Bad week for Bombers

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

How was your week?

Whatever happened to you, there's a good chance your last seven days were better than Bomber head coach Mike Kelly's.

On Tuesday, one of Winnipeg's part-time scouts got caught charting plays (apparently without the team's knowledge) during Hamilton Tiger-Cats practice. The scout's notes were confiscated, and he was kicked out of Ivor Wynne Stadium.

On Wednesday, Kelly duked it out with the Winnipeg media, which peppered him with questions about the spying incident. He eventually stormed out without shedding any light on the subject.

As far as we know, Kelly's Thursday and Friday were quite enjoyable.

But then came Saturday -- big, bad, ugly Saturday.

Basically it went like this:

1. The Hamilton coach who got spied on (Marcel Bellefeuille) put in the quarterback whom Kelly dumped in the off-season (Kevin Glenn) to start the second half, when the game was tied 6-6.

2. The quarterback whom Kelly dumped (Glenn) threw two touchdowns in said second half to lead the Ticats to a 25-13 win.

3. The Hamilton defensive co-ordinator (Greg Marshall) who got a token interview for Winnipeg's head coaching job but was never going to get it -- since the team president (Lyle Bauer) had already handpicked Kelly -- put together a game plan that the Bombers' best defensive player (Doug Brown) said he could "hang his hat on."

(And you thought the Kill Bill movies were full of revenge.)

Continuing ...

4. The quarterback that Kelly replaced Glenn with (lefthander Stefan LeFors) completed only seven of 19 passes for a paltry 99 yards before leaving in the fourth quarter with a right shoulder injury.

5. Kelly ended his day by proclaiming that the entire offensive debacle was all his fault and that his players had given it their all. Some of the play calling certainly was questionable.

In the big picture, however, it was just one game, and it's still remarkably early in the Blue and Gold's rebuilding process to press the panic button. Forgettable days like Saturday were bound to occur.

Even though Kelly tried to fall on his sword to protect his revamped team, his offensive players in the cramped visitors' locker-room at Ivor Wynne called it like it actually was.

"I know me personally, I didn't feel like I was good enough tonight, and I know there's a lot of other guys that feel the same," receiver Brock Ralph said. "And hopefully that's the case, because I didn't think we showed well at all tonight."

LeFors, meanwhile, threw a couple of passes high into the air that looked strangely like Hail Mary tosses -- even though they happened at midfield. And he obviously was off the mark more than he was on it.

"Obviously I gotta watch on film to see exactly what the deal was," LeFors said, "but just off the top of my head it wasn't good enough."

To be fair to LeFors, it should be noted that the quarterback celebrating in the other locker-room on Saturday night didn't exactly light the league on fire when he was starting out.

Glenn completed more than 50% of his passes only twice in his first eight starts. LeFors, who has eight career starts, is 5-for-8 in that department but 0-for-3 this year.

Kelly made it crystal clear after Saturday's game that LeFors is still his man, saying he would "take one Stefan LeFors before I'll take anybody else. Period."

And LeFors deserves more than three starts upon which to be judged.

The Toronto Argonauts are coming to town for a clash with the Bombers at Canad Inns Stadium on Friday night. A win would improve Winnipeg's record to 2-2, and everybody would go back to being True Blue believers.

And in case you haven't heard, the Argos have surrendered 90 points in back-to-back losses.

That means Kelly's week is looking better already.


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