Bombers trying to level off Bishop

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:32 AM ET

Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly has adopted a new mantra: "Corral the stallion."

Kelly was referring to Blue Bombers' starting quarterback Michael Bishop who has been plagued with too many turnovers whenever he wildly goes for the gusto.

Bishop threw three interceptions and fumbled the ball away during Winnipeg's 24-21 loss to the B.C. Lions on Sunday.

"The last three weeks prior, we took care of the football pretty good," Kelly said yesterday. "We didn't have as many turnovers and we won the games. As soon as we become inefficient and don't take care of the football and have those kinds of turnovers, then we struggle.

"Our defence came up with three plays (forced turnovers) very early and we should have put the game away. We didn't because we didn't execute on the offensive side. Mike understands and we just have to corral the stallion a little bit.

"He does have peaks and valleys ... Mike has done an awful lot of good things for us and I believe in what we are all doing and we'll just try to get everything corralled and go out and get after Montreal as best we can."

Kelly believes Bishop's picks and overthrows were the result of becoming overanxious.

But it will be Bishop or bust the rest of the way.

"He's my quarterback," said Bomber centre Obby Khan. "I love him and I'll go to battle with him, any day."

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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