‘We can do better’: Unbeaten Bombers focus on fixing mistakes going into Gray Cup rematch with Tickets

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Season 2-0 should feel great for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, but not so much with the back-to-back Gray Cup champions.

As the Bombers prepared to host the victorious Hamilton Tiger-Cats (0-2) on Friday – the club they beat for both titles – the focus was on correcting mistakes on both sides of the ball.

“It’s better to be 2-0 and you have things you need to work on and you can still fix them by being 0-2 and being in the same position, right?” Winnipeg linebacker Adam Bighill said after Thursday’s walk-through practice.

“So the key is to make sure that even when you win you are learning from your mistakes. We believe that in order to be able to win more games this season, we need to clean up as many mistakes as possible. We move on, win tough games and eventually get where we want to go.”

The Bombers have won two games against the Ottawa RedBlacks, a 19-17 home win on a field goal with six seconds remaining on June 10, and a 19-12 win in Ottawa last week.

Winnipeg’s 38 points place them in seventh place in the CFL. Hamilton is fifth with 43.

Bombers quarterback Zach Colaros said the team has “a high standard” and the way they secured a 2-0 start is not much to celebrate.

“Obviously if you win you’re happy after the game, but there are always six or seven things you can do better and usually those things are either exposed or maybe on film the next day. Look better,” said Colaros, reigning the most outstanding player in the league.

“We really try to critique the things we can improve on. So the day after the game, win or lose, it’s usually, ‘Okay, we can do this better, this It’s better, it’s better.”

Hamilton is coming off a 33-30 overtime loss to the Calgary Stampeders, a game in which the Tickets took a 24-0 lead late in the first half. They also lost their season-opener 30-13 at the Saskatchewan Roughriders vs.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats head coach Orlando Steinauer says his team can’t afford to think about their winless record starting the season. (Nathan Dennett / The Canadian Press)

Head coach Orlando Steinour said the Tiger-Cats would rather try to turn the tide than focus on their record.

“The elephant in the room is the final result on the scoreboard, but it was so good, so much an improvement from a week ago,” Steinauer told the media after a practice this week.

“So we’re trying to get better every week. Show it in the wins column. We know, but we don’t focus on that. We’ve taken a lot of positivity out of the game. Definitely disappointed, whatever. You want to throw emotions out there, but you better not get too angry because we’re going to Winnipeg.”

Both teams will have changes to last week’s roster.

Winnipeg would be without defensive back Winston Rose (leg) and offensive lineman Michael Couture (arm), who were placed on a six-game injured list. DeMario Houston replaces Rose at the corner and Chris Kolankowski replaces veteran Center Couture.

Hamilton added a fourth offensive lineman to his injured list as last year’s East Division’s most outstanding offensive lineman Brandon Ravenberg will miss Friday’s game. The Ticats have dropped nine quarterback sacks, tying them with Edmonton for the most. Winnipeg has allowed two.

The Bombers, who had the league’s toughest defense last season, have dropped 825 yards in pure offense for seventh place in the league. Hamilton is sixth with 753 yards.

Adam Bighill tracks the Ottawa Redblacks past Devonte Williams in a 19-12 Winnipeg win last week. The Bombers linebacker says limiting explosive plays was the key to the team’s successful 2021 season. (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press)

“Last year, it was just one of our hallmarks. We didn’t miss the blast and we certainly didn’t miss a lot of touchdowns,” Bighill said. “We can’t allow teams to constantly drive the ball down the field and play explosively and put their offense on their own territory.”

So will a decisive victory over the Tickets mean that the attackers are on the move?

“I’m not necessarily really stuck in the result, the score difference, the scoreboard,” said Mike O’Shea, the Bombers’ head coach. “I’m more interested to see how we play.”


Hamilton (0-2) (2-0) in Winnipeg

  • Friday, IG Field.
  • best is not enough: Hamilton quarterback Dan Evans set career highs in attempts (51) and perfection (36) in last week’s loss to Calgary. He threw 425 yards and three touchdowns.
  • on a roll: The Bombers are on a 10-game home winning streak. The franchise record is 16 straight (1983–85).
  • grab and run: Hamilton leads the league in yards after a catch with 379. This is 54.5 percent of the total passing yardage of the team.

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