Blue backup breaks out

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:26 PM ET

Steven Jyles pulled off a feat that few Bomber backup quarterbacks have been able to do in recent years.

That would be win.

Bomber backups were a combined 1-8 since 2005 before Jyles guided Winnipeg to a 47-21 victory over Edmonton on Saturday night.

Tee Martin lost three in a row in 2005, Mike Quinn dropped back-to-back starts in 2006, and Ryan Dinwiddie, including the 2007 Grey Cup, was 1-3 over two seasons.

Head coach Paul LaPolice, who spent the last two seasons with Jyles in Saskatchewan, was happy to see the career backup taste victory.

“One of his best things is his character,” LaPolice said. “He’s a good person, and that’s why you appreciate his success because you like people that are great people to achieve success.

“From Day 1 we never guaranteed him a starting job. We said he had to compete for it. He ended up just competing with a different guy than we thought of. For him to handle it like a pro, which he did, and he prepares every week like a starter and he also preps the starters, he helps the starters, and he’s great on the sideline … he’s done a really good job.

“It’s good to see him have some success.”

PICKIN’ ON RICKY: A key moment on Saturday night was Bomber cornerback LaVar Glover’s interception of Ricky Ray in the third quarter.

It was Glover’s first pick as a Bomber and eighth of his career. The turnover resulted in a Bomber touchdown that basically put the game out of reach.

“We needed a big play,” Glover said. “They got a drive going, it was a little long and they had a little bit of momentum, so that crushed their momentum.”

Glover returned the interception 42 yards before Ray knocked him out of bounds.

“I should have done a little bit better on the return,” Glover said with a laugh, “but I was happy for the pick.”

QUOTABLE: “You can’t have bounce backs. You have to be consistent. This week we better go and practise Day 1 with an edge, like our backs are up against the wall, and ready to compete. That’s the thing mentally tough teams do.”

— LaPolice, on his team halting a two-game losing streak.

LATE HITS: LaPolice said there’s a good chance safety Ian Logan and defensive back Alex Suber, both out with hamstring injuries, will be back on the field when the Bombers resume practising on Tuesday … The Bombers and Montreal Alouettes lead the CFL with 34.2 points per game … Winnipeg placed offensive lineman Ryan Donnelly (knee) on the nine-game injured list on Friday. “He’s not healthy enough,” LaPolice said. “We just felt we weren’t sure that it would hold up through the course of a game and then be able to practise two days later.” … The Bombers have lost seven straight in Calgary. Their last win in Cowtown was in October 2002 … The Hamilton Tiger-Cats released receiver Drisan James on Sunday.

— With files from Jim Bender

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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