LaPolice defends questionable decisions

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:53 AM ET

How do we second-guess River City's burned gambler after Winnipeg's 17-13 loss to Toronto?

Let us count the ways:

1. Down four late in the game, why not go for the field goal instead of gambling on third and two at the Toronto 27?

"I just felt that, at that point, you're going to get the ball back with possibly 45 seconds there, and the thing that I was concerned about was that we hadn't moved the ball offensively consistently," Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice responded Monday. "So, you may not get a chance to get back down there again."

2. Why hand off to a fullback (Andre Sadeghian), who hadn't carried the ball all season, on that third-and-two gamble?

They had practised it successfully with Sadeghian, LaPolice said.

"We didn't execute it very well," he added. "We didn't block it very well so Sadeghian got stuffed ... You can hand it back to (tailback) Fred (Reid) from seven yards depth, but we had done that three other times and we felt we had the element of surprise. If I had it back, maybe I'd call a different one."

3. Why not go for the two-point convert after the Terrence Edwards touchdown to pull within 17-14 if successful?

"We talked about it but, with eight and a half minutes left, I felt there were still possibilities for a single that could come up," LaPolice responded. "Now that I look at it again, I might have gone for two."

4. Why not tell Jovon Johnson to concede a single point after a missed field goal and take the ball at the Winnipeg 49 instead of their own 15 where Johnson was tackled?

"We wanted to run that one out," LaPolice admitted. "We were trying to make a play."

ANEMIC OFFENCE: But the game was lost before those decisions were even made, LaPolice suggested.

"Those aren't the reasons we lost the football game," he said. "We lost because we didn't play very well offensively as a unit ... It's probably the worst we've played offe-sively all year."

BULLETIN-BOARD BLOG: From the Toronto Star's Damien Cox: "Cleo Lemon, the undisputed starter, had his worst outing of the season on Sunday against Winnipeg, but emerged the winner anyway because, as head coach Jim Barker was pointing out all week on his edgy radio spots, the Blue Bombers are drop-dead awful."

NOTABLE: LaPolice did not give a direct answer when asked about the status of WR Adarius Bowman, who dropped yet another two passes Sunday.


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