All kinds of ugly

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

When Doug Brown predicted last week that Saturday night's game against the Eskimos was going to be ugly, the Winnipeg defensive tackle did not know how right he was.

Unfortunately, this Blue Bomber ug-ly had nothing to do with seeking revenge for the cheap shot administered to quarterback Kevin Glenn the week before.

This Igloo Ugly had to do with the way the Bombers completely collapsed in the second quarter, thanks mostly to not-so-special special teams. And resulted in a 36-22 shellacking -- a score that flattered the Bombers.

And those special teams had some ugly stepsisters. But let's start with those special teams.

LIFTED SPIRITS

It is 14 games into the regular season and the Bomber coaching staff still has not established a consistent kicker, consistent kick coverage or an ability to defend fake kicks.

For at least the third time this year an opponent executed a successful fake kick, which not only led to a touchdown but picked up the spirits of the entire Eskimos squad.

With Winnipeg leading 14-2, Edmonton kicker Noel Prefontaine completed a 19-yard pass to running back Calvin McCarty, and the Eskimos scored their first touchdown moments later.

"It brings chills to me to see how much difference that one play made," Prefontaine told Sun Media.

"Our players on the sidelines had gone quiet. You could feel the game going in the same direction as the game in Montreal when we got walloped."

It gave others chills of a different sort to see that the Bombers still have not figured out how to defend a fake kick. And even a radio guy --CJOB's Bob Irving -- saw it coming.

But allowing the opposition to fake them out three times? Yikes! And guess what? Toronto head coach Don Matthews, who is bringing the Argos to town this Friday, loves to call fakes.

But that wasn't the only ugly paint dripping from the special teams.

A short time after the fake, Edmonton's Tristan Jackson returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown -- thanks to a number of missed tackles by Bomber defenders. And the Eskimos virtually shut down Winnipeg kicker returner Jason Armstead.

Winnipeg kicker Alexis Serna finally kicked a field goal -- from the 37. Then whiffed from the 34. That makes him 1-for-5 in his last two outings and that ain't good enough.

When you have an American passport, a placekicker needs to be in the top three in the CFL.

Serna is dead last.

Unless there is a more viable option out there, the Bombers need to bury the hatchet with Troy Westwood.

Even if his field goal percentage was not much better than Serna's last year, at least Westwood is a Canadian. And the Bombers could use American help in other areas.

"It's no secret that we're not doing what we need to be doing," said Bomber head coach Doug Berry.

TINKER?

He was later asked if he planned to tinker with the special teams.

"We're playing the guys we've got and there's not anything else we can do," he replied.

What you see is what you get? Then, kiss the season goodbye.

Then there are those ugly stepsisters.

While the Eskimos were overwhelming Winnipeg in the second quarter, Glenn was downright awful. Not only did he fail to lead the offence on a single drive, he threw two passes into enemy hands.

Glenn has company in that doghouse as the defence was unable to stop the Edmonton offence when the Bombers needed a hold so badly.

Now, the Bombers have very little time to get their rather fragile state of mind back together and prepare to play the improving Argos.

Now, losing to Toronto at home would really be UGH-ly.


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