Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea considered adding DC role

Mike O’Shea put some thought into becoming Winnipeg’s defensive coordinator.

“It’s all part of the process. You have to think of everything. I don’t know that I’m ready yet,” O’Shea said.

“I looked at my daily routine and what I believe my strong points are and there’s still lots to learn in that area. I would hope that in a certain amount of time as a head coach that you could coach any position on the field.”

Winnipeg allowed the most offensive points (478) and offensive touchdowns (51) among West Division teams, Hamilton and Montreal gave up more in both categories while opponent passing touchdowns (33) ranked tied for last in the league. But it was the yardage total that was concerning above all else. The Bombers were one of two teams to allow over 7,000 yards of offence in 2017, the Alouettes being the other.

Despite those numbers, Richie Hall will return as defensive coordinator in 2018.

“Richie Hall is a tremendous, valuable asset to not only the defence but our organization. We’re not happy, we’re not satisfied with our overall output,” O’Shea said.

“No, I don’t believe that [we have to change the way we play defence]. We have to fine-tune some concepts and we have to fine-tune some teaching, create some habits that are going to allow us to make more plays, that’s for sure.”

O’Shea was a Hall of Fame linebacker during his playing days when he recorded 1,151 tackles to rank second all-time in CFL history. He was the CFL’s Most Oustanding Rookie and Most Outstanding Canadian in 1993 and 1999 respectively along with winning three Grey Cup championships.

“Coming from the defensive side I just think defence is easy. As I look back at what I can improve on and how I can help Richie [Hall] and the defensive staff and the defensive players is spend a little more time and be around more when there’s some questions being asked.

Despite the gaudy yardage total Winnipeg came away with 42 turnovers, second in the CFL, 25 of them interceptions to lead all teams, and scored 166 points from the pilfers to pace the league.

“We don’t want to sacrifice the takeaways we’re making we just don’t want it to be so costly in terms of when we make a mistake,” O’Shea said.

“The first goal is to have guys come in and understand what we’re doing and for them to be really in the right spot so that we don’t give up the big plays. And then from there progress to making more and more plays.”


8 Comments on Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea considered adding DC role

  1. How does Richie keep landing on his feet?

  2. Whatever Mike, its your neck

  3. Telling it like it is // January 5, 2018 at 6:06 pm //

    Sometimes it’s more about the talent and not the DC. Richie has always had success at DC. When he was in SK he had several years with a solid D. Win the Grey Cup in 2013. Right at the end of his tenure in SK (2014) the talent had eroded badly and Chamblin was micro managing on Defence. It really showed the next year when Richie was gone and Chamblin had a Montreal positional Coach Greg Quick named as the DC. When it was all Chamblin calling the Defence. SK was at 0-9 and Taman and Chamblin were fired. Now Chamblin as the Argos DC had great talent and win the Grey Cup.
    Get far more talent on the Bombers Defence. Having 3 or 4 stars dosent make up for the other 8 guys.

    • Geroy Burris // January 5, 2018 at 7:29 pm //

      Actually, without all the talented stars forcing the most turnovers in the league, the Bombers under Hall might have given up 8,000 yards. Those turnovers masked what was easily the worst defense in the league. And when you are that bad, either your offense can’t stay on the field (not the case here) or your coordinator is being outcoached.

      The Bombers are neither resigning their good defensive players nor looking for a better coordinator. They had better be perfect in the free agency period or they will only finish ahead of teams in the Leastern Conference.

  4. Yup- I like O’Shea but perhaps a few too many hits to the head…

  5. O’Shea is unbelievable. He fires the defensive assistants. Thinks about becoming Defensive Cordinator & in the end keeps Hall saying he is a valuable asset while taking 2 months to come to that conclusion. Keeping Hall makes no sense.

  6. I think this is the begining of the end for O’Shea (yeah, we’ve heard that before). He will be trying his hand at defense this year and micro managing Richie Hall – since “defense is so easy” instead of addressing the glaring talent deficiecies they have on D. Look for Sam Hurl to start at mlb again – sweet lord!

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