2018 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season

The 2018 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season was the 61st season for the team in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and their 86th season overall. This was the fifth season under head coach Mike O'Shea and the fifth full season under general manager Kyle Walters. Following a week 20 win over the Calgary Stampeders, the Blue Bombers qualified for the playoffs for the third consecutive season, rebounding from a 5–7 record to start the season.[1] The Blue Bombers defeated the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the West Division Semi-Final to start the postseason and appeared in their first Division Final since 2011, playing against the Stampeders in the 2018 edition. The team lost against the Stampeders 22–14, extending the franchise's Grey Cup drought for a 28th year.

2018 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season
Head coachMike O'Shea
General managerKyle Walters
Home fieldInvestors Group Field
Results
Record10–8
Division place3rd, West
Playoff finishLost West Final
Team MOPAdam Bighill
Team MOCAndrew Harris
Team MORMarcus Sayles
Uniform
CFL WPG Jersey 2016.png

OffseasonEdit

CFL DraftEdit

The 2018 CFL Draft took place on May 3, 2018.[2] The Blue Bombers had seven selections in the eight-round draft after trading their first and second round selections to the BC Lions for their second round pick in the 2018 draft and their first round pick in the 2019 CFL Draft.[3] The Bombers also lost a third-round pick after taking Drew Wolitarsky in the 2017 Supplemental Draft but gained Toronto's after dealing Drew Willy to the Argonauts in 2016.[4][5]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
2 12 Rashaun Simonise WR Calgary
3 26 Daniel Petermann WR McMaster
4 33 Arnaud Gendron-Dumouchel OL Montreal
5 41 Tyrone Pierre WR Laval
6 49 Matthew Ouellet De Carlo OL Bishop's
7 58 Jacob Firlotte DB Queen's
8 67 Ben Koczwara OL Waterloo

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results TV Venue Attendance Summary
Score Record
A Bye
B Fri, June 1 7:30 p.m. CDT vs. Edmonton Eskimos W 33–13 1–0 None Investors Group Field 23,034 Recap
C Fri, June 8 9:30 p.m. CDT at BC Lions L 21–34 1–1 TSN BC Place 15,237 Recap

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Regular seasonEdit

StandingsEdit

Team GP W L T Pts PF PA Div Stk
Calgary Stampeders 18 13 5 0 26 522 363 5–5 W1 Details
Saskatchewan Roughriders 18 12 6 0 24 450 444 7–3 W2 Details
Winnipeg Blue Bombers 18 10 8 0 20 550 419 4–6 L1 Details
BC Lions 18 9 9 0 18 423 473 4–6 L2 Details
Edmonton Eskimos 18 9 9 0 18 482 471 5–5 W1 Details

