Lack of intensity alarms Bombers

Eskimos linebacker Damaso Munoz tackles Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce at Commonwealth...

Eskimos linebacker Damaso Munoz tackles Blue Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Alta., Oct. 15, 2011. (CODIE McLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:49 PM ET

WINNIPEG - Feeling listless lately?

Judging from their post-game comments, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers certainly were when they hit the field in Edmonton to take on the Eskimos in a CFL contest on Saturday.

“I have no clue why we didn’t perform very well, but that’s why we got beat (24-10),” Bombers receiver Terrence Edwards said on CJOB’s post-game radio show. “The 12 guys on the field have to play better. We had no intensity in the whole game. No energy.

“We’ve got a lot to play for and to come out and play like that is very disappointing … We didn’t see guys jumping around, whooping and hollerin’ like we usually do … Whether we’re just content on being in the playoffs, I don’t know. But I want to be in first place. I want that first-round bye. I want to be playing well going into the playoffs.”

Edwards, by the way, was not available at the Bombers’ only scheduled availability at the airport Sunday because he had taken an earlier flight. But he wasn’t the only one to talk about that lack of energy.

“We certainly didn’t match the intensity that they (Eskimos) brought to the field,” veteran defensive tackle Doug Brown echoed after the match. “We definitely didn’t have the energy across the board, in any phase, to match what they brought to the table.”

The strange thing is that the Bombers had just played their most complete game in their win over Hamilton the week before.

“We didn’t play our best and when you’re flat on the road, that’s what happens,” said quarterback Buck Pierce. “Just lack of focus, I guess, or just not much execution as a whole, as a team … We didn’t have it all together and that happens.”

The Bombers needed to win to at least maintain a share of top spot with Montreal in the East and keep their hopes of hosting the Eastern final alive.

Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice, however, took umbrage with the suggestion that his charges came out “flat.”

“People talk about coming out flat, but I think when people don’t perform, that’s when people’s emotions get down,” he said. “So, to say we weren’t ready to play that game, I don’t believe that. But when you don’t produce and things happen that don’t go your way, that’s when you get frustrated.

“I know some people use that as a term. I don’t really believe in that. I think, if you make several of the plays you have an opportunity to make, all of a sudden, your emotions are charged and you’re fired up and you’re into it. When you don’t, you get frustrated, you get mad when things don’t go your way. But you’ve just got to forget that and just keep playing.”

Certainly, his troops will need to be charged up when they host the first-place Alouettes this Sunday if they still want to finish first.


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