Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Jim Daley interviewed Steve Buratto for the team's offensive co-ordinator position on Thursday. "It went well," Buratto said yesterday from his home in White Rock, B.C. "We had a frank, open discussion."
Buratto spent the past two seasons as the B.C. Lions offensive co-ordinator, but he was told by head coach Wally Buono earlier this month that he wouldn't be receiving another contract offer.
Daley, who re-signed as the Bombers head coach last month, was given the green light to troll for new assistant coaches, but he said he would give the incumbents a chance to retain their jobs.
Winnipeg's current offensive co-ordinator, Ron Lancaster Jr., is reportedly in the running to get the same job with the Edmonton Eskimos under new head coach Danny Maciocia.
That would leave a hole in Winnipeg that Buratto wouldn't mind filling.
"Jim has a real good idea of where he wants to take this thing," Buratto said. "... And he has the support of (GM) Mr. (Brendan) Taman.
"(Daley) is a quality guy. He knows what needs to be done."
Buratto said Daley asked him when he could be ready to work if he gets the job. Daley did, however, tell Buratto that he still has a few people to interview and that he will do an exhaustive search to find the right people for his staff.
Daley will not talk about specific applicants for his assistant coaching positions.