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Sunday, September 13, 2015

MOSAIC PLACE RECAP: BOMBERS 22 RIDERS 7


WINNIPEG - Matt Nichols said earlier this week he hadn't had this much fun on the football field in quite some time.

And while a first-half nightmare probably had him rethinking those thoughts briefly on Saturday, the sentiment certainly held true by the time the final whistle blew as his Winnipeg Blue Bombers were victorious 22-7 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

"Tonight, I definitely had the most fun I had since probably college for me,'' said Nichols, who was 21-for-30 for 283 yards with a major, an interception and two fumbles while improving to 6-2 in starts in 2015.

"To get back to that is just awesome. Sometimes in the business you can start having it feel like a job. Right now, it feels like you're just out playing with the boys.''

Nichols, who was acquired two weeks ago from Edmonton, said one of the keys was the belief he felt coming from his teammates in Winnipeg.

"I just really felt, as a quarterback, you have to be in that position where everyone believes in you and trust you and I felt I have that here,'' said Nichols. "At times that was lost on me in Edmonton.''

The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Bombers, who improved to 4-7.

The Riders dropped to 1-10 after claiming their first victory of the year in last week's Labour Day Classic over the Blue Bombers.

Julian Feoli-Gudino's first touchdown of the season in the third quarter proved the winning score after breaking a 7-7 deadlock.

Khalil Bass' 59-yard interception returned for a touchdown, capped off 22 straight points for the club after the Riders grabbed an early 7-0 in the first frame.

The Bombers trotted out their eighth different quarterback in their eighth straight Banjo Bowl Saturday and it didn't look good from the get-go.

Nichols' night started out on the rough side, evidenced by two fumbles and an interception.

The Bombers turned the ball over three times in the first 15 minutes - five total in the half - while producing just 14 total yards on offence.

"I thought our defence played outstanding, they really gave us a chance to win tonight,'' Riders receiver Rob Bagg said. "The offence was quite far from being good enough today.''

Bagg half-heartedly credited the Bombers defence.

"They did their job, but mostly, we didn't do ours,'' he said. "Really, most of our problems were because of our own mistakes. It really wasn't what they were doing, it was our lack of our ability to do things properly.''

Winnipeg had a glorious chance early on in the first frame after Riders' punter Ray Early netted just four yards on a shank off the outside of his foot.

But with the Bombers on second down in the red zone, defensive end John Chick split the offensive line of Winnipeg's and strip-sacked Nichols, who watched helplessly as Jeff Knox Jr. pounced on the loose ball.

The comedy of errors continued at the end of the Bombers next drive as kicker Lirim Hajrullahu failed to handle the snap and was sacked deep in Winnipeg's end.

The turnover proved costly two plays later as quarterback Brett Smith found receiver Bagg in the back of the end zone for a 6-0 lead. Paul McCallum missed the ensuing convert.

"Those situations happen and you have to take advantage of them,'' said Riders interim head coach Bob Dyce. "Not to take anything away from Winnipeg, they're a good football team, but if you look at some of the penalties we took and our lack of execution, we're not good enough at this point to win a game when we don't take advantage of all of our opportunities.''

Bombers head coach Mike O'Shea said, despite the five turnovers in the first half, there wasn't that feel on the sidelines the team was going to let the game slip away.

"Our defence was playing so well, they weren't going to let it bother them tonight,'' he said.

Nick Moore led the Bombers in receiving with 103 yards on three receptions before leaving the game with a lower-body injury in the third quarter. He did not return. No update on his status was available after the game.

(The Canadian Press)


POSTGAME COMMENTS

HEAD COACH DYCE

- The Bombers are good team.  They played with a lot of intensity.  We had a lot of situations we didn't take advantage of and in our position, you have to.  We didn't have the protection we needed at times too.

- When you have opportunities like those takeaways, you have to put points on the board.  That's what you face with a young QB and it's not just Brett.  We took penalties, and as a unit we need to be better.

- When we talk about going forward, we talked about it at halftime again, we can't afford to go backwards.  When you put Brett in 2nd-and-17 or 2nd-and-24, coach Jacques doesn't have a lot of plays for those situations.

- It was a combination of things, like I said.  We just never really got into a rhythm and that was a challenge.  The defense stood up a lot and there's a lot to be commended on there.  We have to go back to the drawing board a bit, and go forward from there.

- We talk about everything we do, we do for us.  We stay together and stay strong for each other.  You never really know what's going to happen in the future.  You have to take one play at a time, one day at a time, and get better with each opportunity.

