LaPolice will take radio calls

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:18 PM ET

New Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice is actually going to take phone calls on his call-in radio show this season.

Mike Kelly caused quite the stir last August when he wiggled out of taking calls during his weekly radio show with the team's radio rights holder. He said he was tired of taking criticism from a "vocal minority" of people with "phone muscles" and that the show was "counterproductive."

It didn't go over so well.

LaPolice, who was hired as Kelly's replacement earlier this month, said it's his duty to communicate with Bomber fans.

"Part of when I interviewed with (GM) Joe Mack was he wanted people who can deal with the media and speak to the media and speak to the fans, because that's part of the job," LaPolice said. "You can't take the job as head coach unless you're comfortable doing those things. Those are things I'm comfortable with.

"It's part of taking the job. Part of our job is selling the Blue Bombers."

ASSISTANT UPDATE: LaPolice has zeroed in on an offensive line coach. Next up are special teams co-ordinator and another offensive assistant.

He plans to interview candidates this week.

"They all have CFL experience, and I'm sure we'll be well-respected whenever we bring somebody on board," LaPolice said.

As for the offensive assistant, LaPolice isn't yet sure if he will be either a receivers or running backs coach.

LaPolice was also hoping the man he picked to be his offensive line coach would officially agree to a deal this weekend.

NOT SO FAST: The Bombers are refuting a story in Saturday's Sun that said they have offered a contract to free agent receiver Gerran Walker and are interested in defensive back James Patrick. Both played in Saskatchewan last season.

"We are evaluating players on an ongoing basis," director of football operations Ross Hodgkinson said. "Neither of those players have been discussed at this time."

Walker is apparently interested in coming to Winnipeg to be reunited with quarterback Steven Jyles, the former Rider who has agreed to a free-agent contract with the Bombers.

LaPolice called Patrick a "good player," but as for interest in him, he said "probably not right now."

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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