting for the ball. Dickerson had just returned after recovering from a broken left hand.

"It's real frustrating," he admitted. "The most frustrating part to me was that the defence, at that point in time, was clicking. We had three or four stops in a row, then I get hurt and everybody was concerned about me.

"I never in my life -- peewee league, high school, college, missed a game because of injury until this season ... It's just another obstacle, man. I'm not going to give up."

Dickerson will have the wrist checked out today.

RECORD KICK: Winnipeg placekicker Troy Westwood converted his 561st straight touchdown after tailback Charles Roberts scored in the first half. He broke the record he had jointly held with B.C.'s legendary Lui Passaglia.

"That's completely a special teams record because, to be able to do that, that many times consecutively really shines the light on the whole snapper-holder thing," Westwood said. "Basically, Lui's more or less a god, looking at all the things he's accomplished so, it's hard to believe.

"It's cool to have that but I would way (rather) have had a victory today ... I know we're improving as a team and stuff like that but that has to start translating into victories for us."

HASHMARKS: SB Milt Stegall led the Bombers with eight catches for 104 yards including a touchdown ... RB Charles Roberts rushed for 93 yards on only nine carries ... DB Boyd Barrett suffered a hamstring pull but assured he will be OK to play this week.


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