Bombers O-line opening holes

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:19 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Bombers offensive line has been trying to avoid hearing about how bad it is this season.

They might be able to go outdoors now after Sunday’s showing in Montreal.

The hogs helped pave the way for Fred Reid to rack up 84 yards along the ground and 118 overall for the team in the 25-23 win over Montreal. It marked the first time in five games the Bombers topped the century mark, and it was their third-best rushing total of the season.

“We ran the ball (well),” head coach Paul LaPolice said Monday. “Fred did a real good job on the inside runs. A couple of the outside runs were pretty good, too, but we ran the ball up the gut pretty well and pretty physically.”

Right guard Steve Morley, whose starting job was challenged in practice last week, said the members of the offensive line are focusing only on themselves.

“We don’t want to hear that chatter,” Morley said. “The O-line, we have the blinders on, we have the ear plugs in. We’re just going forward.

“We don’t care what the people are saying about us. We’re just doing it for each other. We’re out there trying to bang away. They can say what they want. We’ll take the good with the bad.”

IN GEAR: Greg Carr made his first touchdown catch of the season on Sunday, and he was glad to do it for Buck Pierce.

“I was kind of p’d off about stuff being said about our quarterback,” Carr said. “So we wanted to come out and with all the stuff that he goes through and all the hits that he takes, the least I could do was catch the ball for him.”

ROUGH GO: Mike Renaud punted the ball seven times for a 34.6-yard average, and LaPolice said he needs to be better.

“We’re losing yardage on every punt and you can’t get the penalty,” he said. “He’s going through a little lull, but we’ll work with him this week and get him better.”

RETURN WOES: Tim Brown, who averaged five yards per punt return, 14 yards per kickoff return and had a fumble, will get another chance to do the job on Saturday in Toronto.

“He’s gotta obviously protect the football, and we gotta keep working with him,” LaPolice said. “Last week he was good on the punt returns. This week he danced a little bit. He has to get north-south a little bit sooner.”

ALL GONE: The Bombers on Monday sold out their next home game, Sept. 30 game against Montreal. The 500 temporary seats will also be sold.


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