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Re: Official 2012 CFL Thread Popp said that he does not expect a GM job offer from the NFL, so that means Popp most likely will be back in 2013.
Eskimos learned today that old lesson: You snooze; you lose. They had an opening for their offensive coordinator since before the season ended. Everybody knew they wanted George Cortez. So what happens? Rider Nation picks him up after only a few days after Corey Chamblin first contacted him.
Wait a minute. Riders already had Bob Dyce in that position. Guess Dyce is getting a demotion. Maybe he will be like Marcus Crandell and end up as the quarterback coach.
Speaking of the Eskimos, it looks like they released Steven Jyles. Will there be interest elsewhere? Eric Tillman is not a GM anywhere, so I say most likely not.
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We now know that Chris Jones will not be coaching the Als next season. Sounds like Jones was not close at all at getting the job. Wonder if there is any dirt behind the scenes on why his name was pulled relatively quickly? Reason I asked this is Jones and Popp are supposedly not the best of buddies. Maybe that is the main reason.
Kavis Reed might actually announce an offensive coordinator within a week or so. About time. Hope it is worth the wait. Eskimos need to figure out what to do at qb. They already let go Jyles, probably will let go Joseph, and are unsure about Nichols' injury from last year. They might be interested in McPherson, but that is hardly a sure thing in my opinion. Let's see if they can out-maneuver the Bombers and get Reilly (or somebody else) that can be an unquestioned #1 quarterback.
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Not very classy move by the Lions The B.C. Lions have announced that longtime receiver Geroy Simon has been traded to the Saskatchewan Roughriders
Sarcasm is the bodys natural defense against stupidity.
Writing was on the wall that Simon was not going to be back for 2013. After he was injured late in the year, the Lions were not overly concerned about his return. In one game after his return, Simon was even asked at halftime if he was surprised that passes were actually being thrown his way. Hence, the coaching staff had already decided that Simon was no longer their #1 receiver or even a significant contributor in the future. With that being known, something had to give since Simon's salary for 2013 would far outweigh his contribution on the field.
Reduced playing time would probably have been okay with Simon, but then he would have also have to take a big salary cut. If you are a football team managing a salary cap, you have to pay your productive player more than your less productive players. Simon was not willing to take THAT MUCH of a salary reduction. That is actually reasonable as Simon is nearing the end of his career. This negotiating with the Riders have been going on for over a month now. Evidently, the Riders feel that Simon would be one of their better receivers and are willing give him less of a pay cut than if he had stayed with the Lions.
So to me, there were no losers in this trade. Lions just needed Simon's salary to spend on other players. Same thing applied to Arland Bruce and Byron Parker. Riders got a receiver who they think can help them. And probably most of important of all, Simon gets the salary he thinks he deserves. That is how the business of sports works. I thought the process was actually done with some class.
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Re: Official 2012 CFL Thread Eskimos named Doug Sams as offensive coordinator. Honestly, I did not even know he was the quarterback coach with the Ti-Cats last year. I know their first choice was George Cortez, so maybe this is the next best thing.
Kavis Reed also named former Rider head coach Greg Marshall as defensive coordinator. Another wait a minute moment. I don't remember Mark Nelson being removed from that position. Just like Crandell, it looks like Nelson will be demoted (to linebacker coach). Marshall should be fine as long as he is not required to give any motivational speeches. Luckily, Reed is good in that department.
It looks like everybody in the CFL is done filling their coaching staff except Montreal. Als have almost nobody. It looks like leftovers or folks with little or no CFL experience for the Als unless they raid other teams.
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Ottawa Redblacks??? Yuck!!! Even though most polls gave that name a thumbs-down in the neighborhood of 90% against, it seems like owner Jeff Hunt is strongly in favor of that name.
Word sounds like the derogatory term used to describe illegal immigrants who swim across the border. Name also sounds like the team is named after TSN announcer Rod Black which again is not a compliment.
Hunt's theory is that it does not matter what the name is called. It is what they represent that is most important. I say why make yourselves the laughing-stock of team names when you can avoid it.
Redblacks is horrible...but strangely, Rouge et Noir has a nice ring to it, in direct comparison to Laval University's sports teams.
I would like to see a name representative of Ottawa. I don't really care if the "R" stays.
Maybe Les Capitales. It's too bad '67's is taken. Even "Rivermen" or "Raftsmen" would work. Or for fun, Beavertails.
I'm a man, but I can change. If I have to. I guess.
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At least Ed Hervey learned a lesson from being too slow in getting George Cortez. Instead of waiting 2 weeks for free agency to start, Hervey gets aggressive and trades for Mike Reilly. Looks like the Eskimos expect Reilly to be the starter and not Matt Nichols.
