Blue need defensive co-ordinator

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:44 AM ET

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are in the market for a new defensive co-ordinator.

Kavis Reed will be announced as the Edmonton Eskimos head coach on Friday afternoon, which leaves a big hole in Paul LaPolice’s coaching staff.

LaPolice refused comment on Thursday since Reed’s appointment was not yet official, but that didn’t stop us from asking around the CFL to get a feel for who the next DC on Maroons Road might be.

There’s a chance LaPolice could go off the board when making his new hire, but it’s usually best to go with experience when dealing with such an important position on a CFL coaching staff.

Here is the list of names that popped up when we started sniffing around on Thursday:

Richie Hall — The 50-year-old was fired as Eskimos head coach last month, but he spent eight years as a respected defensive co-ordinator in Saskatchewan between 2001 and 2008. He also knows LaPolice from spending 2007 and 2008 together in Regina. Hall is a bit of a long shot, however, because there’s a good chance he will become the new head coach of the Roughriders.

Greg Marshall — He was Winnipeg’s defensive co-ordinator between 2006 and 2008, and he has spent the last two seasons as the DC in Hamilton. While there could be a parting of the ways in Steeltown, the 54-year-old is also in the running to be the new Roughriders head coach.

Richard Harris — The 62-year-old has been Winnipeg’s defensive line coach for the past five seasons, and the front four has often been the team’s strength. Harris has applied to be a CFL head coach before, but there are rumblings he’s not interested in being a co-ordinator.

Corey Chamblin — Currently the defensive backs coach in Calgary, Chamblin served in the same role with the Bombers in 2007. The 33-year-old is viewed as an up-and-comer in the CFL coaching ranks, and word broke Thursday that the Riders are now interested in talking to him about their head coach position.

Nelson Martin — The former CFL safety has been Saskatchewan’s defensive backs coach for the past two seasons, which means the 52-year-old is familiar with LaPolice from 2009. The Toronto native was Ottawa’s special teams co-ordinator in 2004 and 2005.

Gary Etcheverry — Currently Saskatchewan’s defensive co-ordinator, he could become available depending upon who becomes the head coach. Etcheverry is close with Hall, but he could depart if Marshall or Doug Berry gets the job. Etcheverry also worked with LaPolice in 2008 and ’09.


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