Paul LaPolice to be named head coach of the Ottawa Redblacks

According to TSN’s Dave Naylor, Paul LaPolice is going to be named the new head coach of the Ottawa Redblacks.

LaPolice has spent the past four seasons as the offensive coordinator of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. Winnipeg’s offence flourished under LaPolice, helping the team earn four consecutive playoff berths along with a Grey Cup victory in 2019.

Matt Nichols and Zach Collaros flourished in the veteran coach’s system, performing well after being cast-off by other franchises. LaPolice’s system is quarterback-friendly, prioritizing ball control and the run game.

Ottawa is in desperate need of a facelift on offence. Quarterbacks Dominique Davis and Jonathon Jennings struggled mightily in 2019 with the Redblacks finishing at the bottom in most statistical categories.

A 3-15 finished prompted then-head coach Rick Campbell to part ways with the team. The Redblacks appeared in three Grey Cups during Campbell’s six-year tenure, winning one in 2016. Campbell has since surfaced as the new head coach of the B.C. Lions.

LaPolice has 17 years of coaching experience in the CFL, including three stints as an offensive coordinator: Winnipeg, 2002-2003; Saskatchewan, 2008-2009; and Winnipeg, 2016-2019.

The 49-year-old also served as the Blue Bombers’ head coach from 2010 to 2012, leading the team to a Grey Cup appearance in 2011. He was fired by general manager Joe Mack in 2012 after the team started the season 2-6.