He was right in the running to the very last. But, in the end, Greg Marshall was nipped at the finish line, once again.
Marshall, the former Eskimos and Renegades defensive co-ordinator, lost out to Doug Berry in his bid for the head coaching job with the Blue Bombers.
From his home in Edmonton yesterday, Marshall didn't try to hide his disappointment.
"I'm just sitting back today and regrouping a little bit," Marshall said. "It's been close a couple of times."
"At this point, I'm just trying to process this one," he said.