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KIRK PENTON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:35 AM ET

Mike Kelly is about to give up the 5 C temperatures in Philadelphia for the frostbite-inducing fun of a Manitoba winter.

And the new Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach sounds like he can't wait to arrive.

He has scoured the game film, made his player assessments and is already chatting with opposing GMs about potential personnel moves.

"This has been a positive month," said Kelly, who took over from the fired Doug Berry on Dec. 2. "A lot of good things have happened organizationally, and we're getting our structure right."

Kelly is coming to Winnipeg on Wednesday, at which time he and vice-president of player personnel Brendan Taman will start poring over film and assessing their free-agent needs.

As for what he saw in the several seasons of game film that he took back to Philadelphia with him, Kelly wouldn't get specific about what he thinks about incumbent starting quarterback Kevin Glenn.

He did offer a few clues.

"Let's just say that with all the quarterbacks there were tremendous inconsistencies in play," he said. "And it covers the full gamut. It's mental, it's physical, and in some regards, as you're watching games, you can throw emotional in there, too.

"Sometimes both Kevin and Ryan (Dinwiddie) played with poise, and other times they were completely rattled. I think that comes from inconsistent messages being sent to them and the type of support that they're getting.

"I'm continuing to work on that situation and evaluate it, and that's going to be an ongoing process."

Kelly still believes, after going over the game film, that the Bombers have a solid core.

"This is not a bad football team," he said. "A little bit different structure, organization, message and corresponding culture will change some things. So we want to keep most of the guys that we had.

"There are some spots we need to address personnel-wise, and we're all in agreement, meaning Lyle (Bauer) and Brendan and Ross Hodgkinson and myself, as to where those weaknesses are, and we're going to try to get them addressed within the next month."

Kelly will travel to Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl on Jan. 18 and then return to Philadelphia in the final week of January for one last vacation.

After that he will be focused solely on ending Winnipeg's 18-year Grey Cup drought, the longest in the CFL.

"We'll have the whole staff in office on February 1," he said. "We'll get up there and get working."


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