Changing lineup troubles Bishop

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:08 AM ET

Michael Bishop decided he wasn't going to speak to the media yesterday, saying he would save it for today.

If that means he wanted his play to do his talking for him instead, well, maybe he should have reconsidered.

The inconsistent pivot had one of his worst outings as a Bomber on Sunday against the B.C. Lions, completing just 13 of 32 attempts for 226 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.

Afterwards, at least one of Bishop's teammates was flabbergasted that he threw his first pick, which B.C.'s Dante Marsh returned 18 yards for a tide-turning touchdown, without even looking first.

Bomber head coach Mike Kelly thought about replacing Bishop with backup Casey Bramlet against the Lions, but that's as far as that got.

It was statistically Bishop's third-worst outing as a Bomber, as his performances in losses to Montreal on Aug. 15 and to Saskatchewan on Sept. 13 were worse in terms of passing efficiency (see chart).

Kelly believes the fact that some of Winnipeg's receivers often sit out practice because of injury is a big reason for Bishop's inconsistency.

"Henry Burris has been struggling. Well, he's got a couple receivers that are his normal guys that aren't there right now," Kelly said. "Anthony (Calvillo) has been throwing well; they haven't lost any receivers this year.

"We've gone to training camp, I think, three times this year now. It's just part of the process."

Bishop will have to deal with another change in his receiving corps tomorrow against the Montreal Alouettes, as Titus Ryan will replace the struggling Otis Amey in the team's standard four-receiver set.

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HOT AND COLD

Michael Bishop's pass efficiency ratings and where he stood among the eight CFL starters that week:

Opponent W/L Eff. Rank

at Toronto W 76.1 5th

at Calgary L 61.7 7th

vs. Montreal L 27.7 8th

at B.C. W 91.9 2nd*

at Sask L 66.4 8th

vs. Sask L 17.6 8th

at Montreal L 69.0 6th

vs. Toronto W 123.4 1st

vs. Edmonton W 71.2 5th

at Hamilton W 91.4 6th

vs. B.C. L 36.7 8th

* bye week, so only four teams played


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