The CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers have undergone some changes entering the 2013 season.
Most notably, the Bombers will showcase their new digs in their home opener, today at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time against the Montreal Alouettes. Investor's Group Field in downtown Winnipeg seats 33,500 fans.
Tim Burke began the 2012 season as Winnipeg's defensive coordinator and became interim head coach on Aug. 25, 2012. Management removed the interim tag from Burke's title in the offseason.
Furthermore, three of the four quarterbacks that took snaps for Winnipeg last season are no longer with the squad.
Only Buck Pierce remains.
Pierce, a graduate of Del Norte High and New Mexico State, enters his ninth season after a rough 2012 that saw him miss 11 games with knee, head, foot and shoulder injuries.
Pierce has regained his health and has lost about 20 pounds, according to Winnipeg media reports.
"My answer (to health questions) is talk to me after this year," Pierce told reporters at the start of training camp. "There's nothing I can do or say, there's no answer. All the negatives, I look at them and try and learn from them. That's all I can do. I don't dwell on it."
The Blue Bombers finished last in the CFL in yards and points per game in 2012. A healthy Pierce will go a long way away from that.
Winnipeg blue bombers2013 season schedule
(all times PST)
Today: Montreal at Winnipeg, 6 p.m.
July 4: Winnipeg at Montreal, 4 p.m.
July 13: Winnipeg at Hamilton, 3:30 p.m.
July 19: Toronto at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
July 26: Calgary at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
August 5: Winnipeg at B.C., 4 p.m.
August 16: Hamilton at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
August 24: Winnipeg at Hamilton, 10 a.m.
September 1: Winnipeg at Saskatchewan, 1 p.m.
September 8: Saskatchewan at Winnipeg, 1 p.m.
September 14: Winnipeg at Edmonton, 3:30 p.m.
September 20: Edmonton at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
September 27: B.C. at Winnipeg, 5 p.m.
October 5: Winnipeg at Calgary, 3:30 p.m.
October 14: Winnipeg at Montreal, 10 a.m.
October 19: Toronto at Winnipeg, 12:30 p.m.
October 24: Winnipeg at Toronto, 4:30 p.m.
November 2: Hamilton at Winnipeg, 11 a.m.
Buck Pierce career stats
Passing Yards: 14,113
Passing TDs: 71
Rushing attempts: 221
Rushing yards: 1,636