WINNIPEG — It was an off-season of change from top to bottom in Winnipeg, and they’re hoping the changes get them back into the post-season conversation.
The 2013 campaign proved to be a rough one for a Winnipeg team that was just two years removed from a Grey Cup appearance.
While their off-season got underway a little earlier than they may have preferred, the Bombers quickly went to work on establishing the foundation for change.
First, an executive staff, spearheaded by President and CEO Wade Miller and GM Kyle Walters, was given the keys to do whatever they please with the franchise.
The two promptly put together a strong front office and a refreshed coaching staff.
The roster also underwent some major renovations, as the new staff went to work trying to improve the team for 2014.
If that wasn’t enough change the Bombers, will move to the West Division in order to make room for the incoming Ottawa REDBLACKS.
With the Grey Cup Playoffs underway, and the Bombers already well into their off-season planning, Walters announced that head coach Tim Burke would not be returning as the head coach of the team, and that he would soon begin his search for a new sideline boss.
They would then swing a pair of trades with a pair of West Division rivals.
First, they acquired their biggest piece of the off-season in quarterback Drew Willy, who O’Shea promptly named their starting pivot. In exchange for their new QB, the Bombers shipped Canadian receiver Jade Etienne the other way.