Marcel Bellefeuille will be back as the Bombers' offensive coordinator next year.Despite changing head coaches, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers are staying with the same offensive coordinator they had to end last season, which on its surface is curious. After all, this was a team that finished dead last in 17 of the 30 offensive statistical categories tracked weekly by the CFL, including points per game (20.1), yards per game (281.4), yards gained per pass (6.7) and yards gained per rush (5.1, tied with Montreal for lowest). However, keep in mind that that OC, former Hamilton head coach Marcel Bellefeuille, was only brought in midway through the season (first as a consultant, then elevated to OC a week later after Gary Crowton was fired), and it's difficult to completely overhaul an offence midway through the year given the CFL's limited practice times. As Melissa Martin writes in The Winnipeg Free Press, Bellefeuille said this week he plans to make dramatic changes this offseason:
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"In terms of challenges last year, they were obviously evident," Bellefeuille said. "We couldn’t change an offence halfway through… There will be pretty much complete overhaul of offence."
Bellefeuille said he plans to retain about 20 per cent of the concepts from last season, and will tweak plans as the team gets a better sense of what their roster could look like for 2014. The biggest question mark remains around the quarterback position, where Max Hall did show improvement as the year went on but still often looked unready for a full-time starting pivot role.
"I feel like we can get better in every area," Bellefeuille said about the personnel situation. "I’m very excited about how Max picked up his game, and started to be more productive. Obviously we’d like to get better at every position, and that will be an ongoing process."