July 30, 2011
Bombers know work still to be done
By KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency
WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers remain one of the hottest teams out of the gate in the CFL.
While head coach Paul LaPolice realizes there is plenty of football left to be played, he’s also aware his team has only been beaten once so far — which is a strong start for a club many saw finishing in the basement of the East Division.
“We felt we had a good football team here and felt we could do some damage and play well,” LaPolice said Friday when he met with the media.
“We’re a missed field goal away from being 5-0. A one-point loss is our only loss. We’ve matched our win total from a year ago in five games. We’re playing good football. We’ve just got to keep going.”
The Bombers improved to 4-1 for the first time since 2003 on Thursday night after they handed the B.C. Lions a 25-20 defeat before a sellout crowd at Canad Inns Stadium.
“I mean, 4-1 puts a smile on your face but we’ve still got work to do,” said Bomber defensive back Jonathan Hefney, who had nine tackles on Thursday.
“We know we have another challenge coming up next week.”
In town Friday for a 6:30 p.m. start are the Edmonton Eskimos, who were undefeated heading into Friday’s late game against Toronto.
THE HIT: Following Thursday’s game, Buck Pierce was asked about the big hit he took from Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian — a helmet-to-helmet lick that led to him being pulled early in the fourth quarter and prompting several members of the media to speculate the quarterback might have suffered another concussion.
“I think anybody would be shaking their head after that hit,” said Pierce. “It was just another hit that gives you cobwebs for a little bit, and that’s it.”
INJURY UPDATE: Terrence Edwards (leg cramp) and Jovon Johnson (who suffered an ankle injury but finished the game) should be available this weekend, said LaPolice.
Other possibilities to return to the lineup are wide receiver Greg Carr (out with a leg injury sustained in Week 1), linebacker Joe Lobendahn (ankle), defensive back Deon Beasley (ankle) and defensive end Jason Vega (knee).
Linebacker Henoc Muamba (knee), the first overall pick in the CFL Draft who has yet to play this season, is making progress as well but LaPolice said he won’t likely see any action until after the bye week.
THE FUNERAL: The Bombers announced Friday that the funeral for defensive line and assistant head coach Richard Harris will be held Sunday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. at Immanuel Pentecostal Church on 955 Wilkes Ave.