Bomber supporters were hoping that Reilly might go there instead. With quarterback options being reduced by one, it looks more likely it will be Buck Pierce + nothing-special backups once again for 2013.
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Hervey is at it again. Jerome Messam gets traded to the Als for a 6th round draft choice. This tells me that the Eskimos either do not think he is worth the money and/or they think Messam has lost it. As both the Lions and Stamps have non-import starting backs, you would think that a 2011-Messam who was named top Canadian would have some sort of value. Apparently, not much.
Als probably wanted him for a few reasons. One is that they got him for not much. Secondly, they are unsure of the status of Brandon Whitaker. Whitaker had a season-ending injury last year and can be a free agent in a week. Even if he is 100% healthy, Popp probably figures he can use Messam on the roster to potentially lower what Whitaker is willing to sign for. I do not see them playing together for the Als. Only way is if one is injured or one is on the practice roster. Of course, Whitaker could just sign elsewhere in a week or so
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So the Als think that their unconventional formula for selecting head coaches (which resulted in Marc Trestman in 5 years ago) is a winner. That means another coach with no CFL experience: Dan Hawkins. Rumor has it that Mike Miller will be the offensive coordinator who likewise has no CFL experience. Let me put it this way. I am sure that I watched more than 76 times the number of games (there were 77 played) that they did put together. It might turn out that Hawkins and Miller are fantastic CFL coaches. My point is that the odds are against them.
So much for last year's coordinators Marcus Crandell and Mark Nelson coming back in 2013. Strange in that the Eskimos did not put out a release saying they were gone and then search for replacements. Instead, replacements were found and then the only way you knew they were gone was when the Eskimos put out a press release naming the 2013 staff.
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Als had to put somebody in the coaching staff with CFL experience, so they hired Doug Berry, Mark Nelson, and Ryan Dinwiddie. Hmmm. Maybe the Als can get Kevin Glenn so we can hear about Glenn getting injured in the Eastern Finals & Dinwiddie starting in the Grey Cup yet again.
Personally, I was hoping the Als (or anybody) would hire LaPolice. It is not as though I think he is that great of a coach. It is just that he struggled badly as an on-camera personality on TSN.
Here's the actual Als press release, since there's so many new names...
Dan Hawkins named the Montreal Alouettes 20th head coach
Montreal, February 19, 2013 - Montreal, February 19, 2013 - Montreal Alouettes owner Bob Wetenhall and team General Manager Jim Popp announced on Tuesday that Dan Hawkins will become the club's 20th head coach.
Hawkins arrives in Montreal following a long and successful career in the U.S. college ranks, including an impressive 112-61-1 combined record as a head coach at the college level, including stints with both Boise State and the University of Colorado.
"I am delighted to welcome Dan Hawkins to the Alouettes family as our new head coach," said Wetenhall. "Dan comes to us with a distinguished coaching career in major US college football. Dan is especially well known in his profession for the contributions he made to the personal lives of his players as beyond just the science of football, he's by nature a teacher and an unusually fine human being."
"During our selection process we have had extensive interviews with many fine candidates with an emphasis on candidates from Quebec, the rest of Canada and both the professional and college coaching ranks in the US," continued the Alouettes owner. At the end of this process, it became clear to us that Dan was the best candidate at this time in the Alouettes history. We are looking ahead to his continuing the tradition of the Alouettes' success. Dan very well understands my three goals for the franchise, to institutionalize the Alouettes in Montreal, to make meaningful contributions to the community we serve and to win football games."
The 52-year-old got his first taste of the CFL last winter as a guest coach with the Alouettes, working with the team's coaching staff during the offseason meetings while also getting familiarized with the Alouettes roster. He signed a three-year deal.
"We welcome Dan, his wife Misti, and their family to the Montreal Alouettes family," said Popp. "Dan Hawkins is a successful, passionate football coach with a great ability to communicate and motivate the players, coaches, and all who are surrounding him. We welcome his talents to lead our football team in the class room, on the field, and in the community."
Hawkins burst onto the coaching scene with Boise State where he compiled a 53-11 record (.828) over his five seasons, leading the Broncos to victories in the Humanitarian Bowl (2002) and the Fort Worth Bowl (2003).
In the process of leading Boise State to four-straight Western Athletic Conference titles from 2002 to 2005, Hawkins also guided the Broncos to an incredible 31-consecutive wins over conference opponents, while his 53 wins to start his NCAA Division 1 coaching career rank him fourth all-time in the modern era for wins by a rookie coach over their first five seasons. Known for his explosive offences, Hawkins led Boise State to three 500-plus point seasons, including one 602-point campaign.
