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Don't Look Back - 2022/2023 Bombers Off Season


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Too soon?  Too many truly painful Grey Cup losses have taken the sting out of yesterday's loss already.

Time to look forward while we cope with the recent disappointment.  

Who do we keep?  Who do we let go?  Who do we go after?

Someone was going to start this thread at some point.

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We were talking all night about this.

OL runs it back with a strong possibility that Drew D returns to solidify our interior. Our PR guys may try to push Hardrick, but I think continuity wins out.

There exists the possibility that we sing Kenny Lawler and then Dalton spends half the season trying to make it in the NFL but returns for the second half push. 
 

We are going to have a plethora of options in the secondary after another season of young guys getting long looks.

The only thing in question for me is the DL. Do we see some changes there? I know the team loves Willie, don’t anticipate anything changing there. Does Jeffcoat move on? Can we add to our interior?

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This is the only important thread now. I'm done with the '22 season. It's time to start looking at '23. It starts with some new contracts for coaches and management, and then hopefully some key players. Concerned about an aging core, but we'll trust Walters to hopefully do the right thing. 

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For posterity's sake, here's the roster as of today:

 
Active Roster
             
NO   NAME POS A/N/G HT WT AGE COLLEGE
54
  Adams, Keion DL A 6'2 240 27 Western Michigan
37   Alexander, Brandon DB A 6'0 180 29 UCF
27   Augustine, Johnny RB N 5'9 194 29 University of Guelph
88   Bailey, Rasheed WR A 6'1 211 29 Delaware Valley University
40   Benson, Mike LS N 5'11 220 35 Acadia
4   Bighill, Adam LB A 5'10 219 34 Central Washington
34   Briggs, Jesse LB N 6'1 207 32 McGill
6   Brown, Dru QB A 5'11 195 25 Oklahoma State
66   Bryant, Stanley OL A 6'5 313 36 East Carolina
32   Burtenshaw, Konner FB N 5'10 223 26 Queens
47   Cadwallader, Tanner LB N 5'11 215 25 Wilfrid Laurier
0   Clements, Malik LB A 6'0 224 26 Cincinnati
41   Cole, Brian LB A 6'2 210 25 Mississippi State
8   Collaros, Zach QB A 6'1 218 34 Cincinnati
59   Couture, Michael OL N 6'4 307 28 Simon Fraser
22   Darby Jr., Alden DB A 5'11 194 30 Arizona State
10   Demski, Nic WR N 5'11 216 28 Manitoba
64   Dobson, Liam OL N 6'2 314 24 Texas State
2   Ellingson, Greg WR A 6'3 211 33 Florida International
25   Ford, Tyrell DB N 5'11 194 24 University of Waterloo
44   Gauthier, Shayne LB N 5'10 223 30 Laval
80   Grant, Janarion WR A 5'9 160 29 Rutgers
68   Gray, Geoff OL N 6'6 301 28 Manitoba
21   Hallett, Nick DB N 5'11 202 28 University of Toronto
51   Hardrick, Jermarcus OL A 6'5 319 32 Nebraska
31   Holm, Evan DB A 5'11 180 24 North Dakota
94   Jeffcoat, Jackson DE A 6'3 243 31 Texas
5   Jefferson, Willie DL A 6'7 242 31 Stephen F. Austin
67   Kolankowski, Chris OL N 6'1 309 30 York
46   Lawrence, Desmond DB A 6'1 185 27 North Carolina
99   Lawson, Cameron DT N 6'3 284 24 Queen's
13   Liegghio, Marc K N 5'7 198 25 Western
0   Maruo, Les LB G 6'0 225 26 University of Texas-San Antonio
24   Miller, Mike FB N 6'0 221 33 Acadia
53   Neufeld, Patrick OL N 6'6 307 33 Saskatchewan
1   Nichols, Deatrick CB A 5'9 184 28 South Florida
20   Oliveira, Brady RB N 5'10 215 25 North Dakota
84   O’Leary-Orange, Brendan WR N 6'4 207 26 Nevada
45   Parker, Jamal DB A 5'8 177 24 Kent State
12   Prukop, Dakota QB A 6'1 212 29 Oregon
30   Rose, Winston DB A 6'0 174 28 New Mexico State
90   Sayles, Casey DT A 6'4 282 27 Ohio
83   Schoen, Dalton WR A 6'1 218 26 Kansas State
95   Thomas, Jake DT N 6'2 274 31 Acadia
82   Wolitarsky, Drew WR N 6'2 227 27 Minnesota
 
1-GAME INJURED LIST
           
NO
  NAME POS A/N/G HT WT AGE COLLEGE
23   Hallett, Noah DB N 6'0 191 25 McMaster
3   Hansen, Thiadric DE G 6'2 250 29  
17   Kramdi, Redha DB N 5'10 192 25 Université de Montréal
69   Machino, Tomoya OL G 6'5 314 25 Kyoto University
9   Taylor, Nick DB A 5'9 181 34 Florida International
36   Thompson, Malcolm DB N 5'10 201 27 Wilfrid Laurier
6-GAME INJURED LIST
           
