Kavis Reed’s odd comments are baffling

The Montreal Alouettes are mired in the team’s worst season since they returned to La Belle Province in 1996. We all know that. In a city where the CFL is not king, where a good on-field product is paramount to strong attendance and television ratings, 2017 has been a forgettable season, to say the least.

As fans (and maybe even the players) can’t wait for the season to wrap up, general manager Kavis Reed has done nothing to give Als fans hope that good times are right around the corner. In a radio interview on Oct. 11 with TSN 690’s Mitch Melnick, Reed spouted several cliche answers and offered no specifics for beleaguered Als backers.

Spouting catch phrases and repeating the same answers to varied questions, Reed sounded like someone who simply doesn’t understand the Montreal market. You have to give hope. You have to point to indicators. And most importantly – you have to give them a reason to care.

Instead, we heard Reed say that he is excited about the progress shown this season. Only, he wouldn’t provide specifics or name players.

More than once he said that he’s seen great improvement in the locker room. Except that the game is played on the field. What the heck does that mean, anyway? Did the locker room get a new coat of paint? Are players getting better at card games before they get dressed for the game? So bizarre.

Then again, what should we expect of Reed? After all, this is a guy that was merely head of the Alouettes special teams last year, only to then take the role of GM, essentially becoming the boss of his former boss: the now fired Jacques Chapdelaine. Only in the CFL.

Another item that I found curious during this interview was when Reed mentioned how he is trying to build a winning culture, as though the Jim Popp culture didn’t produce results, ever. Not only was that disrespectful, but it was misguided as well. Sure, the Popp reign appeared to have an expiration date. But a lot of great things were accomplished.

Montreal CFL fans need details, and they need them now. You can’t gloss over failure with a vague collection of sayings. Rather, you have to point to concrete examples of why fans should slowly start making their way back to Molson Stadium – particularly when the team’s former boss, Popp, is preparing for the playoffs in Toronto.

I’m not sure if Kavis is being instructed by ownership to give as little detail as possible about what is going on with this season’s edition of the Alouettes or not. But if so, then he’s doing a masterful job.

Montreal is a mercurial sports market. The Canadiens are off a season with an early playoff exit and they’re off to a slow start this year. The result? Some tickets were actually available for last Saturday’s Habs-Leafs game. So you can only imagine how perilous the position of the Alouettes will be if they start next season as poorly as this season has gone.

In a post-Anthony Calvillo era where success isn’t a given anymore, Alouettes fans are looking for any little positive (both on and off the field) to latch onto, and Kavis Reed must do a better job of delivering.

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Matthew Ross is a radio host on TSN 690 Montreal and has contributed to the Montreal Gazette, MLB.com and AskMen.com. He's a native Montrealer and misses watching Anthony Calvillo just like everyone else.
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62 Comments on Kavis Reed’s odd comments are baffling

  1. There will be consequences. Like the Als moving to Halifax. Why any team would hire Reed is beyond most fans. A mediocre special teams coach does not equate into a GM. Me thinks there is something afoot in Montreal and we’re not going to know until the shoe drops.

  2. Kavis Reed’s hiring last year was a mystery to me then, and I predicted nothing but negatives during his tenure, sure enough he’s acting like an arrogant, self-important genius who bullshits about his phantom progress. He needs to be fired outright at season’s end or even before, and I predict his days in the CFL are at an end, mercifully for the league. He’s a big hat, no cattle kind of bullshitter.

    • I was fortunate enough to be coached by Coach Reed. He is a great person, humble, smart, kind and hard working. Stop bashing a man you don’t even know.

      • Kaptain beyond // October 18, 2017 at 10:26 am //

        Yes we armchair experts actually think we know something by watching TV. Times were better when all this bullshit was only heard in a bar or a den. Now its all online for everyone else to hear, as tho that validates it anymore. We’re all just spouting archair expert BS.

      • Marc Lebut // October 18, 2017 at 11:11 am //

        I have the same opinion of the person Kavis Reed is, th whom I’ve talked numerous of times. But I can see he’s not competent as HC nor as GM. He’s a great STC, a fairly good DC, but not above that level.

  3. Kavis Reed is a disgrace, I called it as a bad hire on day 1,the guy needs to be fired yesterday!! If the only reason he is being kept around is that they are already on hook for fired coaches salaries going forward, then bring back Coach Chappy. On top of fact Chaps was great coach, also was French Canadian.Any coach needs a QB, Durant was a terrible idea, I also called that BTW

    • Well saying that Chaps was a great coach shows you have no idea what you are talking about…and the fact that you bring up him being French Canadian prove it

  4. Kaptain beyond // October 16, 2017 at 7:09 pm //

    Ive not seen the Als so lost in all my years as a fan. First thing they should do is get a proper logo and quit embarrassing the city with that stupid cartoon of a bird. With teeth. (Birds dont have teeth)

    • “stupid cartoon of a bird. With teeth. (Birds dont have teeth)”
      I like the logo. It’s a cartoon of a agressive Alouette(Lark)….WITH A UNIFORM ON. What would be better? FYI, bears don’t wear ties but Yogi did;)

      • Kaptain beyond // October 16, 2017 at 10:09 pm //

        That you’re comparing the pathetic Ala logo with yogi bear is all we need to know about your taste.

