Paul LaPolice might have trouble sleeping over the next couple of nights, not because of the heat but because of the quarterbacks dancing in his head.
Buck Pierce is out for at least a month, and now LaPolice has to figure out if it’s going to be Alex Brink or Joey Elliott against the Edmonton Eskimos in the season-opener next Thursday.
LaPolice said after the Wednesday’s 25-22 loss to the Argos that Brink was going to be the quarterback going forward, but he backtracked from that statement on Thursday morning at the Winnipeg airport, saying he has to watch the film first.
As I blogged after the game, I think Brink gets another chance. He had too many factors going against him in Toronto. Give him at least one more chance, this time with a full week of practice. And even if it doesn’t work, you can always go back to him if Elliott doesn’t work out. His confidence won’t be shot.
On the injury front, it sounds like defensive tackle Brandon Collier is going to be out for a while due to a shoulder injury suffered on Wednesday. Safety Ian Logan (lower body) won’t play against the Eskimos, and slotback Terrence Edwards (lower body) is questionable.
That means there are 10 starters currently on Winnipeg’s injured list, including starting quarterback Buck Pierce. That cannot be overlooked when examining the team’s 0-4 record.
The Bombers are not practising on Friday or Saturday, so LaPolice and his coaching staff can take a bit of a breather, sit back and examine how to turn this thing around before it gets really ugly.