NO
  NAME POS A/N/G HT WT AGE COLLEGE
86   Agudosi, Carlton WR A 6'6 220 28 Rutgers
35   Houston, Demerio DB A 5'10 169 26 Southern University
7   Maston, Mercy DB A 6'0 210 30 Boise State
39   Rene, Patrice DB N 6'2 206 25 Rutgers
60   Richmond, Drew OL A 6'5 301 26 USC
19   Wilson, Kyrie LB A 6'1 221 30 Fresno State
PRACTICE SQUAD
           
NO
  NAME POS A/N/G HT WT AGE COLLEGE
15   Cooper, DeJaun LB A 6'3 224 23 South Dakota
14   Heiligh, Jaivon WR A 6'1 198 23 Coastal Carolina
42   Karamoko, Souleymane DB G 6'2 210 0 Laval
89   Knuettel, Timothy WR G 6'2 200 30 Seton Hill
26   Lavigne, Cedrick DB N 6'1 209 24 Carleton University
55   Lofton, Eric OL A 6'4 293 29 Temple
29   McCrae, Greg RB A 5'10 180 24 UCF
87   McMillan, Luke WR N 6'0 175 22 Winnipeg Rifles
18   Mourtada, Ali K A 5'7 172 32 Pace
38   Rutledge, Jr., Donald DB A 6'1 215 25 Georgia Southern University
96   Walker, Ricky DT A 6'2 287 26 Virginia Tech
50   Witt, Tyler OL A 6'2 305 25 Purdue
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6 minutes ago, Jesse said:

We were talking all night about this.

OL runs it back with a strong possibility that Drew D returns to solidify our interior. Our PR guys may try to push Hardrick, but I think continuity wins out.

There exists the possibility that we sing Kenny Lawler and then Dalton spends half the season trying to make it in the NFL but returns for the second half push. 
 

We are going to have a plethora of options in the secondary after another season of young guys getting long looks.

The only thing in question for me is the DL. Do we see some changes there? I know the team loves Willie, don’t anticipate anything changing there. Does Jeffcoat move on? Can we add to our interior?

Get Oakman and Lorenzo Mauldin IV

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I gotta be honest, I'm OK with running it back for the most part. We may need to say goodbye to a veteran or two to shore up some areas of need like the DL (just not enough quality depth) but overall it's hard not to like a 15-3 team... even if they lost the big game...there are very few areas of need. We just need a couple small tweeks here and there.

I have a feeling that Neufeld may hang them up, but Dobson is ready imo and if Drew comes back we are all set.

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3 minutes ago, Noeller said:

Interesting to see the Jeffcoat hate today....I thought he was our best defensive player, or at least the most impactful.

Not hate - but he was planning on hitting FA last season and has had injury trouble. 
 

He was easily our best player of the first half - before getting injured….

He’s a player I can see moving on. Ellingson is another guy who I can see not coming back. I would bring Thomas back if there’s mutual interest. I hope we can fit Darby in this time around.

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4 minutes ago, Noeller said:

Interesting to see the Jeffcoat hate today....I thought he was our best defensive player, or at least the most impactful.

Not sure if you're saying best in the Grey Cup or the season. Grey Cup I agree. Very noticeable when he went out. Even the season, I think he's overall a better D-end than Jefferson, but doesn't make the splash plays Willie does. 

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Play calling by Bucky was not good enough. With the players we had on offense we went away with what we were successful with. Specifically the sweeps, running game and roll outs. Zach had a horrible game but I feel like he didn't have the hot reads available to him to account for the blitzes.

That said, I think it will be important to give him one top receiver for next year. And I think we all know who that is. If we're without Schoen then we need another one.

Simply put the Bombers thought they could continue the aerial assault in the Grey Cup and they couldn't.

Defense IMO was not at all the problem. We were missing Kyrie Wilson but still did a pretty good job in the Grey Cup. We can do better though.

Get a kicker to challenge legs.

Honestly I'm a bit surprised at the negativity surrounding our defense. No it wasn't our best game but given the Argos field position all game they did well enough. Didn't get it done in the final minutes, but our offense mostly didn't get it done all game

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48 minutes ago, KshyGuy said:

I think Bighill and Jefferson end up staying. They are pretty entrenched in the community.

I'd worry about Jeffcoat. Seemed like he took a bit of convincing to come back this year, he had a bit of a rough season injury wise as well.

He’s had a few rough years injury wise. Top DE in the league when healthy but I’d be fine with the club moving on at this point. Can’t rely on his availability. 

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Jeffcoat was injured a lot this year....IF he regains his durability I say we stick with him.....Could see a return of Lawler which would make Ellingson expendable....Hopefully Drew D returns....Don't know what Kongbo's status is but the possibility of him returning would definitely be a plus....

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