O’Shea names Chris Streveler starting QB for Bombers

Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea has named rookie Chris Streveler as the team’s starting quarterback for Week 1 against the Edmonton Eskimos.

“It’s going to be Chris Streveler,” O’Shea responded when asked after practice on Monday.

“We said it would be an evaluation of everything they’ve done up until this point, and we just feel he’s won that competition.”

Streveler was competing with second-year pivot Alex Ross for the No. 1 QB job after Matt Nichols was declared to be out four-to-six weeks with a knee injury. The rookie pivot took the initial first-team snaps at quarterback for the Bombers at practice on Monday.

“I thought he did very well through camp and played well in the games. He gives us a good chance to go out there and lead the team and win games,” O’Shea said. “In the end, Chris Streveler won the job.”

Streveler went 10-of-10 for 140 yards with one touchdown and rushed four times for 37 yards in Winnipeg’s first pre-season game. He followed that up by completing 3-of-9 attempts for 44 yards with one touchdown and one interception and two carries for five yards in the Bombers pre-season finale.

“The word processing. He gets through the playbook and the plays that are called very quickly. He retains the information,” O’Shea said. “He makes good, decisions and then comes the athleticism.”

O’Shea was asked if any special precautions will be taken with the first-year pivot.

“I’m going to go tuck him in at night,” O’Shea said with a smile.

“He’s a pro athlete. He’s going to be just fine. We’re not going to limit the playbook.”


44 Comments on O’Shea names Chris Streveler starting QB for Bombers

  1. Alex Ross has more experience being on a CFL team and has spent more time learning the nuances of the CFL game….so naturally O’Shea goes with the pure rookie who has yet to throw a pass in a real game.

    • difference is… we know Alex Ross is garbage, so, it’s the kid’s time. 0-6 start in bomber land

      • Colin Unger // June 11, 2018 at 3:16 pm //

        Nichols might only be out 3 more weeks. Also Winnipeg plays Hamilton and Montreal. So.

        • The larks might be a “gimme” but don’t count the Ticats as an easy win this season.
          You HOPE that Nicols is only out 4 weeks but there’s no guarantee there either and you don’t want to rush him back and risk further and/or more serious injury to that knee.

      • lol dream on 0-6 they could very well start 6-0 with a newbie qb with all the talent they have.

    • Johnny Blumpkin // June 11, 2018 at 1:24 pm //

      Ross didn’t look any better than Streveler in PS play.

    • Honestly, Alex Ross showed very limited promise last year in BC and I’m not sure if it was Wally’s QB factory not in business like the old days – but he was disappointing and not dissimilar to what he showed with the Bombers this pre-season.

    • BC Bomber // June 11, 2018 at 4:48 pm //

      A few points to consider…
      1. Streveler is bigger and can run, a distinct advantage to buy time and move the chains with his feet as he learns the game.
      2. Being new to the CFL, the Esks have very little tape to prepare to defend against Streveler.
      3. Nothing says Osh has to keep him in if he falters. He has hinted at using a QB package rather than tying himself to one guy.
      We’ll know more by Friday morning.

    • lol yeah ross has what 5 more passes and looked bad in the preseason while Streveler looked okay, oshea picked the right guy.

  2. Johnny Blumpkin // June 11, 2018 at 1:15 pm //

    Risky move. Potential is there; experience is not. Defense better be up to the task if the Bombers hope to win this one.

    • there is truly no diff in experience , not much of a risk and the bombers o can win this game.

  3. He was not spectacular vs BC… And he was not up against a first line defence…

    • Bombs Away! // June 11, 2018 at 5:32 pm //

      But he did not have a single regular Oline guy helping him out.

      • exactly they left most of their starters at home and still only lost by 14 points on the road, its not like jennings lit the bombers d on fire.

  4. If Streveler is indeed going to start for the Bombers in the season-opener against Edmonton Thursday night, the Bombers would want him to produce like in college and the first pre-season game. The Eskimos would prefer a production similar to his second pre-season game.

  5. Glenn Sinclair, BC played their starters the entire first half.

  6. ZERO surprise here.

    As I explained previously, Al Ross is complete garbage. Streveler looks infinitely better than Ross ever has.

    At least with Streveler you can see he’s got some potential to be a starting QB. With Al Ross it’s s hopeless waste of time.

  7. Macavity // June 11, 2018 at 2:24 pm //

    Area51 is un-helpfully hyperbolic, but game one of pre-season both got to work with starters, game 2 was completely back-ups, o-line, receivers, and RBs. Giving the edge to Streveler is not crazy

    Mark, Glenn was right-ish, starter’s played for the Lions into the 3rd, but Streveler mostly faced back ups (playing only the second half).

    I would feel much better if we had Nichols, but I think the rest of the league might be shocked at the improvement on Defense.

