The changes continue in Winnipeg, and the former Esks continue to jump ship, as it was announced officially Tuesday that Mike Kelly has added Rick Campbell and Ronnie Vinklarek as assistant coaches to the Blue Bombers. The new assistants are the third and fourth former Esks coaches to join the new Winnipeg staff, along with coach Mike Kelly and defensive coordinator Mark Nelson.
Campbell, the son of former Esks great coach Hugh Campbell, had served as defensive coordinator in Edmonton for the past decade. Campbell was let go in Edmonton following the hiring of new Esks coach Richie Hall, who hired Jim Daley as his defensive coordinator. Vinklarek worked with the Esk offense along with Kelly last season in Edmonton.
Campbell is due to handle defensive back duties and special teams as well. Campbell was a member of two Grey Cup champion teams in Edmonton. Vinklarek will join Kelly on the offensive side of the ball, as he has been hired as an offensive line coach and will also help out the running backs.
Mike Kelly appears to be more than happy with the staff he now has at his disposal. "I am extremely proud, honored, and humbled that every one of these guys wanted to join me," he told TSN Tuesday. "We promise you that we will do our best to work diligently and smartly to make our football players better."
The activity and changes in Winnipeg have happened early and often, and it does not appear that Kelly and company will slow down anytime soon.