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« on: November 30, 2019, 04:43:20 PM »

A look at the QB forecast - Ed Tait

It isn't just a blurry, hard-to-decipher picture, but one that is completely indecipherable and illegible.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are just days removed from their Grey Cup victory, but with Thursday's release of the Canadian Football League's list of the ending free agents everyone - media, fans, the players alike - are already wondering what next year?s depth chart might look like.

And while that's the same across the CFL, no team has more question marks about the most important position on the field than the Bombers with Matt Nichols, Zach Collaros and Chris Streveler all pending free agents.

Only Sean McGuire, who dressed all season as the No. 3, is under contract.

The other component to this which will be a major impact in roster shaping for 2020 is the decision to reduce the number of quarterbacks on the active roster from three to two, making it that much more difficult to develop - and keep - prospects at the position.'
"We'll figure out the quarterback situation as we go along," said Bombers head coach Mike O'Shea in his season-ending media conference on Friday.

"It's been a great gift to have the quarterbacks we've had in that room. I know the room got a little crowded this year, but what a great group of guys and I'll say it again - the toughest room in the entire league, bar none."

The Bombers got solid production from all three starters this year, with the club going 7-2 under Nichols, 3-5 with Streveler at the controls and 1-0 under Collaros, who was then behind centre for all three playoff wins.

Keeping that crew together is absolutely impossible.

"Quarterbacks are leaders for a reason and they have confidence for a reason," said O'Shea. "They've got to go out there and all believe they should be starting. We're fortunate that with the character of our guys they all understood their role when they were put into it, so they all thrived in their role no matter what it was. We're very... I wouldn't say 'lucky', because we choose character a lot of times... but it was just a great group to be around, but you do remember the fact they all want to be starters.

"In any situation when you've got that many guys who are able to start sitting in a room someone is going to go find a job somewhere."

Let's examine the Bombers QB situation a bit further with CFL free agency opening in just 74 days...


The rest of Ed Tait's article is here!


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