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« on: March 25, 2020, 12:17:58 AM »

Pierce ready to lead a revamped QB room

There will be a day - and Buck Pierce hopes it is sooner, not later - when the world will return to normal and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers new offensive coordinator will gather the team's quarterbacks together for their first meeting before training camp.

And over the last few weeks, there has been plenty more evidence of just how different that first meeting will look, feel and sound.

That change begins with Pierce himself, who was promoted when Paul LaPolice left to become the head coach of the Ottawa REDBLACKS. And when he looks out at those QB faces he will see veteran Zach Collaros, who spent all of six weeks or so with the club after being acquired at the trade deadline last October before the magical playoff run to Grey Cup glory.

There, too, will be Sean McGuire, who was the club's third-string pivot a year ago and newcomer Dru Brown, who was recently signed after a collegiate career with the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors.

But with Matt Nichols now wearing Toronto Argonauts colours, with Chris Streveler in Arizona and LaPolice in the nation's capital, that's a whole pile of turnover to a room that had been relatively stable over the last few seasons - even in the transient business that is pro football.

"Over the course of the weeks of a season you build a bond in that room," began Pierce in a recent chat with bluebombers.com. "And over the last couple of years I truly believe we have had one of the best quarterback rooms I've ever been a part of. There are changes, but that can be ok, too."

Critical for Pierce & Co. will be rebuilding the characteristics that made that Bombers QB room so special. Pierce obviously had a massive role in that, but so did Nichols, LaPolice and Streveler.

Everyone will continue have a say in the room this year, but the lead voices will be different in Pierce and Collaros. And Pierce instantly liked what he saw in Collaros last fall.

"The first thing he brings is a pedigree," he said. "He has a leadership quality on the football field and in the room that is very special. There's a confidence about him. He just understands the process of what it takes to be a good pro and how to prepare. Every quarterback has to learn that and when you're young and first starting out it?s important to have a guy like that in the room.

"I just want those guys to understand what that position is like at this level and how you have to carry yourself outside of what you do on the football field. You have to embody what that position entails at this level."........

The rest of Ed Tait's article can be read here!



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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2020, 02:50:38 PM »

There is an advantage in that our entire offense is intact with the exception of the starting QB.

Collaros was obviously here at the end of 2019 and found success. He's a very experienced and capable QB. The style of play may change somewhat but I can't imagine radical change.

Pierce has been with the organization for many seasons.

Our offense will be very good if we don't experience severe injuries to a bunch of players. That's the same as every other team has to face.

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