The Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday evening defeated Ottawa Redblock 19-17 in entrance of a crowd of 26,002 at IG Discipline. Under is my ideas on the sport.
What a end
Zack Kolaros 1 46 46 left the staff with two factors to go 10 yards out. He scored a first-half objective from Redblock defenders, and for the primary time he didn’t take the lead on the sphere.
Winnipeg coaches didn’t take the sphere and Collaros slowly acquired up. The league’s swing controller has determined to drag out the veteran quarterback.
Drew Brown Colaros took the sphere and took the sphere with three fast balls to 51 meters, only one minute earlier than the top of the sport to place Winnipeg in entrance. The second quarter of the 12 months performed nicely within the pre-season and was in a position to recreate that success when wanted.
Kolaros appeared on the bench for a short while after being faraway from the sport, though he rapidly returned to the aspect carrying a helmet. He didn’t enter the sport after saving the required three video games.
Requested about Kolaros’ dismissal, head coach Mike Oshea mentioned he understood the choice.
“I believe it is going to be used for the primary time since I skilled in Winnipeg,” Osheya instructed CJOB after the sport. “You eliminated it for 3 performs. Clearly you consider. [concussion protocol is] You might be working, so go there.
O’Shea was an enormous enhance to Brown’s recreation, expressing his full confidence within the younger quarterback’s skill to make amends. His confidence was rewarded with robust play, and Brown needed to drive the sphere rapidly to beat the staff and the membership needed to lose.
The ‘Darkish Facet’
Why do Winnipeg defenders name themselves ‘The Darkish Facet’? Sadly, this identify additionally applies to burnt gadgets.
In his first set of Redblacks, Jeremiah Masoli made 23-of-33 passes for 344 yards, one landing and one interception over Bombers. Winston Rose was hit by Marco Dubboys and Jalon Aklin within the 54th and 51st yards and if he had not dropped Aklin he would have given one other deep shot within the first quarter.
Winnipeg’s different cornerback allowed Tikuwan Glass to present Shak Johnson a 20-yard landing cross and was penalized for a passing interval on the finish of the second quarter.
None of which means Winnipeg’s protection was weak. The division has various stars and an thrilling season is coming when the league is dominated by most key statistics classes. They conceded simply 17 factors in opposition to Ottawa, which ought to at all times be sufficient to win the CFL.
The protection has reached a excessive level when it’s most wanted. At first of the fourth quarter, Caleb Evans stuffed in for the third and shortest time to drive a reversal of the autumn, and so they took the Redblacks out in lower than three minutes and took them two and a half.
Zack is again
Zac Colaros was the one fourth starter within the CFL who didn’t reply throughout pre-season and was clearly not wanted. He seemed sharp exterior the door, finishing the primary 5 passes for 53 yards and a landing.
The league’s greatest participant completed the evening with a landing of 18 yards, averaging 188 yards and a landing. Final season was a extra conservative efficiency than standard in Colorado, though it usually appeared to suit the brand new reception staff.
The Winnipeg offensive line is extensively thought to be the perfect within the league, however the unit has struggled to regulate the beating line in Ottawa. Zac Colaros was usually well-guarded, however the runners-up Brady Olivier and Johnny Augustine weren’t given the sort of racing we used to see.
Olivier completed the evening with 17 carriers for 10 yards, whereas Augustine had three carriers for 10 yards. A.D. By 2021, the membership’s ball carriers averaged 5.3 yards per carry. On Friday, the common was 2.6 yards per carry.
A.D. It has been the heartbeat of Winnipeg since its launch from the West Division in 2016.
On Friday, 11 gamers made their debut in Winnipeg, with CFL veterans Dakota Prucope, Greg Elingson, Cameron Lawson, Malik Clements, Tikuwan Glass and Malcolm Thompson, in addition to learners Dalton Shawn, Cedric Wilcots II, LB Mack III, and Donald Rutledge Jr. , And Tyrell Ford.
The three most well-known newcomers have been Sean, Mack and Rutgers, as all three learners break up. Mack and Rutgers began with injured veterans Jackson Jeffford and Mercy Masten, however Shawn is predicted to get replaced by Jalin Sanders earlier than his launch.
I need to see it once more for a extra in-depth assessment, however I did my greatest to concentrate to all three as the sport progressed.
Rutgers could also be misplaced, however it’s unknown at the moment what he’ll do after leaving the submit. Robust linebacker performed nicely within the third half as he struggled to clear the ball previous Devonte Williams.
Though he and newcomer Cedric Wilcott II created the alternative pace with Willie Jefferson, Mac solely scored one level. The absence of Jackson Jeffford was noticeable, though it’s unreasonable to anticipate a newbie to narrate to Jeffford.
