Burning questions

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:36 AM ET

MONTREAL -- Is Doug Berry the right man for the job?

Will Charles Roberts get enough carries to be happy?

Can Barrin Simpson wreak havoc at the middle linebacker position?

Is Kevin Glenn a bona fide CFL quarterback?

These are just a few of the plethora of questions that the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will have to answer over the next five months, and it all starts tonight against the Montreal Alouettes.

The Bombers are coming off a 5-13 season in which they missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

In fact, it's been four consecutive years of decline for the fellas on Maroons Road, and Berry was hired in December to stop the bleeding.

He brings with him an impressive offensive resume that he built up over the past seven seasons in Montreal. Tonight, however, will represent the 57-year-old's first football game as a head coach - in his life.

The general consensus is the Bomber offence, which wasn't bad last season, will be even better now that newcomers Berry, Albert Johnson III, Andrae Thurman, Obby Khan and Val St. Germain are in the fold.

The Glenn doubters, however, will continue to question the 27-year-old pivot, likely until the Blue and Gold hoist the Grey Cup over their heads.

The defence, meanwhile, has some question marks.

The coaching staff made switches at outside linebacker and safety just 12 days ago, which is never a good sign. The rest of the secondary looks improved -- on paper, at least -- and the front four are viewed as one of the best units in the league.

The Alouettes, who lost last year's Grey Cup in overtime, basically retooled their smooth-running engine and will provide a monumental test for the new-look Bombers.

Get out your pencils everyone. The test is about to begin.


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