Maciocia’s decision to spurn Alouettes makes a whole lot of sense

Now that he’s explained it, Danny Maciocia’s decision to stay at the University of Montreal seems like an easy one.

RDS reporter and and all around good dude Didier Orméjuste posted a series of Tweets from Maciocia’s press conference Monday afternoon and they paint a pretty dysfunctional picture of the Montreal Alouettes front office.

I mean, OK. It’s been reported that the Wetenhall family want to install current special teams coordinator Kavis Reeed as general manager and maybe Maciocia could have found a way to work with him, despite the fact they’ve never been on the same staff before….

Huh. Around the CFL, some team presidents are more involved on the player side than others  but one of the only ways this convoluted structure made sense was if Maciocia, a former general manager in Edmonton, helped Reed – who has no front office experience – on the player personnel side.

So… Maciocia was being asked to take a job where he couldn’t have a say in selecting the two guys who would be, theoretically anyway, reporting to him – the general manager and head coach – while also being excluded from the player personnel side. It’s worth noting that the Alouettes already have a team president (Mark Weightman) with responsibility on the business side.

Didier draws the following conclusion…

Gee, I wonder why he turned them down.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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13 Comments on Maciocia’s decision to spurn Alouettes makes a whole lot of sense

  1. Doubtful…at best. To start with, the Alouettes already have a president…one Mark Weightman.

    The offer to Maciocia was the creation of some murky, nebulous title: President of Football Operations.
    While the “cynical” view would be to assume that Maciocia was needed for his “ethnic and language appeal” it would be more likely a matter of the Als realizing that Reed has little to offer by way of player recruitment and contacts on BOTH sides of the border.

    Maciocia would fill that vaccuum. No doubt suggestions were juggled, with Maciocia retaining his post with the Carrabins and recruiting part-time for the Alouettes, while giving Reed access to this “imperative” network, AND having Reed fulfill the remainder of the GM’s duties.

    As I’ve mentioned before…OF COURSE Maciocia wasn’t given the opportunity to recruit his own GM. Whoever gets the GM job HAS to be in on the “joke” of Calvillo being next in line of succession as HC and OC.

    So EITHER Maciocia was a part-time player personnel guy, lending his contacts to the Alouettes. OR he would have Reed represent him and/or the Alouettes.

    ALL because the ownership of this team has plans…CAST IN STONE, for Calvillo as head of this team…next in line…some ways down the line.
    As you say…I wonder why he turned them down.

    Speaking of turning the Alouettes down…no doubt it’s OUR turn NEXT.

  2. Unless Wetenhall has plans to clone himself 25,000 times over, he’d better re-think this whole mess and find us a LEGITIMATE, qualified GM.

  3. Jimmy Breslin // December 12, 2016 at 8:17 pm //

    I have a certain degree of sympathy for the Wetenhalls. The stadium they play in is a nightmare to reach, there are no easily accessible bars, bistros or restaurants in close proximity to create that wonderful pre-game buzz ( hit up TD Place at Lansdowne Park for that scene ) try as best they can to generate some interest the Montreal media basically ignores them, that in and of itself is a shameful situation, access to the north side seats requires a certain degree of fitness given the very steep climb required, yet they still manage draw over 20,000 for some games. I can see where they would want to benefit from any source such as Danny Maciocia to try and elevate their profile. My hat’s off to the fans who do support that team because the local media only cares about the Habs. Listening to sports radio in Montreal is about as dreary as it gets if you’re anything but a hockey-head. In spite of all that the Wetenhalls carry on. They deserve so much better.

  4. Its actions like what we have seen from the Alouettes that cause legitimate and qualified candidates to avoid the franchise. Expect the team to miss the playoffs for the next 5 years.

  5. C’mon, let’s not play dumb here. On one of the 3 Minute in 3DownNation segments, Edwards and Dunk said they were not in contention for the GM spot for the Alouettes because they lack the ability to Speak French. While that may sound like a joke, it really wasn’t.

    All the CFL insiders said that Maciocia was the favorite for the Als’ GM spot. Yet, nobody ever gave a good football reason for his selection even though his resume would suggest otherwise. The reasons the insiders used for picking Maciocia were his ability to speak French, his popularity among the French-speaking locals, him being good at fund raising, and him having political and business ties in the community.

    This Maciocia character also has some kind of brain-washing ability on the local media. Whenever the French media wanted to analyze the Als, they always went to this CIS coach for answers. Why? I have no idea. If the Als failed to even talk to Maciocia about the vacancy, there would be a local backlash against the team. So, he gets the interview.

    Like everybody else who follows the CFL, Andrew Wetenhall figures out that Maciocia is not somebody you want handling GM duties. However as the Als could always use a bump in attendance, more corporate sponsorship, and a practice facility, the team offers the President’s tile to Maciocia.

    Hey Maciocia. If you love the Als so much, why didn’t you take the President’s spot and actually do the only CFL-level job that you would be good at? He says no because it might hurt his image as some kind of CFL expert. Instead, he has to insult the Als’ organizational structure. Hey Maciocia. Maybe if there was anybody who thought you could actually perform CFL GM duties in 2017, you would have already had a job doing that.

    While the writers on the website believe there is something wrong with the Als for not giving Maciocia more with the President’s title, I bet they would have been more critical of the team if Maciocia was given entire control of football operations and the proceeded to fail miserably.

    They would say How could the Als give Maciocia so much power after his failed stint in Edmonton when nobody else in the league believed in his GM ability?

    • This is absurd. In a recent RDS poll over 70% of respondents said that “speaking french” was NOT a necessary “qualification” for a new GM. Many went on to comment that a QUALIFIED GM candidate was their ONLY prerequisite.
      Surely the Wetenhall’s are NOT unaware of this fact.

  6. Maciocia is wildly overrated.

    • Miciocia is much like Tim Tebow. Both have some weird cultish following and both think they are better at something than they really are. Neither are team players who are willing to take professional football jobs that are more suitable to their skills.

      Only difference is that the Als wanted the publicity Maciocia would have generated. In the NFL, Tebow is a distraction to any team that he is a part of.

      • This. I have never understood the fascination with Maciocia. Sure he’s done good things at the U of M but look at the state he left the Eskimos in…

        That being said, I do still think the Alouettes are getting pretty dysfunctional, which bodes poorly.

  7. blackandgold // December 13, 2016 at 5:01 pm //

    I think it is great. The more dysfunctional the competition is in the East the easier it will be for the Cats to succeed.
    Carry on in your foolish ways guys. I love it 🙂

    • Terry Baxter // December 14, 2016 at 10:33 am //

      Excellent point. And when the league goes back to 8 teams that will reduce the competition even further. Get a grip dude. If the Als do not succeed on the field they will lose even more fans…we’ve seen this movie before. A league is only as strong as its weakest link.

      • blackandgold // December 14, 2016 at 2:39 pm //

        What…are they going to pack up and close shop?
        You mean 8 teams. OH NO, how could we ever come up with a balanced schedule with 8 teams??
        If the league is stronger with 8 clubs ADIOS amigos!

  8. I just love watching the clip of Maciocia in Edmonton in 2005 when he won the Grey Cup and thought the game was over before it actually was.

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