The CFL team fired its head coach on Saturday and replaced him with defensive co-ordinator Tim Burke.
Just months after LaPolice was given a two-year contract extension, the Bombers stumbled out of the gates this season and went 0-4. Winnipeg didn’t register its first win until a 23-22 home victory against the Edmonton Eskimos on July 26.
LaPolice came to Winnipeg after three season in Saskatchewan, first as a receivers coach, then as offensive co-ordinator as the Riders went to the 2009 Grey Cup final. He became Winnipeg’s 28th head coach when he was hired Feb. 5, 2010.
“This was an extremely difficult decision to make especially when dealing with the kind of quality individual as Paul is,” Blue Bombers vice-president and general manager Joe Mack in a statement. “As the season has progressed, and looking back on how we struggled throughout the second half of the year in 2011, we have become increasingly concerned with the direction of our club and felt this was in the best interest of our entire organization.”