Marshall keeps chin up

Winnipeg Blue Bomber defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall.

Winnipeg Blue Bomber defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall.

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:59 AM ET

Greg Marshall is not going to change his style.

He's not going to offer up an alternative personality when applying for head coaching positions in the CFL.

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive co-ordinator just hopes that one day a team will take a chance on him.

"My approach is any time I'm in this situation, I just go in and present what I think I need to present to them," Marshall said yesterday from his Edmonton home. "If I'm the right fit for their job, then great.

"It would be nice if it would happen sooner than later, but I'm not going to change the way I do business."

Marshall's latest failed attempt at a head coaching gig occurred over the weekend, when the Montreal Alouettes reportedly chose former NFL assistant Marc Trestman to replace Jim Popp, who will stay on as the team's GM.

No official announcement has been made, but Marshall, after seeing Internet reports of Trestman's hiring on Sunday night, is resigned to the fact that his quest is over -- for this year, anyway -- even though he was under the impression the Als were going to give him a second interview.

"That was my understanding," Marshall said, "but obviously things must have changed along the way somewhere. That's their prerogative."

Marshall, believed to be one of the Als' final three candidates, isn't sure what went wrong. He felt good about the way his interview went with Popp, president Larry Smith and owner Robert Wetenhall 12 days ago in Montreal.

"I thought it went well. I felt good about it," Marshall said. "... I can't answer the question of why or why not. That's obviously the million dollar question, but right now I don't have an answer, just like I didn't have an answer the last couple times."

Marshall was the runner-up to current Bombers head coach Doug Berry in 2005, and while the Hamilton Tiger-Cats asked the Bombers for permission to speak with Marshall last December, they never interviewed him and hired Charlie Taaffe instead.

Marshall, 51, is one of the CFL's top defensive coaches, and he helped guide the Bombers to this year's Grey Cup, which they lost 23-19 to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Winnipeg's defence allowed the second-fewest yards and had the second-most sacks in 2007.

And if a lucrative head coaching position doesn't pop up anywhere -- at any level -- in the next couple of months, you can expect to see Marshall, who has a year remaining on his contract, back in 2008 for a third season with the Blue and Gold.

"You don't rule anything out," he said, "but with the Montreal situation resolving itself the way that it did, it obviously increases the odds of me being back in Winnipeg significantly."


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