Let's take a look at that Taman "rocket to the top," shall we?
Taman was hired by Dave Ritchie in 1999. He served as VP of player personnel before assuming his GM duties on November 19, 2003.
http://www.cbc.ca/sports/story/2003/11/ ... 31119.html
Bombers records since 1999 (source cfl.ca):
1999 6-12 (4th East)
2000 7-10-1 (3rd East)
2001 14-4 (1st East) (lost GC to Calgary 27-19 in Mtl)
2002 12-6 (2nd West)
2003 11-7 (2nd West)
2004 7-11 (4th West) << as GM
2005 5-13 (5th West) << as GM
2006 9-9 (3rd West) << as GM
2007 10-7-1 (2nd East) << as GM (lost in GC to Saskatchewan 23-19 in T.O.)
81-79-2 since 1999
31-40-1 since Nov. 2003 WITH TAMAN AS GM
- 2 Grey Cup appearances with Taman, one (2001) while serving in player personnel, one (2007) as GM -- both losses
- missed playoffs the first two years as Bomber GM
This is the man who brought The Whizzenator (Onterrio Smith) to the CFL. For every hire/pickup that has clearly worked (Berry as HC, Glenn as QB, Simpson at MLB), there have also been some headscratchers. People may remember that pre-Kryies Hebert, the Bombers were playing converted receivers at safety because they couldn't lure Anders Hedberg or Bobby Hull's toupee circa 1977 out of retirement to do a better job.
So let's have a sense of perpective on what Taman is about. Decent GM in general, but not in the Buono-Popp-Rita stratum yet.
I would put Obie's capacity to unearth talent against Taman's any day of the week. Period.
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Notable QB backups found by player-personnel heads of Winnipeg and BC, (2004-2007):
Taman: Brad Banks (trade), Kliff Kingsbury (trade), Russ Michna (FA), Zac Taylor (FA), Spergeon Wynn (trade from BC), Tee Martin (FA), Mike Quinn (FA) and that Dinwiddie guy.
Obie: Casey Printers (FA), Buck Pierce (FA), Jarious Jackson (FA), Gino Guidugli (FA)
ROTFLMFAO momentarily at that comparison. I kept having to name the Bomber QBs, trying to find a gem, but alas!
Obie's 3-to-5 year plan in comparison?? He just goes to his safety deposit box at the bank every couple of years and chucks in another Grey Cup ring...
Oski Wee Wee,