Toe-to-toe with Taman

TED WYMAN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 12:04 PM ET

Sun sports editor Ted Wyman goes one-on-one with Blue Bombers general manager Brendan Taman in the latest instalment of the Five-Minute Major. You can read excerpts here and listen to the entire discussion online by going to www.winnipegsun.com and clicking on Sun Speaks.

WYMAN: Are you sleeping OK these days?

TAMAN: No. Any time you lose, it's never a fun thing. We're as disappointed as anybody else but hopefully we can right the ship and I fully expect us to be able to do that.

WYMAN: What concerns you most about this 0-2 start?

TAMAN: Probably the inconsistency more than anything. And we're the worst in the league in the turnover department and you are not going to win games doing that.

WYMAN: You had to be surprised by the defence and the way it played in the first half of that last game.

TAMAN: I haven't seen us play like that for quite some time. We were basically thrown off our game by a pretty good Montreal offensive team. We just didn't get a stop and we just couldn't curb the momentum they had and it was basically 28-0 before we knew it.

WYMAN: There's been some suggestion, mostly from your coach, Doug Berry, that some players were living it up a little too much the night before the game in Montreal. I know the team doesn't have the players on a tight leash on the road, but this can't be something you would condone.

TAMAN: Any time you go to a city like Montreal, Toronto or Vancouver, you expect your guys to be professional about it and I think that was Doug's little salvo at them to say "Hey listen, you are not 18-year-olds, you are mature adults and we expect you to perform that way." We'll keep tabs on that and if we have to treat them like kids, we will, but I don't foresee that happening. I think the reason we played so badly was not just because of that ... but if the focus isn't what it needs to be, obviously that needs to be fixed.

WYMAN: Is there anything to be said for the fact that expectations that are placed on a team change the way they play going into a season.

TAMAN: A lot of people may have assumed that we were just going to be good and we didn't have to show up and play these games. We haven't been a favourite for a long time and we are going to have to show that we deserved those accolades in the off-season.

WYMAN: The kicking soap opera has been a bit of distraction, first with Troy Westwood, then with Duncan O'Mahony and then there's Alexis Serna, who has punted reasonably well but has two costly fumbles in two games. Does that situation still concern you and is it going to be a headache all year?

TAMAN: It's probably one of the most bizarre things I've ever seen. We've had three dropped punts in consecutive weeks in the same area of the field with two different punters. When we do execute it, other than the snap and catching the ball, we've been pretty good. Other than the mistakes that they've made, costing us some points, if we can take that out of the way, I think we'll be fine.

WYMAN: Any regrets with the Troy Westwood situation?

TAMAN: The regret is I wish we didn't have to go through that in camp. I think everybody would have liked to have seen Troy here, including Doug Berry, as weird as that may sound. Eventually you have to move on and change directions but it's tough when you have a guy here for that long and have to let him go.

WYMAN: A lot of people suggest that the Bombers would have won the Grey Cup last year if Kevin Glenn had started or if the team had a more experienced backup quarterback.

TAMAN: The what-ifs, you could beat yourself up over until the end of time. I wasn't too worried about our backup quarterback because when Doug Berry has a belief in a quarterback as strong as he has about Ryan Dinwiddie, and the success Doug has had coaching quarterbacks, I don't think a lot of people should question him. Had Kevin played in the Grey Cup our chances would have been a lot better but I don't want to deal with that because it happened, there's nothing we can change and we've got to move on. The longer we drag on about 2007, the more 2008 is not clearly being monitored and that's what we need to be doing.


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