Wins will come for Jyles

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

WINNIPEG -- Make plays, win games.

That's all Steven Jyles has to do these last four games to show he's progressing as a starting quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

"That's the mark of great quarterbacks," head coach Paul LaPolice said, Thursday, as his 4-10 team prepared for yet another must-win game in Montreal, Sunday.

"Every quarterback in every league somehow makes plays. Tom Brady makes plays with his instincts, his mind and his arm. Guys like Michael Vick make it with their legs. Anthony Calvillo, with his intelligence and his quick release and location of the football. Darian Durant does it with his running around.

"Each guy does their part to make plays. That's what he has to show."

Jyles did just that, taking over from starter Alex Brink and orchestrating a come-from- behind, overtime win against the B.C. Lions, Monday.

This weekend, of course, involves an entirely different animal.

The performance of the two pivots against B.C. could suggest the job is now Jyles' for the duration.

He doesn't see it that way.

"You could still go out and stink it up one ball game and somebody else is coming in," Jyles said.

"We're 4-10, and we have to play every game like it's your last game. That's the bottom line. That's my mindset. Take your shots when you get 'em and try to get the ball in the end zone."

KICKING KRESKIN: Justin Palardy had just kicked the single point to pull Winnipeg to within 10 points in the fourth quarter, Monday, when he caught a glimpse into the future.

"I said to myself, 'I'm going to end up having to kick the game-tying field goal and then the game-winner, guaranteed," Palardy recalled.

Sure enough, he was lining up a 42-yarder on the last play to send the game into overtime.

And not thinking at all, apparently, about the 31-yarder he missed early in the game.

"You've got to put it behind you as soon as possible," he said. "Have a short-term memory. That's all you can do. I mean, you can't get that one back. You gotta move on and put the next one through."

In overtime, the rookie also made a 32-yarder to keep his team alive, finishing the game four of five. He's 14 of 17 on the season.

"From Hamilton to here, I've learned so much and grown as a player," Palardy said. "I'll have lots to work on in the off-season. I'm having fun with it here."

WEATHER FACTOR? Punter Mike Renaud hasn't been thrilled with his performance the last few weeks, and hopes to turn that around in Montreal.

"Since the bye week I don't feel like I've been where I need to be," he said. "I'm hoping I can pick it up over the last four weeks of the season. Maybe it's weather factors, I don't know. I don't really have the answer."

Kicking mostly against the wind, Renaud averaged 37.2 yards on 10 punts against the Lions.

Renaud had his first punt block of the season against the Lions, but he's not sweating it, since the play occurred on a "rugby punt," where he had the option to run with the ball.

SIN CITY: Trips to Montreal, given the city's night life, always contain potential distractions, and LaPolice has a plan to deal with that.

"We have a younger team, so we have to make sure everyone understands how crucial (the game is)," he said. "We only have 18 games a year. So we'll make sure that's addressed. The captains have already talked about it. And we have a bed check."


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