July 21, 2014

Blue Bombers: Reflecting and Moving Forward

Scott Billeck | BlueBombers.com Staff 

WINNIPEG — With a couple days of reflection in the books, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were back in the film room Sunday, working out the kinks stemming from their 26-3 loss to the Edmonton Eskimos on Thursday.

Reviewing game film can say a lot about a team’s performance in a particular game, and O’Shea was clear when it came to where his team needs to improve come this Friday in B.C. against the Lions.

“Mistakes always stand out,” said O’Shea. “Every guy on the team has plays that they wanted to have back. I think it is evident to us, especially to our offence, that we missed some opportunities out there that would have changed the game at that moment and then possibly, to me, could have changed the rest of the outcome of the game.

“When those mistakes get compounded with a few penalties, although we took a lot less penalties then we have…it turns into a 26-3 game.”

With that, O’Shea said that accountability and communication were two attributes that were on display from his players in the film room Sunday.

“It’s not just the coaches talking, it’s the players talking about the call, the read, what they saw, what they didn’t see, how it is going to work next time,” O’Shea said. “So there is accountability to the group, which is good.

“For most professional athletes, mistakes stand out for them too, more than the successes. It was a good day today to come in and look at the film, correct it and move on to B.C.”

While O’Shea expects his team to come out and respond in their Week 5 matchup against the 2-2 B.C. Lions, he isn’t leaving it solely up to them to do so.

“As a coaching staff we are going to drive the response,” he said. “My belief is that if we sat back and watched, we would get that response anyway, because of the type of players we have. But there is no point sitting back. We are paid to coach and we are paid to get the response that we want.”

Injury Notes: DB Moe Leggett looks like he will be ready to return to the lineup after missing the past two games with an ankle injury… OL Chris Greaves will participate in drills to start the week and could see practice time if all goes well… WR Cory Watson will miss another week with a lingering hamstring injury while P Mike Renaud will be on the sidelines for a few weeks with a similar ailment… WR Aaron Kelly’s knee injury is on a play-it-by-ear basis heading into practice this week.