It's no time to relax, says Bombers' BowmanLinebacker staying put during bye week
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back Jovon Johnson (left, getting ready to pounce on the Steven Jyles fumble late in their July 26 victory over Edmonton) is headed for a Minneapolis holiday during his bye week to 'ease his mind.' (FRED GREENSLADE/Reuters files)
WINNIPEG - While most of his teammates are headed home or off to exotic locales for the bye week, Bombers linebacker Marcellus Bowman believes it’s no time to relax.
“I’ll be here trying to get better,” Bowman said after Friday’s 36-26 loss to the Montreal Alouettes. “We get six months off in the off-season. I don’t need to go home for a week. So I’ll be here, getting better.”
The Bombers are 1-5, their lone win coming courtesy of a Steven Jyles fumble late in their game against the Edmonton Eskimos on July 26. So more than a few players were quite happy to be getting away from it all for a few days.
“I’m going back to Montreal, just spending time with the family, my parents and my nephew. I’ll see the nephew for a few days,” linebacker Pierre-Luc Labbe said. “It’s going to be cool to be outside of football.
“I’m probably not going to watch football, not talk or think about football. Just be away for a week. With a tough start like this, it’s good for everyone to just step away from football and come back fresh and focused.”
Quarterback Alex Brink, who is 1-4 as Winnipeg’s quarterback of record this season, also wants to get away from the grind for a while.
“I’m going to take some time. You have to, with the way this game is,” Brink said. “You have to recharge. It’s been a long time since training camp. I’ll relax a little bit.”
Cornerback Jovon Johnson headed to Minneapolis with fellow defensive back Deon Beasley for a vacation to “ease his mind,” but before he left he sent out an interesting Tweet: “Frustrated!!!! I won’t get into detail, but I’m frustrated not gonna lie!”
Receiver Kito Poblah is another player who spent part of his off-season in Winnipeg and plans to stick around during the bye week.
“I’ll probably go to Kenora. I’ve never been by Kenora. I’ve heard about it. I’ll probably go out there and basically hang around,” said Poblah, who also plans to do some work with his side business, a training venture called Finish First Football.
Linebacker Jonathan Hefney planned on getting away, too, but football wasn’t going to be too far from his mind.
“Everybody go home, enjoy your family and figure out what they’ve got to do,” Hefney said. “Come back and turn this thing around.”
A CLOSER LOOK
CFL spokesman Olivier Poulin said Sunday the league will be reviewing Rod Davis’ helmet to helmet hit on Brink during the second half of Friday’s game.
A blitzing Davis lowered his head and drilled Brink in the helmet just after he released a pass. Brink didn’t miss any action, and no penalty was called on the play.