Taman breaks silence

Brendan Taman spoke about his new role with the Blue Bombers on Thursday. (Sun Media/Chris Procaylo)

Brendan Taman spoke about his new role with the Blue Bombers on Thursday. (Sun Media/Chris Procaylo)

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 3:49 PM ET

Brendan Taman broke his four-day silence today, meeting with the media to discuss his impending new role with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

It won’t be officially announced until the new head coach and general manager is named, but Taman is OK with his soon-to-be demotion from GM to director of player personnel.

“I’m fine with that, because that’s what I like to do,” he told a massive media throng. “A lot of that other stuff I don’t like to do. So I’m fine with that. Hopefully, I’ll have the input I’ve had, and we’ll be fine.”

Taman was the club’s assistant GM upon his arrival in 1999, and he became the director of player personnel in 2002. He was then promoted to GM and vice-president of football operations in November 2003.

Taman will not be in charge of hiring the new coach like he was when he brought Doug Berry on board, nor will he work with the new head coach on roster decisions.

Taman’s responsibility will be to bring the players in, and the new head coach/GM (likely to be the Eskimos receivers coach Mike Kelly) will decide whether or not he stays or goes.

Taman, a 41-year-old Saskatoon native, realized changes would be made after the Bombers failed to win a Grey Cup for the 10th consecutive season he’s been with the club.

“It’s part of the business,” Taman said. “Shoot, I've got a job, so that’s a good thing. Ultimately, you’d always like to have the best you can, but when you lose you’re going to pay the consequences, and I understand that.”

Taman will still have some say in who the new field general is.

“I’ll be part of it, but ultimately (president and CEO) Lyle (Bauer) will manage that,” Taman said. “I’ll throw in my two bits and see what happens, but Lyle will manage that accordingly.”

In other Bomber news today, offensive lineman Dan Goodspeed has been named a CFL all-star for the second straight year.

The 31-year-old right tackle anchored a Bomber offensive line that surrendered only 29 sacks against and averaged more than 108 yards along the ground, despite using three different tailbacks.

He was the lone member of the Bomber offence to earn an all-star nod.


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