Credit due all around for Bombers' start

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:17 AM ET

Brendan Taman isn't taking all the credit for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers' quick start.

The GM, who signed an extension yesterday, says the new coaching staff, the demise of the Ottawa Renegades and the restructuring of his football operations department certainly haven't hurt.

Taman hired Doug Berry on Dec. 15 after what was the first official coaching search of his 20-year CFL career, and the latter has guided his new troops to a 3-1 start.

"Doug and his staff deserve a lot of credit," said Taman.

Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer said Taman deserves some credit, too.

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"What Brendan's been able to do was do proper process when it came to hiring a head coach, identifying one, ultimately landing the guy that we believe was the top candidate and then working very well with him when it comes to listening to his needs, his requirements, the type of talent he wants, and getting it," said Bauer.

The Bombers also solidified their offensive line with the selections of Obby Khan and Val St. Germain in the Renegades dispersal draft.

"That definitely helped us ratio-wise," said Taman. "We couldn't have gone anywhere and gotten two guys like that, Canadian starting linemen, but now we got another guy in here in the last couple days (Kyries Hebert) that really should help us too.

"No question that's helped us."

And finally, Taman promoted Ross Hodgkinson from trainer to director of football operations, which has taken a load off the GM.

"Getting Ross on board has helped a ton. Really, it has," said Taman. "He's done a great job filtering through a lot of stuff, whether it's with injuries and working with Doug and getting training camp in order and all that stuff."


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