It’s not tough for Richie Corridor to give you a single phrase to explain his defence because the CFL season opener approaches for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
“Chaotic,” Corridor mentioned Wednesday after the Bombers practiced on the College of Manitoba in preparation for Saturday’s recreation in Vancouver in opposition to the B.C. Lions.
“There’s loads of skill to do various things, the place we are able to drive an offence loopy. But additionally chaotic within the respect that they’ll simply line up and simply play and simply go straight forward with out attempting to be fancy.”
The Bombers had a strong defence final 12 months, permitting the second fewest factors, and it’s arduous to think about them not being higher this 12 months with the addition of game-breaking defensive finish Willie Jefferson.
Between Jefferson and linebacker Adam Bighill, the Bombers have arguably the 2 finest defensive gamers within the league and expectations are excessive.
“I feel now we have the potential to be the very best within the CFL and that’s definitely our expectation,” Bighill mentioned. “We’ve bought to exit and show it in Week 1 and I’m trying ahead to that journey.
“Our line of defense on the whole, is so proficient. We’ve bought loads of horse energy up entrance and it’s gonna be good.”
Together with the likes of defensive finish Jackson Jeffcoat, linebacker Kyrie Wilson and defensive backs Marcus Sayles, Winston Rose, Anthony Gaitor and Brandon Alexander, this group ought to be capable to generate loads of chaos.
“They’re very emotional, however they’re managed emotional and that’s the way in which they play,” Corridor mentioned. “They’re able to making the large play however they’re additionally able to simply enjoying sound soccer. That’s what we’d like, just a little combination of each, with the intention to achieve success.”
BIG WIN FOR BIGHILL
Bighill was named one of many high three performers of the 12 months in 2018 by Shaw and, in consequence, was given the chance to donate $10,000 to the charity of his alternative.
He selected Making Faces, a company that helps kids with facial disfigurement. Bighill, who suffered from a cleft lip and palate at start and grew up with appreciable disfigurement, serves on the board of the charity.
“It’s superior as a result of it’s the charity I’m with,” Bighill mentioned. “I assist run workshops — I did one right here in Winnipeg final 12 months and I’ve accomplished them in B.C. and we do them throughout North America.
“It simply offers us the power to assist extra children. It’s simply nice that what I used to be capable of do on the sphere was a part of what Shaw wished to do to present again to the neighborhood.”
FORMER BOMBERS QB GLENN RETIRES
Kevin Glenn, who was the Bombers beginning quarterback from 2004-2008 and performed 18 CFL seasons, introduced his retirement on Wednesday, his 40th birthday.
Glenn was not capable of finding a job within the league this season regardless of throwing for 52,867 yards and 294 touchdowns in his profession.
He retires because the sixth-leading passer in CFL historical past and was the one participant to have been property of all 9 CFL groups.
Glenn was final with the Bombers in 2017, when he was acquired mid-season and served because the third-string quarterback behind Matt Nichols and Dom Davis.
His finest years had been throughout his first stint in Winnipeg. He threw for greater than 5,000 yards in 2007 and led the Bombers to an look within the Gray Cup.
Sadly he broke his arm within the East Closing and was not capable of play within the championship recreation, which the Bombers misplaced to the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
CONTINUITY A LUXURY
Bombers offensive co-ordinator Paul LaPolice is coming into his fourth season within the position and admits that brings a luxurious.
“4 years in the identical system for me … that doesn’t occur typically,” LaPolice mentioned.
LaPolice, who turned 49 on Wednesday and bought lifted into the air by a big group of gamers, has been within the CFL since 2000 however till lately has not often been with a staff for longer than a few years.
He was head coach in Winnipeg for two-plus seasons and was offensive co-ordinator in Saskatchewan for couple years as nicely.
He’s has been working beneath head coach Mike O’Shea with the Bombers since 2016 and has managed to maintain a core of gamers collectively within the offence for a lot of that point.
“It completely helps to have the identical guys,” LaPolice mentioned. “(Quarterback) Matt Nichols has been in the identical system for just a few years, (receiver) Darvin Adams can train all people what we’re doing and there’s familiarity in what we do.”
LaPolice was requested if meaning the Bombers ought to be capable to hit the bottom working on Saturday in B.C.
“You by no means understand how these issues play out however even when we had all new folks, I’d count on us to hit the bottom working,” he mentioned. “It’s a type of issues we talked about because the begin of the pre-season. We’ve had sufficient reps to go execute.
“It doesn’t matter if we’ve bought 5 new receivers and a brand new quarterback. That’s what coaching camp is for, to be on the identical web page.”
NICHOLS LOOKING STRONG
LaPolice has excessive hopes for Nichols this season.
The veteran quarterback got here to coaching camp trying fitter and extra cellular and that may be an enormous benefit, particularly within the CFL.
“His physique’s in nice form, he can scramble round,” LaPolice mentioned. “He’s accomplished an excellent job of transferring the pocket when he wants to search out throws, in addition to escaping the pocket. He seems quicker this 12 months.”