Dyce rolls on, Wylie packs up

KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:16 AM ET

Bob Wylie is out, Bob Dyce is in, and the status of the rest of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers assistant coaches remains up in the air.

Wylie, who spent the past two seasons as Winnipeg's offensive line coach, saw the writing on the wall when he and new head coach Mike Kelly chatted earlier this week.

"I explained to him that I have two guys in mind that I've worked with before, and nothing has been solidified with those individuals," Kelly said yesterday from his home in the Philadelphia area.

"And when he heard that there were two in the mix, he said, 'Well, I'll just pack my office.' So I thanked him for his time with the Blue Bomber organization, and he moved on."

Dyce, meanwhile, will be on Kelly's staff in 2009. Dyce has been with the club since 2003 as its receivers coach and, more recently, its Canadian College Draft co-ordinator.

His history with Kelly certainly didn't hurt his chances of returning. Kelly will be the fourth coach Dyce has worked under in his seven seasons with the Bombers.

"I had a good long talk with Bobby," Kelly said. "I've known him since he was with the St. Vital Mustangs, so Bobby and I have known each other a long time.

"As I did my research, I was very much impressed with the work Bobby's done with Canadian scouting, and I don't want that disrupted."

Kelly also believes Dyce can help him turn around a Bombers offence that struggled mightily in 2008 and may have been dysfunctional, according to the new boss.

"Bobby's got a good offensive mind," Kelly said, "and I'm looking forward to he and I working in conjunction because the quarterbacks and the receivers will be together quite a bit. And I guess that wasn't the case before.

"If I can go in and put our organizational system in place, that might be (the difference), because it's not a bad football team. Maybe just being organized and structured a little bit differently will help."

The futures of defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall, special teams co-ordinator Cory McDiarmid, defensive line coach Richard Harris and defensive backs boss Dan Daniel haven't officially been decided, Kelly said, but it's believed none will be asked to join his staff.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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