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 on: Today at 03:42:32 PM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by ModAdmin
Head Coach Mike O'Shea signs three-year contract extension

WINNIPEG, MB., December 8, 2022 - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers today announce that head coach Mike O'Shea has signed a three-year contract extension which will have him continue to lead the football club through the 2025 Canadian Football League season.

A back-to-back winner of the Annis Stukus Trophy as the CFL's top coach in 2021 and 2022, O'Shea ranks third in career wins in Blue Bombers franchise history with 82, behind only Bud Grant (102) and Cal Murphy (86). He is currently the CFL's longest-serving head coach, having led the Blue Bombers for eight years since accepting the role in December of 2013.

The Blue Bombers are 82-58 under O'Shea since 2014 with two Grey Cup championships, three straight appearances in the championship game and six consecutive double-digit win seasons - matching a franchise-best stretch first established from 1957-62. Over the last two years, the club is 26-6, including a franchise-record 15 wins in 2022.

The Blue Bombers are continually one of the CFL's most disciplined teams and were the least-penalized team in 2022 for a fifth consecutive season. The defence ranked first in fewest points allowed and second in points scored in 2022.

The club has also had successive seasons with three players recognized for the CFL's highest individual awards, as quarterback Zach Collaros (Most Outstanding), left tackle Stanley Bryant (Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman), joined receiver Dalton Schoen (Most Outstanding Rookie) at the podium this year. In 2021, Collaros, Bryant and Adam Bighill (Most Outstanding Defensive Player) were also honoured.

O'Shea was named to the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2017 after a stellar playing career with the Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats that saw him be a part of three Grey Cup championship teams.

O'Shea played in 271 regular season CFL games, 18 playoff contests and three Grey Cups. The native of North Bay, Ontario, was a five-time Division All-Star (1994, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2000) and was named a CFL All-Star and the league's Most Outstanding Canadian in 1999. His first league-wide award came in 1993 when he was named the CFL's Most Outstanding Rookie Player.

He began his coaching career as the Special Teams Coordinator with the Toronto Argonauts in 2010 and served there through 2013 - winning a Grey Cup in 2012 - before being hired by the Blue Bombers.

O'Shea is an alumnus of the University of Guelph and is a member of the Guelph Gryphons Sports Hall of Fame. He and his wife Richere have three children: Michael, Ailish and Aisling.

 on: Today at 03:14:06 PM 
Started by M.O.A.B. - Last post by Pete
Yeah I've often wondered about players having practiced for a lot of their lives, ending up on practice rosters and some not being able to play in a meaningful game.It must be frustrating. The money is definitely better but it feels like your sacrificing your love of the game

 on: Today at 03:08:27 PM 
Started by gobombersgo - Last post by Pete
I would think Briggs and Thomas might be hanging their cleats.

Time to get new bloods or get younger on some positions.
Thomas is only 32 he seems older cause he's been a bomber for so long.I think he still got gas in the tank.Adamson would have to show a lot . I would think Adamson would spend time on pr first.

 on: Today at 02:36:32 PM 
Started by ModAdmin - Last post by M.O.A.B.
we need to upgrade the middle of the DL to be back as #1D. Sayles is not as dominant as Stove and Thomas is declining. Also, we need another DE that will rotate with the Jeffs.

 on: Today at 02:00:15 PM 
Started by Pigskin - Last post by wpg#1
So it's officially official now ?

 on: Today at 01:47:30 PM 
Started by gobombersgo - Last post by M.O.A.B.
O'Shea is back for more


 on: Today at 01:46:00 PM 
Started by gobombersgo - Last post by M.O.A.B.
I would think Briggs and Thomas might be hanging their cleats.

Time to get new bloods or get younger on some positions.

 on: Today at 01:25:18 PM 
Started by gobombersgo - Last post by Blue In BC

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Lavigne will probably be pushing to make the AR in 2023. Age may have caught up to Briggs and he might not be back? I know I said that last year, but room always has to be made in succession getting younger.

Good to see Adamson come to compete for a spot on the DL or at worst spending time initially on the PR.

 on: Today at 03:24:20 AM 
Started by M.O.A.B. - Last post by GOLDMEMBER
Aside from making a little extra cheese he is draining away his prime years of playing ball at a top level.

 on: Today at 03:04:10 AM 
Started by M.O.A.B. - Last post by Tiger
Tough roe to hoe for only wish the best for him.   He has really bounced around the league though and it doesn't seem to be getting any easier for him.    I thought he just might crack the Jets roster after his impressive 3-0 preseason!?

A very Kimble guy I think everyone would like to see him succeed or come back.

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