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Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice says talk that his job could be on the line when the Bombers face the Hamilton Tiger-Cats at Canad Inns Stadium Thursday evening is premature.
LaPolice seemed to have a detailed list of reasons why he shouldn't be fired already prepared when he was asked during his coach’s pre-game news conference Wednesday morning if he felt the future of his job could depend on tomorrow night’s outcome.
"I'm preparing to win a football game," Lapolice replied. "We’re one-third through our season; we’ve had some challenges for the first third of our season; there’s still 12 football games to play; no one in the CFL has established themselves in the league.
"We are certainly not happy in how we are playing. We need to get better and I think we will. I'm concerned about winning a football game. I think sometimes people gloom and doom very much. Things out of my control are out of my control. We’ve got a lot of football left to be played."
LaPolice is in his third season as the head coach of the Bombers and signed a contract extension in the off-season after leading his team to a Grey Cup appearance in 2011.
But his club has stumbled to a 1-5 start this season and LaPolice’s win-loss record as Winnipeg’s head coach is now just 15-27.
LaPolice was asked if he was frustrated to be getting asked questions about his job security so soon after leading his team to a Grey Cup.
"Yeah, I think sometimes that’s what people... think is the news and the most important thing. I think there’s a lot of football left. I think we had to overcome some challenges early in the season and we’ll do our best to fix (those at) the end of the year.
"So yeah, I think sometimes it can be a negative frustrating thing."