So much for that great coaching staff former head man Paul LaPolice assembled for the Blue Bombers.
That's what head coach Tim Burke told us recently: that Coach LaPo left him with an excellent staff that he'd like to see return.
Thursday, word leaked out that Burke has told linebackers coach Chip Garber, his defacto defensive co-ordinator during his stint as interim head coach, to look for work elsewhere.
So now the Bombers are looking for at least two new coaches on defence, with the linebackers, defensive backs (Burke's old responsibility) and overall defence in need of help.
Speculation already has Hamilton defensive co-ordinator and former Winnipeg assistant Casey Creehan reuniting with Burke, which could lead to shudders or cheers depending on how you look at it.
Creehan got rave reviews as the Bombers D-line coach in 2011. But his defence drove Ticats fans stark raving mad this past season.
There's another name out there who appears ready, willing and able: Greg Marshall.
The longtime defensive specialist has been enjoying some time off since Saskatchewan fired him as head coach midway through the 2011 campaign.
But he says one year away from the league is enough.
"I'm interested in getting back in and seeing what the options are," Marshall told QMI Agency on Thursday. "I'm open to anything right now. But I want to get back into coaching."
Marshall doesn't have a history of working with Burke the way Creehan does, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a better resume.
Not sure if Marshall's philosophies fit with Burke's, although Burke praised his work a week ago, predicting he'd be back running a CFL defence soon enough.
Burke also told us Creehan has another year left on his Hamilton contract. So if he wants him, he'll have to hope he gets fired after a year that saw the Ticats give up the most passing yards in the league.
Debate the merits and optics of that picture as you like.
Whoever does take over might be surprised to find what awaits him: a star-studded defence.
Four of Winnipeg's 12 starters have been named East Division all-stars, and if that leaves you scratching your scalp, you're not alone.
Bryant Turner, who after July had to be reacquainted with the notion of a quarterback sack, made it on the D-line, along with promising newcomer Alex Hall.
But it's that shaky Winnipeg secondary that provides the primary puzzler: both Jovon Johnson and Jonathan Hefney cashed in on their all-star bonuses.
Both admittedly had bad years -- OK, only Johnson actually admitted it -- far off their stellar campaigns of last season.
Johnson had the distinction of being bad in two different positions, corner and linebacker.
This group was a quarterback's best friend: nobody picked off fewer passes or allowed more touchdowns through the air in 2012 than Winnipeg.
If that's not a scathing indictment of the CFL East, I don't know what is.
The good news is whoever takes over the Bomber defence will have a base of talent to work with.
Hefney and Johnson were, after all, two of the best defenders in the league a year ago, and Johnson has the hardware to prove it.
It's actually good to see Burke make his staff moves quickly, even if the Bombers won't make them public because of some silly CFL directive to keep such news quiet during the playoffs.
A league memo sent to all eight teams this week asks them to keep the spotlight "squarely trained on our positive momentum" and support a "media embargo" on hirings and firings until the Tuesday after the Grey Cup.
Unless you're Toronto, of course.
Somebody should tell the league that out here in the colonies, firing people after a 6-12 season is seen as a positive.