December 8, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
IT is strictly verboten in football for players or coaches -- especially with game day fast approaching -- to give away any hints whatsoever about a game plan.
But there is at least an expectation that Bomber running back Chad Simpson might be busy this Saturday in Guelph against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, given that running backs have been featured prominently and productive in new offensive co-ordinator Marcel Bellefeuille's offences with other CFL teams in the past.
'Y'all have to see. You'll have to wait," Simpson said with a grin. "I'm not going to give it away. "We're in a tough position right now and I don't want to be giving anyone any tips."
But for the second straight day more players in the Bomber offensive meeting rooms were raving about some of the changes Bellefeuille has already made to the game plan.
"He's been on the details with everything with every position," said Simpson. "He's coaching up the O-line, the running backs... he's giving us a little bit more game insight because the CFL game is different. I'm not saying (Gary Crowton) couldn't have done that, but (Bellefeuille) has more experience being in the CFL.
"On offence you just want to read and react and expose a defence for their weaknesses and take advantage of that. I don't think we've been doing that. A lot of teams have been blitzing us and we haven't been having an answer. With this guy coming in and being detailed-oriented and changing a couple of things we should handle that differently... better."
"I thought (Mulumba) jumped out in the spring," coach Mike McCarthy told The Press-Gazette. "It's been no different since he put the pads on. I think he's an excellent fit for our defence. He plays with excellent leverage with his long leverage. He has a nasty streak to him."
Keep it simple, stupid
"He's taken a lot of the thinking out of it so that guys can play and react and get the job done. You don't have to take so many things into account -- we just have to go out there and play football, which we've all done forever, right?"
--Bombers centre Justin Sorensen on the scheme being installed by new offensive coordinator Marcel Bellefeuille
Vega a Cowboy
Former Bombers defensive end Jason Vega has signed with the Dallas Cowboys.
Vega was released by the New England Patriots just last week -- there have been reports the Patriots cut him after Vega sustained a minor knee injury. But Vega wasn't out of work long and is now favoured to land at least a practice roster spot in Dallas.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 22, 2013 D3