Spread the blame for Bombers' loss

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:18 AM ET

Spread the blame around.

Sure, the Blue Bombers special teams sucked Friday, but all three teams took turns stumbling over themselves as Toronto upset them 36-34 in their own backyard.

The Argonauts may have surprised Winnipeg's vaunted front seven when they ran roughshod over them in the first half alone. Toronto tailback Cory Boyd rushed for 109 yards on 19 carries (5.7 yards) and the Argo offensive line usually gave quarterback Cleo Lemon enough time to throw.

“It was a pretty good battle, but they had a good scheme as well,” said Bomber defensive end Phillip Hunt. “They kept the back in sometimes and they also kept the tight end in sometimes to help block. They kind of schemed us up a bit.

“I don’t think Cleo Lemon was the problem (Friday). It was more so the running game. They had a good day with the running back, No. 3 (Boyd), he kind of got loose on us. He was the one we couldn’t contain. We did a pretty good job on Cleo Lemon. He was getting rid of the ball with consistency, real quick. I think we did a good job up front.”

In fact, the Bombers were outplayed in all three facets.

“We just didn’t execute to the letter like we did (against Hamilton),” said defensive tackle Doug Brown. “They were much more proficient in all three phases out there than we were. All facets of our team had moments. Offensively, we put up 34 points and defensively, we had a lot of two-and-outs and only gave up 300 yards. But we're too inconsistent at inopportune times and it really cost us (Friday) … We weren’t polished in all three facets and we paid the price because they were a lot more precise in the kind of football they played.

“But (allowing) 36 points is unacceptable to us. We need to be consistent. That’s what’s maddening. We can’t play like a swarming pack of wolves one play, then make a mental error and bust a gap assignment another time. I don’t know what we got caught up in (Friday), but we weren’t as focused as we could be.”

KICKER AVAILABLE? Rumour has it that the Argos will be shopping import placekicker Justin Medlock and the Bombers could be buyers. Import Winnipeg PK Alexis Serna has missed four field goals in two games, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

HURTS: The Bombers have adopted a policy of secrecy regarding injuries this season, but some reports have suggested that the knee injury that DL Dorian Smith suffered Friday could be quite serious. S Ian Logan is also expected to miss Friday’s game against Hamilton with a hamstring pull. QB Steven Jyles also seemed to suffer an undisclosed injury after a sneak during Friday’s match.

SCHED: The Bombers will return to practice after two days off at Rods Field on Monday at 10:50 a.m. because of the Bon Jovi concert at Canad Inns Stadium. In fact, they will also practice there on Tuesday and Wednesday.

— With files from Kirk Penton

jim.bender@sunmedia.ca


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