IT RAINED, IT POURED... AND THE WEATHER SUCKED, TOO
Willy’s injury wasn’t the only concern post-game. Slotback Nick Moore, the CFL’s leading receiver entering the game, didn’t take a snap in the second half. Right tackle Devin Tyler pulled up lame as did linebacker Graig Newman.
But players are hurt in every game. And while Brohm struggled mightily in relief, again, the Eskimos responded positively with electrifying rookie QB James Franklin coming off the bench to replace a struggling Matt Nichols. He completed five of eight passes for 83 yards, three of them touchdowns.
But it was that Bombers’ response, or lack thereof, which had steam coming out of Chris Randle’s ears.
“We need to handle adversity a little bit better,” said the veteran linebacker. “This is the second case where our leader, our quarterback, went down and we didn’t respond the way we’re supposed to.
“We are a better team than what we (showed) out there. I know we’re better than that. Now we’ve got to go out there and prove it. It’s about understanding the situation. Our leader went down so everyone’s level has to raise up. That just didn’t happen, on special teams, on defence, on the offensive line... but it has to.
“When our leader goes down it’s on everyone else to fill that void.” ed.tait@ freepress.mb.ca