Tuesday Morning QB (Week 7)

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The bye weeks are over for the CFL as all teams look to the last few months to try to get one of those coveted playoff spots. With the bye weeks finish every team is looking ahead and two teams would use the weeks to prepare ahead. In Week 6 the Montreal Alouettes would use their time off to decide on their coaching future. They would fire Dan Hawkins and name Jim Popp the new interim head coach. That would not work out too well for them as they would lose their week 7 game against the Toronto Argonauts. The Alouettes would start the trend of changes during the bye week but the Bombers would make the most noise. In Week 7 the Bombers were still hurting from a week 6 loss that would put them in to a 1-5 record. Something needed to be changed as they had been the doormat for far too long. The Bombers entered the 2013 season with a new stadium and a new hop for the season. They were looking to make Investor’s Group Field a winning stadium rather than the many losing seasons at Canad Inns Stadium. The Bombers seemed to be on their way to a good season against the Alouettes when they pressed them in the first game and would finally beat them in their second game of the season. Then it all seemed to go wrong as Buck Pierce would go down again while the rest of the team disappointed those hopeful fans that saw potential in the first two games. The Bombers would lose every other game of the season and would decide that changes had to be made now if they hoped to be in the playoffs this year. The obvious decision is always the coach as most teams will look to a coach before anyone else. The problem with that for the Bombers is that Tim Burke is only in his first full year as the head coach of the Bombers. Winnipeg fired Paul LaPolice in 2012 and brought in Tim Burke to turn things around but giving him less than a season made no sense. So the Bombers would look above the coach in the front office to make changes in the hopes that it will change their fortunes. First to go would be general manager Joe Mack who had a good start to his time in Winnipeg but the success would not last as the Bombers would have a 21-39 record with Mack in the office. The new GM was not announced this week although whoever it will be may look to the team and make some major changes to the team when he gets here. The bigger surprise this week was the second member of the front office to leave the Bombers. Garth Buchko would resign from his duties as the CEO for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Buchko would be replaced by former Blue Bomber Wade Miller who would claim that he is willing to do whatever it takes to start winning in Winnipeg. It would be the biggest news of the week as the Bombers began another change to the franchise as they continue to try to get to the Grey Cup. There is still plenty of time to turn things around for the Bombers as it is usually how you finish and not how you start the season. They may not be able to do this with the team they have now though as it is clear there is something more wrong with this team. The new GM will have to make some moves especially with NFL cuts coming soon and providing plenty of players that they Bombers might be able to use. The changes kept coming for the bye weeks in the CFL and to the Bombers who continued to adjust in an attempt to start winning. There is plenty of season left for all the teams in the CFL including the Bombers as the real push will begin soon with the playoff race on the horizon.


Fourth Down:
(Everything else about Week 7) 

Bellefeuille is Back
The Bombers would not stop the changes at the front office as former Hamilton head coach Marcel Bellefeuille would be hired on to the Blue Bombers offensive staff bringing experience to a team that continues to struggle

Revolving QB Door
The Bombers again would make headlines dominating a week where they did not play as they would decide to go with yet another QB in Week 8 deciding that Max Hall will replace Justin Goltz as the Bombers look for something to spark the team

Man Down, Again
In more QB news Drew Tate is quickly turning into a younger version of Buck Pierce as another injury would keep the QB out for another 2 to 3 weeks staying out of the lineup for a long time and becoming a band-aid in the process


CFL Standings:

Eastern Division:
1. Toronto Argonauts (8)
2. Hamilton Tiger-Cats (4)
3. Montreal Alouettes (4)
4. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2)

Western Division:
1. Saskatchewan Roughriders (10)
2. Calgary Stampeders (10)
3. B.C Lions (8)
4. Edmonton Eskimos (2)


Toronto Argonauts 38 – 13 Montreal Alouettes
– The Alouettes were entering their first game with Jim Popp on the sidelines after firing Dan Hawkins but it would not help as the Argos got out to a big lead in the first half and never let up beating their long time rivals

Calgary Stampeders 42 – 27 Saskatchewan Roughriders
– The Roughriders were coming off a bye week which seemed to do more harm than good as they would lose their first game of the season thanks to a 4 TD performance by Jon Cornish who outplayed Kory Sheets


Next Week:
Hamilton Tiger-Cats vs. Winnipeg Blue Bombers (Friday August 16th; 8:00 pm ET)
– The Tabies need a win and they will be facing a team that could give them that win as the Bombers have struggle more than the Tabies and will be going with Max Hall at QB as the Ti-Cats look to take advantage of the inexperience

Montreal Alouettes vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders (Saturday August 17th; 4:00 pm ET)
– The Alouettes are trying to turn things around with Jim Popp at the head of the team but it will not be an easy road as they face the best team in the league so far in the Riders who will try to recover from their first loss of the season

Calgary Stampeders vs. B.C. Lions (Saturday August 17th; 9:00 pm ET)
– The Stampeders are riding high after handing the Riders their first loss of the season and with Jon Cornish seemingly coming into his own now they will look to extend their lead over the Lions in the West with another win

Edmonton Eskimos vs. Toronto Argonauts (Sunday August 18th; 7:00 pm ET)
– The Eskies are not having a good year but they are well rested after their bye week and will be looking to start the turnaround while the Argos are looking to continue their good start to the season and continue to lead the East Division

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