LaPolice's list of laments

Bombers' head coach Paul LaPolice isn't taking his team's 6-1 record for granted. (Marcel...

Bombers' head coach Paul LaPolice isn't taking his team's 6-1 record for granted. (Marcel Cretain/QMI Agency)

Kirk Penton, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:14 PM ET

Ask Paul LaPolice why his team is so good, and he clams up like a goodfella in an interrogation room.

Ask the Bombers head coach where his team needs to improve, and he sings like a canary.

That’s just how coaches are, especially when they’re 6-1. There are, however, legitimate areas of concern LaPolice would like to shore up. Here are the issues he’ll be thinking about during his bye week:

OFFENSIVE CONSISTENCY

Winnipeg is dead last in the CFL when it comes to offensive yards, and they are securely buried in the basement with only 119 first downs. They are also second-last with 4.6 yards per rush.

“There are times we’ve put nice five- and six-play drives together for touchdowns or long drives for touchdowns, and we need to make sure we can do that more consistently,” LaPolice said Monday.

“We want to have some more explosive plays in the run game, but we’ll continue to work on it.”

TURNOVERS

It’s hard to believe LaPolice would even mention turnovers, but he did. Kind of like Hugh Hefner complaining there aren’t enough good-looking women sunbathing in his back yard.

The Bombers lead the CFL with a whopping +20 turnover ratio (the next best team is +4), but LaPolice was still lamenting Terence Jeffers-Harris’ fumble and Buck Pierce’s interception in Saturday’s 30-17 win over B.C.

“It’s been phenomenal, but part of that process is there are going to be games where other teams we face don’t have turnovers,” he said. “If we have two we’re minus-two, and you’re going to lose that game. When we did that against Calgary, we lost the game.”

KICKOFFS, FOR AND AGAINST

The Bombers are in the bottom half of the league when it comes to their kickoff return and cover units. They have the second-worst return mark, at only 17.1 yards per attempt.

The coach also would like to see a reduction in special teams penalties.

COMMUNICATION IN THE SECONDARY

“Those guys at times, their communication can be better in the back end, because sometimes there’s guys wide open,” LaPolice said. “But then our pass rush gets to them.”

Yeah, who needs to cover receivers when you have almost more sacks (29) than the second- and third-place teams combined(30)?

STOPPING THE RUN

The Bombers are giving up the third-fewest rushing yards per contest, but they’re in the bottom half of the league when it comes to yards allowed per carry.

 


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