Winnipeg – There are few duties for a head football coach that are more unpleasant than having to tell a player he didn’t make it. That’s what Blue bomber head coach Mike O’Shea faces this weekend. The Bombers don’t plan to announce their final cuts until sometime Sunday but O’Shea will be delivering the bad news to as many as 20 players on Saturday. Some of those will be asked to accept practice roster spots but O’Shea said it’s a thankless task.
“No coach enjoys having to do that, but the players understand the business and this is just part of it” said O’Shea.
Due to threatening weather, the Bombers were forced to hold their final full practice before cutdown weekend inside at the Winnipeg Indoor Soccer Complex. And O’Shea liked just about everything about the workout. “The players responded very well, they were flying around, I liked their focus. Now, we will go through the roster one last time, make sure we are making the right decisions and then on SAturday morning start the process of informing the players” said O’Shea.
Oshea said most of the decisions have been made but the final practice could change the situation for one or two players. The Bombers have 74 players still in camp meaning somewhere between 15 and 20 will have to released outright. CFL clubs are allowed to declare a 46 player roster and up to a 10-man practice roster on Sunday. The Bombers won’t practice again until Monday when they begin preparations for Friday’s regular season opener Friday, June 24th against Montreal at Investors Group Field.