|2017 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season|
|Head coach||Mike O'Shea|
|General manager||Kyle Walters|
|Home field||Investors Group Field|
|Division place||2nd, West|
|Playoff finish||Lost West Semi-Final|
|Team MOP||Matt Nichols|
|Team MOC||Andrew Harris|
|Team MOR||Brandon Alexander|
The 2017 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season was the 60th season for the team in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and their 85th season overall. This was the fourth season under head coach Mike O'Shea and the fourth full season under general manager Kyle Walters.
The Blue Bombers clinched a playoff berth for the second consecutive season with a win over the BC Lions on October 14, 2017.The team hosted a CFL playoff game for the first time since 2011 (and a West Division playoff game for the first time since 2003) after finishing in second place with a 12–6 record. However, they lost that West Semi-Final game to the Edmonton Eskimos.
The 2017 CFL Draft took place on May 7, 2017.The Blue Bombers had eight selections in the eight-round draft after trading former starting quarterback Drew Willy for the first overall pick. They lost fourth and fifth round picks in trades for quarterbacks Kevin Glenn and Matt Nichols, respectively. The Bombers obtained another fourth round pick after trading down in the draft with the Stampeders.
|1||1||Faith Ekakitie||DL||Iowa||Brampton, ON|
|1||8||Geoff Gray||OL||Manitoba||Winnipeg, MB|
|2||15||Qadr Spooner||OL||McGill||Brossard, QC|
|3||23||Abubakar Conteh||DB||Grambling State||Winnipeg, MB|
|4||34||Felix Menard-Briere||K||Montreal||Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, QC|
|6||50||Ian Marouf||DL||Guelph||Fort Erie, ON|
|7||59||Brendon Thera-Plamondon||WR||Calgary||St. Albert, AB|
|8||68||Tylor Henry||WR||Alberta||Camrose, AB|
|A||Sat, June 10||8:00 p.m. CDT||at Saskatchewan Roughriders||T 25–25||0–0–1||None||Mosaic Stadium||33,350||Recap|
|B||Thurs, June 15||7:30 p.m. CDT||vs. Edmonton Eskimos||T 38–38||0–0–2||None||Investors Group Field||24,934||Recap|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers||18||12||6||0||24||554||492||6–4||W1||Details|
|2||Sat, July 1||8:00 p.m. CDT||at Saskatchewan Roughriders||W 43–40 (2OT)||1–0||TSN/RDS/ESPNews||Mosaic Stadium||33,350||Recap|
|3||Fri, July 7||7:30 p.m. CDT||vs. Calgary Stampeders||L 10–29||1–1||TSN/RDS||Investors Group Field||30,165||Recap|
|4||Thurs, July 13||7:30 p.m. CDT||vs. Toronto Argonauts||W 33–25||2–1||TSN/RDS||Investors Group Field||25,085||Recap|
|5||Fri, July 21||9:00 p.m. CDT||at BC Lions||L 42–45||2–2||TSN||BC Place||21,017||Recap|
|6||Thurs, July 27||7:30 p.m. CDT||vs. Montreal Alouettes||W 41–40||3–2||TSN/RDS/ESPN2||Investors Group Field||25,931||Recap|
|7||Fri, Aug 4||6:00 p.m. CDT||at Ottawa Redblacks||W 33–30||4–2||TSN/RDS||TD Place Stadium||23,725||Recap|
|8||Sat, Aug 12||6:30 p.m. CDT||at Hamilton Tiger-Cats||W 39–12||5–2||TSN/RDS||Tim Hortons Field||23,517||Recap|
|9||Thurs, Aug 17||7:30 p.m. CDT||vs. Edmonton Eskimos||W 33–26||6–2||TSN||Investors Group Field||30,554||Recap|
|10||Thurs, Aug 24||6:30 p.m. CDT||at Montreal Alouettes||W 34–31 (2OT)||7–2||TSN/RDS||Molson Stadium||18,564||Recap|
|11||Sun, Sept 3||3:00 p.m. CDT||at Saskatchewan Roughriders||L 24–38||7–3||TSN||Mosaic Stadium||33,350||Recap|
|12||Sat, Sept 9||2:00 p.m. CDT||vs. Saskatchewan Roughriders||W 48–28||8–3||TSN||Investors Group Field||33,134||Recap|
|14||Fri, Sept 22||7:00 p.m. CDT||vs. Ottawa Redblacks||W 29–9||9–3||TSN/RDS||Investors Group Field||26,588||Recap|
|15||Sat, Sept 30||8:30 p.m. CDT||at Edmonton Eskimos||W 28–19||10–3||TSN/RDS2||Commonwealth Stadium||30,524||Recap|
|16||Fri, Oct 6||7:30 p.m. CDT||vs. Hamilton Tiger-Cats||L 13–30||10–4||TSN||Investors Group Field||26,204||Recap|
|17||Sat, Oct 14||3:00 p.m. CDT||vs. BC Lions||W 26–20||11–4||TSN/RDS2||Investors Group Field||26,434||Recap|
|18||Sat, Oct 21||3:00 p.m. CDT||at Toronto Argonauts||L 28–29||11–5||TSN/RDS||BMO Field||15,532||Recap|
|19||Sat, Oct 28||3:00 p.m. CDT||vs. BC Lions||L 27–36||11–6||TSN/RDS2||Investors Group Field||25,034||Recap|
|20||Fri, Nov 3||8:30 p.m. CDT||at Calgary Stampeders||W 23–5||12–6||TSN||McMahon Stadium||24,281||Recap|
