Changes in Bomber land: Another trade, another starting QB...
Reeling from a loss to the previously winless Riders on the Sunday, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers suddenly seem desperate to make changes to prevent back-to-back losses to Saskatchewan.
Mike O’Shea will be stepping in as the special teams coordinator for the rest of the season but, especially considering Nic Demski’s awesome punt return touchdown on Sunday, special teams have not been the reason for Winnipeg’s struggles.
You could say quarterback play is a *big* part of the struggles in Manitoba and with the Banjo Bowl coming up on Saturday, Winnipeg has already announced their starting quarterback for the Labour Day rematch:
Matt Nichols will start at quarterback for the #Bombers on Saturday.— Kirk Penton (@PentonKirk) September 8, 2015
This makes it *eight* different quarterbacks in the past eight years for the Blue & Gold.
Many are quick to throw offensive coordinator Marcel Bellefeuille under the bus for Winnipeg’s struggles but Nichols will be his fourth starting quarterback in the past five games. You could say he should be designing offenses to help these backup quarterbacks succeed, but it can’t be easy with an offensive line that is allowing these QBs to get hit so often.
Trades don’t happen all that often in the Canadian Football League (or so it seemed), but the Bombers have made two deals in the past week. Greaves takes his veteran presence to Edmonton along with NFL castoff Matt O’Donnell to transform that offensive line into something fierce with a returning Mike Reilly that Edmonton really wants to keep healthy.
Could the Bombers be freeing up cap space with the final NFL cuts coming down the pipeline?
No one wants to be the first to lose to a team in the midst of a massive losing streak, but it takes much not to lose to that team twice in a row. It looks like Winnipeg is doing everything to avoid just that.
– written by Travis Currah