Esks' gain, Blue's loss

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:27 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Paul LaPolice's plan was to have Kavis Reed spend two or three years in Winnipeg, have him do a good job and then let him become a head coach somewhere else.

"I just didn't think it would be Year 1," Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice said Friday with a chuckle.

The Bombers officially lost Reed on Friday when he was introduced as the Edmonton Eskimos new head coach. Reed spent the 2010 season as Winnipeg's defensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

While LaPolice was happy to see Reed move on, he noted that the Bombers took a hit with his departure.

"Successful organizations keep their players and they keep their coaches. Consistency brings that," LaPolice said. "It's unfortunate for us as a team. In a selfish way we would have loved to have him here.

"But my job's to help all my coaches be as good as they possibly can be."

LaPolice said his new defensive co-ordinator must have CFL experience. Potential candidates include Richie Hall, who was fired as Eskimos head coach last month and former Bomber DC Greg Marshall, who is currently in the same position in Hamilton but possibly on his way out of Steeltown.

"My first priority is it's going to be somebody who knows this league," LaPolice said. "You won't hear a name of a guy that I worked with at the University of New Hampshire. Now, that would happen for a position coach.

"... The co-ordinators are a little bit different. The co-ordinators have to put the whole game plan together and understand the width of the field and the understand the motions. So that's what I'm looking for."

LaPolice wants to have his new co-ordinator in place as soon as possible but said he could wait until Feb. 1 to have his 2011 staff in place.

Winnipeg's defence last season collected the most sacks and gave up the second fewest yards but allowed the third most points. The Bombers finished with a 4-14 record, but Reed was respected in the locker-room.

If defensive tackle Doug Brown returns for an 11th season, he would be playing under his seventh new coordinator since joining the Bombers in 2001. He hopes LaPolice can find someone as solid as Reed.

"Obviously I'm a big fan of Greg Marshall, but at the same time I didn't know Kavis from a bear in the woods and he turned out to be a pretty great defensive co-ordinator," Brown said.

"I'd say he's top two out of the six I've had, so there you go."

Other possible candidates include Calgary secondary coach Corey Chamblin, Saskatchewan defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry, Riders defensive backs boss Nelson Martin, B.C. Lions defensive line coach Rich Stubler and Richard Harris, the leader of Winnipeg's defensive line.


Videos

Photos