About time too, Tamans seen enough of the special teams nightmare, changes are coming.
Sunday, October 7, 2007 - 12:00PM
By Ed Tait,
Winnipeg Free Press
Winnipeg Blue Bomber GM Brendan Taman spent most of Saturday holed up in his office and cursing while watching the video evidence of his club's latest loss.
And if ever a man was in need of some solitary confinement, Taman was Exhibit A. Let's just say the boss' blood was still boiling hours after Friday's 26-20 loss to the B.C. Lions.
"It's the day after a loss so I'm not too happy," he began. "What's frustrating the hell out of me is that if we're going to get beat, at least get beat going the right way. But we're making the same mistakes now we were in Week 1."
Now, while Taman rattled off the odd gaffe and brain cramp on offence and defence from the loss to the Lions, the focal point of his wrath is the work of the special teams' units.
And he's pulling no punches.
"It's a huge flaw with our football team right now," he said. "A huge flaw. The mistakes we're making... what bothers me is it's Week 15 and we're still making them. If we're all that brain dead on special teams then maybe we've got to start replacing the people. We've got to look at everything because we've got to fix it.
"And that opening kickoff (recovered by the Lions when the Bombers failed to jump on a bouncing ball)... it was like watching Laurel and Hardy out there. It was ridiculous. It was like a grenade had dropped down and nobody wanted to jump on it. We should have had the ball on our 45-yard line and with a couple of first downs maybe we're in field-goal range. Instead, B.C. goes up 6-0 on us.
"Here's the thing," continued Taman, "we're not going to get to where we want to get -- the Grey Cup -- playing like that."
The Bombers, now 8-5-1, have lost two of their last three. And their timing couldn't have been worse because their GM -- once dubbed Trader Taman -- is an active player when it comes to wheeling and dealing.
Oh, and just FYI, the trading deadline is Tuesday at 3 p.m.
"I'm going to look at our special teams and see what might be out there to help us," said Taman. "We'll look at everything because we've got to fix this problem.
"But we need more of a sense of urgency across the board. It's like we're thinking, 'Oh, we've got a five-point lead, we can afford to drop one.' Hello. Some of our mistakes not acceptable. We need to be a team that can win a game like Toronto did (Saturday) with our special teams -- instead of them being a big factor in why we lost one.
"The silver lining to this is we've got a long week of preparation. Is our offence good enough to put us in position to win? Yes. Can our defence make enough plays for us to win? Yes. But our special teams...
"We can focus on the positive, but we've also got to get real here. No more B.S. We've got a problem and it's got to be fixed right now."
Subs put in superb showing