Argonauts officially announce Corey Chamblin as defensive coordinator, Brady as OC

Corey Chamblin is back coaching in the CFL.

The former Grey Cup-winning head coach was named the Toronto Argonauts’ staff Tuesday. He’ll serve as the club’s assistant head coach under Marc Trestman as well as the club’s defensive co-ordinator and defensive backs coach.

The Argos also retained Marcus Brady as their offensive co-ordinator.

“I could not be more excited and grateful to have Corey and Marcus join our staff in their respective positions,” Trestman said in a statement. “These two men have not only established themselves as premier coaches in our league, their character and integrity as fathers, husbands, leaders and teachers makes this even more exciting for our entire organization, and of course, our players.”

Chamblin, 39, has previous CFL experience as a defensive backs coach (Winnipeg, Calgary 2007-2010), defensive co-ordinator (Hamilton 2011) and head coach (Saskatchewan 2012-15), leading the Riders to the 2013 Grey Cup title.

Chamblin was also named the CFL’s coach of the year following Saskatchewan’s championship run. He was fired as Roughriders head coach in August 2015.

“The opportunity to work with Marc for an organization with such a storied tradition like the Argonauts is an honour,” said Chamblin. “I look forward to getting know the entire staff and our players over the coming months as we prepare for the season.

“Together, we will build a defence that our fans will be proud of. One that plays fast, plays hard, and plays smart. I can’t wait to get started.”

Chamblin earned his first coaching Grey Cup with Calgary in 2008.

Brady, 37, returns as Toronto’s offensive co-ordinator, a position he’s held since 2013 under previous head coach Scott Milanovich. Brady reunites with Trestman, having served as Montreal’s receivers coach (2009-11) and offensive co-ordinator (2012) when Trestman was the Alouettes head coach from 2008 through 2012.

Brady helped Montreal win consecutive Grey Cup titles in 2009-10.

“Working for Marc in Montreal for four years was one of the most rewarding times of my career,” said Brady. “Marc was instrumental to my early development as a coach.

“And now to have another opportunity to work with him and a Hall of Fame-calibre quarterback like Ricky Ray, while returning to the city of Toronto and the Argos, is truly a blessing. Our familiarity with each other will only help as we prepare our offence for the upcoming season.”

Under Brady, Toronto’s offence has led the CFL in passing TDs three times and passing yards twice.

– CP


28 Comments on Argonauts officially announce Corey Chamblin as defensive coordinator, Brady as OC

  1. The only way this works is for Corey to put his ego in park …… good luck T,

  2. Hey Drew……What does this mean for Tommy Condell?

    • GoCats! // March 7, 2017 at 1:10 pm //

      Maybe he’s only got time for a consulting role?

      Interesting that with all the comments about issues in Hamilton, Condell does not end up as OC as some wrote confidently about.

  3. stampland // March 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm //

    I think in a solid situation with proper support he will do well.In his previous life he has non of this.

    • Is that perhaps another dig at the Riders Stampland?

      • stampland // March 7, 2017 at 2:13 pm //

        not a dig ..a fact

        • Oh, please elaborate. Anybody can say ‘it’s a fact’ but you also need to substantiate it.

          • stampland // March 7, 2017 at 4:29 pm //

            Fine .Although usually when I’m asked to elaborate by rider fans it’s met with silence because any argument is untenable.
            Its well documented and hard to argue when you look at the current situation.In 2012/2013 the riders took the 2013 Regina Grey Cup as a win at all cost approach. Mission accomplished .The consequence of this approach was future years would be compromised (which clearly it has been). This results in pretty well everyone involved in the organization taking the blame for these subsequent failures even though its not really their fault .
            If Chamblin was part of an organization where he truly fit and could use his strengths to better the team he could have had success.Instead he was used as a sacrificial lamb

    • GoCats! // March 7, 2017 at 3:34 pm //

      You mean GM O’Billovich and HC Bellefeuille didn’t support him in 2011?

      That is the last time (and only year) he has been a DC.

  4. Solara2000 // March 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm //

    First ‘pro’ touches for this rebuilding franchise. Even the announcement quoted in the article is more about messaging than a simple announcement. A strong Argo franchise (that can’t beat the TiCats) is critical for the league.

    • stampland // March 7, 2017 at 2:14 pm //

      I for 1 want nothing more than strong Argo/Ti-cats franchises

    • Are you saying its critical that the Boatmen not beat the Tabbies? If that’s the case, too bad (Scullers will sail over PuttyTats).

  5. Playcalling was disappointing to say the least with Brady last season. One hopes Argos at least consider stretching the field (will they find the right receivers)? Defence can only get better.

  6. Yes Stampland you are right about Chamblin but isnt that always the case where the coach is the sacrificial lamb no matter the sport?

    • stampland // March 7, 2017 at 6:52 pm //

      Yes However.When a coach is hired it is hoped he will have long term success and lead the franchise to epic success.
      With Chamblin Sask had an agenda win the 2013 Grey Cup.They knew the years following would be tough due to bad contracts signed.Knowing this Chamblin (and Tanam) would be the guys to be blamed.In other words sask had no intention of chamblin being a long term coach

      • That’s the “old boys club” that was running the show back then and they are all gone now.

  7. As a Ticat fan, I was worried that the Argos would be quite formidable this year with the new GM and head coach but I am relieved that they hired these 2 coordinators – particularly Chamblin who could not coach by dog to eat a juicy steak.

  8. stampland // March 7, 2017 at 7:53 pm //

    I don’t understand why everyone hates this guy so much

    • Cause you are annoying and arrogant most of the time! Oh, did you mean Chamblin? Cause he failed the Riders and never accepted any responsibility for it.

      • stampland // March 7, 2017 at 9:08 pm //

        please tell me how he failed the riders? The riders failed him!

        • Marc Lebut // March 8, 2017 at 4:07 pm //

          Put it this way.

          In 2014, Riders lost Durant on week 12 and while they had a decent D ran by Hall, the O struggled from that point (except against the RedBlacks)and they didn’t make it past the WSF.

          During the off season following that season, Chamblin fired DC Ritchie Hall saying he would take run the D, and hired Greg Quick in a limited DC role (a bit like Trestman and Milanovitch in Montréal). His D was a huge downgrade over that ran by Hall and eventually lead to his firing, Taman falling with him.

          I don’t think people hate the guy. It’s just that one can say he NEVER ran a good D, whether in Hamilton or in Regina.

    • Suffice it to say that Chamblin’s D in Hamilton in 2011 was nothing to get excited about. His arrogance in the half season before he was fired in 2015 also didn’t endear him to many.

    • If he coached the Stamps defence for a year or two and you watched every mediocre offence in the league beat up on your team like they were a bunch of malnourished little girls you would understand better.

  9. Remember Cory

    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 no more no less

  10. stampland // March 7, 2017 at 9:10 pm //

    I just don’t see it!

  11. Marc Lebut // March 8, 2017 at 4:11 pm //

    Very glad Trestman hired Chamblin. The Argos D will be poor unless Pop finds elite players to fill in and D coaches that are way better than Chamblin. Trestman won’t find those coaches. The best D will be his O, which means they’ll have to score lots of points to win a game.

    Frankly, Chamblin is no improvement over Stubler.

  12. Ladd Law // March 8, 2017 at 6:00 pm //

    In his previous life he did well and then it went to his head. Then no so much. But got paid well.

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