Marshall to talk with Tabbies about coaching gig

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:10 AM ET

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats want to chat, and Greg Marshall is certainly willing to listen.

The Ticats have been granted permission to speak with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive co-ordinator about their vacant head coaching position.

"I don't think I've made any secret about the fact I want to be a head coach," Marshall said from his home in Edmonton yesterday. "So any time there's an opportunity, you're going to look into it and see if it might be the right one."

Marshall might not be the odds-on favourite -- former Montreal head coach Charlie Taaffe likely is -- but he's one of the CFL assistant coaches who may be ready to take the next step.

He helped turn the Bomber defence from the league's worst in 2005 to the No. 2 ranked unit this year, his first in Winnipeg.

Previously, he's co-ordinated defences in Edmonton and Ottawa.

Marshall's contract with the Bombers is up at the end of the year, but Winnipeg head coach Doug Berry would like him back in '07.

However, like most assistant coaches, Marshall has a clause in his deal which allows him to take a higher-ranking job elsewhere.

"It's a two-way street," he said. "It's not only the people looking, but the guys who are looking at it that have to make that evaluation."

It's the second straight year Marshall has been in the running for a head coaching position. Last December, he applied for the Bomber job but was beaten out, then hired by, Berry.

"I very much enjoyed the year in Winnipeg," Marshall said. "I don't have my boxes all packed, ready to sprint out the door. But obviously I'm going to take a look at what's out there and make the best decision I can."

BROWN'S DEAL DONE: The Bombers will make defensive lineman Doug Brown's new deal official today, keeping the all-star Canadian from the free agent market this winter.

Brown was one of several players who either re-signed or had their deals restructured before a Nov. 19 deadline, allowing their signing bonuses to be exempt from the 2007 salary cap.

Like most teams, the Bombers took advantage, front-loading Brown's deal with a signing bonus said to be around $100,000, leaving him a salary of some $50,000 next season.


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