As the CFL coaching carousel starts to slow down, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers get closer to filling their vacant offensive co-ordinator position.
There is only one vacancy left in the head coaching ranks, in Hamilton, so all the dominoes should start falling into place shortly.
Former Bombers quarterback Khari Jones wouldn’t confirm or deny his interest in Winnipeg’s offensive co-ordinator position Friday, but it’s believed the Blue and Gold are looking at him.
Jones did some solid sidestepping when asked if he wanted the job.
“I’m just looking at all options now,” Jones said with a laugh Friday from Burlington, Ont. “I’m looking at everything and seeing what’s out there, what’s the best fit for me. That’s what I’m planning to do. I don’t want to say any more. It’ll be coming out pretty soon.”
There’s a chance Jones, who spent last season as Hamilton’s offensive co-ordinator, could end up in Saskatchewan with new Riders head coach Corey Chamblin, who last season was the Tiger-Cats defensive co-ordinator.
If Jones becomes Saskatchewan’s offensive co-ordinator, there’s a good chance Bob Dyce would return home to Winnipeg.
Currently the Riders’ passing game co-ordinator, Dyce interviewed for the Bomber job earlier this week and is believed to be a front-runner for the position.
Dyce also knows Chamblin from their 2007 season together on Doug Berry’s staff in Winnipeg, so there’s a chance he will stay in Regina.
LaPolice also avoided specific questions about his co-ordinator search, which was required when he fired Jamie Barresi two days after their 34-23 loss to the B.C. Lions in the Grey Cup.
“We’re still in that process,” LaPolice said. “We’ve talked to guys in-house and out of house, and we’ll just keep working through that.”
LaPolice wouldn’t name names, but receivers coach Chris Wiesehan and offensive line boss Pat DelMonaco would be the in-house assistants under consideration.
The Bombers didn’t make Wiesehan or DelMonaco available for comment on Friday.
In other Bomber news …
• LaPolice reported talks with free agents are going well.
“We’re trying to get the guys signed back up, and hopefully we’ll have some announcements sooner or later,” he said. “But it’s going well. A lot of guys want to come back.”
The Bombers have 12 players who are eligible to become free agents on Feb. 15.
• LaPolice toured Investors Group Field last week with a few season-ticket holders, and the coach has had plenty of input in how the meeting rooms and locker-room should be constructed.
“All these little intricacies that they wouldn’t know, they’ve been really good about listening to us,” LaPolice said. “They’ve been awesome.”
• The Bombers are asking their fans to bring in gently used children’s coats, ski pants, boots, mittens, hats and scarves to the Bomber Store this weekend as part of the Koats for Kids drive. Koats for Kids needs twice as many winter clothes for children in need as it did last year.
LaPolice, Doug Brown, Steve Morley, Chris Cvetkovic and Obby Khan will be at the Bomber Store on Saturday between noon and 2 p.m. to sign autographs. Everyone who donates will receive a $20 Bomber Store voucher.