Plays not Bomber offence's problem

Paul Friesen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:47 PM ET

Play-calling is not the problem.

Winnipeg offensive co-ordinator Jamie Barresi, who doesn’t call the plays for the Bombers, says the Blue and Gold’s lack of production the first two weeks of the season — Winnipeg has the CFL’s poorest offence, despite being 2-0 — is about the players.

“People get carried away with this thing, the play-calling,” Barresi said. “As coaches, we look at it and say that’s execution. It’s very well thought-out, almost to the point of nauseum.

“There’s a lot of plays that we could call and if they don’t work you guys are going to be all over it. But when you look at it technically, that was a good call. That’s what’s happened a lot of times. Maybe one thing was just a little bit off.”

Like a block by an O-lineman on the first play against Toronto, Friday, preventing quarterback Buck Pierce from having time to set up and hit a wide-open Clarence Denmark, deep. Or like the timing between Pierce and a hobbled Terrence Edwards on the second play, another deep pass that was there for the taking.

“We had a bunch of guys open and we missed them downfield,” head coach Paul LaPolice, who calls the plays, said. “And it’s tough to get behind Toronto. But that’s guys working and repping together.”

Barresi says even the Week 1 play that led to Pierce being hammered in Hamilton wasn’t a bad call, despite what LaPolice said later.

“That was a great call,” Barresi said. “What happened was we just didn’t execute it well. And Buck will tell you.”

Barresi also doesn’t buy the theory most offences need more time to get untracked than defences.

“Not really. I mean, you look at Edmonton right now. They just came out of the gates and they’re ready to go. We’ll get much better.”

As for getting the chance to call the offence, the way most co-ordinators do, Barresi said he’d like to, eventually, in his career.

“Right now I’m fine with it,” he said. “I’m doing what I need to do. We all have a roll, here. I’m happy as long as we’re making progress.”


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