ScheduleEdit

Week Game Date Kickoff Opponent Results TV Venue Attendance Summary
Score Record
1 1 Thurs, June 14 7:30 p.m. CDT Edmonton Eskimos L 30–33 0–1 TSN/RDS2/ESPN2 Investors Group Field 25,458 Recap
2 2 Fri, June 22 6:00 p.m. CDT @ Montreal Alouettes W 56–10 1–1 TSN/RDS/ESPN2 Molson Stadium 19,498 Recap
3 3 Fri, June 29 6:00 p.m. CDT @ Hamilton Tiger-Cats L 17–31 1–2 TSN/RDS/ESPN2 Tim Hortons Field 23,721 Recap
4 4 Sat, July 7 7:30 p.m. CDT BC Lions W 41–19 2–2 TSN Investors Group Field 26,567 Recap
5 5 Sat, July 14 9:00 p.m. CDT @ BC Lions L 17–20 2–3 TSN BC Place 19,541 Recap
6 6 Sat, July 21 3:00 p.m. CDT @ Toronto Argonauts W 38–20 3–3 TSN BMO Field 10,844 Recap
7 7 Fri, July 27 7:30 p.m. CDT Toronto Argonauts W 40–14 4–3 TSN/RDS/ESPN2 Investors Group Field 27,116 Recap
8 Bye
9 8 Fri, Aug 10 7:30 p.m. CDT Hamilton Tiger-Cats W 29–23 5–3 TSN/RDS Investors Group Field 26,454 Recap
10 9 Fri, Aug 17 7:30 p.m. CDT Ottawa Redblacks L 21–44 5–4 TSN/RDS Investors Group Field 27,602 Recap
11 10 Sat, Aug 25 2:30 p.m. CDT @ Calgary Stampeders L 26–39 5–5 TSN McMahon Stadium 27,800 Recap
12 11 Sun, Sept 2 2:00 p.m. CDT @ Saskatchewan Roughriders L 23–31 5–6 TSN Mosaic Stadium 33,350 Recap
13 12 Sat, Sept 8 3:00 p.m. CDT Saskatchewan Roughriders L 27–32 5–7 TSN Investors Group Field 33,134 Recap
14 Bye
15 13 Fri, Sept 21 7:30 p.m. CDT Montreal Alouettes W 31–14 6–7 TSN/RDS Investors Group Field 24,349 Recap
16 14 Sat, Sept 29 6:00 p.m. CDT @ Edmonton Eskimos W 30–3 7–7 TSN/RDS2 Commonwealth Stadium 28,788 Recap
17 15 Fri, Oct 5 6:30 p.m. CDT @ Ottawa Redblacks W 40–32 (OT) 8–7 TSN TD Place Stadium 21,027 Recap
18 16 Sat, Oct 13 1:00 p.m. CDT Saskatchewan Roughriders W 31–0 9–7 TSN Investors Group Field 26,070 Recap
19 Bye
20 17 Fri, Oct 26 7:30 p.m. CDT Calgary Stampeders W 29–21 10–7 TSN Investors Group Field 25,173 Recap
21 18 Sat, Nov 3 3:00 p.m. CDT @ Edmonton Eskimos L 24–33 10–8 TSN Commonwealth Stadium 27,749 Recap

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Post-seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers win against Saskatchewan in the 2018 West Division Final was the first playoff win for the Blue Bombers franchise since their 19-3 victory against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 2011 East Division Final. Their West Final game against the Calgary Stampeders team marked the first time since the 2001 Grey Cup Game that both the Blue Bombers and Stampeders met in playoff contention (the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were then representing the CFL's East Division when there were only eight teams in the Canadian Football League).

Game Date Kickoff Opponent Results TV Venue Attendance Summary
Score Record
West Semi-Final Sun, Nov 11 3:30 p.m. CST @ Saskatchewan Roughriders W 23–18 1–0 TSN/RDS/ESPN2 Mosaic Stadium 30,609 Recap
West Final Sun, Nov 18 3:30 p.m. CST @ Calgary Stampeders L 14–22 1–1 TSN/RDS/ESPNews McMahon Stadium 29,268 Recap

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TeamEdit

RosterEdit

Winnipeg Blue Bombers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Fullbacks

Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

1-Game Injured List

6-Game Injured List

Practice Roster


Italics indicate International players
Roster updated 2018-11-17
Depth ChartTransactions
46 Roster, 6 one-game injured,
5 six-game injured, 8 practice

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Coaching staffEdit

Winnipeg Blue Bombers Staff
Front Office
  • Owner – Community owned (non-profit corporation owned by members)
  • Chairperson of the Board of Governors – Brock Bulbuck
  • President/CEO – Wade Miller
  • General Manager of Football Operations – Kyle Walters
  • Assistant General Manager / Director of U.S. Scouting – Danny McManus
  • Assistant General Manager / Director of Player Personnel – Ted Goveia
  • National Scout – Craig Smith
  • Team Services Coordinator – Matt Gulakow
  • Head Equipment Manager – Brad Fotty
  • Assistant Equipment Manager – Kevin Todd
  • Assistant Equipment Manager – Jared Cronk
 

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Paul Boudreau

Coaching Staff
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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Updated Playoff Scenarios: Bombers punch their ticket, eliminate Esks
  2. ^ CFL draft date announced
  3. ^ BC acquires first round pick in swap with Bombers
  4. ^ Blue Bombers ship Willy to Argos; acquire Glenn in trade with Als
  5. ^ "Bombers select WR Drew Wolitarsky in Supplemental Draft". CFL.ca. June 27, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c 2018 Schedule