THE CANADIAN PRESS
WINNIPEG -- Chad Simpson knows the only way to make things better in Winnipeg is by winning football games.
And after a rough week, the Bomber tailback hopes tonight's game is the first of many.
President and chief executive officer Garth Buchko and general manager Joe Mack were dismissed last Friday, followed by a switch at starting quarterback, the signing of a new kicker and the hiring of an offensive consultant.
“The changes were made for the better of the team and that helps get rid of a degree of worry right there,” Simpson said after practice Thursday. “But it's very important that we start winning now. The more we lose, then the more people go and we don't want to have that.”
|Losing turns into departures|
- RB, Chad Simpson
Keeping track of all the upheaval almost requires a flow chart.
Former Bombers fullback Wade Miller replaced Buchko as acting CEO and promptly fired Mack, bumping assistant GM Kyle Walters into Mack's spot on an acting basis.
Out on the field, head coach Tim Burke went with his offensive staff's decision to use their third starting quarterback this season, handing the reins to CFL rookie Max Hall for the Hamilton game in place of Justin Goltz. However, Goltz drops to No. 3 on the depth chart and veteran ex-starter Buck Pierce is Hall's backup.
Former Hamilton head coach Marcel Bellefeuille was then hired to be a consultant for the offence on Monday and the club signed veteran kicker Sandro DeAngelis on Tuesday. He'll replace place-kicker Justin Palardy against the Ticats.
“Here's what I said to (the players) early in the week,” said Burke. “I said, 'Well, why do you think the CEO and the GM got let go?' And the answer was, 'Because we're not winning enough games.' I said, 'That's exactly right so let's get it going.”'
Burke admitted he didn't get much sleep early in the week and that it was “one of the more stressful” weeks in his life, but he's more positive after some good practices and senses more urgency in his players.
One of the most excited players on the eve of the Winnipeg's attempt to win its first game in new Investors Group Field is Hall, whose last start was in 2010 with the NFL's Arizona Cardinals.