Defence shares in blame

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:22 AM ET

Winnipeg defenders were stung by their inability to come to the aid of their offence on Saturday.

While Blue Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn was reluctant to face the music after a 36-22 loss to the Eskimos in Edmonton, a number of the defenders were blaming themselves for not holding the Eskies at crucial times.

"After that fake punt (in the second quarter), they got some momentum and added to the momentum throughout the game," said defensive back Anthony Malbrough. "On defence, we had to get some turnovers to get off the field.

"When things are going bad in one phase of the game, the defence needs to step it up and get some turnovers, and get in the end zone ourselves."

The week before, both the offence and defence responded to Edmonton scores and/or turnovers.

"We got put into bad situations in the second quarter and they all translated, unfortunately, into points," Bomber defensive tackle Doug Brown said after getting his bloodied nose re-broken by the trainer after the match. "Coach (Doug) Berry said those are the times we need to respond the most."

Edmonton out-scored the Bombers 31-2 in the second quarter.

"If adverse circumstances befall us like they did in the second quarter, we need to make plays even more urgently than we did in the rest of the game," Brown said.

NO-SHOW SECOND: While Brown was getting his nose re-broken, Glenn kept a scrum of media with tight deadlines at bay for as long as possible before answering questions.

"We didn't make enough plays in the second quarter," said Glenn, who had no explanation for the poor play. "You've got to give Edmonton credit. They did a lot of good things on defence, mixing it up, but that second quarter we just didn't make enough plays."

Glenn did play better in the second half when the Eskimos basically went to a prevent defence.

NO COMPLAINT: Although Winnipeg's Greg Bearman appeared to be blocked from behind as the first man downfield on Tristan Jackson's punt-return touchdown, he wasn't complaining.

"It's hard for me to say," he said. "Did it feel like I got hit from behind? Yup, but there's not much we can do about it."

KEAN UP?: With import kicker Alexis Serna still struggling, the Bombers will be scrutinizing Warren Kean this week, said Bombers GM Brendan Taman. The Canadian kicker had been on the nine-game injured list but is healthier now.

But it does not look like any new players are coming to town as Taman needs to shave the club's practice roster by tomorrow.

LABATTE DOUBTFUL: Rookie Bomber G Brendon LaBatte, who had his bell rung on Saturday ,still had "some wooziness (yesterday) so is questionable this week," Taman said.

That would give the Bombers a chance to dress veteran G Bobby Singh, who has been on the practice roster for two weeks.

PIT BULL?: Edmonton rush end Brandon Guillory, who had been benched recently, had two sacks and was in Glenn's face all night.

"Coach Maciocia is like Michael Vick and I was a pit bull," he told Sun Media. "That last two weeks, I have been on a chain and (Saturday), he let me go fight."


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