I was watching this game from the upper deck as you can get a better view of the game and evaluate talent.
I knew before this game that Winnipeg IMO has one of the TOP 2 defenses in the CFL--- If not the best Defense as I think the Bombers are better vs the pass than the ALS who can be beaten DEEP via the pass--
I was paying close attention to the Bombers gameplan and the play calls. The simplified offense was working well, MIKE BISHOP is a QB that cannot make reads, you almost have to stick with a simple play call like a receiver running a deep out or comeback route.
Bishop actually has a fast release. He was doing well as his arm is so strong that any receiver who runs a deep comeback or an out route is almost guaranteed to be completed.
The bunch formation was good, and it left ROMBY Bryant wide open in the middle of the field a few times, I didnt see a BC player even10 yards from him, Bishop was a little slow but still got the ball there.
The simple play call of a deep square in to BROCK RALPH vs a smallish Db of 5'8 was a good call and worked a few times. It was easy for Bishop to just throw the ball-
I have followed BISHOP all his career and at KANSAS state when he was good, he had 1 read and just threw the ball to a receiver. HIs arm was so strong that he could just put the ball there if the receiver could get open its a completion.
The issues with Bishop are when he has to see the whole field. They need to make the offense where he has a fast and quick read and throws it, if he doesent he scrambles and makes a play which he did for the TD to Edwards and another completion to edwards earlier in the game, and also a nice run late for 7 yards..
I will tell you one thing, Winnipeg allowed 39 to MONTREAL despite turning the ball over 4 times in their own territory. ALso factor in about 15 2 and out series also. Giving 39 is amazing--
This team can beat anyone including MTL if they just dont turn the ball over.
BISHOP if they give him one receiver to throw to, like the wideouts on simple routes, he will not turn the ball over--
Of course then you have the great RUN Game of REID who was way faster than ANY BC player---
I believe the problem with BISHOP is that they are trying to make him into a QB that he IS NOT- He is not a drop back passer who is going to read the DEFENSE and make RICKY RAY like reads. He is a strong arm QB who needs to know where he is throwing the ball, and then he can make that throw.
Bishop needs to play in the most simplified offense imagineable. He can make the throws where the Db's pretty much have no chance of making a play.
Those deep comebacks and wide receiver outs are a sure pass with BISHOP-
Slowly then you can build the playbook a little, but its like this- They never let BISHOP learn the simple plays and simple stuff and just threw it all on his lap. THere is no way he would understand that whole boook.
Bishop looked less confused and confident and more importantly the BALL was out QUICKER< he threw the ball fast which is what is needed- WHEN BISHOP gets in trouble its when he holds onto the ball and is trying to read the DEFENSE which he is not good at.
He has to make a quick read and throw or tuck the ball and RUN and try to make a play being an ATHLETE--
BOMBERS D called a great game, they played the PERFECT D vs JARIOUS JACKSON using 2 deep safeties and taking his deep ball away- Jarious is not a good short ball QB-
I give credit to KELLY for changing the offense, what they ran yesterday was SMART and high percentage offense. AS LONG as you dont turn the ball over and run the BALL this DEFENSE is good enough to win games IMO.