Bombers missing out on top defensive co-ordinator candidates

KIRK PENTON, Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 10:02 PM ET

The CFL coaching carousel is spinning so fast that it must be one big blur for Paul LaPolice by now.

The Bombers head coach is trying to hire a new defensive co-ordinator, but the candidates he wants keep getting off at other spots. Richie Hall landed in his old job with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, then Corey Chamblin accepted the DC job in Hamilton.

Neither of those transactions has been officially announced, but numerous CFL sources have confirmed they are done deals.

So now LaPolice has apparently set his sights on a respected CFL assistant to replace Kavis Reed, who left the Bombers after one season to become the head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos.

Whether or not that man is current Bombers defensive line coach Richard Harris remains to be seen. If it is, LaPolice will probably have to make a move soon because the Saskatchewan Roughriders have asked to speak with Harris.

The Bombers, however, had not granted the Roughriders permission to talk with Harris as of Wednesday night.

One name that had been floating around the Bomber defensive co-ordinator job this week was Denny Creehan, the father of Bomber linebackers coach Casey Creehan, but a source said the elder Creehan isn’t in the running.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: The Montreal Alouettes signed defensive end John Bowman to a contract extension through 2013 … The Calgary Stampeders traded defensive lineman Mike Labinjo to the Alouettes for future considerations … The Hamilton Tiger-Cats hired former Roughrider bird dog Joe Womack to be their assistant general manager and director of player personnel … Alouettes receiver Andrew Hawkins signed with the NFL’s St. Louis Rams … The Bombers presented a cheque to Football Manitoba for $102,000 on Wednesday. The money came from the team’s 50/50 sales during the 2010 season.

kirk.penton@sunmedia.ca


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