Blame to go around

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:42 PM ET

The sting that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were feeling after blowing a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead in Friday night's season-opener against the Montreal Alouettes got a little worse yesterday.

Kick returner Albert Johnson III injured his shoulder during Winnipeg's 27-17 loss at Molson Stadium and will miss at least two weeks of action.

UPON FURTHER REVIEW: After watching the game film yesterday afternoon, head coach Doug Berry said there was plenty of blame to go around after the Bomber offence managed just four first downs and no points during its second-half meltdown.

Quarterback Kevin Glenn threw two ill-timed interceptions in the fourth quarter, but they weren't entirely his fault, according to the coach.

"I can blame some on receivers, I can blame some on the O-line, and I can blame a little on the quarterback," said Berry. "There's enough blame to go around.

"Probably we can blame some on the coaches, too, even myself."

Glenn's critics contend that he can't win with the game on the line, but Berry will stick with him for Friday's home-opener against Toronto after giving him a pep talk when practice resumes tomorrow.

"It's a matter of believing in his reads and doing what he's supposed to do with the ball ... based on what he's seeing," said Berry. "A few times he didn't do that, and if he does we're still on the field.

"I'm not sure if he totally understands how easy it is to run this offence. ... I'll sit down with him and again try to explain that."

BAD BOYS, BAD BOYS: Winnipeg's penchant for penalties on Friday certainly didn't help its cause, and Berry said the offenders will either shape up or ship out.

The Bombers were tagged with 18 penalties for 171 yards.

"I'm gonna make it known to these guys that I can't play with you if you're going to have penalties against us," said Berry. "They're gonna have to find a way to play on the edge, but maybe some of these guys have gone beyond the edge."

WOE LINE: The status of Mike Abou-Mechrek on Winnipeg's offensive line is "under consideration," said Berry.

The eight-year CFL veteran started at right tackle Friday night but took five penalties, including three illegal procedure infractions.

Abou-Mechrek's co-workers on the line didn't exactly play error-free ball, either, as the Als sacked Glenn six times.

"There's a lot of things we didn't do right on the O-line, and some were at veteran spots," said Berry. "Some of those are physical mistakes, and a couple of them are mental mistakes, but the penalty part of it is what really kills me."

Import tackle Jermese Jones could be a potential replacement for Abou-Mechrek, but that would force the Bombers to start another Canadian somewhere else in the lineup.

LATE HITS: Berry confirmed yesterday what everyone already knew: the Bombers defence played great on Friday night.

Aside from a few foolish penalties, the defensive dozen held the high-flying Alouettes to just 265 total yards.

To put that in perspective, the Bombers allowed an average of 352 passing yards per game last year.

"Our coverage guys were incredible," said Berry.

As if Ricky Williams vs. Charles Roberts wasn't juicy enough. Now that Damon Allen has a broken finger, it appears Spergon Wynn, who was Winnipeg's fourth-string pivot last year, will quarterback the Argos on Friday night at Canad Inns Stadium.

Wynn, who was traded to the Argos in February, delivered a profanity-laced tirade the day after last season ended, voicing his displeasure about the Bombers not giving him a chance.


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