Bombers' safety dance

Blue Bombers safety Ian Logan during practice at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Man., Oct. 25,...

Blue Bombers safety Ian Logan during practice at Canad Inns Stadium in Winnipeg, Man., Oct. 25, 2011.

JIM BENDER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:15 AM ET

WINNIPEG - When you are surrounded with such talented pass defenders, the temptation is just to take your cleats off, put up your feet and watch.

It is no coincidence that Winnipeg safety Ian Logan is enjoying the most satisfying football of his career in what is arguably the best secondary in the CFL right now.

“This is the best one I’ve played on,” Logan said Tuesday. “It’s my sixth year now and I definitely feel comfortable. We’ve got a lot of guys who make it easy. They’re all all-stars in their own right. They make it easy on me and at the same time, (defensive co-ordinator Tim) Burke has really done a great job in week-to-week preparations.”

Logan picked off his fourth pass of the season during the Blue Bombers’ 26-25 victory over Montreal on Saturday, matching his career high to this point. The Bombers are now tied with Edmonton for the league lead in interceptions with 23.

“When you’re comfortable with your guys, it’s real easy to make plays and to play with energy,” said Logan, a 5-foot-9, 196-pound Wilfrid Laurier product. “I can see all those guys running around making plays … Everyone in the secondary’s had a really good year.”

There’s two good reasons for that.

“Part of it is staying healthy and everybody being able to play together,” Logan said. “Speed is our biggest thing. We have a pretty small team but in terms of quickness, I don’t think anyone can match that.”

Bombers assistant coach Markus Howell has played both with and against some of the best Winnipeg secondaries since the turn over the century and figures the current one is “the best in a while. I’ll tell you what, they fly around and they make plays. The ball’s in the air, you’d better be on point because these guys are here to make a play.”

That includes Logan, who should rate serious consideration for the East Division all-star squad and challenge receiver Cory Watson for the team’s nominee as top Canadian.

Despite being one of the staples in the air defence since he first arrived, Logan does not have a contract for next season yet as he is currently in his option year.

“I haven’t thought about it yet,” said Logan, 29. “I never really think about that until after the season. I just want to focus on this year and try to get as many wins as possible.

“I haven’t talked to anybody (in management) about it … We have a lot of guys in their option year right now. I don’t think it’s something I’d want to deal with right now anyway.”

What he wants to deal with right now is the Toronto Argonauts who come to town this Friday.

“They have nothing to lose so they’re going to bring it,” he said. “It’s going to be a challenge. These are tough games to win but, if you get up for them, there’s no reason why we can’t win.”

GETTING TO KNOW IAN LOGAN

Age: 29

POSITION: Safety

HOMETOWN: Waterloo, Ont.

College: Wilfrid Laurier

Height: 5-foot-9

Weight: 196 yards

CFL season: 6

Status: Non-import

— In sixth season with the Blue Bombers

— Tied a personal record with his fourth interception of the season last Saturday against Montreal

— Set a career high for tackles last season with 45

— Has 175 career tackles to go along with 11 interceptions and three quarterback sacks.

— Has not scored a touchdown in his CFL career.


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