Blue do the safety dance

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

It's been a good week for guys with the last name of Logan.

Stefan Logan is taking over for Joe Smith as the starting running back for the B.C. Lions, while Ian Logan is the new starting safety for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Ian Logan is taking over for Jason Nugent, who hasn't necessarily struggled in his first year at the helm but hasn't made enough big plays.

Logan will get a solid test in his first career start at safety, because gunslinging Anthony Calvillo and the Montreal Alouettes (3-3) are coming to town tomorrow night to battle the Bombers (1-5).

'MORE PLAY'

"We want to try to get a little more play out of the free safety," head coach Doug Berry said. "Jason has been OK back there, but we're trying to add a little bit more speed. Ian's going to put us in the right defences as well. It's not that Jason's been making huge mistakes. He hasn't.

"But it's a matter where we're trying to, as you know, upgrade if we can, and we think that there's a possibility there."

The Bombers signed Logan as a free agent in January 2006, and the 5-foot-9, 190-pound speedster started four games at the wide-side cornerback spot last season. The 25-year-old was a halfback at Wilfrid Laurier, but he feels the safety position is right up his alley.

"The best part of my game is speed, reading the play and using my speed and getting around to different areas. Being a safety lets me do that," he said. "I'm not afraid to hit. I'm not afraid to run in there and use my speed and aggressiveness."

The timing of the switch is somewhat odd, considering the Bombers didn't give up an offensive touchdown in last week's 19-11 loss to the Toronto Argonauts.

The move only signifies that no one is safe when a team is 1-5. Nugent learned that lesson the hard way, but he is still helping Logan prepare for his important start.

"He was a little -- you know, whatever the word is -- for a couple days, but now it's cool. It's obviously nothing personal," Logan said. "We're good buddies, and everything's cool.

"We're in this together. We always said we just wanted it to be a Canadian position. We'd both be happy."

In another odd twist, the safety switch comes on the heels of Berry saying there would be changes on offence this week. The Ryan Dinwiddie-led attack mustered only one touchdown and 272 yards of total offence in the loss to the Argos.

Just because there aren't any non-injury-related personnel moves doesn't mean there haven't been alterations to the offence, Berry said.

"There's things that are happening that are not going to be the obvious, so let's just leave it at that," he said. "I have a lot of faith in these guys. If they have needed to be spoken with, they've been spoken with. Otherwise, I have a lot of faith in the offence.

"We've got some good talent here. It's a matter of everybody playing together. We're gonna try to get back to having another good game. If we can have another good game offensively, maybe we have turned the corner."


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