'Who we gonna get?'

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:21 AM ET

"If you can't be with the one you love ... "

Stefan LeFors failed to live up to head coach Mike Kelly's lofty expectations, likely due to the injury that recently ended his season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Michael Bishop answered Winnipeg's SOS and has been inconsistent while posting a 2-4 mark as a starter. He may have had his worst outing since arriving on the Bomber scene yesterday, completing just nine of 21 passes for a puke-able 98 yards, with two interceptions while the Saskatchewan Roughriders ravaged the Bombers 55-10 in their own ballpark yesterday.

Bishop was pulled in favour of Bryan Randall and later sent back in with no improvement. Randall completed two of nine passes for 26 yards with two picks. The situation had Kelly quoting Stephen Stills.

"I'm never going to get after my own players, OK?" he said. "Could we and should we have had better play out of that position? I can't argue that point. Everybody here sees it. But who's out there? Who are we going to get?

"What was that old song? Love the One You're With? So that's what we're going to do, and we're going to keep working at it."

Kelly had a veteran quarterback, Kevin Glenn, and now that linebacker Barrin Simpson has demanded a trade, the Bombers could offer him to Hamilton for Glenn.

Casey Printers is also still seeking work as a QB.

"We just didn't score but credit their defence," Bishop said. "They were in the right spots where we wanted to throw the ball."

NEW SYSTEM: Kelly introduced a new system for calling plays at the line of scrimmage, leaving the receivers looking lost outside the huddle.

"We'll evaluate all that (setup)," Kelly said, then added, "If you Google me, I've been successful elsewhere."

WHAT POSITIVES?: A number of players suggested they could work on the positives that come out of the game but those were few and very far between.

"Throughout this season, every game, it seems that there has been something that shines brightly in at least one aspect of the game and (yesterday), it was just a dark hole out there, unfortunately, across the board," said Bomber defensive tackle Doug Brown. "It was unsatisfactory and it was an embarrassment.

"It's just one of those games where you go, like, wow and go back and start over and re-group. You go back to Square One with something like that because there's nothing to build off."

But they also expect significant changes.

"You can't discount it," Brown said. "There's no rhyme or explanation to try to talk anybody out of that. You leave a performance like that on the field and your fate is in the hands of others so we'll see what happens when the smoke clears."

But the players are determined to stick together.

"We're going to stay the course and we're committed as a team," said centre Obby Khan. "We're in this together and whether the media believes in us, whether the fans believe in us, whether my Mom believes in me, it doesn't matter ... We believe in each other and we'll get it done."

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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