Bombers' Dreadlock Twins need coach

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:23 PM ET

It’s not exactly news that’s going to make Blue Bomber fans jolt to attention, nor will it cause a stampede to the ticket office.

The signing of the Dreadlock Twins, defenders Alex Suber and Clint Kent, to contract extensions qualifies as “routine maintenance,” necessary, but not destiny-altering.

Now, who’s going to coach Suber and Kent, that’s another story.

The Bombers still have a hole at the critical position of defensive co-ordinator, created when Kavis Reed donned the top head set with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Co-ordinators are critical to a CFL team’s success, and Bomber head coach Paul LaPolice long ago targeted the best man available to succeed Reed, that being the man Edmonton booted out of the igloo, Richie Hall.

The only problem is, Hall is also being wooed by new Saskatchewan boss Greg Marshall.

One weekend report, by Sportsnet, actually had Hall already hired by the Riders, but another, in the Regina Leader-Post, refuted it, Monday.

So while Coach LaPo still might have a shot at landing his No. 1 choice, I don’t like his chances.

Not only did Hall spend 15 years as a player and assistant coach in Regina, we’re told he recently got engaged to a woman there. So the Bombers have history and love, working against them.

If Hall follows his heart, who’s next in line?

You might think the Riders’ current defensive boss, Gary Etchevery, would be a natural choice. The guy’s schemes are known as wildly unpredictable, but effective. And LaPolice would know him from their days together in Saskatchewan.

But word is Coach LaPo’s second choice would be Corey Chamblin, who was a Winnipeg assistant under Doug Berry in 2007 and who’s coached the defensive backs in Calgary the last two years.

The coach, reached in Dallas where he’s attending the American Football Coaches Association convention, won’t name his candidates, but did say CFL experience is critical, and not necessarily as a co-ordinator.

“I’ve never believed in that, because everyone has to start some place,” LaPolice said. “I got the co-ordinator’s job in 2002 and I don’t think anybody knew who I was, and I did all right that year.”

Chamblin’s done all right, too, as you’ll know if you’ve been watching the Calgary DBs the last two years.

The Stamps were right up there in most defensive statistics in 2010, leading several in the passing category: lowest completion percentage, fewest first downs and completions, fewest touchdowns allowed and most yards through interception returns.

He interviewed for the Riders head coaching gig, too, and we’re told he was impressive.

Chamblin is seen as one of the CFL’s up-and-comers, so he’d probably fit nicely into the Winnipeg staff, where he’d guide up-and-coming players like Suber and Kent.

Suber, just 24, is a quiet little guy with some big skills, although he failed to snag a single interception in 2010.

“I know (Suber) is not the tallest in the world, but he’s a great football player,” Coach LaPo said. “He keeps his mouth shut and plays football.”

As for Kent, 27, he’s Mr. Versatility, bouncing around different positions in the secondary until settling in at linebacker.

“He disrupts,” the coach said. “He caused some fumbles and when he blitzed the quarterback, he got home.”

By the time Coach LaPo gets home, we presume he’ll have a new defensive boss to guide his young talent. He’s hoping to make an announcement this week.

And while it might not sell tickets, the decision will definitely show up in the standings.

Contact Paul at paul.friesen@sunmedia.ca or 632-2788. Twitter@friesensunmedia


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