Winnipeg – When the Winnipeg Blue Bombers had finalized the two trades on Sunday night that saw quarterback Drew Willy go to Toronto and Kevin Glenn come back to the Bombers from Montreal, Bomber head coach Mike O’Shea took it upon himself to inform Willy of the move. And he didn’t do it through a phone call. O’Shea actually went to Willy’s house in Winnipeg to deliver the news. It wasn’t an easy task says O’Shea.
“It’s never a good visit. I don’t think players want their coach showing up at their doorstep. As always, Drew was tremendously professional, we chatted for about ten minutes. He has been a big part of our team, the biggest for a couple of years so it was one of those tough moments.” said O’Shea. Regarding Willy’s difficult start to the regular season, O’Shea defended his now former quarterback. “You can go through and watch those 5 games at the start of the season and find some things in Drew’s play that needed to improve. But you can find some things in the entire team. If you asked individually guys would like to fix those things too. There were lots of things to correct. It’s obviously not just Drew. But we made the change and we really haven’t looked back. The pieces have come together and team has certainly played different football.”
When asked if he worried about the impact the Willy trade might have on the locker room and on a team that is riding a 6-game win streak, O’Shea said “I worry about it all, that’s my job as the head coach. The trade was made for logical football reasons, I get all that and the players will get it too. What tomorrow(Tuesday back at practice) will look like I’m not sure but I trust our leadership to figure it out fairly quickly and get back to work.”
O’Shea said he is happy to have 37 year old Kevin Glenn rejoining the team as the backup to Matt Nichols. And he says he’s not overly concerned about how much information Willy might impart to the Argos re the Bombers offensive play book. He says it’s up to the Winnipeg offensive minds to counteract any extra knowledge that Argos defensive co-ordinator Rich Stubler might have acquired from Willy.