1. Willy to go, but for how long?
Let’s get all the hearty slaps on the back and compliments out of the way right from the get-go: quarterback Drew Willy is a tough blankety-blank for sucking it up and preparing to work on a wonky knee against the Lions. And the Bombers, evidence has shown us, are clearly a vastly superior team when he comes running out of the tunnel as the starter.
“I’ve always healed quickly, no matter what injury it was,” he said Wednesday. “Everyone’s a little different in that aspect. You always try to be tough... I’m not trying to say I’m tougher than anyone else, I just think if I can do anything I can to push myself to get healthy I’m going to spend that time... You just hope come game day you’re ready to go out there.”
But what happens, as evidence has shown us, when he isn’t the man taking the snaps is pretty damn gruesome. With Brian Brohm at the controls in relief, the Bombers were outscored 42-19 by Hamilton in a July 2 loss after Willy exited and 28-0 in last week’s evisceration in Edmonton. There is some news on that front, as third-stringer Robert Marve — the flavour of the month because of the energy he brings to the huddle — has declared himself good to go if the Bombers have to work that far down the depth chart.
Bombers brass have their fingers crossed and are working the rosary beads it doesn’t come to that.