With two CFL head coaches getting fired this week, Doug Berry has been fielding even more queries about his own status as Winnipeg's head mentor these days.
"I'm as secure as I can feel," Berry said yesterday. "What happens outside doesn't affect me.
"If anything were ever to happen here, I'm not going to hold my head down. I know how I've worked and how I conduct myself, and I feel secure every day I come to work."
Of course, reportedly signing a contract extension on the sly on the eve of the current campaign helps.
S-SORRY: Berry, by the way, has also given Ian Logan a reprieve after publicly criticizing the free safety for blowing several plays during last week's loss to Saskatchewan.
"He called me into his office (Tuesday) and we talked about it, and how watching the film showed a little bit different game than it felt like after the game," Logan said. "Obviously, the emotions were running high after the loss. But I feel great, I've still got confidence and I'm excited to play."
But Logan blamed himself for the loss in the immediate aftermath of that carnage.
"In my heart, I knew I had played a really good game," he said. "It was frustrating that, more or less, it was the exact same play twice that kind of got me (for long touchdowns) and I think it was from lack of experience.
"It was only my third game starting at safety. I played corner the last couple of years or so, so I think the experience issue played a part. It's too bad I had to learn the hard way. But I've learned a lot from this game and it's made me stronger and more intelligent."
FITNESS CHALLENGE: Bomber fans Mike and Shelley Malyk were selected to train with Winnipeg WR Jamie Stoddard and local personal trainer Jennifer Onyskie for the Making the Connection Fitness Challenge. The contestants who improve their cardiovascular health the most over the next couple of weeks will win a trip to the Grey Cup in Montreal this November.
"My role is to work with their personal trainer," Stoddard said before taking them through basic receiver drills at Canad Inns Stadium yesterday. "I'll basically help them from more of a supportive aspect. I won't be with them every day in the gym, they'll be on their own. But I'll be meeting with the potential winners on a weekly basis, see how they're doing."
HASHMARKS: MLB Zeke Moreno, DE Kai Ellis and CB Stanford Samuels will be added to tomorrow's roster with MLB Joe Lobendahn (knee), LB Ike Charlton (groin) and DE Tom Canada (spleen) coming off ... Hamilton sent a conditional draft pick to Montreal for DE Alain Kashama yesterday ... Former Bomber RB Charles Roberts will make his B.C. debut when the Lions host the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Saturday.
TOP PLAYERS: Once again, a player who led a team to victory over Winnipeg was named the CFL's top offensive player of the week. This time, it was Saskatchewan QB Michael Bishop. The other top players were: B.C. DE Cam Wake (defence), Montreal KR Larry Taylor (special teams) and B.C. SB Jason Clermont (Canadian).