LaPolice preaches hope, not gloom and doom

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:27 PM ET

Penalties, missed throws, injuries, blown coverages, mental errors and coaching mistakes.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are in their biggest funk of the season, losers of three in a row and in the basement of the East Division with a 2-5 record after a 39-28 loss on Friday to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

It won’t get any easier for the Blue and Gold, as they travel to Montreal on Thursday to take on the Alouettes.

Where to begin, Paul LaPolice?

“Part of it is I have to have some level of patience,” the glum Bomber boss said Saturday. “There are some guys playing who haven’t played a lot of football. That doesn’t make it much easier. That doesn’t sound great. That doesn’t sit well with me, because some of the mistakes are from veteran guys, too.

“We have to keep harping on them on what we expect, what we want and get them to do it.”

The rookie coach is trying his best to keep a positive vibe going in the locker-room.

“I told them that there is light at the end of the tunnel,” he said. “We’re two points out of the playoff hunt and in the West we have the crossover. I know there’s a lot of gloom and doom, but my job is to define the reality and then give hope.”

QB WATCH: LaPolice yanked Buck Pierce in the second quarter of Friday’s contest because his braced right knee was limiting his mobility. Steven Jyles took over, threw a pair of touchdown tosses, and the identity of Thursday’s starter is once again up in the air.

“I need to be able to go out there and do the things that I can do,” Pierce said.

LATE HITS: Bomber defensive end Phillip Hunt has taken six 15-yard penalties in seven games this season … The Winnipeg bench was up in arms over some of the officiating on Friday night, but LaPolice said his team needs to worry about only itself. “I’d just like more consistency on the officiating, whether it’s a horse collar or one of the other things,” LaPolice said … The Bombers suffered no significant injuries in Friday’s game.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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