Prior to coaching at Boise State, Hawkins led the Willamette University Bearcats to 40-11-1 record in four seasons as their head coach, bringing the team to the NCAA Division II National Championship game in 1997. Prior to that, he was defensive coordinator at Sonoma State University for one season after three years as offensive coordinator at the College of the Siskiyous. The last two seasons he served as an analyst on ESPN following five years as head coach at the University of Colorado.
Hawkins has already chosen his coaching staff for the 2013 season and the following coaches will work with him this year:
Mike Miller, Assistant Head Coach, Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach
Last season, Miller completed his sixth season with the Arizona Cardinals and second as the club's offensive coordinator. The Pittsburgh, PA native spent two seasons as the passing game coordinator in 2009 and 2010 and served as wide receivers coach in 2007 and 2008, working extensively with Pro Bowlers LarryFitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. In 2008, Miller helped his receivers reach the peak of the game as Fitzgerald, Bolding and Steve Breaston became only the fifth 1,000 yard receiving trio in NFL history. This was the same season which saw the Cardinals reach Super Bowl XLIII where the passing game flourished reeling in 377 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Noel Thorpe, Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach
Thorpe enters his first season as the Alouettes defensive coordinator after spending the last two seasons with the Université de Montréal Carabins in the CIS. In 2012, with Thorpe as the team's first-year defensive coordinator, the Carabins finished the season with an impressive 8-1 record while boasting the top defence in the country, allowing only 102 points in nine games. He was also the head coach of the gold-medal-winning Team Canada squad IFAF U19 World Championship that same year in Austin, TX. Thorpe was the Special Teams Coordinator for the Alouettes from 2003 to 2007.
Ray Rychleski, Special Teams Coordinator
Rychleski was the Indianapolis Colts' special teams coordinator at from 2009 to 2011, contributing to the team's success in his first season, with the Colts beginning the 2009 season with 14 straight wins on their road to Super Bowl XLIV. He was also part of the coaching staff which won an NFL-record 23-straight regular season games. In 2009, the Colts finished seventh in the NFL in average starting field position for the offence. In his three years with Indianapolis, the team maintained the third-best successful field goal percentage, in addition to blocking two punts and scoring three touchdowns on special teams. Prior to joining the Colts, Rychleski coached in the NCAA for 28 years, most recently with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks where he was special teams coordinator and tight ends coach in 2008, helping Steve Spurrier's squad reach the Outback Bowl.
Doug Berry, Senior Advisor to the Head Coach
Berry, 64, coached in the CFL for over a decade, spending seven seasons with the Montreal Alouettes, three seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and most recently with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Berry served as the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator for the Roughriders in 2010 and 2011. During his stint with the Roughriders, he helped led the team to a Grey Cup berth and worked closely with quarterback Darian Durant, who led the CFL in passing yards in Berry's first season with Saskatchewan. He entered the CFL back in 1999 when he assumed the role as the offensive line coach with the Montreal Alouettes - a position he held for four seasons. During his time in Montreal, the Alouettes appeared in four Grey Cups and captured the championship in 2002. Under his tenure, Montreal produced three players who were named the league's outstanding linemen including Uzooma Okeke (1999), Pierre Vercheval (2000) and Bryan Chiu (2002).
Frank Verducci, Offensive Line Coach
The native of Glen Ridge, New Jersey coached eight seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns (2007-08), Buffalo Bills (2004-05), Dallas Cowboys (2002) and the Cincinnati Bengals (1999-2001). Prior to moving to professional ranks, Verducci spent 19 seasons in collegiate football at the University of Iowa (1985-1986 and 1989-1998), Northwestern University (1987-1988), Northern Illinois (1984), Maryland (1981-83) and Colorado State (1980). Verducci's served as the Cowboys' offensive line coach which helped pave the way for legendary running back Emmitt Smith to break the all-time NFL rushing record in 2002. In Dallas, he also coached Larry Allen, who is slated to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Verducci also spent two years with Buffalo, including one season as an assistant offensive line and tight ends coach in 2004 before being promoted to offensive line coach in 2005. Under his watch, Bills running back Willis McGahee rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in the NFL and scored 18 touchdowns over that two-year span.
Mark Speckman, Running Backs Coach
Mark Speckman became head coach of the Menlo College Oaks last season after achieving remarkable success at both the college and high school level. Speckman is mainly known for his achievements at Willamette University, having coached the Bearcats for 17 seasons, including 14 years as the head coach. During his tenure as head coach at Willamette, he posted an overall record of 82-59 (.582) over 14 seasons starting from 1998 to 2011. He also ranks third all-time at Willamette in career wins. The Belmont, California native led the Bearcats to NCAA Division III playoff berths in 1999, 2004 and 2008.
