New, improved Blue

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

It was like watching a TV commercial for a new, improved product.

Winnipeg wide receiver Chris Brazzell stood up before a media throng in the dressing room Saturday night and declared: "We're the new Winnipeg Blue Bombers, I know that."

For proof, the Bombers had just laid waste to the CFL's reigning Grey Cup champion Edmonton Eskimos to the tune of 46-10.

The week before, the Bombers had beaten the Toronto Argonauts, who had finished first in the East last season. And in Week 1, the Bombers had thrown a scare into the Alouettes, who lost the Grey Cup match, in Montreal.

Winnipeg improved to 2-1 and a share of first place with 2-0 Montreal in the East.

"It's been a nice start, that's for sure," Bombers GM Brendan Taman said yesterday. "Winning is nice but we've still got a long way to go yet."

Taman, of course, will be on the hot seat all year after the Bombers finished 5-13 last season. He fired head coach Jim Daley and hired Doug Berry to replace him.

Taman is enjoying the early resurgence.

"It's nice for the fans and everybody," Taman said. "Now at least, we've given them some hope that we have a decent team."

The defence had been the most pleasant surprise in the first two games but the offence broke out in a big way against the Eskies -- thanks to Kevin Glenn's best game since he threw for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns in a 44-23 victory over B.C. last October.

'MAKING HEADWAY'

"Kevin played proficiently," Taman said. "It confirms that he is making headway in his career and is progressing up the ladder. And he didn't give up the football. Edmonton moved the ball but they turned it over."

Glenn completed 15 of 24 passes for 368 yards and three TDs in three quarters of work versus Edmonton.

"It's always a treat to throw up those kinds of numbers, because if you're throwing numbers up like that, your defence is most likely going to hold a team," Glenn said.

"It's great to have that feeling when you come out and play that way against a good Eskimo team. They have a good defence, and we've shown from Week 1 to Week 2 that we've grown, and from Week 2 to Week 3. We're climbing that ladder."

Glenn needed a big game, and that rubs off on the rest of the roster.

"Kevin's the leader in the huddle and he's our leader on offence," said offensive tackle Dan Goodspeed. "You give him time, he makes plays, so it works hand-in-hand. We always knew it, just sometimes we weren't giving him a lot of time. But (Saturday), we gave him some time and look at what happens. We're pretty happy with that."

The Bombers play the 1-2 Argonauts in Toronto this Saturday.

"I'm still always trying to get better," Berry said. "We're still looking. It's early in the season. We haven't finalized who we're going to the Grey Cup with yet."

And yes, you read that right.


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