The Montreal Alouettes made headlines on Wednesday with the firing of head coach Jacques Chapdelaine and defensive co-ordinator Noel Thorpe. Chapdelaine’s replacement will be Kavis Reed, who was part of the Alouettes coaching staff the last two season (last year as special teams co-ordinator and this year as special teams co-ordinator and assistant head coach) in addition to being the general manager.
A major reason why Reed was hired for the head coach position instead of veteran Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo is probably because of head coaching experience. He spent three seasons as the Eskimos head coach from 2011 to 2013.
Even though Calvillo has not officially returned to his role as offensive co-ordinator, (still listed as the Alouettes quarterbacks coach), in all essence he is the Alouettes new offensive co-ordinator as he is in charge of offensive play calling duties.
Meanwhile, Greg Quick, who was in charge of the Alouettes linebackers, will replace Thorpe in defensive play calling duties. However, there is talk that Montreal might be interested in bringing veteran defensive coaching expert Rich Stubler into the organization in some capacity. It does not take a brain surgeon to think that he will want to be the defensive co-ordinator if hired. Stubler and Reed have experience working together in Toronto and Edmonton.
The firing of Thorpe is an interesting decision, because the Alouettes seemed to be better on defense than offense at the moment. Their 221 points scored is the second worst in the CFL.
Hilariously, in the very weak CFL East, the Alouettes are still in contention for a division title despite having a record of three wins and eight losses. They are only three points back of the Ottawa Redblacks, who are at 4-7-1.
Alouettes fans will hope Montreal follows down the same path as Hamilton, who made a coaching change on August 24, and have since won two straight games over Toronto and Ottawa.