WINNIPEG -- The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced today that they have dismissed General Manager Joe Mack of his duties. The club also announced that Garth Buchko will no longer serve as CEO and will be replaced by Blue Bombers alumnus Wade Miller.
Mack was originally hired by the Bombers in January of 2010. In 2011, Mack's Blue Bombers enjoyed their best season under his tenure, finishing in first place in the East and earning a berth in the Grey Cup vs. BC. The Bombers missed the playoffs last season and were 21-39 during Mack's time at the helm.
Moving forward, one of Miller's most immediate tasks will be to hold discussions with both Assistant GM Kyle Walters and Head Coach Tim Burke to determine the critical next steps in football operations.
“Job one for me is football and all the hard work that will be required to strengthen our reputation and turn this organization into a competitive force whose traditions have long been such a critical part of the fabric of our community,” said Miller in a statement.
Miller, meanwhile, appeared in 167 career games over 11 seasons with Winnipeg after being selected in the fourth round of the 1995 CFL draft by the club. Twice an East Division all-star, Miller is the franchise leader in special-teams tackles with 184 and twice led the league in that category.
He wasted no time making hard decisions in his new role as it was his decision to relieve Mack of his duties.
"I'm not afraid to prove myself and let my results speak for myself,'' Miller told reporters. "I know the challenges that lie ahead, but I'm comfortable in growing a business and tackling everything that comes at me.''