Bombers biding time

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

No rush.

Mere days after suggesting that Winnipeg is in "a desperate situation," Blue Bombers GM Brendan Taman said yesterday he was not about to hurry into signing another quarterback.

Taman, who is currently scouting NFL camps, has been seeking a new pivot to replace one of the backups while starter Kevin Glenn rehabs from knee surgery.

"We don't practise until next week so this isn't a time crunch," Taman said. "But we are checking our options out."

Those options include ex-NFL QB Ryan Dinwoodie, former Montreal Alouette Ted White and CFL journeyman Darnell Kennedy.

Whomever Taman lands will be unable to learn the offensive system in time to start against Toronto on Aug. 25 so, either Brad Banks or Mike Quinn will likely get that nod.

The Bombers will not return to practice until this Sunday.

MORE SCORES: Bomber cornerback Stanford Samuels suggested that the defence needs to do more when the QB is struggling.

"We've got to find a way to put points on the board," Samuels said before heading to Florida for the bye week. "Sometimes, just getting an interception's not enough, you've got to take it to the house. That's part of being a team. It's not an individual sport. We have to be that crutch and we have to supply the necessary things for us to win."

BEATEN UP: The 32-5 loss to B.C. rankled Bomber head coach Doug Berry more than any other loss this year.

"There was no reason for performing the way we performed this week and I accept full responsibility for that one," he said. "I certainly hope they weren't looking ahead (to bye week) but certainly, we made a lot of mistakes out there. And not just mental mistakes but physical. I mean, we got beat up a little bit physically."

And the Lions were taking great delight in that fact after the fact.

"They (Bombers) have the Triangle of Terror (Doug Brown, Ron Warner and Barrin Simpson), we'll go with 12 rabid dogs," linebacker Javy Glatt told the Vancouver Province.

NO EXCUSES: The bye was a most welcomed break.

"I can't pinpoint the exact reason why what's going on is going on," defensive end Tom Canada said before he left for California. "You can make excuses, you can try to find some magical thing that could be the answer. I don't have it. We need to take this bye week, re-group, hopefully come back refreshed and come back with the mentality we started with, and that's to dominate on the field and play our game. We've definitely gotten away from the type of football we played all season in the last two games."

But Canada refused to blame it on injuries to Glenn and slotback Milt Stegall (ribs).

"It's definitely tough on a team to lose two key players like that but regardless of losing players, we should be able to rebound from that and not just fold like we have," he said. You have to deal with adversity and we just haven't been doing that very well."

HASHMARKS: LB Joe Tuipala (practice roster) went home to put his kids in school and Taman does not know if he will return ... B.C. LB Carl Kidd reportedly punched Adrian Baird after the Bomber LB hit Lions P Paul McCallum out of bounds during Thursday's game and will likely be fined by the CFL for the indiscretion ... Fans have until Aug. 21 to purchase a Bomber lottery ticket. Contact the club at 784-2583, Ext. 0 ... The Bombers are also seeking more volunteers for the Big Blue Flight Crew as it prepares for Grey Cup week.


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