SB ROB BAGG

- It was tough.  Our defense played outstanding.  That game could've been ugly if the defense hadn't played so well.  On offense, we just killed ourself today.  That's all you can really say about it.

- I'm gonna give Winnipeg credit but at the same time, it wouldn't matter if we were going against air.  We were just horrible.  I'm not looking forward to looking at the film.  It was just a bad day on offense.

- I enjoy going to slot.  I played that all college.  I'm trying to do the things that Getzlaf does so well.  At the same time, I'm just trying to be better and we all have to be a ton better.

- We're gonna continue to fight and battle and if you want to be a part of the solution, you have to play well now.  We'll play until we're statistically out of it.  You might as well do it right if you're going to do it.

DE ALEX HALL

- We knew we had to win this game.  It is tough.  It sucks.  We needed to string some wins together.

- We were just trying to do what we'd been doing in that first half, stay consistent as possible.  We tried to continue that in the second half but we lagged a little bit.  That was it.

- Nichols did his thing.  He learned the offense on a short week, or whatever it was, but he seized the opportunity and played really good.

- We wanted to cut down on penalties and stupid little things like that.  14 penalties are unacceptable.

- Hey, we just have to keep pushing.  Show that you still want it, and individually do your job to help the team win.  Do you job.

65 comments:

Anonymous said...

At the conclusion of the 4 th quarter as the clock strikes 0, immediately trade the clown Demski to the Bombers, leave him in Winnipeg.

Anonymous said...

5 turnovers and we can't increase our lead? We stink!

Anonymous said...

Again, remind me why we got rid of Milo. He would miss the easy ones. What is McCallum doing? The same thing. He better come up with some game winners, otherwise it was pointless to get rid of Milo.

Anonymous said...

Coach Dyce better have a chat with Cory McDiarmit, those cover teams have really gone to pot since Dyce handed the reins to McDiarmit.

Anonymous said...

Yawn .......

Anonymous said...

Brendan Taman football = two very bad amaturish teams. Saskatchewan/Winnipeg.

Anonymous said...

Tackle, dont hit. TD Winnipeg.
Where is our offence? Brutal effort thru 3Q.

Anonymous said...

Definitely looking like a last place one and nine team today. 5 turnovers, opposition has three times the amount of yardage on offence. Lucky we are playing a team that is almost as bad.

Anonymous said...

Holding on that touchdown big time. Denmark got away with one. Not that it matters in this game, terrible!

Anonymous said...

Riders O-line is one of the very worst pass blocking lines I've seen in playing/watching football for over 40 years. Not sure how that gets fixed in even a year or two. Sadly, it's going to take a few drafts to rebuild it.

Anonymous said...

The Riders got what they deserve. No offense to take advantage of Bombers turnovers. No protection for the QB. Then the defence goes to sleep in the second half. And oh, incompetent officiating! Onward, to next year's country!
A Frustrated Moose Jaw fan

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the return of Kevin Glenn. Defense has greatly improved since he was hurt, hopefully he can return the offense to 30+ points and 400+ yards.

D finally forcing turnovers, offense not capitalizing.

Anonymous said...

While this is Brett Smiths worst game, having no screens or a gameplan to help out with the relentless pressure. Maybe this will calm some of the crap talk about O'Day becoming our new GM. It was the players and not the coaching after all.

Anonymous said...

Kevin Glenn next week please.

Anonymous said...

I got tired of Suiter harping about the upside for Brett Smith for 56 minutes, then he finally opened his eyes and started talking about Kevin Glenn coming back.

Anonymous said...

…between the pathetic O-line and horrible defensive secondary…need we say more!

Anonymous said...

Is Marshay Green related to Nealon Greene?
He's just as incompetent.

Anonymous said...

Can we finally say bye to this season already? What a pathetic team. Why were no vets released prior to Labour Day? Did I miss something? Good luck filling that new stadium.

Anonymous said...

How hard is it to figure out, if you're in trouble throw a pass beyond the line of scrimmage but out of bounds. Pretty simple stuff and Smith has had 6 games to learn that, but he hasn't. Bring on Glenn.

Anonymous said...

I think the reason to have Glenn start for the next game is to enable the Riders to better evaluate their receivers. It is not fair for the rookie receivers to be evaluated with a rookie QB.

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to the NFL games tomorrow. Go Eagles!

Anonymous said...

Rookie 23 year old QB played like one - it is really simple why we lost

Anonymous said...

Vince Wilfork had torn his Achilles a couple of years ago and despite being up there in age and weighing close to 400 lbs, he had a good season with the Super Bowl Champs and is now with the Texans. Therefore I think Durant will bounce back fine.

Anonymous said...

