November 16, 2011
Bombers' primary weapon
By Jim Bender, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - Don’t look now but the Winnipeg secondary has simply ‘owned’ Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Kevin Glenn this season.
The former Blue Bomber threw the ball to the wrong jersey five times in three games, all losses.
So, forgive the Winnipeg DBs if they are rubbing their hands in gleeful anticipation to greet Glenn when he brings the Tiger-Cats to town for the CFL East Final this Sunday.
“We don’t want to jinx it, but we’re comfortable,” said safety Ian Logan, one of three members of the Winnipeg secondary to be named CFL All-Stars on Wednesday.
“We have a very good defence and we’re confident in ourselves, and we feel we have a very good chance to win.”
The Bombers actually intercepted six Hamilton passes this season, with one off Quinton Porter. Of those six, they returned three for touchdowns in critical parts of the games.
Defensive back Alex Suber turned the game around when he returned a pick for a TD in the first meeting. Cornerback Jovon Johnson set the ‘Cats on their heels with an early touchdown off an interception in the second. And cornerback Brandon Stewart’s pick-six in the third salted the game away for Winnipeg.
“We just go out and try to make plays against whomever we’re playing,” said defensive back Jonathan Hefney, who was also named a CFL All-Star. “It just happened to be against Hamilton. It seems like every time we catch an interception, we run it back for a touchdown.
“But we’ve got one of the best return men in the league in Jovon, who got one or two picks and took them to the house. Brandon Stewart is one of the fastest men in the league so, it’s sort of easy watching him getting them because you’re not going to be able to catch him. So, we just try to make every play on the ball we can and hopefully, hurt them enough where they can’t come back from it.”
But for the picks, Glenn’s numbers were decent versus the Bombers. He completed 53 of 85 passes for 647 yards and three touchdowns in the three games.
“You can’t say we have a quarterback’s number because you never know what can happen,” Hefney warned. “Last game, it looked like we had his number, but the game before that, he was throwing deep balls and completing passes on us. Anything can happen. We just hope that we can contain him.”
To continue their ball-hawkish ways this week, the Bomber DBs will need help.
“For us, the main thing is stopping the run,” said Johnson, another all-star. “They did a great job in Montreal running the ball (in the Eastern semifinal versus the Alouettes), and they have a good quarterback.
“We have to take away that first read because that’s where they go with the ball most of the time. He’s a quick thrower and if we take away that first read and make them do things that they don’t necessarily want to do, we’ll be fine. But, at the end of the day, it all starts with stopping the run.”