Sean held 5 passes for 69 yards, together with a clutch 16-yarder on Winnipeg’s last drive. On the finish of the third quarter, Justin Howell’s shot was deflected off the submit.
Mason left for the season after struggling a torn Achilles, so the place of the robust aspect line defenders appears to be in Rutledge’s fingers. Jeffford has been dominated out with a hamstring damage, so there’s a likelihood he may return subsequent week.
In August 2021, Winnipeg unveiled a brand new banner with the phrases ’11-time Grey Cup Champions’ at IG Discipline’s North Finish Zone. It solely lasted ten months, though I am positive the membership have been completely happy to get replaced after successful the trophy for the second time in a row in December.
The brand new banner can be ‘2021 Grey Cups Champions: Again-To-Again’ and can characteristic Winnipeg successful the CFL Cup 12 years in the past. It’s massive, blurry, and really good.
Mike Oshea is just not identified for his procrastination however I favored what he mentioned this week when requested why the membership ought to deal with the Grey Cup champions as an alternative of giving up the telephone.
“It is soccer,” he mentioned. “For those who look behind you, you may be slapped within the face.”
Properly mentioned Coach.
There have been 26,002 in attendance at IG Discipline, which appeared surprisingly low. Though IG Discipline was the primary to shout, the general public may by no means know the magnitude of the noise.
Winnipeg has grown by a complete of 27,354 within the final 5 residence openings (2016-2019, 2021) by a most of 30,165. A. – I used to be instructed that the opening and the staff won’t present such updates.
Purple Zone Pillar
When Winnipeg was deep within the Purple Zone, it was thrilling to see the third-string quarterback Dakota Procope enter the sport within the first and fourth quarters. He scored a one-yard landing cross late within the recreation, and Brady Olivier was changed by Colaros after a two-yard loss within the first quarter.
Procope is the perfect runner behind the Winnipeg three-quarters and it is going to be fascinating to see how a lot red-zone it takes this season. When Winnipeg is close to the objective line, his skill to maneuver the ball together with his ft helps to open the sport e book.
Time administration (inconvenience)
With 17 seconds left within the second quarter, Ermias Masoli accomplished a 23-yard cross for Jalon Aklin, who fought for extra yards. When Aklin was sentenced and the primary half ended, it was over.
It is the primary week of the season however there’s nonetheless no motive to depart factors on the board – particularly on the street to enemy territory. Ottawa’s defeat within the recreation was lower than a objective.
On (and off) by Marc
Mark Liegio wins all three tackles in coaching camp Ali Mortada He went 2-2 on the sphere and one to 2 on the substitutes and one on the fitting.
I’ve acquired tweets from followers expressing concern in regards to the position of Leggio and he has carried out nothing incorrect as a result of he misplaced a key change in Ottawa. Even so, I didn’t rush to dismiss the younger assailant.
Leugeio is second within the historical past of U-Sport on discipline targets (92) and ever (442). On the CFL degree, he ought to be given a authorized kick when he does all three treadmills, and it’s clever to present it to Winnipeg after one 12 months of improvement.
The Blue Bombers lower Renee Parade twice with the Calgary Stampers earlier than turning into a five-time West Division star. Many poets have gone by way of troublesome instances to turn into nice gamers.
It must also be famous that Leigio hit the ball nicely and was a mean of 40 meters in Punt. Richie Lyon, four-time CFL all-star, netted a mean of 38.5 yards for Ottawa.
Paul Lapolis returned to IG Discipline for the primary time since leaving Winnipeg in December 2019 to move coach of the Ottawa Redblock.
Lapolis has been very talked-about throughout his many teaching periods in Winnipeg – his spouse is from Selkirk, which helps – he and his staff nonetheless scream as they take the sphere. The sport was proven on IG Discipline’s video screens for over 5 minutes and acquired a standing ovation from the gang, which he humbly acknowledged.
Darwin Adams returned to IG Discipline after signing as a free agent in Ottawa in February. He made seven catches for 71 yards with out exhibiting any indicators of growing old main as much as the ninth CFL.
A.D. Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ well-known voice actor Bob Irving was within the press throughout Friday’s recreation. I do not assume anybody will cease the media middle with its identify on the sphere this season.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers (1-0) are scheduled to go to the Ottawa Redblock (0-1) on Friday, June 17 at 7 30 30 at TDP’s Stadium.
My spouse and I have been occupying our new residence that very same day, so I didn’t arrange a column after the sport. My brother and ex Blue Bomber Speech Podcast co-host Tim Hodge agrees to work in a column the place I’m not, so there’ll nonetheless be content material after the sport 3 Down Nation To take pleasure in it.
The Blue Bombers host the Hamilton Tigers (0-0) on Friday, June 24 at IG Discipline and my standard post-game content material will return subsequent week.