Simpson fuming after bad beating

JIM BENDER, STAFF REPORTER

, Last Updated: 11:57 AM ET

REGINA -- The Minister of Defence was full of fire and brimstone after Sunday's 39-12 loss to the despised Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"They played with way more intensity than we did," Winnipeg middle linebacker Barrin Simpson said angrily. "They executed way better than we did and they just handed it to us. This has got to mean something to us. When we play this game, it's got to mean something ...

"We didn't come to play. We didn't execute and we got the stupid penalties in the end, being upset. We've got to play with attitude within the game, not after the play. Within the game. I'm disappointed."

That defence had been the backbone of the Blue Bombers all season.

"That just shows you we've got to come to play," Simpson said. "This is crunch time. Nobody's playing. Everybody else is coming out meaning business. We've got to come out and mean business, too.

"They came with the intensity that we didn't match and that's the intensity we've got to play with week in and week out, and we didn't do it. We didn't match their intensity ... We didn't play like we mean to go to the playoffs."

Sloppy tackling

Although he recorded 10 defensive tackles, Simpson included himself in the criticism of sloppy tackling.

"That's all about intensity," he said. "I missed tackles, everybody missed tackles on defence and we can't do that so, I'm highly disappointed. We didn't play well."

Simpson was referring to cornerback Omar Evans being ejected for rough play in the last minute.

"I lost my cool," Evans admitted. "I was frustrated the whole night. I don't know his number, I don't even know his name, he threw a punch and I retaliated and he saw me and the referee didn't see him. I'll just deal with the consequences when I deal with them. I can't lose my cool like that. I'm one of the leaders back there in the secondary and it's unacceptable.

"The bottom line is, we've got to play with a lot more emotion and if I have to throw a punch to get people hyped or whatever ... well, I can't throw punches but (crap), we've got to do something."

Bomber defensive end Tom Canada hopes they learn from the mistake.

"I can't put into words exactly how I feel," he said. "This sucks. I don't have an answer for why ... All I know is we've got to learn from our mistakes and we've got another chance next week."


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