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Redblacks fire coach Paul LaPolice with 3-11 record

Sep 2, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Alouettes defensive back Wesley Sutton (37) tackles Ottawa Redblacks wide receiver Nate Behar (80) during the fourth quarter at Percival Molson Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: David Kirouac-USA TODAY Sports

The Ottawa Redblacks fired head coach Paul LaPolice on Saturday after a 3-11 start to the 2022 CFL season.

Special teams coordinator Bob Dyce will serve as interim head coach for the final four games of the regular season.

“I have enjoyed working with Paul and thank him for his contributions to this team over the past two seasons; today isn’t an easy day,” said Redblacks general manager Shawn Burke. “In this business, sometimes a change is required to help move a team forward and that’s what we’ve done here. We’re fortunate to have a coach of Bob Dyce’s caliber and experience able to step up and take on this role.”

The move came one day after Ottawa’s 34-19 loss at the BC Lions, the Redblacks’ third straight defeat.

LaPolice was hired in December 2019. The 2020 season was canceled amid the COVID-19 pandemic and he compiled a 6-22 overall record.

“Paul is a excellent man who has put everything he has into this job. But, unfortunately, we haven’t won nearly enough games,” said CEO Mark Goudie. “We are committed to getting back to what RNation deserves which is exciting and winning football.”

Ottawa’s next game will be against the Montreal Alouettes on Oct. 10.

–Field Level Media

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