Blue run game could get boost

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

Now that the Bombers have taken a significant step towards improving their passing game with the addition of Michael Bishop, expect Fred Reid to be a happy man.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back had a rough go of it on Friday night against the Toronto Argonauts, rushing for only 32 yards on 12 carries.

Every time Reid got the ball, there was more than one white shirt in his face.

When you can't pass, you can't run.

And when you can't run, Reid gets sad.

"We're just one-dimensional," he said after the 19-5 loss. "When you're one-dimensional, other teams prepare for that and they game plan around that. We haven't been passing the ball good at all yet. We've just been running the ball.

"They came here with the mindset of shutting the run down, and when they do that we gotta pass the ball."

WELL-PREPARED: There has been much debate about whether it's the players or the system that has the Bomber offence in one of its worst funks in years.

It might be a bit of both, according to quarterback Stefan LeFors.

"Credit their staff over there, their film study," LeFors said on Friday night. "They were calling things out when we were walking up to the line of scrimmage, and you never want to hear that.

"Bottom line is we have to execute the plays that are called. We gotta do better as an offence, as a unit."

BOO BIRDS: There was more booing than cheering at the Stadium on Friday, and a couple of Bombers said fans have every right to let loose.

"It's tough, but rightfully so," slotback Terrence Edwards said. "They pay their good money to come watch us play. If we don't perform as well as we should, that's expected."

Added defensive tackle Doug Brown: "These are customers that paid for a ticket. That's the frustrating thing, is you've got close to 30,000 fans out there, and all they want to do is for us to play well and to cheer us.

"So I don't blame the fans, because they're not happy customers right now and it comes with the ticket price."

LATE HITS: The Argos (2-2) and Bombers (1-3) meet at Rogers Centre on Saturday, which happens to be the one-year anniversary of Toronto's last victory at home. The team the Argos beat last Aug. 1? The Bombers ... Dorian Smith's three-sack performance on Friday night tied for the franchise's fourth-best outing since 1981, when sacks started being tracked. "You should see him on film," head coach Mike Kelly said. "He comes off the ball like he's got a bottle rocket in a certain area." ... The Bombers return to the practice field today at 10:45 a.m.


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