Blue Bomber Report Record: 7–11–0

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OL Glenn January, asked for reasons why the Bombers lost:

"That's the million-dollar question, isn't it? This is a team loss. We had some inconsistencies on all three sides of the ball we have to fix. It is a long season and Toronto won last year with a 9-9 record... we've got a lot of time left.

"This is a long season, but at the same time, you have to put on a performance for your fans and that's probably what is most disappointing as far as tonight's showing. We didn't have a very good showing at home, and you can't have that."

Bombers defensive end Alex Hall on the need for the entire Bombers roster to look deep within themselves right now:

"We don't have a choice. We were kind of stinking up the joint on both sides of the ball, to be honest. We gave up big plays on defence and weren't moving the ball enough on offence. And me playing defence, we didn't play good at all, to me. We gave up too many big plays and we just stunk it up, to me personally."

An emotional Chad Simpson, on the pain of leaving his daughter in the U.S. to come up to Canada to play... and lose:

"You play this game to win and you figure out how to win on the field. I'm taking this personally. I love this sport. My daughter's seven and if you add up all the months I've been away... I don't leave her to lose. I love this sport with all my heart. I've been doing this since I was seven. You don't get used to this stuff. You don't get used to losing. Like life, you don't want to be a loser in life. This game sums up life. I'm a loser at this point in my life, and I don't like it."

LINEBACKER JOVON JOHNSON, ON FEARS THIS THIRD LOSS IN FOUR GAMES MIGHT PULL THE TEAM APART AT THE SEAMS AND PLANS TO KEEP IT TOGETHER:

"I think guys are just kind of down and emotional about the loss. We're going to come in on Day 1 and we're going to meet as a team, without the coaches, and we're going to go from there. Our destiny comes from the guys in our locker-room. As long as we keep the unity, I think we'll be fine. We just got to come out and play better."

HEAD COACH TIM BURKE ON THE PLAY OF JUSTIN GOLTZ:

"I thought he did some good things and I thought he did some things that weren't so hot. He threw the ball well, didn't take any sacks, extended plays... those are the things he does really well.

"I didn't think he allowed plays to develop on second and long. I think he got rid of the ball quick instead of letting plays develop. Some of that is just not having enough experience, and it will come with more playing time."

-- compiled by Ed Tait, Paul Wiecek and Melissa Martin

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 20, 2013 C4

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