Browne still gets high marks

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:20 AM ET

Hamilton quarterback Kevin Glenn ripped apart the Winnipeg secondary last Friday.

Many of his completions were on passes thrown right into the heart of the secondary where the safety is usually found.

Brady Browne made his first CFL start at safety and he paused for a long time when the Sun's Kirk Penton asked him for his impression after the Blue Bombers suffered the 28-7 shellacking.

"I don't even know what to say," he finally began. "It sucks. We obviously came to win. To have my first start like that, I don't even know what to say.

"They were really doing a quick game. They were running quick outs, quick ins. All the completions were like seven yards, eight yards, nine yards. Their receivers weren't dropping the ball. You've gotta take your hats off to Glenn and their receivers. They caught everything almost. When your receivers are catching everything, you see what happens."

Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice, however, praised Browne's efforts.

"He did a very good job in his start," LaPolice said. "He was one of the guys who had people in the right spots and did good things. He did a good job."

DROP-ITIS: While the Hamilton receivers may have caught everything, you could not say the same for all of the Winnipeg pass-catchers in any of their three games thus far.

"We didn't help (quarterback Buck Pierce) as receivers," admitted Brock Ralph. "And, when you need those big plays, you really try and make them and it adds a little extra pressure. But that should make a guy want to squeeze it that much harder.

"We're trying, but we're maybe a little too desperate too early. There's no excuses for it. It's a lack of execution, a lack of focus on finishing plays."

Ralph caught one pass for eight yards while import receiver Adarius Bowman did not have a single catch.

"They just played better than us," Bowman said.

NO WORRIES: Bombers GM Joe Mack claimed that he is relatively unconcerned about the setback in Steeltown.

"I know how hard Paul and his staff work and I think they will change it around," he said.

BRIGHT SPOTS: It was not all gloom and doom for the Bombers, though. SB Terrence Edwards caught seven passes for 89 yards. SB Terence Jeffers-Harris caught five for 56 and returned four kickoffs for 98 yards. And the Winnipeg kick coverage enjoyed its best day of the year after surrendering three TDs in the first two games. It was no coincidence that special teams demon Derrick Doggett returned from a failed NFL tryout to play his first CFL game this season.

"I was proud of our special teams, who performed very well," LaPolice said.

SCHED: After two days off, the Bombers return to practice at Canad Inns Stadium on Tuesday at 10:55 a.m. Don't be surprised if a new QB is there to greet them, but Mack was not about to hint at his identity. However, sources continue to speculate that it will be former Purdue QB Joey Elliott, with Adam DiMichele the fallback if they can't get him.


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