Blue missing boat on new D.C.?

TED WYMAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:34 PM ET

It’s about the Blue Bombers’ search for a defensive co-ordinator.

They’ve known for months that they were losing Kavis Reed to the Edmonton Eskimos and yet they’ve sat idly by while the Saskatchewan Roughriders scooped up top candidate Richie Hall and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats grabbed up-and-comer Corey Chamblin.

Now there’s word the Bombers have granted the Saskatchewan Roughriders permission to talk to defensive line coach Richard Harris, who could be another candidate for the Winnipeg co-ordinator job.

We presume they have a plan, but missing out on the best available candidates doesn’t instil much confidence in the faithful.

FREE SPEECH: The Western Hockey League finally stepped in and ordered the Kamloops Blazers to lift an access restriction against widely respected Kamloops Daily News sports editor Gregg Drinnan this week. On Dec. 22, Drinnan was informed by the team that he would no longer be allowed to talk with players, coaches or management with the organization. It was a ridiculous, knee-jerk reaction precipitated by the team perception of negative reporting. Amazingly, it took three weeks for the WHL to reinstate Drinnan, even though commissioner Ron Robison admitted the team was in violation of the league’s media policy. Big thumbs down to the Blazers and the league and big thumbs up for free speech.

QUICK HITS: Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman with his astute assessment of his 4-12 team: “They’re probably 4 or 5 games away from being a 9-7 or a 10-6 team easily.” ... The New England Patriots haven’t participated in much of the silliness leading up to their grudge match with the New York Jets this weekend, but receiver Wes Welker got his shots in Thursday. Welker, obviously referring to the Rex Ryan foot fetish video that has been making the rounds, uses the words foot, feet or toes 11 times in one deadpan press conference appearance. Cute, Wes, but not very Patriot-like to put your foot in your mouth like that ... All the ticket packages made available for the 2012 World Junior Hockey Championship in Alberta have sold out. Hockey Canada, TSN and their truckloads of money thank you.

FEEDBACK: Jim Moore weighs in on the debate over the NFL’s playoff system with this: “While I agree that it’s wrong that a 7-9 team gets to host a playoff game, while two 10-6 teams miss the post-season, you make it sound like Seattle is really pathetic because they “went 7-9 after while playing nine of their games against teams with a record at or below .500. You say this implying that Seattle had an easy schedule. The reality is that only 14 of the 32 teams this year posted a record above .500. With more than half the league posting a record at or below .500, playing more than half your games against the .500 or worse teams is commonplace. Just look at the Superbowl Champion Saints who played 10 of their games against teams with a record at or below .500. Comparing their schedule with the Seahawks’ you could easily argue that Seattle had the tougher schedule.”

MY RESPONSE: The Seahawks’ schedule was not all that different from that of the Saints or Tampa Bay. In fact, none of them had what you would consider a tremendously tough schedule, but they were certainly comparable and both the Saints and Buccaneers still managed to put up records well over .500, while the Seahawks became the worst playoff team in NFL history.


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