If there was any doubt there should not be now. 2016 starts now. It is time to evaluate players and decide on some veterans for the future. We have the longest pre-season of any other team. I realize these players are paid to win along with the coaches, and every one else in this organization but we need to look at the future now for rebuilding or retooling, whatever you want to call it. Let's do what is best for 2016 and beyond.

To think in the CFL you normally are not out of the playoff race this early since 6 spots go to 9 teams. But losing both season series to the teams we are chasing and those teams still play a game against each other, there really is no chance.

Anonymous said...

While it's true Smith should have known to eat the ball, there is no excuse for how incompetent the O-line was, and in fact has been all season. He was under pressure all game. The HC and OC should have had a blocking plan in place to combat the stunts and blitzes the Bombers were bringing. That O-line looked totally lost and defeated. They are really bad.

Can the secondary stop anyone? The only time that Winnipeg was stopped is when they stopped themselves.

This team has so much poor or overrated talent it's not funny. Many vets playing like true second raters. Time to clean house and make some trades for draft picks we desperately need. We need an O-line and some linebackers and DB's. Also some bigger and tougher receivers much like the three TO found.

Why keep the crap that we don't need and why not start to look for pieces that they need to go forward.

The new young talent we have brought in are not as great as some think they are. It won't taken several years to rebuild. Hamilton did it in three years.

Nobody has been able to get a handle on the penalties either. far too many issues. Need an experienced GM fort sure.

Anonymous said...

Let the decade of futility continue. This is rider football. Glenn nor DD will turn this mess around they will both be injured by game 4 next year. The line is a qb killer. This bomber team is a disaster and the riders are worse.

Anonymous said...

Durant no Vince Wilfork, Durant a very brittle old man. Don't be so gullible and delusional.

Anonymous said...

We enjoyed a full double-header day of Blue Jays and College Football on Saturday. Read on twitter that the Riders lost.

Anonymous said...

Loooooooser

Anonymous said...

This should put to rest the notion of Bob Dyce as Head Coach and whether Kevin Glenn should start next week. Dyce needs to stay as ST coord and the new HC needs to evaluate the OC and DC. Both need to be upgraded. The new GM needs to drastically improve the personnel on both sides of the ball. Smith may have potential as a starting QB but it's way to early to anoint him as anything other than a possibility.
Lots of work to do.

Anonymous said...

Really who cares who starts next week. Worst team I've ever seen. Just gross!!

Anonymous said...

Jim Hopson, this is on you!! Worst team ever!!!

Anonymous said...

The Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club need to seriously consider hiring Mr. Roy Shivers as GM/VP of Operations asap. Time to rebuild once again and the man is the best option to get the on field team back to prominence long term.

Anonymous said...

Really saw lack of arm strength from Smith in this one. He may not be the future after all. I'd still start him over Glenn for the rest of the year. Tillman for GM!

Anonymous said...

o-lline has been horrible all year. methinks they eat too many twinkles. how can you pass or run block when your high gear is a waddle?

Anonymous said...

This is the CFL ? I've seen better knitting contests than the sickening display of football by the Offence of the Riders today. Did they walk to Winnipeg or what ?

w said...

Finished in September. That's like leaving work at noon everyday.

Anonymous said...

Listening to the radio broadcast in the combine really ruined a decent day of harvesting.
Then later, watching the hi(??)lites on TV really did it for me. Can someone rent a backhoe and bury those hideous white uni's, especially the helmets about ten feet deep under a layer of garlic, and hope they never see the light of day again!! Stick with the green/silver, heavy on the green!

Anonymous said...

The Riders did the impossible. They made a Richie Hall defense look good.

Anonymous said...

A lot of foolish fans are touting Smith as our future but we don't know that right now. As Mike McCollough stated he is not a good CFL quarterback, he is a gunslinger at this point in his career and needs some seasoning. Harris wasn't handed the keys the first year either. Smith is starting to have a slower delivery (remember Sunseri?) with very happy feet. Instead of stepping up into the pocket he runs to the right and tries to elude leading to sacks. He doesn't have a great arm so the verdict is still out on him. He may be OK at some point but right now he is a 1-5 QB.

We need some size in our receiving corp. Smith and Dressler are too small of a package. We need some size in our secondary as well. Generally speaking our team has gotten far too small in nearly every area. The bloom will quickly wear off the interim guys simply because they don't have the experience necessary to fix what needs fixing here. The crazy talk euphoria will soon dissipate.

13th Man said...

