Als' Berry dazzles Bombers

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 9:09 AM ET

Maybe this Doug Berry dude wouldn't be such a bad choice for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers after all.

Berry, the Montreal Alouettes co-offensive co-ordinator, dazzled Bomber GM Brendan Taman during his interview for the team's vacant head coaching position on Wednesday.

And since Toronto Argonauts offensive co-ordinator Kent Austin is believed to be the front-runner, it's time to spice up (or dull down, depending on your view) today's Bomber coaching update with some cold, hard facts.

If you compare the 2005 offensive stats for the East Division rival Alouettes and Argos, Berry wins in a landslide.

Of the 29 offensive categories kept by the CFL, Berry's Alouettes trumped Austin's Argos in 25 of them. In fact, the Alouettes led the entire league in 13 classifications.

Berry had some fine players to work with, but so did Austin, who had the league's most outstanding player in QB Damon Allen.

All of this would be moot, of course, if the Bombers hire a defensive specialist, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Berry ends up on the short list.

"I felt comfortable," Berry said yesterday in regards to his interview. "There's a gut feeling that says 'I feel real good with what he's asking and what I'm telling him.' "

Berry, who was expecting a few follow-up questions from Taman yesterday, would have no qualms about coming to the 'Peg.

"There may be a market or two in the CFL that some people would perceive as 'Uh, I don't know about that job,' but Winnipeg's foundation is solid, and it looks like they're willing to win," he said.

"... Just these last two years have taken a backwards turn, but there's enough people in place from management on down to make this a nice job. That's why I'm interested."

Taman didn't do any interviews yesterday, but he plans to speak with Calgary Stampeders defensive co-ordinator Denny Creehan -- and perhaps two others -- as soon as possible.

LATE HIT: Running back Charles Roberts, along with former Bombers Ken Ploen, Paul Bennett, Bob Toogood and Orest Yakimischak, will be at the Bomber Store at Canad Inns Stadium tomorrow, signing autographs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


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