'Gades blowing off steam

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 8:23 AM ET

Korey Banks wants a job with the Renegades. And the defensive back doesn't care who he ticks off getting it.

It's been a long season for the 5-9 Renegades and tempers were short with Banks in the middle of a couple of incidents yesterday.

Even normally soft-spoken coach Joe Paopao got into it with an expletive-laced dressing down of defensive back Bo Rogers, who talked back during a drill.

Banks, meanwhile, battling for a job in the secondary, had to be restrained by linebacker Kyries Hebert from getting into it with receiver Demitris Bendross.

Banks also dropped running back Josh Ranek to the turf during a drill.

Defensive back George McCullough and receiver Jason Armstead had words, too.

Frustration with their season and the pressure of being put in a must-win situation heading into Saturday's game against Saskatchewan seemed to be getting the better of the Renegades at Frank Clair Stadium.

Banks wasn't making any apologies for playing with some jam.

"I'm competing," he said. "That's the way we play where I'm from. If you're not a cocky guy, you're going to get beat. Someone once told me, 'You keep getting caught with your skirt up, you become a ho. You get beat deep and everybody is going to want some. (Bendross) was talking trash. I don't even know the guy's name. It was like 15 minutes later. I asked him what he was cryin' like a little b--ch for. I didn't come here for no trouble.

"I wasn't going to talk any trash until I got into a game, but I need to be noticed. You make a play and talk and get the coach to notice you. I don't want to sit. I did enough sitting in the NFL."

SURPRISED BY OUTBURST

Rogers, practising with a soft cast to protect a broken bone in his right forearm, said he was surprised by Paopao's outburst.

"Man, I don't know (what happened). I'm pretty sure it was a misunderstanding. He thought I said something I didn't say," said Rogers.

"It's good the coach is uptight and getting on guys."

Paopao shrugged it all off, but said he didn't think it was a misunderstanding.

"Not on the head coach's part," said Paopao. "I like the way Bo plays. I thought I heard what I heard. I'm never wrong on the field.

"I love that guy (Rogers). You want guys to strip the ball out, but sometimes they do it too hard. You need to practise technique, punching the ball and sometimes feelings get hurt. There's nothing wrong with that."

Paopao looked up to where Banks was leaving the dressing room at the edge of the field. "Good job," he called to Banks.

"It'll be even better tomorrow, coach," said Banks.

We're looking forward to it.


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