GUELPH -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers say the changes fans will see in the club’s struggling offence will be substantial when the team takes the field at Alumni Stadium here tomorrow afternoon to face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
Bombers QB Max Hall -- who will be making his second start here tomorrow -- estimated "probably 50 per cent" of the Bombers offence has been changed since Marcel Bellefeuille took over from Gary Crowton last Sunday as the team’s new offensive coordinator.
"He kept some stuff but added some in. And what he did do is narrow it down a bit so we don’t have quite as much," Hall said here this afternoon shortly after his team’s arrival in Hamilton’s adopted home for the 2013 CFL season.
While that sounds like a tremendous amount of playbook change to absorb in a week -- potentially setting up a recipe for failure here tomorrow -- Hall said Bellefeuille made the changes easily digestible.
"I think he did a good job of keeping the concepts the same and naming them the same. So I don’t think it’s too much for the guys to handle," said Hall, who went 18-30 for 241 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs in a 37-18 Bombers loss to Hamilton last Friday at Investors Group Field.
The Ticats have handed the Bombers two of their six losses this season and Ticats head coach Kent Austin was asked during his media availability earlier today at the team’s offices in Hamilton if he subscribes to the commonly held belief that it is tough to beat the same team two weeks in row.
"Honestly, I’ve never done the research, I couldn’t tell you. I’m not sure where that comes from," said Austin. "I don’t pay attention to it. It’s just not relevant."