    • The logo? That’s all you got is the logo?

      By the way…There is no K in Captain

      • Kaptain beyond // October 18, 2017 at 10:33 am //

        Dude the logo is not all i have. But it has to go. You wouldnt even recognize it of i had it on a hat and i passed you in the street. Als have the least presence in the league and the worst merch sales. And No Other team embarrasses themselves with a cartoon. You want a good bird logo look at the Blue Jays. People wear that they know it its classy. Would you change the Habs iconic logo for a growing Youppi? same thing.
        And if you dont like a K in Kaptain thats too bad

  5. I have a solution, kavis should start Kevin glen or vernal Adams or Brandon bridge next game………….. oh hang on they play for us now. Silly me

  6. Kavis needs to be gone….NOW!!!
    Before he destroys the fan base. Maybe new ownership as well.

  7. As an Argos fan, thank you for Jim Poop, thank you for Bear Woods. The Als have no QB, no coach and the worst GM in the league. Blow it up and start young

    • Billinburlington // October 16, 2017 at 8:48 pm //

      And as a Ticat fan I thank you Steve for your typo! It game me a good laugh.

      I’m very concerned with the state of the teams in the big 3 Canadian cities. Of the three, Toronto has exceeded expectations this year given their post 2016 season in-depth review, late firing of the coach with a few weeks of the draft. Montreal and BC must give their team and fans something to be optimistic about for next season.

    • CFLBestfan // October 16, 2017 at 9:10 pm //

      Does Jim Bear Poop in the Woods?

    • At least the Als have fans….not like Toronto

  8. Colour me green // October 16, 2017 at 10:48 pm //

    Rebuild like Riders did. It happens. Painful but that is part of sports. Fans need to understandi

    • Like having Duron Carter get into fights with teammates? They tried that last year, it didn’t work.

  9. Ha, Ha, Stupid is as stupid does!

  10. South-west cowboy // October 17, 2017 at 12:21 am //

    @ colour me green.
    Why would any team follow Saskatchewan’s lead. There’s still a ‘circus’ every day in that camp. Trestman and Popp rebuilt the Argos without blowing them up. Makes more sense to me and I’m a Rider fan, but I’m not a happy Rider fan.

    • Kaptain beyond // October 17, 2017 at 12:35 am //

      Patience is a lost virtue now. Troy smith duron carter brandon bridge coaches higgins chapselaine. Nobody is given half a chance. Yet Boivin says they’re not after a quick fix. The team has lost its centre and has the least presence in the league with the lowest merch sales. Their terrible logo doesn’t help.

    • RB Nation // October 17, 2017 at 4:14 pm //

      To be honest, it looked like the Argos blew themselves up at the start of 2017. I really wondered if any players would sign with them sans GM or HC. Popp and Trestman were nothing short of a gift from a higher power. (thank-you spell-checker for not changing Mr. Popp into Poop…)

  11. Without trying to disparage anyone who is providing a comment (and I held Als Season Tickets’ for seven years and for six of those I drove from PEI for almost every game), the problem started when Jim Popp kept trying to be a coach. They were grooming a back-up to AC but Jim was losing focus and let him get away and after Tressman left didn’t zero in on getting a good CFL-ready coach. The move to get Chappy actually came too late, without a concomitant move to get a good CFL-ready General Manager. Now, unfortunately, the organization is going to have to start all over — clean out the GM/Coaching group, perhaps give Thorpe a chance at HC and recruit at the same time (and with agreement about Thorpe) a young, marketing-type GM with an Assistant GM (perhaps even Chappy might work) who can start re-loading the talent base. At QB there are options, Franklin will be available from the Esks (if the Lions don’t get him) and Collaros could resurrect his career…new faces, new looks, and keep the logo…

    • Kaptain beyond // October 17, 2017 at 1:08 am //

      Als logo is a cartoon! Do you see ant other cartoon logos in the CFL? No and they’re all iconic. Put it this way: what if the Habs changed their logo to a growling Youppi. same thing.

    • RB Nation // October 17, 2017 at 4:17 pm //

      The Als even interviewed Sunderland before EE and took a pass on him. Hoo boy, bet they’d like to have a do-over on that one.

    • Habs4Life // October 18, 2017 at 9:12 am //

      Some good thoughts, I am a past season ticket holder also. Popp also over paid for the mega amount of veterans. The team has to become younger, cheaper and more athletic if they can afford Collaros (think highest paid guy of the QB), Franklin or even take a shot at a guy like Manziel. One thing for sure the changes need to keep coming. I am not a big fan of Jacques or the fired DC.

