WINNIPEG -- In the immediate moments after Winnipeg’s 32-21 loss to the Calgary Stampeders, quarterback Joey Elliott was more than ready to face the music.
Thing is, however, his teammates refused to let him face it by himself.
“It’s my fault all the way, 110 per cent,” said Elliott inside the Bombers’ locker room after throwing four interceptions on Saturday afternoon.
“The ball leaves my hand. It’s my job, I have to trust my receivers and my reads and I take full responsibility for those mistakes,” he added.
Despite Elliott’s admirable admission to the reality of his performance, Winnipeg receiver Terrence Edwards was quick to defend his young quarterback.
“It’s commendable to see him take this loss that way, but I put it on the whole offence,” said Edwards.
“It takes all 12 of us to put points on the board and we didn’t,” he added.
Simply put, it wasn’t the best of days for the Blue Bombers, as the final stat line showed them registering eight turnovers – a number that on most nights won’t give you a positive opportunity to win.
When the final whistle sounded, Elliott had completed 22 of his 33 passes for 284 yards, zero touchdowns, and four interceptions, a stark resemblance to his stellar performance two weeks ago against the Alouettes, one that saw him thrown three touchdowns en-route to being named Offensive Player of the Week.
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