New Bombers coach O'Shea doing everything possible to control the message

Bombers coach Mike O'Shea won't let reporters speak to any of his assistant coaches all season...

Bombers coach Mike O'Shea won't let reporters speak to any of his assistant coaches all season long, ushering in a new era of inaccessibility with the publicly owned football club. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

Paul Friesen, QMI Agency

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WINNIPEG - So I decided to stop in and take a peek at Camp O’Shea, Monday, get the season’s first whiff of pigskin and sweaty O-linemen.

Upon first glance, nothing stood out about the methods of the new sheriff in Blue Bomberville, the usual training camp sights and sounds greeting me: large men grunting, coaches barking and the occasional whistle interrupting the festivities.

In the middle of it all stood the man charged with turning this leaky vessel around, holding a piece of paper and wearing a T-shirt and shorts, even as a chilly, wind-aided rain pelted the last half hour of the proceedings.

There would be no rain jacket or pants for Mike O’Shea or his coaching staff.

Muzzles, on the other hand, have already been deployed.

Ripping a page from ex-coach Mike Kelly’s book — the one copy that hasn’t been burned, I suppose — O’Shea has banned his assistant coaches from doing interviews.


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