Hey Bomber fans: No matter how bad you might think Max Hall is, thank your lucky stars he isn’t Josh Neiswander. That might be the worst CFL quarterback since T.J. Rubley.
Monday afternoon in Montreal, the Blue Bombers defeated the Montreal Alouettes 34-27. It should have been 534-27, but that a discussion for another time.
Here were Neiswander’s numbers: 19 completions in 38 attempts (just 50 per cent) for 199 yards, no touchdowns and three interceptions against a defense that was so far down into last place in the CFL, it was difficult to find them.
Of course, give Neiswander a little credit. In total, the Alouettes had seven turnovers.
Now, you can’t blame Neiswander for all of them. Troy Smith also had an interception and a turnover on downs (he fumbled the snap on third and less than a yard), but in fairness, the Als might have finished with eight turnovers if the Bombers had bothered to catch an easy interception late in the game (by dropping it they got better field position). It was one of the ugliest performances in CFL history. The Als almost caught the Bombers in the offensive category: most two-and-outs in a single season. The Bombers have 119, the Als are at 117.
Granted, despite the loss the Alouettes are still 6-9 while the Bombers are now 3-12, and it still looks like the Als have a lock on the final playoff spot in the East. However, if that Alouettes team is deserving of the playoffs, the CFL has some very serious competitive problems. That team is too horrible to permit in the playoffs. Maybe the general managers’ competition committee could decide that Montreal is so bad that it can’t possibly let them into the playoffs and will just have Toronto play Hamilton in a one-game winner-take-all Eastern final. No? Well, it’s an appropriate thought nonetheless.
Montreal might improve if Anthony Calvillo returns from injury and takes over before the post-season, but for now, this is a bad football team. that desperately needs a new – how old — quarterback.
After all, you know what they say, “When the going gets tough…” Neiswander sure got going. His final six passes were not completed – five incompletions and an interception. That’s nice: a two-and-out, a three-and-out and a one-and-out. Playoffs here we come.
The Bombers were certainly deserving of their victory on Monday. When you force seven turnovers, you should win.
And this victory also did Winnipeg a big favor. After watching Doug Berry try to figure out his own offense on the Montreal sidelines, one suspects that it will end all the crazy talk about Berry coming back to be head coach in Winnipeg. Gawd, he’s a marginal assistant coach. How could he possibly be a good head coach?
The most telling statistic of the day was this one: the Bombers intercepted a Neiswander pass on Montreal’s first possession and Neiswander finished the game with an interception. In the second half, every Neiswander completion was an accident.
The Montreal Alouettes are not very good. In fact, the 3-12 Blue Bombers are better. And what’s that say about the 2013 CFL season?