Time for Bombers to take shackles off Buck Pierce

The Bombers have done a decent job of helping Buck Pierce avoid injury so far but he's been nowhere...

The Bombers have done a decent job of helping Buck Pierce avoid injury so far but he's been nowhere near as effective as usual as a quarterback. (QMI Agency/Files)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:50 PM ET

WINNIPEG - About that plan to keep Buck Pierce upright at all costs.

You know, the one the Winnipeg Blue Bombers spent the off-season developing, and all of training camp and the first three games of the regular season implementing.

On one hand, the plan has worked: Pierce is still in one piece.

“He’s taken a few (hits),” head coach Tim Burke was saying, Tuesday. “But he’s much healthier now than he was last year at this time — well, last year at this time he wasn’t healthy at all. He’s probably the healthiest he’s been right now (in) the last two years.”

The only problem is the CFL doesn’t hand out points for keeping your quarterback out of the doctor’s office.

The Bombers are on pace for another 6-12 campaign, and while misery might love company, the fact the rest of the East Division is, too, is no cause for comfort.

As outlined in this space, Monday, Pierce has looked nothing like the quarterback of the previous eight years, the one who ran around, improvised and often took off with the ball.


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