Flags part of problem

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Maybe it's time to give them a good spanking.

The Blue Bombers were nailed for four roughing infractions in Sunday's 39-12 loss to Saskatchewan -- two by defensive end Tom Canada. And Winnipeg was flagged a total of 17 times for 157 yards.

"We certainly did lack discipline (Sunday) and you're never going to win when you let your surroundings control what you're doing," said Winnipeg's frustrated head coach Doug Berry. "And we did not respond well to adversity. The adversity was brought on in a number of different ways, but we did not respond the way a winning team needs to and consequently we got beat 39-12 to show for it."

Canada admitted he should have known better, even if an early roughing-the-passer call was iffy.

"I can't say it was the official's fault, I have to put it on myself," he said.

"I should know better. I've been here three years, You can't hit quarterbacks like that. It hurt us big. Then we get a p.i. and the next thing you know they're on the 15-yard line and I lose contain and they score a touchdown. It was a terrible drive for me, terrible. It's not something I'm accustomed to or want to get accustomed to. Personally, I need to get in the film room and address those issues myself ...

"They were kind of putting some late hits on us all game and it just seems like we're always the ones who get caught. But I can't be hitting people late like that, regardless of that. I've just got to go after them when it's a legal play and kick their ass when I can."

Cornerback Omar Evans was also ejected for rough play in the last minute for retaliating, which carries an automatic fine from the CFL.

ONE POSITIVE: If there was one positive in a game of negatives, it was the play of first-year receiver Quentin McCord. He led all receivers with three catches for 91 yards, including the longest play of the game -- a 50-yard reception from quarterback Kevin Glenn.

"We lost so it don't even really matter," said McCord, who also dropped one catchable pass. "If I had 500 yards receiving and scored 90 touchdowns and they had one more point than us, then it doesn't matter. I mean, it's something to build on, we can look at it like that. But if we're not winning the ball game, it doesn't really matter ...

"I know I can play football so it's not really a big deal for me. It's just a matter of me being consistent and hopefully I'll get a few more opportunities."

WAITING: Bombers GM Brendan Taman is still awaiting the fallout of the weekend's NFL cuts, hoping to land OL Garrick Jones and QB Bryan Randall, in particular.

"We're still beating the bushes a little bit," he said.


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