Bombers extend GM Mack's contract
By KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency
|The Bombers signed GM Joe Mack to an extension that will see him stay with the club through 2014. (QMI Agency/Files)
WINNIPEG - Now that Winnipeg Blue Bombers GM Joe Mack is on board for another three years, head coach Paul LaPolice won’t be far behind.
The Winnipeg Football Club on Thursday extended Mack’s contract until the end of 2014, and the GM said he will now look at adding to LaPolice’s deal, which expires at the end of this year.
“Paul knows that I’m very fond of him,” Mack said. “Paul and I will have further discussions when I get back (to Winnipeg) next week.”
The Mack/LaPolice regime is entering its third season, and it already has a Grey Cup appearance on its resume. Mack didn’t expect that to happen as quickly as it did, but he vowed to not stand still.
“We’re on the right path, and we just have to be diligent in making sure that we stay focused on moving forward,” Mack said. “Last year doesn’t really mean anything right now.”
Mack, who was Winnipeg’s director of player personnel in the 1980s, is a low-key GM who doesn’t like the spotlight and entrusts assistant GM Ross Hodgkinson to do much of the contract negotiating.
Mack and director of player personnel Ken Moll have a knack for finding quality import talent, and they have brought some solid players north. Mack likes young and inexpensive talent, and that philosophy got them to the title game last season.
Now they need to continue what they started. It is by no means the same situation, but head coach Doug Berry got a contract extension going into his third season in 2008 and was fired five months later after the team regressed.