Winnipeg Blue Bombers

IAN BUSBY -- Calgary Sun

, Last Updated: 9:44 AM ET

PREDICTION: 4TH IN EAST

HEAD COACH: Doug Berry

GM: Brendan Taman

OFFENSIVE THREAT: CHARLES ROBERTS

DEFENSIVE STALWART: DOUG WALLS

UNSUNG HERO: Gavin BROWN

KEY ADDITIONS -- LB Barrin Simpson, OL Ibrahim Khan, OL Val St. Germain, QB Brad Banks, WR Andrae Thurman, WR Albert Johnson III, S Donnavan Carter, HC Doug Berry, DC Greg Marshall.

KEY DEPARTURES -- WR Keith Stokes, P Jon Ryan, DL Joe Fleming, WR Darnell McDonald.

STRENGTHS -- With Charles Roberts in the backfield, even the weakest of offensive lines can pile up yardage along the ground. Roberts led the league in rushing a season ago and looks no different than he did in 2005. The additions of Ibrahim Khan and Val St. Germain in the Otttawa Renegades dispersal draft should only help Roberts' chances of repeating the feat.

WEAKNESSES -- The worst defence of all-time only improved slightly from last season with the addition of LB Barrin Simpson from the B.C. Lions. The secondary should still be one of the weakest in the league and likely won't allow the Bombers to keep leads because the prevent defence won't be able to shut teams down. The hiring of Greg Marshall from the Renegades could help improve things along the line.

INTANGIBLES -- With the Grey Cup being played at Canad Inns Stadium in late November, the pressure is on the Bombers to perform. There are several changes on both sides of the ball and a new coach and defensive co-ordinator. Head coach Doug Berry was the offensive mastermind behind the Alouettes explosive offence the past few season but no one will mistake Kevin Glenn for Anthony Calvillo. The Bombers should still score points with weapons such as Milt Stegall and Charles Roberts but defending will be their challenge.

PROGNOSIS -- In a competitive league, the Bombers will likely be last in the East Division.


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