LaPolice lays down law on dumb penalties

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:39 AM ET

The temperatures cooled off on Wednesday, but Bomber camp heated up with some hard hitting.

Safety Brady Browne got the party started when he popped receiver Adarius Bowman pretty good, forcing last year’s leading receiver to take a break and catch his breath on the sidelines.

When middle linebacker Thaine Carter drilled running back Yvenson Bernard on a run a little bit later, causing the Oregon State product to remain on the turf, some members of the offence and defence came together, ready to rumble.

Head coach Paul LaPolice, in a planned move, immediately stepped into the fray like a high school principal, stuck his arms out to separate the potential fighters and told the entire team to gather around.

“It’s been four days. I was waiting for our first fight,” LaPolice said. “… Whenever this day happened, we were going to bring the whole team together and talk and educate them about what selfish penalties are.”

LaPolice wanted his players to know that selfish, retaliatory penalties will not be tolerated on his watch. They talked about the yards lost for unnecessary roughness infractions and the potential for roster problems, not to mention the financial ramifications, if a player gets tossed.

“Sometimes people fight in games,” LaPolice said. “Well, we don’t want to be that type of team, because they’re always going to get the guys who retaliate.”

BUCK UP: Quarterback Buck Pierce will play in Sunday’s exhibition home game against the Montreal Alouettes, but how much will be determined by the coaching staff on Thursday.

LaPolice confirmed Pierce and Steven Jyles are competing for the No. 1 spot, while Adam DiMichelle and Alex Brink are battling for No. 3.

He said no one has separated himself in either competition.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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