Tim Burke didn't want head coaching job but "somebody had to do it."

Tim Burke knew he was in a bad situation when he was offered the Bombers head coaching job two...

Tim Burke knew he was in a bad situation when he was offered the Bombers head coaching job two seasons ago. He's now with the Argos after being fired by Winnipeg at the end of last season.

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:19 PM ET

Tim Burke returns to the scene of his crimes this week.

But when you think about it, the worst thing the former Winnipeg Blue Bombers head coach might have done was take the job in the first place.

“Quite honestly, I didn’t want to take the job,” Burke, now the defensive co-ordinator for the Toronto Argonauts, said during a conference call, Tuesday. “But somebody had to. I knew it was going to be really hard.”

Burke took over the Bombers job when then-GM Joe Mack fired Paul LaPolice midway through the 2012 season.

“When Paul got fired, I didn’t think that was the right thing to do,” Burke said. “I don’t believe in firing coaches in mid-season. It was a tough situation to go into. Because I knew we weren’t that talented, and I knew we were going to struggle.”

After managing a 4-6 record to finish that campaign, Burke couldn’t keep the ship from hitting the rocks the following year, winning just three of 18 games amidst a swill of poor quarterbacking, sho


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