Saturday, September 29, 2012

Argos Seal Bombers Fate

The Toronto Argonauts have sealed the Blue Bombers fate for the 2012 season and now the Bombers can wipe the slim chance they had going into this game of making the playoffs, off their minds and look towards building for 2013.

Tonight's game was a microcosm of the 2012 season. We saw the bad Bombers (first quarter implosion wherein Toronto scored 21 points before the board of directors had finished handing out the free water), the good Bombers (Buck Pierce rallying the team for 10 points to bring the Blue within 11 points before the end of the second quarter) and the mediocre Bombers(4 chances in the red zone resulting in a touchdown,  field goal and 2 interceptions and of course we saw Buck take an hellacious (border line illegal) hit that sent him to the showers at half time. 

Unfortunately for Buck Pierce this game may spell the end of his career in the 'Peg as a starter, as management has to take a look at the cold hard facts that he just is not durable enough to hold the quarterback (QB) position. No one can question his heart or the intangibles he brings to the field. 

He has the 'it' factor and is the glue that binds all sides of the ball . He makes this team better but he cannot stick around long enough to finish the job he started and for his safety and the future of this club it is clear a change must be made.

The Bombers appear to have some talent to build around in Henoc Muamba, Johnny Sears, Alex Hall, Demont Washington, Chris Matthews and Chad Simpson but they must surround these players with a better supporting cast. 

If they want Joey Elliott to be the quarter back of the future they must supply him with a back up veteran CFL QB, which is almost as challenging as Buck making it through a full game or alternatively and perhaps more realistically find an offensive coordinator with CFL experience. Perhaps they can open their wallets for and/or tug on Khari Jones heart string and bring him back to Winnipeg to fill that role

The sky may seem like it is falling in Bomber land as their playoff hopes have been snuffed out but the silver lining is that they can now make good use of the remainder of the season to prepare for next year, rather than focusing on making it to the playoffs, which this edition of the Blue and Gold is not ready for and does not deserve to be in. 

The fact is this was and is a rebuilding year for the club but the management did not have the guts to come out and say it, leaving the fans twisting in the wind. Few teams could overcome the loss of a veteran like Doug Brown, their best offensive lineman and uncertainty at the QB position, plus rookies in key positions previously filled by veterans. 

This team will get better but  the question is who will be the person responsible for the for taking this team to the next level. Paul Lapolice did it from 2010 to 2011 and now the gauntlet has been thrown down and lies in wait for another knight in Blue and Gold to pick it up and run with it.

Article by Sportmentary's Winnipeg correspondent, The Comish.

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