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Pierce Comments on Bombers QB Situation


WINNIPEG -- The key to success this season for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is simple: Keep quarterback Buck Pierce healthy.

And that's something both the Bombers and their oft-injured quarterback say they'll do whatever they can to make a reality. And that includes avoiding plays that could increase Pierce's risk of injury while providing him with more protection.

"I'm one of those guys that's always, 'Yeah, call whatever,' ''Pierce said Tuesday, a day after being named Winnipeg's starter again heading into training camp. "I'll run the play that you call and if you want me to run for a first down I'll run for a first down and I'll still be that player.

"But I think now they're going to put some other things in place to really help me on the perimeter and in the pocket.''

In other words, when Pierce is on the field the Bombers have made it clear the quarterback draw is likely one play that won't be called.

Pierce also has a lot more confidence in his offensive line, which took more than a few games to gel last season.

"I have tons of confidence in those guys,'' Pierce said. "You look at the first half of the season (compared) to the last half -- the way we were running the football, the way they were firing off the ball, the way they were communicating with each other.''

Last season, Winnipeg looked to return to the Grey Cup after losing to B.C. in the 2011 CFL title game. But after a tough start, Pierce missed 11 games -- with a foot injury, concussion and finally a shoulder problem -- and the Bombers missed the playoffs.

Pierce knows fans were disappointed but he says no one was more upset than he was that he let the organization down by not being able to play. He can't say anything to change that.

"I have to go out there and prove it . . . I feel the pressure,'' he said. "I know they're concerned.

"They want me behind centre but they want me behind centre week in and week out.''

While Pierce said he still has to earn the starting job in camp, it doesn't look like the Bombers have given themselves a lot of other options.

Coach Tim Burke has said he surveyed coaches and players and all agree Pierce gives them their best chance to win, if he stays healthy.

The only backup the Bombers retained from last season, Justin Goltz, had the least experience of the three that were there last year. But both Alex Brink and Joey Elliott have been released.

Max Hall and Chase Clement, two new prospects signed this week, have some NFL or United Football League experience but neither has ever played in the CFL.

Pierce says he doesn't know much about either and although Pierce has spent nine years in the CFL, he's sure they don't know much about him.

Fan Comments
Wish Buck the very best. A loyal tough player who always gives 110%. In regards to QBs the league should get SERIOUS and create a roster spot for a Canadian QB. There have been many over the years that were as good as most third string QBs but if no chance is given to these players there will never be any. It would certainly fill a lot of empty seats and get the younger fans more involved if they are developed and allowed to play.
April 11, 2013 - 11:45pm
wild horse
I'm with you, JimmyJ - "Affirmative Action" for Canadian Quarterbacks!!
April 12, 2013 - 1:32pm
als rule
NO to A/ACTION!! but each club allowed 1 extra position on PR for a C QB!!
April 13, 2013 - 10:59am
wild horse
Protect the Buck with an O-line as good as the Alouettes, and the Bombers have a shot.
April 11, 2013 - 2:15am
als rule
THE ONLY WAY THE BBs make the p/offs is to keep A QB pierce healthy for all 18 regular season games!!
April 10, 2013 - 3:30pm
Dave Saj
Good to see BUCK IS BACK!!!!! GO BOMBERS!!! I saw him play in the first CFL game I ever attended. Winnipeg 23, Tigercats 16, @ the old Ivor Wynne!
Great memory!
April 09, 2013 - 11:10pm