Gutsy move by Bombers

TED WYMAN, PAUL FRIESEN, KIRK PENTON AND JIM BENDER

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Sun sports editor Ted Wyman debates the hottest topics in sports with columnist Paul Friesen and football writers Kirk Penton and Jim Bender in latest instalment of the Five Minute Major. You can read a few excerpts here and listen to the entire discussion online by going to www.winnipegsun.com and clicking on Sun Speaks.

Were the Bombers right to fire Doug Berry?

FRIESEN: I'm surprised they had the guts to do it because it cost them some money and it cost them some egg on the face, because they just signed Berry to a contract extension in June. But yes, I think Doug Berry did lose his team and the Bombers will be better with a new head coach.

PENTON: I don't know about that. The guy would've won a Grey Cup last year if Kevin Glenn had played. He made it to the Grey Cup and got them a home playoff game two years in a row. Based on that, you could say the guy probably could've had another kick at the can.

WYMAN: We often look for improvement in teams year to year to year, and you can't say that they improved a ton under Doug Berry's tutelage.

BENDER: They weren't that far away from being a poor team last year. They torqued it up in the playoffs and got to the Grey Cup, and I think they would've won the Grey Cup if Kevin Glenn had played. As soon as Stegall was not available everything just seemed to go downhill. I don't know if Berry lost the team, but he didn't seem to know how to handle what happened after that.

PENTON: There were rumblings about the offence early on in the season when they started off 0-4 and Kevin Glenn did not look like the quarterback he was. I'm hearing that Doug's handling of that situation as well might have played a role in his dismissal.

Will Kevin Glenn be back?

PENTON: Yes, he will be back. He'll be given another chance, because the offensive problems, as it pertained to coaching, had a big effect on Kevin's struggles this year. It all depends on what the new guy will want, but who do you replace him with?

FRIESEN: If Doug Berry had stayed on, you wonder if Kevin Glenn would come back as an unchallenged starter next year. I don't think he would've. Now that we'll have a new head coach in town, there's a very good chance that he'll not be the uncontested starter. Either way, they've gotta have more than Dinwiddie and Bryan Randall behind him in camp. There's gotta be a second name, whether it's Michael Bishop or it's Casey Printers. I doubt either one of those will be the one, but someone's gotta be here to make a legitimate 1-2.

WYMAN: I don't think he should be here. I really don't. His career with the Bombers was summed up in that playoff game against Edmonton, where he was by far the second best quarterback in the game. He showed the Bombers and their fans that he's not a good leader, that he doesn't come up big in big games and, quite often, he's just not that great of a quarterback.

BENDER: I can see Randall being a starter eventually. Dinwiddie's smart enough. I don't know if he has the arm, but there have been a lot of good starting quarterbacks over the years that didn't have great arms.

Who's going to be coaching the Bombers?

WYMAN: We hear that it's quite close to reality that Mike Kelly is going to be the head coach. Is that going to happen, and if not him, who?

FRIESEN: I don't think we should be putting all our eggs in the Mike Kelly basket yet. Having said that, I think he's their first choice. A lot of things can happen between now and then. Remember Doug Berry was not their first choice or the leading candidate this last time.

PENTON: I hear if you're going with a three-pack of prospective coaches, it's Mike Kelly, Greg Marshall and Richie Hall. Those three are probably considered the guys right now.

Who's the No. 1 priority when it comes to Bomber free agents?

BENDER: I would say Fred Reid.

FRIESEN: Probably Reid, but unlike last year I don't think anyone's going to cry if they let five or six free agents go this time. They've learned that you don't need to keep in intact anymore.

WYMAN: I'd like to see them keep Walls and Malveaux. Those guys are pretty valuable guys.


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