Bombers players won’t have any excuses if they take bad penalties this season.
Head coach Paul LaPolice continued his discipline theme on Thursday, eschewing practice for a one-hour, on-field session with CFL officiating supervisor Ken Lazaruk and a handful of league officials.
“We want to be one of the least penalized teams in the CFL,” LaPolice said. “We had almost 100 yards in penalties a game last year. So if you have 400 yards of total offence, you’re down to 300.”
Players, coaches and officials took part in a mock game Thursday, roving all over the field. Players took intentional penalties, and the officials explained the ramifications.
Receiver Adarius Bowman pretended to pull a Sharpie out of his sock to celebrate a touchdown, and a defensive player celebrated a fake sack by ripping off his helmet, another no-no.
Lazaruk also conducted a 90-minute video session with the players before the mock game, showing them what constitutes a penalty and what does not.
“We showed them what roughing the passer is,” LaPolice said.
“We showed them 12 clips of how fast that call is made and how close you are to the quarterback … It was a really good session.”
LaPolice figures his team will have a leg up if it understands the rules. He said it was a good refresher course for him as well.
LOGAN’S NOT RUNNING: LaPolice said safety Ian Logan is in no danger of losing his starting job, even though a neck strain has forced him to miss all of camp so far.
“We think he’ll be fine and up to speed to still be our starter,” LaPolice said. “He was our starter last year, and we just want to make sure everything’s OK. We’re not going to jeopardize his starting position. I wouldn’t do that to him.”
Logan pulled a muscle in his neck while lifting weights two weeks before camp opened. He’s been doing mental reps during two-a-days and hopes to be back in action next week.
“We’re waiting until it’s 100% healed,” Logan said.
AROUND THE LEAGUE: Reports suggest Toronto has been picked to host the Grey Cup at Rogers Centre in 2012, the 100th anniversary of the big game … This year’s Grey Cup, which will be held in Edmonton, sold out earlier this week … Rumours were spreading like wildfire on Thursday morning that Roughriders quarterback Darian Durant had suffered a broken thumb and would be out six to eight weeks. Turns out he hurt his index finger when he hit a defender’s helmet and is day-to-day.