Q.H.: Contract status aside, name the first three players in the CFL you would like to build a defence around. G.M.: Toronto defensive end Jonathon Brown, B.C. linebacker Barrin Simpson and Edmonton defensive back Malcolm Frank.
Q.H.: What three offensive players in the league are most likely to interrupt your sleep?
G.M.: Winnipeg running back Charles Roberts, Toronto receiver Arland Bruce III and B.C. quarterback Casey Printers.
Q.H.: Are you one of those coaches who have a hobby other than watching game film? If not, what is your favourite way to spend an off day?
G.M.: I don't usually have a lot of time off, especially during the season, so I enjoy getting to hang out with my family. I have no real hobbies in particular. It's not like I'm a fisherman or anything. But I do enjoy getting to spend time with my wife and kids.
Q.H.: What did you have for breakfast this morning?
G.M.: I haven't even had breakfast yet. (It's 12:15 p.m.)
Q.H.: What's your culinary specialty?
G.M.: Not much and not well.
Q.H.: What's been the most gratifying moment of your coaching career?
G.M.: I'd have to say winning the Grey Cup in 2003. Beating Montreal (34-22) the way we did, with our guys playing so well, was a great feeling.
Q.H.: What was your most memorable NFL moment?
G.M.: Well, there weren't a lot of them. I guess the most memorable was being cut, because you definitely don't forget that moment.
Q.H.: The most memorable moment in your days as a Rough Rider?
G.M.: Playing in the (1981) Grey Cup was big, but the biggest moment for me was beating Hamilton in 1981 to go to the Grey Cup. Nobody expected us to do that and it was the way we did it, too, that was so special. It was a team achievement.
Q.H.: What was your favourite hang-out in Ottawa as a player?
G.M.: We played a lot of golf on our off-days, so any golf course. Or, of course, the Villa Deli after practice.
Q.H.: Who was the most colorful character you played with in Ottawa?
G.M.: Kenny Clark. He was our punter, and as big a prankster and joker that I remember over the years. We roomed together for a couple of years and I was often the brunt of his wrath. I remember one time, when we were at practice and the punt unit was about to come on the field. We had problems with our long snapper the week before, balls were all over the place, so Kenny came out in practice with every piece of gear and pads imaginable and also with a butterfly net. He was ready for anything after that.
Q.H.: What was the worst injury you ever played through?
G.M.: I had a problem with burners. Had them and played through them for a while, and it eventually led to my retirement.
Q.H.: What was the most grotesque injury you ever witnessed?
G.M.: A receiver from Hamilton was carted off with a dislocated hip. It was bad.
Q.H.: What characteristic do you most appreciate in a person?
G.M.: Honesty. That is so important.
Q.H.: You taught in Ottawa for six years, at St. Pat's. What was your most embarrassing moment?
G.M.: I may have nodded off in class one day, with a movie going on. Some of the kids caught me. I heard about that one.
Q.H.: The last book you read?
G.M.: The Teeth of the Tiger, by Tom Clancy.
Q.H.: The CD that gets played most in your car?
G.M.: George Thoroughgood.
Q.H.: Your favourite movie of all time?
G.M.: Field of Dreams.
Q.H.: Where do you see yourself and what do you see yourself doing in 15 years?
G.M.: Hopefully finishing a head coaching career and looking at retirement so I can chase some grandkids around.
- Age: 48
- Born: Beverly, Mass.
- Job: The Renegades new defensive co-ordinator and assistant head coach