Lots of interest in Bombers' OC opening

Blue Bombers general manager Joe Mack speaks with the media in Winnipeg, Man., Nov. 8, 2010. (QMI...

Blue Bombers general manager Joe Mack speaks with the media in Winnipeg, Man., Nov. 8, 2010. (QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:12 AM ET

WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are pursuing some high-profile candidates for their vacant offensive co-ordinator position, with GM Joe Mack closely involved in the search process.

Mack made the revelation on a conference call with reporters, Wednesday.

“I’ve gotten, much to my surprise, people that I’ve known reach out to me,” Mack said. “There are some very interesting people that have an interest in coming to Winnipeg and discussing the OC job. There’s two or three that I really have my eyes on, that if we were able to get, people would be very pleased.”

Mack wouldn’t divulge any names because some of the candidates are currently employed elsewhere. But he did say one has NFL experience as a player, calling him a candidate with “a real pedigree.”

Until now, it was believed head coach Paul LaPolice would likely promote from within, perhaps moving O-line coach Pat DelMonaco to the co-ordinator position.

The development also raises the possibility LaPolice will give up the play-calling duties, since any highly qualified candidate will likely want that responsibility.

Mack didn’t think that would be an issue for his head coach.

The GM also provided updates on several player issues, expressing optimism he’d be able to re-sign Winnipeg’s top potential free agents before they hit the market, mid-February.

O-lineman Brendon LaBatte and quarterback Buck Pierce head that list.

Mack said other players looking for contract extensions, like corner Jovon Johnson, who has another NFL workout this week, this one with Cincinnati, will have to wait their turn.


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