Bombers should grab Hall

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 PM ET

Here’s hoping Paul LaPolice isn’t snoozing in the sun while running his toes through the sand of some far-off beach somewhere.

Because there’s a development afoot that may call for swift and immediate action from the no-longer-rookie head mentor of the Blue Bombers.

One of Coach LaPo’s lieutenants, defensive boss Kavis Reed, is on the radar of Eskimos GM Eric Tillman as a possible head coaching candidate.

Word is Reed had his first interview for the gig, Wednesday.

He and Tillman go way back, so while Reed might not be the hottest co-ordinator in the CFL, he’s a decent bet to become the head Eskimo.

And while Coach LaPo won’t be able to do a thing to keep Reed from grabbing the promotion, he can take steps to ensure the Bomber defence remains in good, if not better, hands.

The man Tillman sacked as Edmonton’s head coach would look awfully good peeling himself out of the burlap to don the blue and gold of the Bombers.

Richie Hall not only has the personality to fit in, he’s also a helluva defensive game planner. One of the most respected in three-down football.

If Reed did a good job with all those newbies on the Winnipeg dirty dozen this past season, Hall should be able to take them to another level next year.

Now that the Esks are buzzing around Reed, I’d send a vulture or two straight to Hall’s carcass and revive it with an offer he couldn’t refuse, should Reed hit the highway.

ALL-STAR ANOMALY: Strike up the band and break out the noisemakers — four members of the Big Blue took all-CFL honours, Wednesday.

That’s the most this team’s had in three years, and only Calgary, with eight, placed more names on the season-ending all-star team.

The Bombers could have easily had one more, as guard Brendon LaBatte is right up there with the best of the CFL’s inside hogs.

It’s just another anomaly in a season full of them here in the ’Peg.

That a 4-14 also-ran can have more all-stars than playoff teams Montreal (12-6), and Saskatchewan (10-8) has to rank right up there with some of the other great mysteries of the world: the Great Pyramid, Stonehenge and Eric Tillman’s hair.

SAY WHAT? Another noggin-scratcher: why is Henry Burris, and not Anthony Calvillo, the all-star quarterback?

With all due respect to the fellow ink-stained wretches of press row who voted, they blew it, fixating on the shiniest object (Burris’s 38 touchdown passes) instead of the whole picture.

Calvillo’s touchdown-to-interception ratio (32-7) far outshines Smilin’ Hank’s (38-20), and I’m not sure there’s a more important stat for ranking passers.

Just one other pivot — Darian Durant, with 22 picks — put the ball in the wrong hands more often than Burris.

Even more damning: of the CFL’s 10 busiest quarterbacks, Cleo Lemon of the Argos was the only one to have a higher percentage of his passes picked off.

Calvillo also pulled down the better efficiency rating (108.1 to 101.9), which measures all the pertinent numbers. Hard to beat him in the leadership department, too.

Based on the fact the same people do the voting for the outstanding player award, Burris will likely get that, too, which would be another mistake.

Not that I’m a Hank hater. I thought he got ripped off from an MOP award he deserved earlier in his career.

The guy no doubt has games as good as A.C.’s best, and he’s got a helluvan arm. He’s simply not as consistently good as the Alouettes’ leader, that’s all. There’s a good Hank and a bad Hank, and we’ve seen both this season.

But there’s almost always the same A.C.


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