The Revolving Door 15 years of Bomber brass that got us nowhere

Introduction

After another dismal season for the Blue Bombers, the team fired GM Joe Mack on Aug. 9 and Tim Burke on Nov. 12.

Many general managers and head coaches have given their best effort to guide the Bombers to a Grey Cup without succeeding.

Here is a look at some of those changing faces over the last 15 years.

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Tim Burke

2012-2013

Position: Head Coach

Tim Burke has been released as head coach of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Burke joined the Blue Bomber coaching staff prior to the 2011 season in the role of defensive coordinator, before taking over on an interim basis in August of 2011 and officially being named head coach on Nov. 1, 2012.

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Garth Buchko

2012-2013

Position: CEO

Buchko stepped down unexpectedly on Aug. 9 after he was only named president and CEO of the football club in January 2012.

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Joe Mack

2010-2013

Position: General Manager

Record: 21-39

Mack was fired on Aug. 9.

The organization has been under fire lately from fans, with many demanding Mack be axed.

According to a report in the Winnipeg Free Press, Buchko earlier this week advised the team's board of directors to fire Mack.

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Joe Mack

2010-2013

Position: General Manager

Record: 21-39

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Paul LaPolice

2010-2012

Position: Head Coach

Record: 16-28

LaPolice, 43, was in his third season in Winnipeg.

Joe Mack, the team's vice-president and general manager, said the decision to fire LaPolice was "building over the season" and wasn't a knee-jerk reaction.

He cited a lack of improvement in the offence, undisciplined play and a losing record as factors in his decision.

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Mike Kelly

2009

Position: Head Coach & General Manager

The team had backed the beleaguered and controversial Kelly after a poor first season as Winnipeg's head coach.

The Bombers seven-win, 11-loss 2009 campaign was marred by a number of outbursts by Kelly that caused some fans to balk because of his perceived arrogance.

He was also sometimes rude and abrupt with the media and was fined $2,000 by the CFL for his "continued pattern of disrespectful behaviour towards the media."

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Brendan Taman

2004-2008

Position: General Manager

Taman resigned as vice-president of player personnel on Jan. 13, 2009.

"We are truly sorry to see Brendan leave after all that he has given to this organization over the years," said then-Bombers president and CEO Lyle Bauer. "We need to respect his decision and wish him nothing but the best in the future."

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Doug Berry

2006-2008

Position: Head Coach

Record: 27-26-1

Berry, 65, guided the Canadian Football League team to three straight playoff appearances and signed a two-year contract extension with the club at the start of the 2008 season.

"This move has been made in what the club believes is in the best interest of the on-field product," Bombers then-president Lyle Bauer said in a statement at the time of Berry's firing. "We thank Doug for his contribution over the past three years and wish him the best in the future."

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Jim Daley

2004-2005

Position: Head Coach

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Dave Ritchie

1999-2004

Position: Head Coach (1999-2004) & General Manager (2002-2003)

Record: 52-44-1-1

After a dreadful start to the 2004 CFL campaign, the Dave Ritchie era was over in Winnipeg.

Ritchie, who earned a well-deserved reputation of turning troubled clubs around, was in the final year of his contract and was already under the gun when stripped of the title of vice-president of football operations by Bombers then-president Lyle Bauer over the off-season.

"Sitting back and hoping things will turn around is not acceptable," Bauer said. "Hope is not a method."

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Lyle Bauer

2000-2001

Position: General Manager

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Ken Bishop

1999

Position: General Manager

Bombers then-president Bob Miles said it was time to go in a new direction.

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Jeff Reinebold

1997-1998

Position: Head Coach & General Manager

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