    Most of those D-linemen shoving Lions around and sacking Jennings didn’t even make the team. Jeffcoat and Johnson have a year under their belts, Gaitor is an upgrade. Santos-Knoz is sophomore as well, BigHill is a massive improvement. And coaching (we hope) has improved with Osh taking a hand and Younger coming on board. Our QB may only need to be serviceable.

    • Bombers coaching improved greatly when they got rid of the incompetent Todd Howard.

      But Jordo Younger is a useless DB coach. Get ready for lots of ultra soft zone coverage.

      • Macavity // June 11, 2018 at 6:06 pm //

        I’m fairly certain our DBs coach will not be calling the coverages, but thanks anyway!

  8. Bombers get what they deserve- Chris Streveler lmfao. I cant wait for Bumbers to get into the basement in the CFL West where they belong!

    • BlueBomberChris // June 11, 2018 at 2:47 pm //

      So we deserve a rookie with the potential to be a great QB. Thanks, you’re awfully kind for a Rider fan :p

      Remember before you jump down my throat that I said POTENTIAL, I never annointed him the 2nd coming of AC

      • TruBlu58 // June 11, 2018 at 3:36 pm //

        With the 5 green pylons the Priders call an O-Line and all the Canadian “depth”, the basement in the CFL West is already booked!

    • Blue rules // June 11, 2018 at 3:08 pm //

      2018, Rider’s got what they deserve, F O U R H U N D R E D T H I R T Y T H O U S A N D D O L L A R S Zach concussion & a bridge can’t throw too far. Good luck. after game 6 without Nichols, Bombers will still have a better win loss record than Saskabush

    • you mean where the riders have been for most of their existence? not gonna happen you are the riders after all, you keep the basement dry for the rest o fthe real teams in the west 🙂

  9. Jack in Hamilton // June 11, 2018 at 3:07 pm //


  10. Prairie folks sure get worked up over a game! Lol. That said, there’s pretty low hanging fruit being tossed around so easy to take it.

    • The prairie villagers aren’t exactly the “best and brightest” that Canada has to offer.

      Which is how two provinces have been duped into footing the bill for new stadiums that will never ever be paid for.

      Hopefully Alberta doesn’t make the same dumb mistake with a white elephant project of their own.

      • If Calgary had the fan base of your Argos they wouldn’t need a new stadium – they could play at a high school field.

        I’ll let you go order your Caramel Macchiato, before you begin your 2 hour drive home.

      • alberta is the dumbest of all when u talk about the prairies , winnipeg had no choce but to build one and sask did a fairly good job, alberta will be the laughing stock of the league 🙂

  11. sth1988 // June 11, 2018 at 4:13 pm //

    This will be interesting. Could this kid pull off a few wins and be the next big QB? Never know. Ricky Ray got his start when Maas went down. Who knows.

    • Could very well be. Not a knock on Nichols, I believe the Bombers will do fine this year.

    • every qb that has ever been anything has learned under another great qb before him, thought i dont know even if he turns out ot be great if he can replace nichols just yet.

  12. True Blue // June 11, 2018 at 5:05 pm //

    Where’s Mr Red?

  13. Jim Bob // June 11, 2018 at 8:04 pm //

    Hopefully Chris turns into another Ricky Ray in the long run. Not like the NFL where 1st year rookie QBs start all the time. In the CFL they are very few and far between. Best of luck to him and the Bombers.

  14. Good luck bombers , my gut says ya might need it ! Not sold on the second coming of Bowman/Dressler is also year older, Demski ( I like ) but much that has been said about him is true so he has much to prove. Your D well, again until they prove they are not soft, love RICHIE Hall as a person but unless oshay is calling the D , we all know what a Richie Hall D looks like especially if having a slight lead in a tight game near the end ( as a rider fan I saw that movie play out as a horror storey for many years!!!! ) and an unproven ROOKIE , as a starting qb , who knows it could be the next DD or the next Ryan Dinwiddelnoodle, lol . So good luck with all of that we will know more Friday morning . ,

  15. The Bombers have ZERO chance at winning a Grey Cup with a scrub like Matt Nichols starting so they’ve got nothing to lose by going with Streveler.

    I like what I’ve seen from him so far – – excellent scrambling ability and good pocket presence in that he’s not looking to panic and run at the first sign of pressure.

    Unlike Nichols, Streveler is capable of making throws beyond 15yds.

    • BlueBomberChris // June 12, 2018 at 8:50 am //

      Do you honestly believe the more times you repeat “that scrub Matt Nichols” that it will somehow validate your opinion? This is basically the same comment you’ve written on every Bomber article for the last several months. We get it you don’t like Matt Nichols.

      You don’t like him we get it that’s fine, you’re entitled to you opinion and your assessment. Please Try coming up with some new discussion points and not the same tired old drivel that’s been repeated ad nauseum.

      • Tiger man // June 12, 2018 at 11:41 am //

        You know the old story that if you tell a lie often enough, some will start to believe it…take Trump for example….

        • area 51 has no knowledge of the cfl i heard that even his own fanbase kicked him off for his tired shyt

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