Kelly promises no more sombreros

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:24 AM ET

"Shut the f--- up and do what you're told!"

Those were the crystal clear words that head coach Mike Kelly had for slotback Romby Bryant as the Bombers were going through their "mock game" yesterday morning at Canad Inns Stadium.

Receivers coach Bob Dyce and wide receiver Arjei Franklin escorted Bryant to the sidelines, and tension was officially in the air.

It's not often you hear yelling during a CFL team's walkthrough the day before a game. Normally the scene features funky hats and offensive linemen playing baseball with soccer balls.

Not with Mr. Kelly, who prefers to call it a mock game instead of a walkthrough.

"No more sombreros out there," Kelly said, "although (Chris) Walby and (Miles) Gorrell were pretty good volleyball players over the goal post with the football. But those days are long gone."

His tongue lashing of Bryant wasn't the only time he raised his voice yesterday, because his troops weren't preparing like they should have been.

"I want it to be perfect. I want everything to be perfect," Kelly said. "I'm not a proponent of the day-before-let's-go-mess-around day that I know has permeated through the league for a number of years.

"We play a mock game, and I expect these guys to be locked in to what we're doing and to execute. It's the day before the game, and I expect focus, and I expect hustle, and I don't expect blown assignments. I'll never stop pushing."

As for the incident with Bryant, Kelly said there was nothing to it. Just a boss informing his co-worker that he needed to step it up.

Kelly, in fact, had Bryant "break it down" at the end of yesterday's mock game. That's when a player stands in the middle of the group at the conclusion of the post-practice meeting and leads the cheer before they head to the locker-room.

When picking a player to do that job, Kelly usually chooses those who had a good practice or the ones he wants to be leaders.

Even though Kelly had a rough week when it came to dealing with his receivers, he said all is fine between him and Bryant.

"Everybody hugged and kissed, and we sang Kumbaya," Kelly said. "And now we're going to have cupcakes."


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