Thursday, 9 December 2010

Three Questions: Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The off-season is underway and every team faces questions. Today, I look at the questions facing the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Who to start: Buck Pierce or Steven Jyles?
It's no secret that I am a big fan of Jyles. I think he has the makings of a great CFL Quarterback. I like Buck Pierce too, don't get me wrong, but he just can't stay healthy. If he could, he would still be in BC. When Pierce plays, he's as good as anyone. He just can't stay on the field. That, sadly, will be Pierce's legacy. Jyles should be given the reins to the team in 2011.

Can the Defense repeat their 2010 accomplishments?
One of the best Defenses in NFL history was the famed "Gritz Blitz" of the Atlanta Falcons in 1977. Not many people know who they are because that Falcons team finished 7-7 despite allowing an NFL-record 9.2 points per game. The 2010 Winnipeg Blue Bombers might go down as the CFL's version of the "Gritz Blitz" (sans cool nickname). The year that the Bombers Defense had is one that does not come along too often. Even if they can't match the feats of 2010, they should still be a very good Defense in 2011.

Will their luck turn around?
I cannot recall a team with worse luck than the 2010 Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Ten – count 'em, ten – losses by a touchdown or less, nine of which were by four points or less. Turn half of those losses into wins and Winnipeg makes the playoffs with a 9-9 record. There is no way that the team will have luck that bad in 2011.

1 comment:

  1. I have no sympathy for close losses.

    None was given to the Cats during their string of bad seasons when they lost quite a few games by less than a TD, or one play seemed to be the difference maker. They also got their arses kicked often, but to me a win is a win and a loss is a loss - good teams can win close games as often as they win the blowouts.