It’s a efficiency which has lengthy since been erased from the collective reminiscence banks of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers ‑ though the vile after-taste nonetheless lingers for a lot of their devoted fan base.
Rewind 13 days in the past and there have been the Bombers coughing up a 20-Zero first half lead in Toronto, then discovering their legs once more briefly within the second half earlier than the Argonauts – the beforehand winless Argonauts – authored a late game-winning drive that appeared to set off alarm bells all around the Keystone province.
And – POOF! – similar to that a lot of the promise that had been flashed in a 5-Zero begin had been flushed with two straight losses on the membership’s trek by way of southern Ontario.
Quick-forward now to the current because the Bombers, coming off a 26-24 win over the Gray Cup champion Calgary Stampeders, put together to welcome a struggling B.C. Lions aspect which has dropped 4 straight and now sits at 1-7. Sure, the dots… properly, they’re not too tough to attach right here within the classes discovered for the Bombers from a pair weeks in the past.
“I suppose you could possibly put it that means, however I don’t suppose we got here into that (Toronto) recreation considering in any means about their report,” started Bombers slotback Nic Demski. “Everyone knows in regards to the risks of taking anybody evenly on this league. You must be ready to go to battle each week, it doesn’t matter what the information are, regardless of who’s on the opposite staff.
“The way in which we have a look at it, if we play as much as the Bombers customary, we’re going to be OK as a result of I don’t suppose anyone on this league can cling with us. But it surely’s ensuring we play to that customary.”
That was a typical take from contained in the Bombers locker room following Tuesday’s closed observe because the ‘classes discovered’ angle was explored. There may be nonetheless a quiet confidence with this bunch, however the two-game skid was additionally a backhand throughout the face about how easing off the fuel pedal in a recreation and even throughout a observe week, could be doubtlessly disastrous.
“We’ve already mounted these errors,” mentioned receiver Chris Matthews of the Argos recreation. “We pushed on and the subsequent week we already acquired us a win. We’re not apprehensive about something like that.”
“I don’t see it as related,” added Bombers coach Mike O’Shea when requested the identical factor. “You study classes from your complete season. Hopefully you develop into smarter because the season goes on.
“The lesson we discovered from just a few weeks in the past was in the event you make that many errors you’re going to get beat, it doesn’t matter who the opponent is. We cleaned that up shortly on this final recreation and anticipate to development upwards in that regard.”
The Bombers completed their ultimate full observe at present behind closed doorways prematurely of Thursday’s recreation towards the Lions. Listed below are some notes and quotes from at present’s media availability in our 48-HOUR PRIMER…
Bombers KR Janarion Grant had a ribbon positioned on his spectacular debut final week by being honoured by the CFL as one in every of Week 9’s Prime Performers.
Grant had two-punt return TDs within the win over Calgary, overlaying 76 and 83 yards, and completed the night time with 306 yards in kick returns. He turned the primary Bombers participant within the fashionable period (post-1950) to return two punts for touchdowns in a recreation and solely the eighth participant in CFL historical past accomplish the feat.
“It’s fairly nice,” mentioned the soft-spoken Grant. “I admire all the pieces, all of the people who had been concerned. I’ve simply acquired to maintain doing what I’m doing every week.”
SICK BAY REPORT:
No damage replace from Tuesday, because the session was closed to the media, and Mike O’Shea didn’t have an replace on left guard Cody Speller, who was injured within the win over Calgary however stayed within the recreation to assist on the short-yardage packages.
“He’s a tricky child,” mentioned O’Shea of Speller. “I’m going to present him one other day. I understand how robust he’s and we’ll see.”
Speller was changed by Drew Desjarlais, drafted fourth total within the 2019 CFL Draft, towards the Stamps.
“He’ll at all times play robust. As in any case with a younger man he’s acquired to study,” mentioned O’Shea. “The reps at tight finish (in brief yardage) definitely helped.”
HOME RUNS ON THE HORIZON?:
There was a ton of teeth-grinding in regards to the Bombers offensive efficiency of late, even within the wake of the win over Calgary. The Bombers lead the CFL in offensive TDs and rank second in factors, however simply seventh in common passing yards per recreation.
Following observe on Tuesday, Chris Matthews was requested about how shut he and the offence are to hitting a home-run.
“We’re engaged on it day-after-day,” mentioned Matthews. “It is going to come, it’s going to hit and as soon as it begins hitting there’s most likely going to be no solution to cease us. I’m not likely apprehensive about… I caught three or 4 different passes, so… I’m simply ready for that recreation the place I don’t drop a ball. Can’t anticipate that one.
“They’re undoubtedly there. We simply have to ensure we’re being strategic in what we’re doing, ensuring all the pieces is blocked up proper, all people is working the best routes and the quarterback is feeling snug in what he sees and letting it rip.
“Timing is all the pieces and as soon as the timing will get down I really feel like we’ll be good.”