Taman secure, for now

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:28 AM ET

Jim Daley was not the only one whose job was in jeopardy the past few weeks.

Brendan Taman had made no bones about the fact that his position as GM for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was also under scrutiny. So, Taman presented a plan to club president/CEO Lyle Bauer on the weekend that essentially saved his own skin.

"We sorted through the process," Taman said yesterday. "And Lyle gave me the go-ahead with what the plan was.

"Not that in this business you're ever safe but that's all right."

The plan not only included firing Daley as head coach but changing his own responsibility, as well as others on the football operations side.

But unless Taman is able to oversee a turnaround to a 5-13 season, Daley will likely be the last head coach he fires because he knows he will be the next target.

"That's probably safe to assume," Taman replied. "Shoot, I've got to do a better job, it's obvious. There's certain areas where we didn't perform well and I probably should have pushed to make more changes ... And I need to be a better GM and I'm going to be that. I'm going to be able to do my job better and not worry about logistical stuff. I'm going to worry about finding football players."

Taman's plan includes freeing up time so he can spend more time scouting and recruiting players, the way he did before he was promoted from director of player personnel.

"One of the things I can do is go find players but I need the ability to do that better," Taman said. "That's just one of the things I went to Lyle and said, 'This has to change or we're just going to keep getting lucky here and there but not really doing it properly.' So, we'll see how it plays out."

Bauer kept Taman aboard because he has proven that he can find the talent needed in the past.

"You look at the track record of the people that Brendan has brought in over the past number of years," he said. "And he's obviously done something right due to the number of players we lose to the NFL, which really hurts us. In some cases maybe you do too good of a job."

Bauer mentioned such NFLers as Mike Sellers and Juran Bolden.

"Impact players," he said. "Who knows? Maybe Gavin Walls and Jon Ryan. Some of those people are impact players for us, and that's pretty tough to fight. I think he does a good job. As far as his trades are concerned and finding undrafted Canadians, he's done a very, very good job."


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