Fired Riders coach didn't get fair shake: Brown

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:42 AM ET

WINNIPEG - Doug Brown didn't come right out and say it, but he believes his former defensive co-ordinator, Greg Marshall, didn't get a fair shake in Saskatchewan.

The Roughriders fired Marshall, who was the team's head coach, and offensive co-ordinator Doug Berry after the team's 1-7 start.

"As most coaches will tell you, you need at least a couple years to put your stamp and make an impact on an organization" Brown said. "You don't have to look farther than our own roster to see how we played last year, even though we were close in so many games, and then how we've improved staying status quo, not really making changes in terms of our personnel."

Brown noted it's been a rough summer for Marshall, who was a close friend of Richard Harris, the Bombers' defensive line coach who passed away last month.

"He lost his best friend a month ago and now his job got taken away from him," Brown said. "A difficult stretch for him."

LaPolice said he doesn't have any interest in adding Marshall to his coaching staff. Marshall still has two and a half years left on his contract with the Riders.

ROSTER WATCH: Brown, who missed the last two games with a reported broken big toe, was back on the practice field Sunday when the Bombers returned from their bye week.

"It's sore, but it's working," Brown said. "I'm certainly glad I took the time that I did. We'll see how it responds after a week of practices."

Defensive backs Deon Beasley and Jonathan Hefney, along with receiver Greg Carr, weren't at the practice because they had either family commitments or travel problems. All three are expected to be back on Monday.

Cornerback Jovon Johnson (ankle) is still experiencing soreness and didn't practice. Defensive Dorian Smith, who has a high ankle sprain, won't play Friday against Hamilton.

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