WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have borrowed something Double Blue to help round out their coaching staff.
The Bombers recruited former Toronto Argonauts defensive co-ordinator Chip Garber to become the team’s linebackers coach, the CFL club announced Wednesday. Joining him on staff will be Will Plemons, who will take charge of the defensive line, once the domain of the late Richard Harris.
“I am very excited to have both coach Plemons and coach Garber join our staff for this upcoming season,” Bombers head coach Paul LaPolice said in a release. “Both coaches have a ton of experience at either the collegiate level, or in coach Garber’s case, the professional level and specifically, the CFL. They will both be great teachers to our players and are great additions to our team.”
Garber spent the last two seasons with Toronto. In 2010, his defence gave up the fewest points, both per game and overall, was second in the league in both average yards gained per pass and average yards gained per rush. Garber was also the Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive coach in 2008.
Plemons has been the defensive line coach at Fresno State University since 2009. Fresno State’s defence ranked sixth in the nation in sacks in 2010.