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« on: May 24, 2020, 04:28:35 AM »

Column | The story of Sean McGuire - Ed Tait

A few weeks ago, yours truly began scribbling out a to-do list of Blue Bombers training camp stories, understanding full well the whole thing could be delayed until August or scrapped altogether.

And near the top of that list was a look at the quarterback depth chart topped, of course, by Zach Collaros but with Sean McGuire now pencilled in at No. 2 with the offseason departures of Matt Nichols and Chris Streveler.

Earlier this week, I was leafing through my notebook and came across that list and instantly began lamenting the fact that training camp has been postponed and all those stories shelved.

Then, an idea: Dammit, let's dial up McGuire and write the story anyway...

"Like everyone else I've been really restless lately," began McGuire in a chat from his offseason base in St. Louis. "And just like everyone else I just want to get back to normal.

"The term I've been saying a lot lately is I have that 'itch.' You feel it when training camp gets close. Your mood changes. Your workouts change. You start gearing more towards the season and you're thinking and talking ball every day.

"Then with the news of everything been delayed, it's tough and it's a blow. Then you shift and start to prepare for the next stage. That's where everyone else is right now: what's the next date?

"All I can do - all everyone can do - is just wait this thing out."

When the Bombers do get back to work - and fingers crossed it's in August for a September start-up - McGuire will be part of one of the most compelling storylines for a truncated season. More specifically, with the Bombers hitching their wagon to Collaros after he went 4-0 to lead the team to a Grey Cup, the question is this: who is the man who will get the call from the bullpen should the starter go down, just as it happened last year on a couple of occasions?

And why does Bomber management have so much faith in a'guy who dressed for every game last year but threw only three passes and ran the ball only three times all season?

"I understand that people don't know me and don't know much about me. I don't blame them. I'm young," he admitted. "But nobody comes into the league as a seven-eight year veteran. Everybody starts as a rookie and works their way up.

"I want to get back up there and prove myself, for sure. But, more than anything, I'm just chomping at the bit to get back to my teammates and just do my job. I'm going to continue to try and learn from Zach. Last year down the stretch learning from him was unbelievable and our relationship grew a lot. I learned so much from him in a short period of time and even in these Zoom meetings, just being able to pick his brain and hear him communicate and how he dissects things on the field has made me absolutely excited to get back and continue to prove myself to my teammates. I want to continue to earn trust in the locker room with my teammates, that comes first.

"As for what other people might be saying or writing... I don?t really focus on outside noise."

The Bombers had been tracking McGuire for a while, long before he began to flash his skills at a free agent camp in Florida last spring. He left Western Illinois as the school's all-time leading passer, not long after setting records during his high school days in Wisconsin........

Read the rest of Ed Tait's article on Sean McGuire here!

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