Changes are afoot

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:16 AM ET

The post-game interview was winding down when Doug Berry was asked how frustrated he is at being 1-6.

"Do you want to see what I had for breakfast?" asked the Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach. "I'm just sick to my stomach over all of this."

Fed up with players not playing to their potential, Berry plans to make some dramatic switches in personnel this week. A new kicker --Warren Kean -- is coming to town and that could be the just the start of the airlift.

Although Berry wouldn't confirm it, expect quarterback Kevin Glenn to get his starting job back when the 2-5 Hamilton Tiger-Cats are in town Thursday. And he'll call his own plays.

The other changes will become evident during this week's practices, Berry said.

The Bombers have discussed bringing in the likes of kick returner/receivers Jason Armstead and/or Keith Stokes, as well as Bashir Levingston.

They have also considered running back Jarrett Payton and have been discussing the possibility of making trades with other CFL teams, GM Brendan Taman confirmed.

"What aren't we looking for?" he said.

Taman wouldn't say if other teams have asked about tailback Charles Roberts.

NOT TELLING

"Even if he was, I wouldn't tell you," said Taman, who is scouring NFL camps in California. "But obviously, we're still not happy with our running game."

Taman indicated an import offensive tackle will likely be brought in after next week's bye, when it makes more financial sense to bring players in.

So most of the changes this week will be made in-house once again.

"Certainly, I've not been happy with some production so far," Berry said. "It's not a revelation when it's 1-6 and you keep having the faith that these guys are vets who have been with us for a couple of years and have had a lot of success here.

"You just kind of hope that it's time to break out and have some big showing and the type of consistency and determination that we've displayed in the past."

No one can seem to put their finger on what's missing.

"Something's up," Berry said. "It's something within and we're just not getting this from some of these guys. We have some guys who are making plays. We have some guys who are playing very hard. But to have the discipline to be able to do it on a consistent basis requires a tremendous commitment.

"I don't know what the issues are. I don't know why we're not getting it from some guys. All I know is what I see and, like I said, I try to make the availability for some of these guys to come back and show me what you've got. When we haven't seen it, there's not much choice other than to make a change."

Berry didn't believe the team has been complacent after reaching the Grey Cup final last year.

"I just can't imagine how anybody could be," he replied.

The players are also scratching their heads.

"We're just not getting it done," said defensive end Tom Canada. "I don't know. It doesn't feel right.

"We talked this week about keeping the faith and believing in ourselves. I don't think it's going to deviate. Right now, it hurts. It makes you kind of feel like, 'F---, what the hell?' But I've said before, the sun will rise tomorrow.

"What are you going to do -- shut it down and quit? I've been on teams that went 1-10 before. It's never been a good experience, and this sucks."


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