Bombers are runaway leaders in big penalties

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:27 PM ET

MONTREAL -- - The Bombers on Sunday extended their CFL lead when it comes to big-yard penalties.

Alex Suber and Odell Willis were both tagged for unnecessary roughness in the critical fourth quarter of their 22-19 loss to the Alouettes, giving the Bombers 21 such infractions this season.

Throw in the nine face mask and eight roughing the passer penalties the Bombers have been assessed this year, and they are the runaway leaders in big penalties with 38.

The CFL informed its teams last week that it was cracking down on fighting after the whistle, yet Suber went after Alouettes linebacker Chip Cox in a retaliatory manner early in the fourth.

It led to the field goal that ultimately provided the winning points for the Alouettes.

”We spoke to the team (Sunday) morning and said, ‘Listen, the CFL said last week they didn’t want it to go on.’ We put that in everybody’s locker, and we spoke about it (Sunday) morning,” head coach Paul LaPolice said. ”You’ve gotta control your emotions, and if you don’t, that’s a selfish penalty. You can’t do that.”

LaPolice was not as upset on Monday after seeing what led to the incident on film.

“When you see it, he gets cold-cocked and gets his mouthpiece knocked out,” he said. “I know he reacted to it — I didn’t see what he reacted to but (Montreal linebacker) Chip Cox knocked it out and that’s when the melee started …

“I told them the morning of the game, they have to control their emotions, but that’s a tough one to control your emotions when no flag is thrown and he gets literally nailed right in the head. But he’s got to be smarter and hopefully, he gets better at it.”

But LaPolice was still perturbed over Courtney Smith’s illegal block on a late punt return by Jovon Johnson that would have put the Bomber into better position to kick the tying field goal.

“He’s been with us all year and I know it’s his first time back on the roster but you just have to know the rules and understand (how to block properly),” LaPolice said. “I hope he has a better understanding this week.”


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