LaPolice all about team

New Bombers coach Paul LaPolice (with former Bombers QB Pat Barnes) previously worked with the team...

New Bombers coach Paul LaPolice (with former Bombers QB Pat Barnes) previously worked with the team in 2002 and 2003. (QMI Agency file)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:11 PM ET

WINNIPEG -- Paul LaPolice preached all about team spirit on Friday when he was introduced as the 28th head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

When thanking GM Joe Mack for giving him his first head coaching gig, LaPolice didn't even use the word "I."

"We are humbled by it," LaPolice said. "We'll work hard, and we're going to do what's right for this organization to compete.

"... We want this to be a 'we' organization, not an 'I' organization. 'I' is not a very strong word. 'We' is a very strong word."

LaPolice, 39, takes over for Mike Kelly, who was fired Dec. 17. LaPolice spent the last three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was the offensive co-ordinator for the last two.

The Nashua, N.H., native believes the Bombers have the tools in place to compete immediately, but he noted there will always be room for improvement.

"We need to get better across the board," he said.

LaPolice said he will hire an offensive co-ordinator, but it will still be his offence.

"I still will be the primary play-caller," he said. "But I will name an offensive co-ordinator who has experience in the league, who will understand our system in and out."

LaPolice intends to speak with every player on the Bomber roster over the next 48 hours, and he will also spend that time trying to finalize his coaching staff, which will likely include a combination of current and new assistants.

Mack said LaPolice's experience on the offensive side of the ball was a factor in his hiring. Hamilton Tiger-Cats offensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall was believed to be the front-runner, but Mack said he went into the search with an open mind and no preconceived notions.


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