Clock ticking on LeFors

TED WYMAN AND KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:57 AM ET

Sun sports editor Ted Wyman and football writer Kirk Penton tackle the hottest topics in sports in the latest instalment of the Five Minute Major. You can read some excerpts here and listen to the entire debate online by going to winnipegsun.com and clicking on Sun Speaks.

On the Bombers offensive troubles so far

WYMAN: Kirk. you were in Hamilton last week and saw what was a bit of a debacle offensively for the Bombers. Stefan LeFors did not have a good day at quarterback, he has not particularly had a good game yet and there are some people already, just some whispers, calling for his head.

PENTON: Whispers?

WYMAN: Maybe louder than that?

PENTON: Well, there's always people out there who like the backup quarterback the best. It is only Week 3 so you've got to give him a little more time, but some of the things that are going on are very alarming, like not being able to complete more than 50% of his passes (44%). Some of the things he was throwing in Hamilton were just horrendous. You know wobbly things that I might throw.

WYMAN: Or T.J. Rubley.

PENTON: But the thing is he has done it in the past. His first five starts in Edmonton two years ago, he completed something like 75% of his passes, so maybe Mike Kelly is right when he says it's his offence.

WYMAN: Well he has 429 yards passing in three games. That's half of what Anthony Calvillo has, it's half of what Kerry Joseph has. That's a good day for Calvillo really. That's not what you have for three games and the problem is he just doesn't look like he has a ton of zip on the ball.

PENTON: He doesn't have a good arm. He said that and everybody knew that coming in. They just need to figure out a way to make it work.

WYMAN: He's supposed to make that up with his mobility which hasn't been that great yet either.

PENTON: No, he's running for his life many times.

WYMAN: We could also point back to some past problems with the administration blowing up the offensive line from last year and going with a fairly untested one this year. Maybe they are paying a bit for that.

PENTON: So how long do you go with him?

WYMAN: No more than another half as far as I'm concerned until you replace him in the next game. If he doesn't have a good first half in the next game you've got to bring the other guy in and give him a chance to win the game for you. Absolutely, you can't wait on this guy. We remember Jim Daley who said "Changing the quarterback does absolutely nothing to help the offence" and that was when Tee Martin was starting at quarterback. Everybody in the CFL knows that if it's not working, you always try something else.

PENTON: That's true, but what's behind him? They all have the same amount of experience behind him and it's nothing special.

WYMAN: That's why we'll go back a couple of Five Minute Majors to me saying they should have kept Ryan Dinwiddie. I also thought they should have kept Kevin Glenn around here and not just dumped him for this other guy.

PENTON: There's the $64,000 question.

WYMAN: Hamilton needed to replace their quarterback because he was ineffective, even though Quinton Porter had twice as many yards as Stefan LeFors. They put in the backup quarterback, who led them to victory and that was Kevin Glenn.

PENTON: The Bombers couldn't have kept Kevin Glenn. I think we both agree that was the right move.

WYMAN: Do you mean they couldn't have kept him if they hadn't traded for Stefan LeFors? If, at the end of last season, they decided Kevin Glenn was still their quarterback? They couldn't keep him as the backup and that's probably the same reason Casey Printers isn't here, or maybe he's just terrible, but they didn't want to bring in a high-priced backup quarterback.

PENTON: Casey Printers thinks he's God's gift to football, that's why he's not here.

WYMAN: I don't see the three quarterbacks that are here right now being the same three at the end of the season if things keep going the way they are much longer.

On Tom Watson's performance at the British Open

WYMAN: What a heartbreaker. Incredible performance by Watson and proof that you do not have to be the longest ball hitter to win a tournament when it's a course like that. You have to manage your ball well and I thought that was the greatest thing to watch. To see the golf tournament leader managing the ball, staying out of the bunkers, staying in play and that means everything. It's not all about the equipment and the Happy Gilmore swing.

PENTON: The biggest thing is he is 59 years old. That would have been the biggest sports story of the year.

WYMAN: He's 14 years older than anyone else who has ever won a major and he was eight feet away from winning it. Unfortunately he hit that last putt like I would have.

PENTON: Watching him hit that putt on the 18th hole was just painful.

WYMAN: It was a great story and I don't know if we'll ever see it again. Even he's going to be too old to play in the tournament soon. It was just something so unusual. We just didn't expect it and it brings some faith back to sports fans.


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