Argos hire former Bombers coach Tim Burke

New Argos defensive co-ordinator Tim Burke. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

New Argos defensive co-ordinator Tim Burke. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)


, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

TORONTO - The search for a new Argonauts defensive co-ordinator took head coach Scott Milanovich a good 30 seconds.

ďAs soon as Chris (Jones) left (to become head coach of the Edmonton Eskimos last week) and I knew Tim (Burke) was available, he was the only one I talked to,Ē Milanovich said on a conference call after the Argos confirmed Burke would be the teamís new D boss on Thursday morning.

The decision made sense on a whole bunch of levels for the Argos and Burke, who takes over a Toronto defence that played superb football during the 2012 Grey Cup season but couldnít maintain that level of excellence throughout 2013.

While Burke had a rough one-plus season run as head coach of the Blue Bombers, which ended after a 3-15 campaign this year, his record as a defensive co-ordinator is outstanding. Prior to taking the top job in Winnipeg, Burke went to four straight Grey Cups as a defensive co-ordinator ó the first three with the Montreal Alouettes (including wins in 2009 and 2010) and then in 2011 with the Bombers.