Bosses lighten up

KIRK PENTON -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 11:22 AM ET

This year was better than last for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

How do we know?

Well, one of the respondents to last year's You Be The Boss survey commented: "We suck ... 'nuff said."

There was none of that talk this year, although if you're quarterback Kevin Glenn, offensive co-ordinator Mike Gibson or kicker Troy Westwood, you might not want to read past this point.

We don't have the room to run all of the comments, but here is a sampling of what Sun readers and Bombers fans thought of the team's 2006 campaign and what needs to be done for 2007:

"We need to get back most of the free agents, especially Doug Brown and Kelly Malveaux. Also, sign Obby Khan to a 10-year contract immediately."

"Can anyone remember a game where Kevin Glenn had the ball in his hands with three minutes or less to go and actually won the game for Winnipeg (besides the miracle in Edmonton)?"

"It's time to let Omar Evans go and have Bean and Samuels start at corner."

"Kevin Glenn will be the Bombers pivot, but give him a year or two to learn from an experienced and proven CFL quarterback."

"Defence wins championships, so I liked what I saw. However, the offence has got to help the defence out, especially at the end of games. New quarterback and new offensive co-ordinator could go along way to putting us back in the Cup."

"A vast improvement over the 2005 version. Can't wait for next year! If not a new quarterback then Glenn needs to get better. As far as Berry goes, he needs to be more professional. I'll leave it at that."

"The season was good as a whole, but when you look at the fact if the Bombers had a backup QB (with experience) they could have won 1-5 more games and had a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Not getting [Khari] Jones was a bad move. With the lack of good QBs out there, he should have been first on the list."

"Don't screw with Blink this off-season. Just let him be and things should be fine. Don't give him any reason to overreact to something or get upset about, like signing an NFL back. We don't need anybody but Sir Charles."

"First third of the season was smoke and mirrors. It was a fluke that the Blue made the playoffs this year. Big changes must take place or they will return to mediocrity in 2007. Rushing stats are for losers."

"Definitely need some quarterback depth because Glenn can only start 12-15 games a season. Maybe a Dave Dickenson-type experienced QB fits in there nicely. Please don't leave MILT!!!!!!"

"Get an O-line that can survive through the WHOLE season and not just one game. Get them in the gym so they don't fall apart."

"The Bombers have been 'wait until next year' for too long a time. Privately owned would be the best for the Bombers and us poor long- suffering fans."

"It's time for Westwood to retire and let a younger kicker take over. I want Westwood to retire a Bomber for the fact you couldn't question his heart."

"Do what has to be done to keep the free agents on this team and to attract another starting quarterback. Despite the new Salary Management System, there are ways of attracting the talent. If no improvements in 2007, fire Taman."

"I've watched them for 20 years and none have been as manic-depressive as this one. It was a thrill and a heartbreak all at the same time."

"Bauer should be fired for giving Taman an extension so early in the season."

"The Bombers need to hire Steve Buratto as offensive coach."

"If this team had signed Khari Jones back in August, they would be playing [in the Grey Cup]. Kevin Glenn's the man, but when he was injured ... we needed an experienced backup."

"Kevin Glenn's best years are still ahead of him. As he continues to improve, the team should continue to build around him."

"The only things wrong with this team are the kicker and the quarterbacks. Taman has done a great job building everything else, but how could he neglect the positions that get you the points?"

"Any time you can go from 5-13 and no playoffs for years to 9-9 and about two minutes of football away from the conference final you know the guys are doing their jobs. Continuity among the coaches and players will be the key to success in 2007 and beyond."

"Can you say Casey Printers?"

"No offence to Glenn, but he is NOT A WINNER. I used to attend several Bomber games a year and was even a season ticket holder years ago. I cannot or will not attend another home game until they get a proven quarterback."

"Overall, good season considering what was expected of the Bombers at the beginning of the season. Certainly a team on the brink of great things!"

"Almost a real team again."

"Kevin Glenn is good enough to finish .500 every year and lose in the first round of the playoffs. We're never gonna get a home playoff game. Taman has some sort of disturbing crush on the guy. Otherwise with Berry it's the right direction. But all in all it's a pretty boring offence right now."

"80% of the fans can see that Kevin Glenn is no good. Why can't the Bombers management see it. He's only good as a backup quarterback."

"If Casey Printers is available, grab him."

"The Bombers will never win the Grey Cup with Kevin Glenn as a starter."

"Damon Allen would make a nice backup. Pay Sir Charles whatever he wants."

"Give Matt Dunigan the offensive co-ordinator job."

"I'd love to know who all the Glenn haters think we can get to play quarterback without breaking the budget. I'd rather re-sign four key players than let them all go for Jason Maas."


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