Who said the Canadian Football League off-season was boring?
The CFL off-season, which has historically not always been a very busy time, has been jam packed with transactions this year.
In the latest news, the Saskatchewan Roughriders made two announcements this week. The team announced that Brendan Taman had become the new General Manager of the team and current head coach Ken Miller had been promoted to the position of Vice President of Football Operations.
“Taking over as the General Manager of a team I grew up watching is a dream come true,” Taman said to CFL.ca. “The passion and dedication this province has towards this team makes it a special place for everyone involved. We have a very talented team and coaching staff and I look forward to working with Ken Miller on continuing this success.”
The later point was hardly surprising, as many felt Miller, entering his third season as head coach of the Riders, could have become the General Manager if he had wanted to. Taking on a additonal role with the team should not be that hard for him.
The Taman promotion came as a bit more of a shock, as it was reported the Riders had had around 20 applicants for the position, 10 of them being very impressive. Before joining the Riders in 2009 as a Director of Football Administration, Taman spent ten seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he served as the teams General Manager and Vice-President of Football Operations.
With Taman at the helm of the Riders the team should not experience a drop-off experience wise, as Taman has been involved in the CFL for over 20 years. There should not be a drop-off in player recruiting either, as Taman has been credited for recruiting such players as Geroy Simon, Charles Roberts and Arland Bruce.
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With Taman off the market, the Bombers signed Joe Mack as their new Vice President and General Manager of Football Operations.
Mack was the Director of Player Personnel for the Bombers from 1984-1987 and has over 25 years of football experience under his belt.
“It is an honour to accept this position with the Winnipeg Football Club and begin a new era for this storied franchise”, Mack said to BlueBombers.com. “I accept this position with much humility and look forward to bringing an exciting brand of Blue Bomber football to this passionate football city.”
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Earlier this week, the Calgary Stampeders introduced Lyle Bauer as the club’s new President and Chief Operating Officer.
Bauer served in a similar role with the Bombers from 2000-2009, where he was credited with helping solve some of the Bomber’s financial woes.
“I am very pleased to have the opportunity to be a part of an organization like the Calgary Stampeders,” Bauer said to Stampeders.com. “Over the years, I have been able to watch the commitment this ownership group has demonstrated to ensure the viability of this organization for the city, their fans, staff and players. They have also demonstrated the commitment to acquire the best talent on and off the field and understand the required investment to be a premier franchise in the Canadian Football League.”