The Toronto Argonauts made Canadian Football League headlines this week in announcing that Anthony Calvillo will join them as their quarterbacks coach. Calvillo will be working closely with Argonauts quarterbacks Ricky Ray and James Franklin, who the Argonauts acquired from the Edmonton Eskimos in a trade on December 12.
Calvillo, is one of the greatest quarterbacks in CFL history. The three-time CFL Most Outstanding Player, Calvillo has the records for most career touchdown passes (455), most career passing yards (79816) and most career completions (5892).
Calvillo now joins the Marc Trestman-Jim Popp alliance in Toronto. Calvillo, Trestman and Popp were altogether in Montreal and won back-to-back Grey Cups in 2009 and 2010 over the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Over the last three seasons, Calvillo has held multiple roles with the Alouettes coaching staff. They include receivers coach, co-offensive co-ordinator with former Winnipeg Blue Bombers and Roughriders quarterback Ryan Dinwiddie, offensive co-ordinator and quarterbacks coach.
In his new position in Toronto, it will be interesting to see how much power Calvillo will have with the Argonauts offense while working with Trestman and offensive co-ordinator Tommy Condell, who was in charge of the Argonauts receivers in 2017.
A spot was made available in Toronto when Marcus Brady was named the assistant quarterbacks coach of the Indianapolis Colts. Brady, who held both positions of quarterbacks coach and offensive co-ordinator last season as the Argonauts won the 2017 Grey Cup, will be working closely with new Colts head coach Frank Reich.
Reich, is entering his first year as a NFL head coach after 11 seasons as an assistant coach with the Colts, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles. As a NFL quarterback, Reich delivered the greatest comeback in NFL playoff history on January 3, 1993 in the AFC Wildcard Game. Down 35-3 in the third quarter, Reich helped the Buffalo Bills beat the Houston Oilers 41-38. What was Reich’s connection to the CFL? Well, the opposing quarterback on the Oilers side was the legendary Warren Moon, who led the Edmonton Eskimos to five straight Grey Cups from 1978 to 1982. One would argue that the 1992 Houston Oilers team was one of the best Oilers squads that had a chance of winning the Super Bowl.