Jim Popp out as general manager of the Montreal Alouettes

Jim Popp is out as general manager of the Montreal Alouettes

Team president Mark Weightman announced the move in a press conference held Monday morning, calling it a “mutual decision.”

The Alouettes finished 7-11 this season and missed the playoffs for the second straight year. Popp, who started the season as head coach, stepped down in September after leading the team to a 3-9 record. Interim head coach Jacques Chapedelaine went 4-2 as his replacement. Popp did not participate in the end-of-season meetings with players, as is customary.

There is no immediate word on a replacement for Popp but many believe the leading candidate is former Edmonton Eskimos head coach and general manager Danny Maciocia, who is currently running the football program at the University of Montreal.

Popp spent 21 years with the franchise, winning four Grey Cups (three with the Alouettes, one with the Baltimore Stallions, who moved to Montreal in 1996.)

 From the team:
“The leadership of Jim over the past twenty years has left a legacy of football our fans, while Montreal has won three Grey Cups and eight division titles during his time with the team. We are grateful for his dedication and for his personal sacrifices. We know that this team is in position to regain the path to victory in 2017, “said the owner of the Alouettes, Bob Wetenhall.

The organization has already begun seeking its next CEO. “We are fully committed to bringing the Grey Cup in Montreal and our record in recent years is unacceptable, said the main governor Alouettes Andrew Wetenhall. Our next CEO will have to adhere to three basic principles of the organization is to deliver Championship football to our fans, to place our players and our employees in a position to succeed and give back to the community of Montreal and Quebec. “

There was plenty of Twitter reaction:

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22 Comments on Jim Popp out as general manager of the Montreal Alouettes

  1. Terry Baxter // November 7, 2016 at 11:12 am //

    Love this guys ability to find talent. Let Tillman go and bring him in. Let the Boy Wonder go and bring in Trestman. Then the cats would be on the right road

    • Robin (from THE city) // November 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm //

      Popp’s ego would never allow him to work under someone else.

      Kent Austin just signed on again. Pay off his hefty salary and replace him with another huge ticket (Trestman)..

      Oh yeah….I can see that happening..

  2. Douglas Fir // November 7, 2016 at 11:50 am //

    Uh… No way, Terry Baxter.
    Austin has been successful. The injuries that have plagued this team has been their Achilles heel.

  3. Baxter – crazy idea, worst ever. Tillman also performing. The Cat’s have been in many close games without a significant number of their starters. Imagine easily overcoming a 3 point loss with just 3 or 4 key players back. Above .500 record would be that much easier.

    • Pussycats // November 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm //

      Dream on guys … Keep using the injuries as a crutch and all will be better when they return. Some players are coming back against the Esks but the result will remain the same. A lot of fan focus on injured receivers and a lousy defensive backfield but the team losses are primarily due to poor play by the OL and DL and you can’t win if you keep losing the battle in the trenches.

    • Terry Baxter // November 7, 2016 at 1:43 pm //

      I’m tired of the boy wonder. He is not effective. Had a horrible off season wrt to FA signings. Horrible job in replacing FA losses. Two words: Popp Trestman. Would love to see Zach playing under Trestman. If he were playing in a real offence, not that predicable crap Austen puts on the field, we might get to the Cup and win it. Austen and Tillman are done.

      • Robin (from THE city) // November 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm //

        Two words…

        Never happen.

        P.S….If Trestman is that good, why did he fired twice in two years…(Chicago, Baltimore)

        • Terry Baxter // November 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm //

          Nfl is a different game than the CFL. Trestman has proven record up here. That is also a bad question Robin because you can ask that about any player/coach who is in the CFL. If any player/coach ‘is that good’ of. Course he is going to be in the nfl. If for no other reason than the huge difference in salary. Minimum CFL salary is $55,000. Minimum nfl salary is 525,000. Do the math.

          • You’re really whitewashing it if you think the only indicator is what someone chooses to pay someone else.

          • Robin (from THE city) // November 8, 2016 at 8:26 am //

            Trestman was winning in a weak CFL eastern division. That’s why he was successful, even with having horrible ST’s and so so kicking.

