KYLE WALTERS has a big job to do in remaking the worst team in the CFL and he took a big step in that direction Tuesday by naming his football operations staff.
Danny McManus will be assistant GM/director of U.S. scouting while Ted Goveia will fill an assistant GM/director of player personnel role. The club will retain Drew Morris as a national scout and David Siddal will remain assistant director of football operations.
"I looked at all of the other CFL teams and how the front offices were set up, and the operations were set up and how the scouting was all set up and there really is no standardized blueprint across the board," said Walters. "This was the way I wanted to get this set up and I wanted to find my two right-hand men with strong scouting backgrounds."
McManus and Goveia will both scout and be involved in the contract end of the business.
"Danny is going to be based out of Florida and handle more the southern end of things in the scouting departments he'll be doing contracts. We're going to get him schooled up in salary cap," said Walters. "Ted will be more of a presence in Winnipeg. Drew Morris, who is a young guy who made a very good impression on us over the last six months... will based out of the U.S as well and Ted will be more hands-on presence in here on top of what he's doing in the states, and Ted brings a Canadian scouting background as well.
"We're going to divide and conquer -- that's the plan."
McManus had risen to the top of the scouting department with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats but sees coming to Winnipeg as a chance to grow as an executive and pursue his eventual goal of being a GM or team president.
"I think the biggest thing was the opportunity to expand my role in the personnel department and Kyle has given the opportunity to do that," said McManus, a Canadian Football Hall of Fame quarterback. "I love the game of football. I love the intrigue of finding players that fit the CFL mould and what you need to come up here and be competitive and that's what attracted me to this position, my role now expands a little bit more. I get to do some more stuff, some more managerial skills and that's going to help me in the long run."
McManus comes in with the big name but Goveia, Walters said, is also a man with many strengths.
"Ted did everything in Toronto. He was as much a presence in the U.S. as any other scout in the CFL," said Walters. "So don't view this as Ted was strictly a CIS guy. I envision myself being the main CIS guy. Ted's going to have his hands full with Danny and Drew in the U.S. scouting department."
The Bombers have spent less on football operations than any team in the league for a number of years. Walters said CEO Wade Miller has told him if he needs more resources, Miller will get them.
"I went over that budget with a fine-toothed comb. It's a matter of allocating the resources the way I want football operations to be set up. And I have been able to do that and Wade has been very supportive."
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