|West Semi-Final||Sun, Nov 12||3:30 p.m. CST||vs. Edmonton Eskimos||L 32–39||0–1||TSN/RDS/ESPN2||Investors Group Field||27,244||Recap|
|Italics indicate American player • Bold indicates Global player • 92 Roster|
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Special Teams Coaches
Kevin Glenn, Jr. is a former American professional Canadian football quarterback. He was originally signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League (CFL) as an undrafted free agent in 2001. He played college football for the Illinois State Redbirds and high school football at Detroit St. Martin de Porres. Glenn is a journeyman quarterback who is the only player to ever have had his rights held by every team in the CFL.
Drew Willy is an American professional Canadian football quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He played college football at Buffalo. Willy has also been a member of the Indianapolis Colts, Las Vegas Locomotives, New York Jets, San Diego Chargers, and most notably the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts, and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League (CFL).
Zachary J. Collaros is an American professional Canadian football quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Collaros won the 107th Grey Cup as the starting quarterback with the Blue Bombers when they defeated the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 33-12. He had previously won the Grey Cup as the backup quarterback with the Toronto Argonauts in the 100th Grey Cup. Collaros played football at the University of Cincinnati, he has also been a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Saskatchewan Roughriders and Toronto Argonauts.
The 2011 Winnipeg Blue Bombers was the 54th season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 79th overall. The Blue Bombers finished in 1st place in the East Division with a 10–8 record. The team clinched their first playoff berth since 2008 on October 7, 2011 after a 33–17 win over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. On November 20, 2011, The Blue Bombers defeated the Tiger-Cats 19–3 in the East Final, advancing to the 99th Grey Cup and extending their Grey Cup appearances record to 24. However, the Bombers lost the Grey Cup game 34–23 to the BC Lions, extending their drought to 21 years without a Grey Cup championship. Their Grey Cup appearance marked their final playoff game played in five seasons, failing to make the playoffs in the four subsequent seasons following their loss to the Lions team. Incidentally, their first playoff game subsequent to their four-year playoff drought was also against the same BC Lions team they lost in the Grey Cup game in 2011, losing in a 32-31 come-from-behind victory for the Lions, ending the 2016 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season. Additionally, the Blue Bombers wouldn't host another playoff game again until the 2017 CFL season, this time losing to the Edmonton Eskimos 39-32.
Matt Nichols is an American professional Canadian football quarterback who is currently playing for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Nichols played college football at Eastern Washington. He has also been a member of the Dallas Cowboys, Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and Edmonton Eskimos.
The 2012 Saskatchewan Roughriders season was the 55th season for the team in the Canadian Football League. The Roughriders finished the season in 3rd place in the West Division with an 8–10 record, improving upon their 5–13 record from 2011. The Roughriders qualified for the playoffs and lost to the Calgary Stampeders in the Western Semi-Final.
The 2014 BC Lions season was the 57th season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 61st overall. The Lions qualified for the playoffs for the 18th straight year. However, the team lost the East Semi-Final to the Montreal Alouettes by a score of 50–17.
The 2017 CFL Draft took place on Sunday May 7, 2017 at 7:00 PM ET on TSN and RDS. 71 players were chosen from among eligible players from Canadian universities, as well as Canadian players playing in the NCAA.