Whatever happened to the short and quick passing game we were led to believe Chap was supposed to bring with him? Personally I am not impressed with his play selection. I like Smith's determination, but he has difficulty spotting receivers soon enough. If Kevin is not ready, we need to look at the other two quaterbacks. Just because Smith is willing to sacrifice his body, does not mean he is a good quarterback. I noticed Dresser over the middle at least twice and Smith didn't spot him.

Anonymous said...

I find it amusing how the Rider defense improved as soon as that "Great Coach' was removed from the equation.

Sk_roughie said...

Where is Obama. Probably at the blood clinic trading his polical green blood for red!

Anonymous said...

write huff a blank check and say here the nation is yours wanna HC and GM thats fine or just GM and oversee football ops and hire his own coach thats what needs to happen

Anonymous said...

So what is gained with Glenn at QB? Anyone? Anyone? Let the ex season begin. Tell Dyce he will be evaluated on player development. That the "winning is the only thing" will be set aside for the rest of the season otherwise he is forced to go with experience vs raw young talent. Get some reps in with the other QBs despite what the old guard says. It IS ex season so play it that way. Nothing to lose. Right?

gman80 said...

Lol!! BRING BACK ROY SHIVERS"???? -NO THANKS!, BEEN DONE BEFORE,MOVE ON! - For all the "talent" Shivers brought in, the best the Riders ever did under his reign were "mediocre" 9-9 seasons and a "country club atmosphere".. NO THANKS!

Dan said...

This was a great call by our offensive coordinator 2nd and 25 and we call a draw play??????????????????????????????????. Great call Chap, time to join the boys club of the past coach and gm.

keyrecpl said...

Roy Shivers PLEASE. Didn't he bring us in a player who was sent to jail never to be heard from in the off season for being one of the biggest drug dealers in his town. Go ahead name the player. I will give you a clue. Played DB, was American, never won a grey cup. Oh wait Roys teams never won the cup either.

Anonymous said...

Some of you say it's exhibition season and develop some talent rather than dress Kevin Glenn. Well after watching Brett Smith imitate Tino Sunseri I say it's time for a look at Kieth Price or Blake Sims. Until we come up with someone that has a quick release we're not going anywhere.

Anonymous said...

That was Terrell Ulmer from the Ford regime dummy.

Anonymous said...

Smith is not a drop back passer. He does well as a roll out. Why set him up behind a poor O-line when as a rookie he doesn't have time to find anyone. With an option to run or pass on a roll out he would give defenses big trouble. Use his run skills.
Why does every team use only the shot gun? I miss the days when you had the treat of a run instead of one play...the shot gun draw. Messam and Anthony in the same backfield could pose some interesting thoughts for rushing D-linemen. D-lines only need to bull rush and know if it is a run, no problem as the runner is just piling into the mass of players anyways. Oh well what the heck do I know.

Anonymous said...

The O-line isn't as bad as some think. Until they get a QB that can complete a few 'hot' patterns the pass rush is going to continue and they're often outnumbered. Smith has proven he can't think fast enough, let's move on to Price or Sims.

Anonymous said...

And the good news is ... first pick overall in the 2016 draft.

Anonymous said...

Common for so called gunslingers rook QBs to evolve with experience. As they learn to read quicker and use the pocket more they also know how to avoid the rush and make something happen. Then when the chips are really down have the ability to carry the whole damn O on his back like how DD got us into the '13 west final. Even the late grate Ronnie L was a scrambler early on. Why? Poor O line. Later not needed but that scrambling experience saved him often. "He must have eyes in the back of his head".

Anonymous said...

Contract Shivers as our linebacker recruiter. Check the LB names before and after Roy. Yes you will have to put up with his saying what he thinks. Ok forget Roy. We "... can't handle the truth"!

Anonymous said...

I'd kill to be 9-9.

Anonymous said...

sorry he only brought the hive guy in, ya right.

Anonymous said...

Shivers for Roughriders GM/VP of Operations. Open the vault.
Bring back Roy Bring back Roy Bring back Roy Bring back Roy

Anonymous said...

1st overall draft got us what last time? Ben Heenan. Great, he was here for a couple of seasons but where is he now. Short term was great but couldnt build around him unfortunately. So beneficial was it having 1st pick overall.

Anonymous said...

Drafting Shomari Williams first overall sure helped.

Anonymous said...

ROY, please stop sending comments here. No one wants you here except opposition teams! To anyone who thinks Roy is so great, how has BC been doing?

w said...

What's that smell?

Anonymous said...

Rrs organization a pathetic embarrassing joke to all professional sports.

Anonymous said...

Ah com' on, get on the Roy bandwagon, you know you want to.

The Great Roy who knows football inside/out.

Walter said...

Dyce and O'Day - they are just not ready......................