Bombers’ at­tack as weak as ever

SundayXtra - - SPORTS THE FIFTH QUARTER - By Paul Wiecek

GUELPH, Ont. — The first game for the Blue Bombers of­fence since the fir­ing of of­fen­sive co- or­di­na­tor Gary Crow­ton last week­end didn’t look much dif­fer­ent than it has all sea­son — which is to say not very good.

The Bombers mus­tered just 141 net yards pass­ing and just 214 net yards over­all in a 37- 14 loss to Hamil­ton on Satur­day. They also went through three dif­fer­ent quar­ter­backs and left fans won­der­ing once again why the team used run­ning back Chad Simpson so sel­dom.

Simpson car­ried just eight times all af­ter­noon, but one of his car­ries re- sulted in the Bombers only touch­down of the day on a 44- yard scam­per in the fourth quar­ter. Simpson fin­ished with 75 rush­ing yards.

Newly in­stalled of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Mar­cel Belle­feuille said in­juries to both start­ing QB Max Hall and backup QB Buck Pierce as well as an early deficit and a bad sec­ond- quar­ter in­ter­cep­tion all con­spired against his fledg­ling of­fence be­fore it ever got a chance to get go­ing.

“When you’re not as good as you want to be yet and you’re mak­ing changes, you need some early suc­cess,” said Belle­feuille. “They played hard and they worked hard and it was a lot of lit­tle things. But I’m sure it’s been a lot of lit­tle things for awhile now...

“That’s the re­al­ity of it. It’s go­ing to take some time to build not just the tem­plate of what they’re do­ing, but also build their con­fi­dence back up too.

Simpson cited the Golden Rule when asked about the of­fen­sive game plan and the strug­gle to gain trac­tion.

“I’d rather not talk about that right now. I can’t get on my guys, that’s just not my deal. I’m not go­ing to point fin­gers at them, I can’t do that to them.”

Chad Simpson

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