Taman: 'Winning cures it all'

KIRK PENTON -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:38 AM ET

Brendan Taman stood on the sidelines Friday night and heard plenty of constructive criticism from the folks who pay his salary.

"I think I heard the 'B.C. sucks!' chant once, and then everything else was directed towards us," the Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM said yesterday. "And a couple of them were to me personally, so I didn't enjoy that too much."

Taman did not say the verbal barrage wasn't warranted. That's what happens when your team is 0-3 and sinking fast.

So he spent all day Saturday watching film of Friday's 42-24 loss to the B.C. Lions. He also grudgingly brought out the film of last year's Grey Cup, which was a solid defensive effort by the Blue and Gold.

Since Winnipeg has 10 returnees on defence this season, Taman wanted to figure out what the difference is. He remains somewhat mystified, although he admitted that "some guys that we had on that team aren't playing up to par like they were."

"... I'm still very optimistic that this is going to be a good year for us. I'm more frustrated than I am disappointed. I just wish the problems were more apparent.

"It's weird to say -- and I'm not saying we played good, because we didn't -- but it's one guy one game and it's another guy the next game and it's this guy that game and it's another guy the next game. It's frustrating, there's no doubt about it."

Taman expects to have a new defensive back at practice today, although he hadn't signed one as of late yesterday afternoon. Two of the candidates were Greg Moss, who was cut after training camp, and Stanford Samuels, who played for the Bombers in 2005 and 2006.

Samuels said last night that he hadn't heard from the Bombers.

"Stanford can give us some flexibility there," Taman said, "but that would be for a practice roster spot, which I'm not sure he'd even be interested in talking about.

"... Whoever's coming in is not necessarily going to play. I'm not sure he'll play at all. If anybody's going to play it's going to be Willie Amos, because he's here, and that's why he's here."

Amos, who is on the practice roster, had a solid pre-season but has never played in a CFL game. Taman is not talking to Juran Bolden, who was cut for financial reasons and remains too expensive today.

Defensive end Tom Canada said after Friday's game that the current situation is one part of the job he could do without.

"This is the time where things start getting a little crazy," Canada said. "You might see new guys coming in, some other guys leaving. It's not fun."

Despite his search for a new defensive back, however, Taman isn't a man in panic mode. He is confident in the talent he assembled during the off-season, and any changes he makes will be for a good reason.

"We won't have the same 42 lineup next week as we did this week, but we're not going to have 38 of the 42 changed, either," he said.

"You just don't change 10 guys. You gotta change two or three at a time and see how it goes. Everybody's gotta be better, and we know everybody will be better, including me. That's why I go evaluate things a little more than I have in the past, because we're in the situation that we're in."

Taman, a 20-year CFL veteran, knows one thing: The locals with the pointy sticks will retreat from his office door if the Bombers win their rematch with the Lions on Friday night in Vancouver.

"Winning cures everything. That's my mantra for Friday," he said. "One win will do a lot for this team. We're still confident. We know we're going to be good. But we have to go prove that."


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