Alouettes 41, Bombers 30

- July 7th, 2012

MONTREAL — The Bombers put up a fairly good fight at Molson Stadium on Friday night, but bad penalties, poor defensive play and the inability to score in the red zone led to their second straight loss to start the season.

The Bombers lost 41-30 to the Alouettes and fell to 0-2. The last time the Bombers lost their first two games was in 2008, when they dropped their first four contests. The good news is they still made the playoffs that year. The bad news is Winnipeg has never made it to the Grey Cup when starting a season 0-2.

A few thoughts …

• Winnipeg’s inexperience is killing them right now, which should come as a surprise to no one when you consider they’re the youngest team in the league. That’s the way GM Joe Mack wants his team, and the Bombers and their fans are dealing with the growing pains.

• The Alouettes showed the rest of the CFL how to beat the Bombers: Get their linebackers in one-on-one coverage. Pierre-Luc Labbe, Henoc Muamba and Dustin Doe couldn’t contain Brandon Whitaker in the man-to-man defensive structure, so defensive co-ordinator Tim Burke is going to have to come up with something to prevent other teams from destroying them like Whitaker did.

• Demond Washington — not all of the time, but most of the time — takes the football on punt returns and moves forward. What a novel idea. The dude’s a keeper, but I didn’t need to tell you that.

• Als quarterback Anthony Calvillo completed 31 of 39 passes. Three of his incompletions were drops. Not a bad night.

• Some Bomber fans are still calling for Buck Pierce to take a seat. The defence gave up 551 yards, and the quarterback is the problem? Yeah, right. Pierce was better on Friday night. Not great, but better.

• Head coach Paul LaPolice is taking some heat for not kicking the field goal when the Bombers were on the Montreal six with five minutes to go. I thought he should have kicked the field goal, but I don’t think he was entirely wrong. Pierce and the offence had an awful night in the red zone and it was a two-score game, so it was a risk worth taking. If they were on the 20, yes, he has to kick the field goal. But lets’s face it: They weren’t winning the game anyway.

• Kudos to Brady Browne and Jordan Taormina for being in the locker-room after the game and answering questions about their ill-timed penalties. You’d be surprised how many players go “missing” in the locker-room after mistakes. Browne’s and Taormina’s mistakes will eventually be forgotten, but the fact they stood up and faced the music says a lot about their character.

• I tried to embed this video, but of course I failed. So here is the link to the video that shows how bad Browne was feeling after Friday’s game. He’s pretty emotional.

 

 

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