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KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:47 AM ET

CALGARY -- The locker-room door was closed, but the yelling could be heard loud and clear.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive line coach Richard Harris let it rip after yesterday's 38-25 loss to the Calgary Stampeders, offering, um, verbal encouragement to his reeling team while the media waited outside.

It's not surprising that it was a defensive coach peeling the paint. The Stampeders had just torched the Bombers defenders for more than 500 yards of total offence.

"We made way too many mistakes," linebacker Barrin Simpson said moments after Harris's rant. "We let too many guys run wide open, and we gave up too many big plays."

Winnipeg's defensive woes got worse in the second quarter when cornerback Juran Bolden left the game with a back injury.

Fellow cornerback Robert Bean moved across the field to replace Bolden, and rookie Chijioke Onyenegecha took over for Bean.

Bean admitted that he wasn't completely comfortable stepping in for Bolden, and it showed.

"It is an adjustment because you don't know what to look for and what to expect. I haven't done that all week (at practice)," Bean said. "I knew what to expect on the wide side of the field. On the boundary side I really didn't know too much what to expect. So it was a little different.

"It had me kind of confused out there, but I'm going to see this week. The same thing might happen again, so I'll be ready this week."

Head coach Doug Berry didn't name names, but he didn't hold back in his assessment of the defence.

"We lose our starting corner, but we've got experienced guys back there that have played in other games," Berry said. "And it's their responsibility to know the position they're playing and the coverage that we're playing and then do what their assignment is.

"We've got guys that are not fundamentally sound in what we were doing today defensively."

UPON FURTHER REVIEW?: Calgary's Ryan Thelwell bested Bean on his 70-yard touchdown catch-and-run in the third quarter, but the Bomber cornerback believes the score shouldn't have counted.

"He was out of bounds," Bean said. "It's home-field advantage, so they weren't going to call it. That's why he kept running."

Bean contended Thelwell was out of bounds before he caught the pass, which is also illegal.

"When I jammed him he was out of bounds, and then he caught the ball, ran out of bounds, and then he just kept running up the sidelines because the ref didn't blow the whistle," he said.

Bean wanted the Bombers to challenge the call, but "somebody said we didn't have any timeouts or we only had one timeout left, so we couldn't challenge it," he said. "I was like, 'Ughhh.' It was kind of a gimme."

DECENT DEBUT: Were it not for a first-half fumble, Bomber returner Willie Foster's first CFL game would have been deemed a success.

The 22-year-old returned five punts an average of 7.4 yards and seven kickoffs an average of 23.7 yards.

"I guess he made a mistake (on the fumble), but he told me he was down and the TV people told me he was down," Berry said. "I don't know how the officials can't see it.

"Other than that, he had a nice day out there."

Foster, who was replacing Albert Johnson III, said he hopes to get another shot on Friday in the rematch against the Stamps.

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