The 2016 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season was the 59th season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 84th season overall. The Blue Bombers finished in 3rd place in the West Division and finished with an 11–7 record; their first winning season since 2011.
The 2016 BC Lions season was the 59th season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 63rd overall. The Lions finished in 2nd place in the West Division and finished with a 12–6 record. It was only the third time in franchise history that the Lions had finished in second place, and the first time they have done so since 1986. In each of those three years, the Lions hosted and defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the West Semi-Final.
The 2017 Toronto Argonauts season was the 60th season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 145th season overall. The Argonauts finished the season in first place in the East Division and finished with a 9–9 record.
The 2017 Saskatchewan Roughriders season was the 60th season for the team in the Canadian Football League. It was the club's 108th year overall, and its 102nd season of play. The Roughriders improved upon their 5–13 record from 2016 and clinched a playoff spot with a win over the Calgary Stampeders on October 20, 2017. They finished in fourth place in the West Division and crossed over to the East Division playoffs for the third time in franchise history. They won their first ever East Semi-Final game by defeating the Ottawa Redblacks, but lost the following week to the Toronto Argonauts 25–21 in the last minute of the game.
The 2017 Calgary Stampeders season was the 60th season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 83rd overall. This season is also Dave Dickenson's second season as head coach and John Hufnagel's tenth season as general manager.
The 2018 BC Lions season was the 61st season for the team in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and their 65th overall. The Lions improved upon their 7–11 record from 2017 and clinched a playoff berth following a week 19 win over the Edmonton Eskimos. They returned to the playoffs following a one-year absence where they missed the playoffs for the first time since 1996. However, the team lost the East Semi-Final to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats by a 40-point margin, which is the largest in the Lions' playoff history.
The 2018 Calgary Stampeders season was the 61st season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 84th overall. The Stampeders qualified for the playoffs for the 14th straight year and finished in first place in the West Division for the third straight year. They also appeared in the Grey Cup for the third consecutive season, but after two championship losses, the Stampeders claimed victory in the 106th Grey Cup game, the franchise's eighth victory overall. This season was Dave Dickenson's third season as head coach and John Hufnagel's 11th season as general manager.
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. 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.
The 2018 Hamilton Tiger-Cats season was the 61st season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 69th overall. The Tiger-Cats improved upon their 6–12 record from 2017 and clinched a playoff berth and home playoff date during their bye in week 17 following the Montreal Alouettes' loss to the Calgary Stampeders. After defeating the BC Lions in the East Semi-Final, the Tiger-Cats lost to the Ottawa Redblacks in the East Final. This was the third season under general manager Eric Tillman and first full season under head coach June Jones following his interim role the year before.
The 2018 Toronto Argonauts season was the 61st season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 146th season overall. The Argonauts failed to improve upon their 9–9 record from 2017, losing their tenth game of the season to the Calgary Stampeders on September 28. Following their week 17 loss to the BC Lions on October 6, 2018, the Argonauts were the first team eliminated from post-season contention. They became the first team since the 2006 Edmonton Eskimos to fail to qualify for the playoffs in the year after winning the Grey Cup.
The 2019 Winnipeg Blue Bombers season was the 62nd season for the team in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and their 87th season overall. This was the sixth season under head coach Mike O'Shea and the sixth full season under general manager Kyle Walters. The Blue Bombers qualified for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season on September 21, 2019 following an Ottawa Redblacks loss. The club later would go on to win their 11th Grey Cup championship and their first since the 1990 Grey Cup championship game, ending what was the longest active Grey Cup drought.
The 2019 Calgary Stampeders season was the 62nd season for the team in the Canadian Football League and their 85th overall. The Stampeders finished with a 12–6 record and hosted the West Semi-Final game in a year where they were also hosting the 107th Grey Cup. Having lost to the Blue Bombers team in the aforementioned playoff game, however, the Stampeders failed to repeat as Grey Cup champions in 2019, marking the first time since 2011 where the Stampeders failed to reach the West Division Final and only the second time since their 2008 Championship-Winning Season. Despite the loss in the opening round of the postseason, the Stampeders qualified for the playoffs for the 15th consecutive year with a week 15 win over the Toronto Argonauts coupled with a loss by the Ottawa Redblacks, the playoff berth being clinched on September 21, 2019. It is the longest playoff streak in franchise history and tied for the fifth-longest streak in CFL history. The 2019 season marked Dave Dickenson's fourth season as head coach and John Hufnagel's 12th season as general manager.