Bombers boss ready to get help for coach

JIM BENDER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

Winnipeg head coach Mike Kelly is struggling to find answers to solve the mystery of his 2-5 team and welcomes any help he can get.

Blue Bombers president/CEO Lyle Bauer plans to bring in another body to help lighten his load.

"Basically, if we did perhaps bring somebody in, all we'd be doing is decreasing the student-to-teacher ratio," Kelly said yesterday. "So, it would free me up a little bit to concentrate just on one aspect and not as many as I look at right now. So, it gives me another pair of eyes.

"I don't know if that type of person is available because I wouldn't want to bring somebody in here without CFI experience. But I think, since that came out, maybe that has motivated a few other people on the staff and everybody's chipping in."

Bauer once brought in former Bombers assistant coach Urban Bowman to help head coach Dave Ritchie. Although Kelly coached with Bowman here in the early 1990s, he said he had not talked to him.

Kelly has sought out such brilliant CFL minds as former Bombers head coach/GM Cal Murphy, who now lives in Regina, for advice. But Kelly denied that he is finding all of his duties exhausting.

"I'm having a blast, to tell you the truth," he claimed. "This is what I want to do and I love coming to this building every day and I enjoy the men I work with every day and like I said, we try as best we can to try to block out some of the outside opinions and when I need opinions, I know who to call."

But there are some people he would prefer to avoid.

"I understand people are frustrated and I just try to put that aside," Kelly said. "But I may get the windows in my car darkened because people at the stoplights just love to say ... hello."

NEW GUY: With veteran slotback Terrence Edwards expected to miss this Friday's game against the Lions in B.C. with turf toe, the Winnipeg signed import WR/KR Otis Amey to their practice roster.

Amey, 27, is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound Sacramento State product who was in the Lions' CFL training camp earlier this year. Amey played 11 NFL games for San Francisco in 2005.

"We needed to bring in more legs at the receiver spot and obviously, there's clamour to improve our return game," Kelly said. "So, here's an opportunity for him to come in and let's take a look at what he's got."

Amey may even play against the Lions this week.

"We'll do our best to try to get him ready," Kelly said. "He has been in camp with B.C. before so he has a basic understanding of the CFL rules."

STILL STRUGGLING: With Edwards out, there will be even more focus on receiver Romby Bryant, who has been moved back to slotback.

"He's done everything he can to try to contribute, he's just had a tough time shaking coverage right now," Kelly said. "We're trying to help him out as much as we can so that he gets the ball in his hand."

HASHMARKS: The Bombers have released RB Lavarus Giles ... Bombers called QB Michael Bishop's college coach to seek info on how to get him going ... LB Siddeeq Shabazz (ankle), S Ian Logan (groin), DB James Johnson (turf toe) and Edwards missed yesterday's practice.


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