Bombers hunt finally over

PAUL FRIESEN -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:12 AM ET

After interviewing some 25 candidates in six different cities, Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach Jim Daley is finally ready to unveil his new coaching staff.

"It's a great group of teachers," Daley said yesterday. "The next step is for the good individual coaches to become a good staff."

Entering his first full season on the Bomber bench, Daley will introduce his assistant coaches at a news conference this morning.

ONLY ONE HOLDOVER

The staff will be varied in experience, with only third-year assistant Bobby Dyce a holdover from last year's group.

Newcomers will include Rod Rust, the 76-year-old former NFL and CFL head coach fired by the Montreal Alouettes in 2001.

Rust, a Bomber assistant under Cal Murphy in 1994, has nearly 20 years experience in the NFL, too, much of it as a defensive co-ordinator. He was with the New England Patriots when they reached the Super Bowl after the 1985 season.

Daley has also hired Scott Fawcett, former head coach at Mount Allison University, and Dave Easley, special teams coach for the CFL's Ottawa Renegades last season.

Other candidates include former Winnipeg assistants Mike Roach, John Gregory and Mike Gibson.

Daley says the entire staff will get to work immediately, staying here for the next six days to begin plotting strategies for the coming season.

"The No. 1 priority is to get on the same page of the book," Daley said. "So we aren't going onto the field in May or June and sending mixed messages to the players. It can happen in any staff if you don't lay the groundwork in February."

Daley says his interviews were as much about investigating personalities and called on his assistants to "leave their egos at the door" for the good of the team.


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