Blue Bomber Report Record: 7–11–0
Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Bomber staff to be poached?
It's really no surprise to those who follow the Canadian Football League, but it could impact the Bomber coaching staff nonetheless.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders have asked for -- and been given permission -- to speak to Bomber defensive line coach Richard Harris about a job in Regina.
Harris and new Rider head coach Greg Marshall are old pals, having worked together with the Ottawa Renegades and with the Bombers before Marshall's departure.
The longest-serving current Bomber coach with five years under his belt, Harris is a former first-round draft pick of the Philadelphia Eagles who is adored by the men who play for him along the D-line. Under his watch the Bomber defensive front has seen the likes of Gavin Walls, Tom Canada, Phillip Hunt and Odell Willis throw up some impressive sack totals while Doug Brown established himself as one of the greatest defensive tackles in CFL history.
Should Harris leave to join the Riders, it would unofficially leave two holes on the Bomber coaching staff as former defensive coordinator Kavis Reed exited to become the Edmonton Eskimos head coach last month.
Meanwhile, could former Bomber head coach be landing on his feet again in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers?
New Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is starting the process of putting together his coaching staff. Rivera said during his introductory press conference Tuesday that he had an idea of the coaches he wanted to interview.
Sources told FOXSports.com that former CFL assistant coach and head coach Mike Kelly is on Rivera's list of possible assistant coach hires. It's believed that Kelly is being considered for a job as an assistant on the offensive side of the ball.
Kelly and Rivera know each other from their days together with the Philadelphia Eagles. Rivera was a linebackers coach for the team (1999-2003). Kelly was a scout for the team (2001) and an offensive assistant/quality control coach (2002).
In addition, the Charlotte Observer reported the Panthers received permission to interview San Diego Chargers tight ends coach/assistant head coach Rob Chudzinski for the offensive coordinator position.
-- ED TAIT
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