A speedy re­cov­ery, Mr. Willy

Backup Brohm, alas, just can’t make any­thing hap­pen

SundayXtra - - SPORTS - By Ed Tait

ED­MON­TON — The Win­nipeg Blue Bombers have some piv­otal prob­lems to ad­dress.

Not only did they exit Satur­day night’s 32-3 loss with No. 1 quar­ter­back Drew Willy’s right knee wrapped in ice, the work of re­liever Brian Brohm was hardly in­spir­ing and head coach Mike O’Shea con­tin­ues to sug­gest third-stringer Robert Marve is not healthy enough to go into a game — even though he has dressed for the last two weeks.

The Bombers will eval­u­ate Willy’s knee again to­day, mak­ing him doubt­ful for next week’s home date with the B.C. Lions. Brohm con­nected on just 9- of-19 passes for 71 yards while be­ing in­ter­cepted twice. The at­tack didn’t just stall with him at the con­trols, it screeched to a halt.

Now, there’s noth­ing Brohm could say af­ter the game — or will say this week — that will con­vince Bombers faith­ful he can not only move the chains but lead the club to vic­tory. But for what it’s worth, here’s a chunk of what he said in a mo­rose Bombers locker-room:

“Some­times you don’t get all the breaks and things were kind of go­ing the wrong way to­day,” he said. “That hap­pens in football. Hope­fully that bal­ances out some­times and you get some breaks go­ing your way. But over­all I need a bet­ter per­for­mance.”

And if he’s called upon to take the first snap be­hind cen­tre next week?

“I’m ready. There’s no wa­ver­ing in my con­fi­dence level. Ob­vi­ously, there’s things I need to work on and get bet­ter at and I plan on do­ing that. It’s a short week, but I’m go­ing to get in lots of film, get right to work and just try to get bet­ter ev­ery day.

“That’s my job, to be ready to go when­ever I’m called upon. I feel that I know this of­fence, I’ve been in this of­fence for a year-and-a-half now and I feel like I can go in there and be suc­cess­ful when­ever I’m called upon. I have con­fi­dence in my­self and I need to go out there and show it on the field and show ev­ery­body what I’m ca­pa­ble of.”

And what are those things he needs to work on?

“A cou­ple of those balls, ac­cu­racy-wise. I’ve been work­ing on that through­out the year but I need to make a few bet­ter throws and that’s go­ing to be my fo­cus... see­ing the de­fence well and go­ing where I’m sup­posed to go with the football. I just need to make those plays, make those throws.”

O’Shea ex­plained af­ter­ward Marve dressed de­spite not tak­ing a snap all week be­cause Do­minique Davis, re­cently scooped up af­ter be­ing cut by Cal­gary, doesn’t yet have a grasp of the of­fence. Marve paced up and down the side­lines af­ter Willy’s in­jury and even put his hel­met on as if he was go­ing into the game, but spent more time sit­ting on the trainer’s ta­ble be­side and did not even throw passes on the side­lines.

“We talked about this ear­lier... Robert Marve didn’t take snaps all week and that (pos­si­bly in­sert­ing him in the game) wasn’t the re­al­ity we were liv­ing in this week,” said O’Shea. “He’s been deal­ing with an is­sue and it sort of got a lit­tle worse in Cal­gary (in the pre-game warmup).

“(Brohm) was dealt a tough hand. Once again, I’ll watch the film with the of­fence and come up with a bet­ter opin­ion. Ev­ery per­son that steps in in that sit­u­a­tion is be­hind the 8-ball be­cause they haven’t taken the reps in prac­tice. What­ever hap­pens in this com­ing week with Drew and the other quar­ter­backs, if Drew can’t take reps in prac­tice, if Drew can’t play, then Brian will fare bet­ter be­cause he’ll get all the snaps.” ed.tait@ freep­ress.mb.ca

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Win­nipeg Blue Bombers quar­ter­back Brian Brohm was com­pletely in­ef­fec­tive in re­lief of starter Drew Willy.

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