Rebuilding is over

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 7:37 AM ET

Attention all Winnipeg Blue Bomber fans: you will not hear the word "rebuilding" once this season.

New Bomber head coach Doug Berry made that crystal clear yesterday.

Jim Daley, whom the Bombers fired Nov. 8 after a dismal 5-13 campaign, used the rebuilding term early and often this season, and it was not exactly loved by fans, players and management.

Many interpreted the word as a built-in excuse for losing. Berry looked like he was sucking on a lemon yesterday when someone asked him about rebuilding.

"It's a dirty word to me," Berry said. "We're not rebuilding anything. We're gonna get an attitude, that's all.

"... We've got good players here."

Speaking of those players, Berry was peppered with questions about his inherited personnel, even though he had been on the job for only 30 minutes.

He obviously didn't commit to anything right then and there, but he did offer some preliminary observations.

The first inquiry was whether or not Kevin Glenn was his starting quarterback.

"He is right now, sure," Berry said. "Kevin Glenn is adequate. Of course I've never worked with him, but in terms of viewing him on film, I'm satisfied with what I've seen on film of Kevin Glenn at this point."

Berry feels good about running back Charles Roberts, the CFL's rushing king this season, as well as all-star slotback Milt Stegall.

He said he's familiar and happy with slotback-kick returner Keith Stokes because of their time together in Montreal, and the only other player he mentioned by name was receiver Jamie Stoddard.

He said the defensive line is solid, he knows the interior of the offensive line well, and he also used the word "adequate" to describe placekicker Troy Westwood.

Other than that, Berry has a lot of learning to do. Bomber video co-ordinator Daniel Sutcliffe has put together hours and hours of film for Berry to watch over the Christmas holidays.

"I want to intensely view every position and make sure I know exactly where we might perceive change needs to be made," he said.

After watching that movie, Berry will give the thumbs up or the thumbs down on the personnel and go from there.

"We're gonna have an attitude," he said. "I don't know if that means changing players or just changing the attitude. This is professional football. There are good football players here.

"It's going to be up to me to try to get the best out of their talents. If that talent isn't good enough, then we'll make some changes.

"I don't think the fans are going to be displeased if we change half the team, three quarters of the team or 5% of the team. They're not going to care, as long as they look out on the field and say, 'Hey, we're winning.'"


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