Lion QB seen as good fit in Bombers' Blue and Gold

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:42 PM ET

Jamie Barresi says if B.C. had played Winnipeg in the 2007 Grey Cup, Jarious Jackson would probably be seen as a different quarterback these days.

The Lions fell at home to the Roughriders in the West Final that year with Jackson at the controls. Barresi, who was on the Lions’ coaching staff at the time, said the quarterback’s reputation would be way better than it currently is had the outcome been different.

“That was not a fluke game, but we really felt like we should have won that game,” Barresi, the Bombers offensive co-ordinator, said Tuesday. “That would’ve really put Jarious in a different light.”

The Bombers are one of several teams in talks with the free-agent quarterback, who spent the last six years in B.C. but could never get a firm grip on the starting role due to injuries and circumstance. As a result, the response among Bomber fans appears to be lukewarm at best when it comes to the pursuit of Jackson.

Barresi, however, speaks highly of the former NFL and Notre Dame pivot, who played in B.C. with current No. 1 Bomber quarterback Buck Pierce.

“He’s certainly a really good pro,” Barresi said. “He’s got a lot of ability. He’s a really intelligent guy. He’d know where he would fit here, and he’s got a relationship with Buck.”

The 33-year-old Jackson has a 14-8 record in 22 starts for the Lions since joining the team in 2005.

FAMILIAR FACES: If continuity breeds success, the Bomber coaching staff should have a good season.

Everyone except for defensive co-ordinator Kavis Reed, who left to become the Edmonton Eskimos head coach, is back on Paul LaPolice’s staff. Reed’s replacement, Tim Burke, is the only newcomer, and he won the last two Grey Cups with the Montreal Alouettes.

“We’ve got a good mix of veteran coaches and new coaches, and the guys will get taken care of and coached well,” said LaPolice, who brought the entire staff to the Bomber locker-room on Tuesday for a meet-and-greet with the media.

“They’re well-respected, they’re good character men, and they’re great teachers. We’ve got a good crew, and a lot of them have made Winnipeg their home. There’s a lot to be said for that.”

LATE HITS: The Edmonton Eskimos released quarterback Jason Maas on Tuesday. They wanted him to retire as an Eskimo, but he wants to keep playing … The Lions signed free-agent offensive lineman Ben Archibald, who was named the CFL’s most outstanding offensive lineman last season with the Calgary Stampeders … The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have inked weak-side linebacker Jamall Johnson to a contract extension … The Eskimos made a $5.2 million profit on last year’s Grey Cup.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca

2011 Bombers coaching staff

Paul LaPolice — head coach (2nd)

Richard Harris — assistant head coach, defensive line (6th)

Tim Burke — defensive co-ordinator, defensive backs (1st)

Jamie Barresi — offensive co-ordinator (2nd)

Casey Creehan — linebackers (2nd)

Kyle Walters — special teams (2nd)

Pat DelMonaco — offensive line (2nd)

Chris Wiesehan — receivers (2nd)

(Number of years of Bomber service in parentheses)


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