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Naylor: Blue Bombers' keys to success in 2012

Dave Naylor
6/20/2012 3:27:06 PM
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CFL on TSN analyst Dave Naylor takes a look at three keys to success for each team heading into the 2012 regular season.

1. Health of Buck Pierce

It's an old theme for the Blue Bombers, but one that can't be ignored, even after a season in which Pierce started a career-high 16 regular season games. The good news for Winnipeg is that they might be as deep as any team at quarterback after re-signing both Alex Brink and Joey Elliott during the off-season.

2. Offensive co-ordinator Gary Crowton

The Bombers went off the CFL map in replacing former offensive co-ordinator Jamie Barresi during the off-season. Crowton comes with an impressive resume that includes time as offensive co-ordinator for the LSU Tigers and the NFL's Chicago Bears. With head coach Paul LaPolice having handed Crowton the play calling duties, he needs to be a quick study on the CFL game.

3. Offensive line

The Bombers had to rebuild the offensive line this off-season and are counting on four Canadians who played sparingly a year ago - Chris Greaves, Chris Kowalczuk, Paul Swiston and Justin Sorenson - to be ready for more playing time.


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