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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

TSN: ALOUETTES FIRE CHAPDELAINE, THORPE

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The Montreal Alouettes have fired head coach Jacques Chapdelaine and defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe after a 3-8 start to the season, TSN CFL Insider Dave Naylor confirmed Wednesday. GM Kavis Reed will take over as interim HC.

Chapdelaine took over as head coach from Jim Popp last season on an interim basis, posting a 4-2 record over the final six games. He had the interim label removed in December when Kavis Reed was hired as general manager. Popp, who had also been serving as general manager, left the Alouettes in November once the season was over.

The Alouettes were blown out 41-18 by the B.C. Lions in their fourth straight loss on Friday and TSN Montreal 690's Rick Moffat reports the team held a players-only meeting on Monday. Moffat openly wondered in Alouettes offensive coordinator Anthony Calvillo would be named interim head coach.

Montreal sits third in the CFL East, behind the Ottawa Redblacks and Toronto Argonauts.
The Alouettes' next coach will be their sixth to assume the role since Marc Trestman left in 2012 after five seasons, a streak that started when Dan Hawkins was fired in August, 2013. Hawkins was replaced by Popp, who then was replaced by Tom Higgins, who Popp once again took over before Chapdelaine got the role season ago.

Chapdelaine leaves the team with a 7-10 head coaching record. Thorpe was in his fifth season with the Alouettes as defensive coordinator. He had the title of assistant head coach added to his role in 2014.

http://www.tsn.ca/alouettes-fire-head-coach-chapdelaine-dc-thorpe-1.855094

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Certain players need to take a little blame too instead of deflecting to others.

Anonymous said...

There must be consequences!!!

Lewis Grant said...

GONG SHOW

Anonymous said...

Next on the chopping block, Reed, plus his useless high priced qb Durant.
Whentenhal to abbandon cash-cow team thereafter.

Ha ha.. ha ha ha.

Nelson Munz

Anonymous said...

Thorpe is a very good coach,to bad he got thrown under the bus because of the inability of the offense.Something had to give with Chaps and that 3 year deal with Double D

Anonymous said...

Kavis had to find a couple of scapegoats, not sure Noel Thorpe was a issue on Defense. Problems started when Kavis sold the farm on Durant, If you are spending that kind of money on your QB he has to carry the team, so far this is not happening in Montreal. Don't think this is going to end very well for Kavis, there will be consequences:)

Scott Thompson said...

I wouldn't put Kavis Reed in charge of a hot dog stand, never mind a pro football team.

Anonymous said...

What a gong show! Kavis Reed needs to be fired too! Durant signing was a bust as many predicted. Poor team management all around! Montreal fans deserve better than this circus of amateurs!

Anonymous said...

Should have fired the QB. Overpaid and fragile.

Anonymous said...

The wheels fell off in Winnipeg when the Als were up 12 points with a minute and a half left.
Thorpe called a Richie Hall style defense and the Bombers won.
They've never recovered.

Lewis Grant said...

Reed is interim coach, and apparently Calvillo will call the offensive plays.

...presumably until Calvillo takes over as coach next year, still woefully underprepared.

Wow, Wetenhall is really driving that franchise into the ground. People thank him for his stable ownership for twenty years, and I suppose rightfully so. But let's not forget, without the almost divine intervention of U2, Wetenhall was ready to pull the plug on the franchise in 1997.

Montreal could really use a better (and less meddlesome) owner at this point. (Of course, the question remains the same as always: who would that be?)

Anonymous said...

Huhhhhhhhh?? " GM Kavis Reed will take over as interim GM."???? how can he take over as interim GM when he already is the GM???

Rally Driver said...

Chapdelaine was calling the offensive plays according to the announcers on TSN. Nik Lewis' interview with Lee Jones at 1/2 time, last week, spoke volumes about the state of the offence in Montreal. When asked what the offence had to do in the second half, Lewis stared at the camera for 3-4 seconds and then flashed a peace sign and left.

Anonymous said...

LOL! I saw that, and wondered "WTF Nik"

Anonymous said...

Who in their right mind would hire Kavis Reed for any kind of coaching/GM position besides a high school team and even then!!

Anonymous said...

I thought Thorpe was a defensive genius?

Anonymous said...

Kavis Reed is a football genius, football maven in football circles don't ya know? Saskatchewan fan base Roughriders should have kept him and Durant, promoted Reed to the duties now on Chris Jones. If Reed gets his a** canned in Montreal he can come back to Saskatchewan to take over from the reviled, dispised Mr.Jones while bringing back crying fan base favorite Durant as the majority want. Crybaby Riderville should be okay with letting Mr.Jones go.
**NOT GOING TO HAPPEN** !!!!!!! Those Rider fans crying for their old hasbeen favs can forget about it. There's a new sheriff in town courtesy of Mr. Reynold, Mr.Jones the name, Mr. Chris Jones! Thank you Mr. Reynolds!

Anonymous said...

well if some fans wanna stay in the past thhen maybe don't knock down old mosaic ...keep it up so those fans can go sit in there and watch or listen to the game from new mosaic ...quit living in the past!!!

Anonymous said...

Small simple minded folks in Saskatchewan would hire Kavis Reed In a New York minute, hmmm... Oh yeah, they did hire him once already. Cost them a championship title.