Bomber Nation divided

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:02 PM ET

That much is evident after tabulating the results of the Sun's second annual "You Be The Boss" feature.

Sun readers and Winnipeg Blue Bombers fans responded to the survey in droves after the team's dismal 5-13 CFL season, but that's expected when the local 24 are in the tank.

There was plenty of anger and even some sadness among those who bleed Blue and Gold. One respondent let that gloom be known by drawing a sad face on the brown paper bag that served as the envelope.

Everyone has plenty of ideas about fixing the Blue and Gold, but they definitely vary. Bomber nation is split on a large numbers of issues, so it looks like GM Brendan Taman will be damned if he does and damned if he doesn't.

Coincidentally, the fact Taman still has a job is what divides Bomber fans the most. Only 50.4% of the nearly 700 respondents think Taman should stay, while the other 49.6% want him punted.

After firing head coach Jim Daley on Tuesday, Taman admitted that he's the man on the hot seat now.

Lucky him.

Here's a closer look at what the fans want, what they thought of some recent moves and who should stay to turn the Big Blue around:

DALEY DONE: Taman appeased most Bombers fans when he relieved Daley of his duties on Tuesday.

Only 16.6% wanted Daley to stay on as head coach, while just 7.1% wished he'd remain as defensive co-ordinator.

More than 64% called the 2005 Bombers "a bad team with no hope of getting better under the current regime." So perhaps Daley's dismissal will result in more of the 22% who felt the Bombers were "a reasonably talented team that's on the right track."

And as for Daley's infamous use of the word "rebuilding," 86.4% could have done without it.

Exactly 83% believe president and CEO Lyle Bauer should remain in the big chair, while only 45.8% want offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson to be rehired by the new coach.

FEELIN' THE LOVE: RB Charles Roberts (99.2%), P Jon Ryan (98.3), SB Milt Stegall (98.0), WR Chris Brazzell (94.8) and DEs Gavin Walls and Tom Canada (94.6) are the players most fans wants to keep.

Those boosters might end up feeling bummed out, however, because Ryan could be NFL-bound, Stegall is talking retirement, Walls wants a lot more money in a re-negotiated contract and Canada is a free agent.

Yikes!

Meanwhile, we're still trying to figure out why five people want Roberts gone. Must have been 'Riders fans.

MICHNA'S THE MAN! What a surprise: the backup quarterback is the most popular pivot in town.

Starter Kevin Glenn, who put up solid numbers this season, still can't corner the market on fan appreciation. More want backup Russ Michna to stay (86.4%) than Glenn (73.9).

As for who should start next season, 41.7% want Michna, 41.0% want Glenn, 25.0% want Spergon Wynn, and just 5.8% long for Tee Martin.

More than 57% also want a new QB, with one Casey Printers receiving the most write-in votes.

It should be noted, however, that some respondents checked off more than one starting quarterback.

Actually, starting two quarterbacks might help the Bombers' cause. Taman should check with the CFL about that.

QUICK FACT: Of the 39 players we asked fans about, the majority want 28 to stay and 11 to go.

LOOKING BACK: Bomber nation is having trouble figuring out if some of management's moves were good or bad.

Trading WR Kamau Peterson was smart (90.3% in favour), while removing the interim tag from Daley head coaching position last winter was not so smart (85.4% in disagreement).

As for the rest of the questions, the public is divided. A whopping 10 of the 19 decisions we inquired about received no more than a 60-40 split.

Signing CB William Fields (49.4% in favour) and not re-signing WR Markus Howell (49.2% in favour) are the moves that have fans flustered the most.


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