LaPolice glutton for punishment

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:15 AM ET

Paul LaPolice is a movie fanatic. He loves too many to pick just one as his favourite.

On Saturday morning the Bomber head coach decided to go with the horror genre. He plopped down in his office chair and watched every turnover his team has committed this season.

If that wasn’t enough, he then took in every opening drive, which couldn’t have been pretty.

“We’ve only had three two-and-outs out of eight games, but we haven’t scored a lot of points,” LaPolice said in his last media briefing until next Sunday. “… There’s a couple of things I wrote down that I can try to bring for the next couple games.”

He must be a glutton for punishment, because in the afternoon he was planning to take a peek at every drop his receivers have made through eight games.

Who’s making popcorn?

LaPolice put himself through that torture in an effort to get better, and you can bet he wants his players to do the same during their bye week.

“I can’t be on the field and secure the ball myself,” LaPolice said. “I can’t be on the field when we drop a ball. I can’t play for them. But I can try to find different ways to help coach them to do that.”

The Bombers lead the league in fumbles with 10, but they have thrown only five interceptions.

BUCK’S STILL THE MAN: LaPolice is still hopeful that No. 1 quarterback Buck Pierce will be good to go for the Labour Day Classic on Sept. 5 in Regina against the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Pierce has missed four of the last five games with a sprained right knee.

“He gives us the best chance to win,” LaPolice said. “We’ve won two games all year, so it’s hard to say that Buck is the saviour. And he’s not going to be the saviour when he comes back. It’s a team effort.

“And we’d like Steven (Jyles) to find a way to win us a couple of games. But those losses aren’t all on him, either.”

INJURY UPDATE: Left tackle Luke Fritz (hamstring) and special teamer Cory Watson (knee) both left Thursday’s game in Montreal, but their injuries aren’t considered serious.

The team is hopeful Fritz will be ready for Labour Day, while Watson suffered a first-degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament and should be good to go against the Riders.

As for the players who were already in sick bay, like safety Ian Logan, left tackle Andre Douglas, weak-side linebacker Marcellus Bowman and placekicker Louie Sakoda, LaPolice is optimistic.

“I’m hoping to get a lot of guys back, but time will tell,” he said.

LaPolice said there will be a few new players on the field when the team resumes practising next week. There are only four players currently on the practice roster.

BUTTERY: No Bomber receiver has been plagued by drops quite like Adarius Bowman this season. He had two ill-timed knockdowns during Thursday’s 39-17 loss to the Alouettes.

“He’s gotta make sure he looks it into his hands,” LaPolice said. “It’s about seeing the ball into your hands.”

Asked if he would stick with Bowman, LaPolice’s answer was a curious one.

“For right now,” he said. “We’ll have conversations, but we’ll see.”

RECOVERING: Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo was released from a Montreal hospital on Saturday.

The 37-year-old spent two nights in hospital after suffering a bruised sternum on a hit from Bombers defensive end Odell Willis on Thursday night.

The Als don’t play again until Sept. 3.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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