Team by team off season recap. Reverse order of 2017 finish. Know your enemy. Viewed from a Bomber fan perspective. All opinions expressed are subject to change in a heartbeat if convenient.
Maybe not as wonderful as they looked last November. Lots of contract chaos. Butler and Wilder were big parts of 2017 but seems typical of Jim Popp to court contract controversy. Complete new secondary. Same Trestman. Unlikely to repeat as champions in 2018 but who knows.
More active than usual. Adding good pieces and getting younger. One of the few teams developing players with no reason to expect them not to fill the remaining holes. Quarterback depth behind Bo Levi would be my concern
Solid at QB, over loaded at RB, blessed at receiver, not sold on kicking. Big loss appears to be Joel Figueroa with no replacement to date. Possibly not as good as previously thought.
Full marks for entertainment value. Ringling Bros had nothing on these guys. People coming and going, Got great receivers and sign more receivers, and running backs. Bond for Dennis is solid. Going Collaros with KG would have been less risky than going with Bridge as #2 imo. Rider fans know everything. Call this one unfullfilled potential and out of the playoffs. Saskatchewan gets no rain.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers:
Very positive Bomber buzz in the air. Loaded on offense. Better depth. Andrew Harris is the leader.
Definitely buying opposed to building. Nice to see the local boys coming home. Expecting the Bombers to be a factor. Western conference finalist and watch out. Can MOS avoid out tricking himself.
Ottawa Red Blacks:
Added some talent with Purifoy, Leonard, and Murray but lost as well with Evans. Thorpe bringing Kyries over must say something. Offence does not inspire at this point. Trevor Harris staying healthy would be a good thing for Red Black fans. Possibly play well enough to finish third and take the crossover away but one and done from there I fear. Franchise folds again.
Energizer bunny has nothing on Ed Hervey. Liked him signing Manny on his first day of work. Dire QB situation. Cody Fajardo will be a good short yardage guy with potential but if he is starting then Lions are in tough. Another Lulay comeback please and they might have something. Jon Jennings playing the young and athletic co star. I do not see Wally going out on top. Lions miss.
Impressed by Kent Austin keeping his cool, signing his guys. Brandon Banks was big in the second half and the offence should be good. Defence is solid. Distractions traded away. Good adds in Lirim and Vernon Adams. Would say ahead of TO for top spot in the east and a Grey Cup appearance although Hamilton has never struck me as a good cold weather team.
Kavis doing what he can. Hope Mike Sherman does well. Could be a wild card if they can get it together but an unsettled QB situation prevents too much optimism at this time imo.