“Obviously a decision like this is a very difficult one to make on many levels,” head coach Mike O’Shea stated in a press release from the football club.
“The reality of the situation is such that we simply weren’t good enough on the defensive side of the football this season, and felt that we needed to go in a different direction in this regard. Gary is a good man and good football coach, and the Blue Bombers wish him well moving forward.”
O’Shea added the future for the rest of the team's defensive staff is up in the air.
“The defensive staff are not under contract for next season, however the incoming defensive coordinator will have the opportunity to move forward with any of these coaches if he sees fit,” he said.
A CFL veteran, Etcheverry helped lead the Saskatchewan Roughriders defence to back-to-back Grey Cup appearances in 2009 and 2010. He was also head coach of the Toronto Argonauts in 2002 and defensive coordinator of the 2004 Ottawa Renegades.
He was with the Bombers for the 2014 season after being hired in February.