            You want Popp as a GM. Have you seen his list of dreadful acquisitions over the last few years. I’d list them, but most know the names already, especially those who paid to watch their consistently awful displays.

            I’m glad you’re not the owner of my team!!

        • Terry Baxter // November 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm //

          So, I repeat two words: Popp trestman

      • Put it THIS way: I am an Alouettes fan. Ticats have been rivals for 50+ years. My GREATEST hope is that you get your wish, and Popp/Trestman take over in Hamilton. It will NEVER happen, but I can hope can’t I?

  4. I can’t believe this nonsense about Austin and Tillman.
    We’re in the playoffs in spite of everything that has happened.
    Other teams that had a lot less to deal with are not.
    Remember officiating on and off the field cost us 1st place.
    I believe the league has been out to get Hamilton and loves that people are turning on Austin.
    Forget it.
    We haven’t been able to run our offence properly with the number of players injured and that goes for special teams too.
    If the offense and teams were on their game the defense could play a different game.
    They have been dealing with constant changes also due to injuries.
    Our coaches have done an amazing job.

    • Terry Baxter // November 7, 2016 at 2:45 pm //

      Lol and if my grandmother had wheels she would be a bus. Cats are what their record say they are. Austen’s offence is joke. Cry me a river re injuries. All teams have them but the good teams have depth due to good scouting etc. and oh yes for sure the CFL has it in for the cats so they tell the refs before a game to make sure they cost the cats the game. Yup. That happens all right. CFL likely meets with the refs every Tuesday in order to invent creative ways to make the cats lose. Unbelievable. Well, teams that are good at making excuses are seldom good at anything else. Cats stink. Period. A real coach and GM is needed to repair this train wreck before they lose the 14,000 fans who buy tickets.

    • Terry Baxter // November 7, 2016 at 2:58 pm //

      And we are in the playoffs because Montreal and Toronto were train wrecks too. Being in the playoffs means nothing in the CFL. 7-11 is their record and that is what the cats are. The Boy Wonder and Tillman must go. Period!!!!

      • Robin (from THE city) // November 8, 2016 at 8:35 am //

        And Montreal has been a train wreck for years…Who has been their GM during that time??

        And you want to bring his pathetic ego and act to Hamilton??

        Yep….that sure makes sense!!!

  5. Good Riddance Jim Popp.

  6. Marc Weightman has just announced on TSN690 that the NEW GM will be “involved in the decision of choosing the new Head Coach”.
    It sounds from the way he’s saying things, that Chapdelaine may not return as HC of the Alouettes next season. Misere!

    • Chapdelaine did a good job but the GM and HC do work closely together so the choice HAS to be one in which the GM has a say. Als already tried hiring a HC (Higgins) that the GM (Popp) didn’t fully embrace and it didn’t end well. Tough for JC if he isn’t retained but the improved record of the team under his brief tenure should certainly help his case.

    • Marc Lebut // November 8, 2016 at 2:53 pm //

      What else do you want him to say? New GM will be hired but won’t have any regards on the HC hiring? Then you won’t have anyone applying on the job.

      Let’s put it this way. If the new GM hires Chapdelaine, it means he’s already hired, willing to work with him and everyone is waiting for the proper moment to make all this official. I can’t see this as something possible. Too twisted. So, thing is they would like to keep Chapdelaine (as he’ll bring ticket sales), but normal course of things is they must hire the new GM first.

  7. Not surprised that Popp is out in Montreal. There was just too much of a gong show going on there this season, and to some extent the past couple of years as well.

    Austin and Tillman ARE NOT going anywhere regardless of what some fan (or a couple) might think or want. I’d say that the Ticats 2nd and 3rd stringers did pretty good job against the larks first team. And while the team will NEVER use injuries as an excuse, there is NO other team in the league who has as extensive an injury list as the Ticats have had for the past 4-6 weeks. Most of the other teams in the CFL have one quarter to half the key injuries of the Ticats.

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