Blue Bombers baffled

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:39 AM ET

The recurring theme in the Winnipeg Blue Bombers locker-room after Friday night's 42-24 loss to B.C. was how most of the 2007 team is back this year.

The question on everyone's lips is this: What is the difference between November 2007 and July 2008 that has caused the Bombers to start 0-3?

"I don't know if it's complacency or what it is," defensive tackle Doug Brown said. "That's the frustrating thing, because we are 90% the same team we were last year and we're not getting it done right now."

The fact that continuity in personnel has yet to result in a victory has receiver Terrence Edwards quite confused.

"We're doing the same thing that we did last year," he said. "We got basically the same players. I don't know why we can't get a win. I don't know. I can't explain why."

Later on in the interview, however, he came up with a few ideas.

"We're not coming out with any kind of emotion -- no spark, no fire, not executing, not doing anything right," he said.

Cornerback Robert Bean was the victim on a couple of B.C.'s touchdowns Friday night and could be in danger of losing his starting job this week. He said it's simply a matter of not executing.

"We were there, but they made plays," Bean said. "We have to come out and do better. As a player, I do take responsibility for what's going on. We're there trying to make the plays, but they're making the plays."

PAGING BLINK: Bombers head coach Doug Berry said adjustments will be made to Winnipeg's running attack. That's probably a good thing, because Charles Roberts hasn't been in this bad of a funk for quite some time.

Here's statistical proof:

- He had fewer than 10 carries in each of his last two games. That's the first time Roberts had single-digit carries in back-to-back games since he became the starter in 2002.

- He is averaging 4.1 yards per carry. He entered the season with a career mark of 5.4 yards per haul.

- He has 110 yards through three games. He's topped that mark in 26 games over his eight-year career.

- He is eighth in the CFL rushing race and trails leader Jesse Lumsden by 252 yards. That's a deep hole to be in, but there's too much season left to count Roberts out of that competition.

DEFENCE OFFENSIVE: The Bombers allowed a misleading total of 445 yards of total offence to the Lions. It likely could have been 600 had B.C. coach Wally Buono not called off the dogs after three quarters.

There were many defensive lapses to be sure, but it could be argued that Winnipeg's futile offence is forcing the defence to be on the field too long.

Canada, however, isn't buying into that theory.

"If we're out there the whole frigging game it doesn't matter," he said. "We have to perform at the top level that we can, whether we're out there two minutes or 60 minutes.

"We struggled (Friday night). We're not going to quit. We're going to keep working."

LATE HITS: The Bombers are dead last in the CFL turnover department. They've forked the ball over 13 times in three games and stolen it five times ... Winnipeg returns to the practice field today at 1 p.m. Part of the the parking lot is being paved at Canad Inns Stadium, so you'll have to use the St. James Street entrance if you plan on attending.


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