Erik Campbell, Wide Receivers Coach
Campbell, 47, spent the last five seasons as wide receiver coach at the University of Iowa. He also coached the tight ends in his first two years at Iowa beginning in 2008. He joined the Iowa staff after serving as an assistant head coach and receivers coach with the Michigan Wolverines for 13 seasons from 1995 to 2007. During his tenure at Michigan, the 47-year-old groomed some of the school's top wide receivers including future NFL first-round picks: Braylon Edwards, David Terrell and Charles Woodson, with the latter also claiming the Hesiman Trophy. He also oversaw the development of Amani Toomer, a second-round draft pick of the New York Giants (1996); Jason Avant, a fourth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles (2006); Steve Breaston, a fifth-round selection of the Arizona Cardinals (2007).
Keith Willis, Defensive Line Coach
Last season, Willis completed his sixth season as the defensive line coach for North Carolina State Wolfpack having been with the team from 2007 to 2012. In 2012, the Wolfpack played in the Music City Bowl falling short to the Vanderbilt Commodores. The Newark, NJ native saw his defensive unit create havoc behind the line of scrimmage as seven players recorded a minimum of two sacks last season. In 2008, he helped guide a Wolfpack defence that ranked 20th nationally by forcing 28 turnovers. Prior to joining North Carolina State, the 53-year-old served as the defensive line coach for the Boston College Eagles from 2001 to 2006. Willis had a long playing career as a defensive lineman before becoming a coach, spending 12 years in the NFL and recording a 59 career quarterback sacks. He played for the Pittsburgh Steelers for 10 seasons and then for the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills for one season each.
Mark Nelson, Linebackers Coach
Nelson arrives with the Alouettes with 24 years of coaching experience at the professional and collegiate ranks. Most recently, the 56-year-old spent the 2012 season as the Edmonton Eskimos defensive coordinator and linebackers coach helping his team lead the league in interceptions (28) and for most interception return yards (445). He spent the 2009 season with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Prior to that, Nelson spent 12 years with a number of teams within the NCAA. Nelson broke into professional football coaching with the Edmonton Eskimos in 1992, winning the a Grey Cup in 1993. He left Edmonton to join the San Antonio Texans for the 1995 season before heading back North to serve as the defensive line coach with the Toronto Argonauts in 1996, where he won his second Grey Cup ring.
Jean-Marc Edmé, Defensive Assistant / Football Operations Assistant
Edmé enters his sixth season with the Alouettes and will continue working as the team's Defensive Assistant/Football Operations Assistant. His responsibilities will include working with the defensive line and assisting the defensive staff with opponent-scouting, playbook drawing, handling scouting reports, personnel, formation tendencies, and consult with in-game situations. During the offseason, Edme works in the Alouettes football operations department, assisting the personnel team in evaluating prospects that are eligible in the CFL draft, potential free agents and helping organize and evaluate prospects in open tryout camps.
Ryan Dinwiddie, Offensive Quality Control Coach
Ryan Dinwiddie makes his coaching debut in 2013 where he will be reunited with Alouettes' head coach Dan Hawkins, who coached the former standout quarterback at Boise State University from 2001 to 2003. Dinwiddie passed for 9,818 yards and 82 touchdowns with the Broncos over that span. Dinwiddie first joined the Alouettes' practice roster near the end of the 2005 season after spending time with the Hamburg Sea Devils in NFL Europe and attending the Chicago Bears' training camp. In 2006, he signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, making his first CFL start against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the 2007 Grey Cup, a narrow 23-19 loss to the Riders
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CFL Coach of the Year
Toronto's Scott Milanovich named 2012 CFL Coach of the Year beating out BC's Mike Benevides and Calgary's John Hufnagel.
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Re: Official 2012 CFL Thread Rumor has it that the Burke likes Justin Goltz and will name him as the #1 quarterback going into training camp. This would mean that Buck Pierce will not be there or will only be a backup. Hard to say whether Goltz is that much better than other qb's on the Bombers roster. It could be that he has played less that Pierce, Alex Brink, or Joey Elliott so that the coaches have seen fewer flaws in his game. You know, grass is greener on the other side.
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Austin hires Eric Tillman as a consultant for the Ti-Cats. News is not that surprising. At least this is much better than if the Argos hired him. The later would have been a conspiracy theorist's field day as everybody would have reexamined the Ricky Ray trade all over again.
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B.C. gets the 2014 Grey Cup again...........cool.