Blue Bomber Report Record: 7–11–0
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Jovon Johnson heard the talk heading into Friday's game.
The "expert" analysis out there, the forecast for the 2010 Bombers from most in this city and across the nation, typically read this way: Winnipeg will score points and they should be solid up front defensively, but there are some real doubts in the secondary.
As a defensive back, that wasn't sitting well with the man they call 'Deuce.'
"Everybody questioned how good our secondary was before the game -- they thought it was going to be our weakness on defence -- but right now, we look pretty strong," Johnson said while sitting at his locker following the 49-29 Bombers win over Hamilton.
Some credit now where credit is due: The Winnipeg secondary held former Bombers quarterback Kevin Glenn to just 15 completions and 197 yards passing. Their intrepid ball-hawking forced an interception by linebacker Courtney Smith, and they tightened up when DBs Keyuo Craver and LaVar Glover had to leave the game with injury.
There you go, Mr. Johnson. Now, about that fumble...
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Coach Paul LaPolice had no news on the various injuries Saturday. Craver, Glover, and S Shawn Gallant left Friday's game with various knee injuries. LaPolice expects to have a more comprehensive update Monday.
If the DBs are out for extended time, look for LaPolice to bring in a body or two this week. By the end of the game, non-import LB Chris Smith was back playing safety, as Ian Logan slid over to fill a defensive back spot.
The head coach on his revamped offensive line, which was an area of curiosity before the contest: "They took turns being really good."
Finally, the Bombers are off tomorrow. On-field preparations for the Toronto Argonauts (Friday, 7 p.m., Canad Inns Stadium) begin Monday.
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