Bombers nearing deal with Daley

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Jim Daley accompanied Brendan Taman to Grey Cup week in Ottawa, then returned to Winnipeg with the Blue Bombers GM on Sunday.

And sometime this week, Daley is expected to accompany Taman to the podium after being officially introduced as the club's head coach for the next two years.

"I'm hoping to have something done by the end of the week," Taman said yesterday. "I'm hoping we can wrap this up real quick.

"I don't really want to open doors to other (coaching) candidates but you never really know for sure until it gets done."

Taman added that the announced head coach will not have to confirm his assistants when he is introduced.

"My main task is to get a head coach, then it's his job to get assistants," he said.

Daley told last year's assistants that they were free to look for jobs elsewhere after Winnipeg's last regular-season game against Calgary.

"But he was just doing that out of professional courtesy because he didn't know who would take the job," Taman said. "And if a new guy came in, he would probably want to bring in his own assistants. But that's just normal. That doesn't mean they (assistants) won't be back."

Well, secondary coach Less Browne has already said he will not return.

"(Browne) took himself out of the job after Jim told them they could look for work," Taman said.

But speculation is that Browne will not be the only assistant to leave. Although no other assistant told Taman he will not be back, defensive co-ordinator Mike Gorton has returned to Florida to re-build his home after it was damaged by hurricanes and it may be difficult for him to return. Special teams coach Urban Bowman was a fill-in after Daley was promoted to replace the fired Dave Ritchie.

Both offensive co-ordinator Ron Lancaster Jr. and receivers coach Bob Dyce still go to the office every day but that is because they live here. Offensive line coach Donn Smith has returned home.

HASHMARKS: Taman will not make any player moves until the head coach becomes official because it would not be fair to him ... Bombers QB Kevin Glenn drove up to Ottawa from Detroit to support kick returner Keith Stokes, who won the CFL Most Outstanding Special Teams Player award, and to cheer on his friend, B.C. cornerback Sam Young ... Although Taman met with both Stokes and Glenn in Ottawa, he did not discuss their contract situations. Stokes is entering his option year while Glenn wants to re-negotiate ... Daley, who hails from Ottawa, attended a Sooners reunion and visited family there.


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