WINNIPEG - It was the day after the night before and with the benefit of watching the game tape in the morning, Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice was happy, but certainly not jumping for joy after watching his team pull out a 32-25 victory on Thursday night over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.
“We fought hard and made plays, whether it was offence, defence or special teams,” said LaPolice. “Certainly, there were mistakes made also and we have to learn from those things and again, play more consistent football and win games because when you get six turnovers, it should really be a bigger margin of victory.
“But hey, we’ll take a win when we can take a win. I’m proud. They scored at the end of the game and we responded with the length of the field. That doesn’t happen often, especially with some new guys in there. It was a good win and we’ll look to get better.”
Speaking of new guys in important positions, the topic that most Blue Bomber fans are still talking about was the performance of quarterback Joey Elliott, who picked up his first CFL win in his first start since 2010 and just the third of his professional career.
Elliott, who missed most of last season, had a couple of balls that could have led to interceptions, but at the end of the day, he didn't turn the ball over and finished his day 33-of-43 for 406 yards with one touchdown.
“It just shows he has a confidence and knows what he wants to do with the football. When guys do that, the ball comes out quickly,” said LaPolice. “He trusts himself and a lot of different guys touched the football, so that was a good thing.
“Sometimes he has to play within himself, one or two throws he should have taken back, as I had a conversation with him on the sideline.”
The 2-5 Blue Bombers will take Saturday and Sunday off before beginning preparations for Friday’s game against the B.C. Lions, which closes out their four-game homestand.