Blue Bomber Report Record: 5–3–0
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Thursday evening leftovers
Some thoughts about the Bomb Squad as I glance up periodically to the TV, watching the hometown Minneapolis broadcaster gush about Brett Favre (who’s not dressed) while Vikings QB Tavaris Jackson stinks it up out there and the Denver Broncos fumble the ball all over the place…
- Had an interesting talk with Bombers defensive coordinator Kavis Reed today, regarding the Saskatchewan passing attack. How do the Bombers plan to slow Riders QB Darian Durant? Easy. Throw another guy in the secondary. Winnipeg was experimenting with several defensive back looks Thursday, with the extra coverage help coming out of linebacker spots. Says Reed: "We’ve added a few more guys to try to match-up a little better. Is it a perfect world? No. A perfect world would be having Deion Sanders out there to match up on all those guys, but we’ll throw a couple new looks and some new groupings out there to try to gain the advantage."
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- The knee injury to LB Bernard Hicks puts the Bombers in a tough spot. DB Clint Kent will likely fill that hole, but with rookie Marcellus Bowman struggling in practice this week (he’s missed a month with a hand injury and hasn’t found his game speed yet) and veteran Joe Lobendahn still nursing the various bumps and bruises he’s been playing with, it could be a long Labour Day Classic for the back half of the front seven.
- SB Terrence Edwards missed work again (bum ankle, we’re told), so here’s what the Bombers starting receiver set looked like today: WR Adarius Bowman, WR Aaron Hargreaves, WR Jamayel Smith, SB Brock Ralph, and SB Chris Davis.
- For fun, look at the names on the other side: Dressler, Fantuz, Rodriguez, Bagg, and Getzlaf.
- I have no idea who will start at quarterback for the Bombers Sunday. At first I thought it would be Buck Pierce, but now I’m leaning towards Steven Jyles. Pierce doesn’t quite look right to me and he still has a limp to his stride when he walks. Even if Pierce is given a clean bill of health, I think the Bombers would be better served to dress both pivots, start Jyles, and have Pierce come in if the former Riders QB struggles with the emotion of the game.
- Finally, as you’ve probably heard by now, the Bombers haven’t rolled out of Regina with a win since the 2004 season – a span of five straight losses. How miserable has the Queen City been for the Blue and Gold? In those five losses, Winnipeg has been out-scored by 99 points (183-84).
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