Sunday, July 7, 2013

Bombers Defense Makes Mince Meat of AC and the Al's

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers evened their record with a smothering defensive effort against the morose Montreal Alouettes who could not take advantage of the Bombers 5 turnovers as. The Als could only muster 11 points against a Winnipeg defense that came to play and had future hall of fame quarterback Anthony Calvillo scrambling for his life and after the game he was pointing the finger at all  players and coaches, which is not good news for rookie head coach, Dan Hawkins.

It is too early to tell if the Bombers defense can maintain this level of play for a whole season but 11 sacks in two games is not a statistic to laugh at unless AC was just showing his age.  The Blue will have a tough test over the next 2 weeks playing Henry Burris and then Rick Ray who were both able to light up the Bombers defense last season.

Despite the stellar performance by the defense there is much cause for concern with the Bombers and their anemic offence that cannot get on track. Buck Pierce showed flashes of consistency and was able to put together a drive in the fourth quarter capitalizing on a Montreal turnover and putting the Blue up for good as the defense, despite giving up a touchdown late in the fourth quarter shut the door on AC and the Al’s.

The Bombers did get fortunate on two plays that could have swung the momentum and game in the Al’s favour. The first was a Justin Goltz fumble in the third quarter caused by him and Will Ford colliding. Kyries Hebert recovered the ball and took it to the end zone but the play was called back as he was ruled down by contact although looking at the replay it is hard to imagine that was the right call. 

The second was a Jovon Johnson fumble on the kick off right after the Al’s had cut the Bombers lead to six. If Bryant Turner , who is proving to be a star and leader on defense, didn’t recover the ball we could be talking about the Bombers being 0-2 heading into Hamilton.

However, as the saying goes you have to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good plus football games almost always come down to 3 or 4 key plays, which the Goltz and Johnson plays prove although full credit must be given to the Bombers defense for this victory.

Now the ball is firmly in the hands of offensive coordinator, Gary Crowton to fix the offensive problems, which are many including finding a way to get Buck Pierce more time in the pocket as the Al’s were consistently blitzing him.

Big Blue also need to find a way to get the run game going.

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