Players stick with Daley ... for now

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:18 AM ET

Their season was over long before the first whistle of this afternoon's CFL contest with the Calgary Stampeders.

But the future of the head coach and GM will be preying on their minds when the Blue Bombers take to the field at Canad Inns Stadium.

"That kind of stuff does go through our mind, I'm not going to lie to you and say it doesn't," Winnipeg quarterback Kevin Glenn said yesterday. "But right now, our head coach is Jim Daley and our general manager is Brendan Taman so that's what we're playing for. Right now, that's the deal and if something should happen in the off-season happens, we'll deal with it then."

But the Bombers stopped short of chanting 'Win one for the Gipper.'

"I hope we have guys who come out and don't want to play just for (Daley) but play for themselves," said guard Mike Abou-Mechrek. "If anyone thinks they're just going to brush off this game and go home, I would rather play with 20 guys that want to play than 40 guys because you can't do anything if you have guys who don't want to play."

But the veteran would prefer to see Daley return.

"With a new head coach comes the whole thing again -- new players, new systems, new everything," Abou-Mechrek said. "We have a good system here, we've got a good group of guys. You don't always need the best players and the best coaches, you just need the consistency with what you're doing.

"If (club president/CEO) Lyle (Bauer) and the boys on the other side do what they say they're going to do and bring in some guys to fill the holes that we need, there's no reason why we can't be playing here at the end of November next year. We're not a bad team, we don't need a huge overhaul, we just need some holes filled here and there."

HODGEPODGE: With a hodgepodge of Hogs in front of him, Glenn was asked if that will be a scary proposition for him today.

"No, I think those guys are pretty good," he replied. "Those guys are hungry. They want to see (tailback) Charlie (Roberts) get the rushing title, they want to see guys like (slotback) Milt (Stegall) go out with a win just in case he doesn't come back next year. Those work together so, even though this is their first game for a couple guys, I think they'll be all right."

SLIM PICKINGS: It's a good thing the Bombers didn't suffer any injuries during yesterday's walk-through, because they have nobody left to play.

Of Winnipeg's 21 inactive players for today's game against the Calgary Stampeders, 15 are injured and two have gone home.

That leaves just four players -- Ryland Wickman, Darnell McDonald, Michael Coleman and Tyler Tapp -- at Winnipeg's disposal in case someone hurts himself getting out of bed this morning.

OL Matt Sheridan (knee) will dress today, but he won't start, which means the Bombers are making seven roster changes for today's game.

Calgary, which needs to win its two remaining games to secure second place in the West Division, is making only one minor change. DB Nate Terry takes over for DB Shane Walton (back).

LATE HITS: The Stamps are 2-0 against the Bombers this season and 5-3 on the road ... Bombers president and CEO said yesterday that more than 23,000 tickets have been sold for today's game ... The grand prize draws for the annual Blue Bomber Lottery will be made at half-time ... If you're bringing a brown paper bag to wear on your head today, put new toques, scarves, mitts, gloves and cans of soup in it first. The Bombers are collecting such items today for the Warm and Fuzzy Days campaign, which will help our city's disadvantaged during the harsh winter ahead.


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