Time to find right guy

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:56 AM ET

Jim Daley paused for about 20 seconds before answering the question.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach had just been asked what he felt was more important in his search for a new coaching staff: continuity or simply finding the right man for the job.

The dead air that followed over the telephone was so long that most CFL coaches could have hired and fired three offensive co-ordinators in that time.

"Continuity is always important," Daley finally said, "especially with the right people."

Daley's words came on the heels of the Edmonton Eskimos announcement of the worst-kept secret in the CFL; that Ron Lancaster Jr. had been hired as Edmonton's new offensive co-ordinator under new head coach Danny Maciocia.

Lancaster guided Winnipeg's offence in 2004 -- a year in which the team missed the playoffs for the first time in four seasons. His departure means the Bombers are about to hire their seventh offensive co-ordinator in the last eight seasons, but Daley doesn't seem to mind.

Actually, one could almost decipher from Daley's statement that Lancaster wasn't the "right" person for the job. Daley, however, wasn't about to say anything negative about the offensive co-ordinator that he inherited when Dave Ritchie was fired on Aug. 8.

"(Lancaster) took a struggling offence and made it very productive in the last half of the season," Daley said. "We scored 30 points or more in three of our last four games, against B.C., Edmonton and Calgary.

"Those are all very good defences."

Daley said he still has "several" offensive co-ordinator candidates to choose from, and that he was interviewing one of them for the third time last night.

Daley is taking his time in forming a coaching staff, but he believes an exhaustive approach is the only way to find the "right people" for the job.

Then, and only then, he said, will the Bombers find that continuity.

"That's not something this franchise has had," Daley said. "But hopefully it'll happen in the future."

News out of the CFL coaches meetings yesterday:

The league will invest more money to improve officiating.

Instant replay will get further review this season, but won't be put into use.

Salary cap enforcement remains a contentious issue and the league is forming a committee to study it.


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