O-line takes the heat for Bombers loss

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:45 PM ET

Pat DelMonaco has to buy pizzas for his offensive line whenever he does an interview.

So maybe that’s why the Bomber offensive line coach didn’t sugarcoat things when asked how his hogs played in Sunday’s 17-13 loss to the Toronto Argonauts.

“It’s the poorest game we’ve played to date,” were the first words out of DelMonaco’s mouth. “It’s frustrating. (The Argos) didn’t do anything that we weren’t prepared for. We just didn’t execute, unfortunately. We didn’t play well.”

Sounds like the pizza isn’t going to taste as good this week.

And it doesn’t get any easier for the big boys in the trenches, as the top dog in the East Division, the Montreal Alouettes (8-3), are coming to town on Friday night.

“They throw you multiple looks, and we’ve gotta be able to adapt quick and we gotta be able to react and do those things,” DelMonaco said of the Alouettes. “Our last game against them (a 39-17 loss on Aug. 19) we didn’t play very well. We gave up four sacks.”

They didn’t play well against the Argos, either, even though DelMonaco noted the Double Blue’s defensive line didn’t try to confuse them too much.

“They didn’t pull any funky stuff at all,” he said. “We didn’t execute basic, little, simple things. We talked all week long about sweeping out the corners of the room, being meticulous on the little things … and we didn’t do that.”

Right tackle Kelly Butler appeared to be the most frustrated of the offensive linemen on Sunday. He took two holding penalties and was also tagged for illegal procedure in the third quarter.

“That was probably one of the best defensive lines we’ve gone against, and those guys made a few plays,” Butler said. “That being said, we missed a couple reads, and we just didn’t out there and perform to the level that we’re capable of.

“It was an opportunity that we missed, as far as being able to go out there and put two wins back to back.”

Butler’s two holding penalties were among three the Bombers took on Sunday. It was certainly out of character, as they had been nabbed for holding just five times in the first 10 games of the season.

“It was a tough game all the way around,” DelMonaco said. “It wasn’t anything to do with the way they prepared, because they prepared really well. They just didn’t have a good day.

“In the situation that we’re in, we go back to basics and we review some things. But they understand they need to make sure they get these things done. There’s no excuse. I don’t think you’ll hear any of them making excuses.

“They know that they’ve gotta do better at these little things and go from there.”


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