The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are elevating Buck Pierce to offensive coordinator, per sources.
Pierce has spent four seasons as the Bombers’ quarterbacks coach, which followed two years as running backs coach in the Manitoba capital. He’s viewed as a rising offensive mind in the league.
The 38-year-old Pierce retired from playing quarterback in 2013 and went right into coaching for Winnipeg. Pierce suited up for nine seasons with the B.C. Lions and Bombers. He produced 15,289 passing yards, 76 touchdowns against 63 interceptions while completing over 64 per cent of his passes. Pierce recorded 1,684 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in 130 games, 67 of which he started.
Winnipeg needed a new offensive play-caller after Paul LaPolice took the head coach job with the Ottawa Redblacks in December. The Bombers’ offence flourished under LaPolice, helping the team earn four consecutive playoff berths along with a Grey Cup victory in 2019.
Matt Nichols, Zach Collaros and Chris Streveler flourished in LaPolice’s system. LaPolice runs a quarterback-friendly offence, prioritizing ball control and the run game. Pierce is about to takeover the lead role in Winnipeg’s offence and being a former QB, expect the schemes to be beneficial for signal callers.