Winnipeg – Winnipeg Blue Bomber head coach Mike O’Shea held his final media availability of the year on Wednesday and while he wouldn’t get into much detail about his contract situation, he did say he believes the Bombers are headed in the right direction and he hopes to be part of their future success.
“I like what we have started. But I’m not prepared to discuss my contract or future with anybody but GM Kyle Walters. Despite what people might think this is a very busy time of the year, meeting with players and getting evaluations done and start projects in terms of understanding our season. I’m not sure on a timeline, it’s just busy.” said O’Shea.
O’Shea’s initial three-year contract expires at the end of this season and near the end of the Bombers 11-7 campaign Walters told CJOB that a new contract for O’Shea would work itself out in time. Now it’s a matter of Walters and O’Shea hammering out the details. How long that will take is uncertain but an announcement is likely the week after the Grey Cup game.
O’Shea had nothing but good things to say about his three years in Winnipeg. “Regarding the city, it’s home, I moved my entire family here. I appreciate the faith the fans have shown us. The players and organization understand and recognize how valuable and great the fans are. It’s awesome to be in Winnipeg in front of that group. We just want to give them more.”
O’Shea was pressed on his controversial decision to try a 61-yard field goal rather than gamble on a third and four in the dieing seconds of Sunday’s 32-31 west semi-final loss to the B.C. Lions and he said he is comfortable with the process he went through and would make the same decision again.
O’Shea showed a sense of humor in discussing the status of quarterback Matt Nichols, who is eligible for free agency in February. O’Shea said there is no doubt Nichols is the quarterback they can with a championship with. In terms of where the re-signing of Nichols is on the priority list, O’Shea said “higher than me.”
O’Shea’s final comments pretty much removed any doubt about whether or not he will return. “There are lots of things we can improve on but I believe we have a lot of guys, we have a core group of young guys that are really into what we’re trying to do and want to do it the right way with the right people. So I think we have a pretty good start on next year.”