Don't expect Blue change

Bombers head coach Mike Kelly continues to staunchly defend his offensive scheme. (Sun Media/Brian...

Bombers head coach Mike Kelly continues to staunchly defend his offensive scheme. (Sun Media/Brian Donogh)

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:33 AM ET

For all you Bomber fans hoping for some sort of shakeup to get your beloved Blue and Gold out of their funk, well, your Monday just got a little worse.

Head coach Mike Kelly stood yesterday on the deck of the Titanic -- check that, in the interview area at the Bomber office -- and said "staying the course" more than once.

The Bombers fell to 2-5 on Saturday night after the Montreal Alouettes manhandled them 39-12 at Canad Inns Stadium. Despite showing no signs of progress in the Kelly-guided offence, it's full steam ahead.

NO MAJOR OVERHAUL

Michael Bishop will once again start at quarterback, this time on Friday night in Vancouver against the B.C. Lions. And while the club is desperately seeking help at receiver, Kelly said not to expect anything major when it comes to roster overhauls.

"No, I'm not going to take this basket and just turn it upside down and shake it. I'm not going to do that," Kelly said adamantly. "As I told these guys (Saturday) night, I believe in them.

"Do we need to make some adjustments here and there? Sure, but that's normal operational procedure."

Kelly continues to staunchly defend his offensive scheme. He noted that "football people" he spoke to yesterday morning who have a "grasp" of what he's trying to do "reconfirmed" his beliefs.

Kelly was asked if he thought -- or is thinking -- about putting backup Stefan LeFors back in at quarterback, but he believes Bishop, who completed only 13 of 35 passes for 155 yards and two interceptions in his third start, deserves more time with his receivers to get the offence going.

"The only way you can do that is to keep playing together," Kelly said. "... There's a lot of things right now where I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't. Not that that's a big problem for me, but I'm just trying to do the best things that we can for this football club, to get us to win."

The most glaring offensive problem on Saturday night was confusion between Bishop and his receivers.

In the handful of instances where the ball was intended for the ghosts of Canad Inns Stadium, Kelly said the blame ratio between Bishop and the pass catchers was a 50-50 split.

There were also five drops, and noticeably absent from the stat sheet at the end of the night was Romby Bryant. The struggling receiver had zero catches and a 15-yard roughing penalty. Not good.

Add it all up, and the tension level is starting to rise behind the scenes. The rather impressive scowl on president and CEO Lyle Bauer's face in the locker-room on Saturday night said it all. Don't, however, hold your breath for a coaching change anytime soon.

Several Bomber veterans believe big changes are coming, but Kelly said that's only because that's what they're used to and it's not going to happen.

Last year the Bombers traded the franchise's career leading rusher when they were 2-8. They finished 8-10 and hosted a playoff game.

Tell me, Bomber fans: Would you take 8-10 right now?

Thought so.


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