Sticking around an easy D-cision for Burke

IAN BUSBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 7:26 AM ET

Even though Tim Burke isn't in charge of the defence anymore, he jumped at a chance to remain with the Calgary Stampeders.

Burke, who finished the season as defensive co-ordinator after replacing the fired Denny Creehan, was retained yesterday as a defensive assistant.

The Stamps hired Chris Jones as defensive co-ordinator Thursday and announced yesterday Burke will stay on board for 2008.

"I'm excited. Calgary is a great town and I've made some friends here," Burke said. "I like a lot of the players we have, so I'm glad to be back with them. "

The club also announced defensive-line coach Casey Creehan, son of Denny, will not be back.

Once another defensive assistant is hired, the defence will be divided up between the three coaches.

Burke arrived in 2005 and coached the defensive backs before adding co-ordinating duties late this season.

He switched the defence from three-four to a four-three front and was able to improve the run defence in that time.

"One thing is Chris felt comfortable with me because we have similar philosophies on defence," Burke said. "What we did at the end of the year was a lot more similar to what Montreal does than what we have done before. That will make for an easier transition."


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