LaPolice stresses consistency

Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice keeps telling his players that consistent teams string wins...

Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice keeps telling his players that consistent teams string wins together. (QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:41 PM ET

Paul LaPolice believes a good team is one that puts wins together.

If that’s the case, the Bombers have a chance on Saturday night to become the best they’ve been since 2003.

If Winnipeg can beat the B.C. Lions on Saturday night at Empire Field, it would mark the team’s first four-game winning streak since September 2003, when it won five in a row.

“Every day I’ve talked to them about consistent teams string wins together, and show them how teams fair when they win three, lose one, win two, lose one,” LaPolice said. “That’s not what we want to be. We want to be a team that can play consistent football.”

BIG VOID: The bad news for the Bombers is they will be missing both of their starting defensive tackles, Doug Brown and Dorian Smith, on Saturday due to foot and ankle injuries, respectively.

The good news for the Bombers is the Lions are the worst rushing team in the CFL, managing just 87 yards per contest.

Don Oramasionwu and Bryant Turner, who will be making his first CFL start, will fill in for Brown and Smith.

“We kept these guys here because we thought they could play within the system,” LaPolice said. “We like Bryant Turner, and we kept him over Moton Hopkins, who had been here a year. And that was a difficult decision, probably my toughest cut this year. So he gets another opportunity to see if he can hold up.”

QUOTABLE: “I’m seeing things as good as I ever have these days. I’m feeling confident in my ability to make every throw, make every run and just be successful. When you have confidence going in, week to week, that’s a scary thing.”

— Bombers quarterback Buck Pierce.

HUNT WATCH: Phillip Hunt, who is Bomber property if cut by the Philadelphia Eagles, made a solid first impression with his new NFL team on Thursday night.

The defensive end had a sack and a pressure that led to an interception in Philadelphia’s 13-6 win over Baltimore in its exhibition opener.

— with files from Paul Friesen


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