WINNIPEG - The first move has been made in an effort to improve the Winnipeg Blue Bombers offence.
A league source confirmed a Sportsnet.ca report Tuesday night that the Bombers have fired offensive co-ordinator Jamie Barresi. The Hamilton, Ont., native spent the last two years in the position under head coach Paul LaPolice.
The Bombers refused to confirm or deny the report.
Barresi, who won a Grey Cup with the B.C. Lions in 2006, helped LaPolice come up with the offensive game plan each week, but the head coach was the one who called the plays. The Bombers ranked fifth in the CFL this season in net yards and points scored.
The teamís offensive woes were evident in the first half of Sundayís Grey Cup loss to the Lions. Winnipeg managed just six points and five first downs and eventually fell 34-23.
Earlier on Tuesday, quarterback Buck Pierce and slotback Terrence Edwards both said it was up to the players to execute the game plan better. Pierce didnít know what the Bombers needed to do to turn it around on offence.
ďWe need to be more consistent,Ē Pierce said. ďThat inevitably came up and bit us. Throughout the course of the year we had great games and a few lulls. Itís something that was a concern throughout the course of the season.
ďItís too early right now to put a finger on something and comment on that, but I just think itís consistency. If itís from a playerís perspective, players need to be more consistent and execute whatís called.Ē