  12. 3rd and 1 // October 17, 2017 at 7:42 am //

    I think it’s in the tone of rookie ALS GM Kavis Reeds voice. The tone mixed together with words like forensic, abdicated, due diligence and of course “There WILL be consequences” There HAS to be consequences!
    Otherwise I can not figure out how a person can advance their career several times and each step up has failed. As a SK special teams coordinator 13th man fiasco. Then as a Head Coach in Edmonton where the team he took over went from 11-7 down to 7-11 to 4-14. Granted that Tillman’s trade of all star QB Ricky Ray was the demise of the 11-7 EE team. I guess you can call it bad luck timing for Kavis Reed.
    Then Reed goes from a positional coach to GM almost overnight in Montreal. Putting all his eggs in one basket by trading for Darian Durant and the Paying Durant $400K a year for 3 years and an up front payment of $200K. All of this knowing Durant had a sub par season in 2016. A completely missed season in 2015 from a freak non football injury and missed the last 8 games of 2014 with a dead ball hit in Winnipeg that took out his throwing arm.
    My question is why would you pay the guy the type of money a GM and Head Coach who had Durant in 2016 refused to pay. Knowing that Darian was no longer worthy of that kind of pay? For 3 years the Riders were messed up at the QB position. Then ironically in 2017 the Riders have all of Montreal’s QBs from 2016 and Montreal has the Riders 2013 stable of QBs. How did that work out? Looks like it worked out fine for the Riders as they have 3QBs for the price of what Montreal is paying one. I guess you can call this a Rookie GM mistake. I sure hope the ALS get new Quaterbacking in 2018

    • Kaptain beyond // October 17, 2017 at 10:58 am //

      Well said. Unfortunately the Als have shown no patience in coaches like Wpg, but they also have not hired any great choices like O’Shea. At QB they gave Troy Smith half a season. How many seasons did AC get before he showed legend possibilities?

      • Kaptain, why do you keep bring up Troy Smith? He had a strong arm but always made bad throwing decisions on the field usually over or under throwing the ball on a Als team that better receivers than they do now. If Troy Smith was any good, why didn’t any other CFL team sign him after being released by Montreal?

        • Kaptain beyond // October 18, 2017 at 10:21 am //

          They courted smith for years. He was good at the end of a season won some games then struggled in half the next season. No patience.
          How often do you see QBs signed by a diff after being released? Almost never. I just think he had great potential and the Als had no patience.

      • Tiger man // October 18, 2017 at 9:33 am //

        It doesn’t help that they made bad choices too…

        Hawkins…Higgins…

    • Habs4Life // October 18, 2017 at 9:23 am //

      You can keep the two Americans it is just the Canadian we want back. Lots of time now for Glenn to choke. You really want to throw stones at Reed when you have that mess of a GM/HC Jones. Regina is pretty small, can’t party like a rock star without everyone in town knowing. Your Jones is ethically challenged, or so I was told by a number of Riders fans.

  13. Winnipeg had the patience, foresight, and belief in Mike O’Shea to turn the Bombers around. It didn’t look pretty the first two years but they certainly look damn fine this year. Consistency rules. And generally, most Western teams prove it.

  14. If we want to talk logos, go back to the Alouettes retro uniform on a full-time basis.

    • The problem is that can’t use the original wings because the Eagles have since copyrighted/trade-marked it…

      • Kaptain beyond // October 17, 2017 at 10:51 am //

        The 70s logo would be fine. Its still iconic like the rest of the teams. (Most of whom are using the logo they had in the 70s; BC, WPG, Ham, Edm, Cal, Ott- basically)

    • RB Nation // October 17, 2017 at 4:21 pm //

      The Alouette bird should be plucked naked, just like the song, which literally is sung, I will pick the feathers from your nose, etc…

      • Kaptain beyond // October 17, 2017 at 4:32 pm //

        If you read the whole song, after all the feathers have been plucked the last line is “now you are a bloody pulp” or corpse or something to that effect!

  15. Go after Trestman for the GM and coach position. Mtl fans know him and just that hiring should bring more fans into the stands

  16. Reed’s hiring is baffling to most.

    His comments fits with a person who knows nothing about the job or even what is required.

    Incompetent people usually hire incompetent staff.

    • Kaptain beyond // October 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm //

      I couldn’t believe when they let brandon bridge go! Surely AC saw the kids potential..?

  17. Marc Lebut // October 18, 2017 at 11:44 am //

    Alouettes problems are deep.

    First, there’s the owners meddling in football decisions. They’ve been collecting bad decisions since Trestman is gone and they still interfere in football decisions. They chose Hawkins, Higgins, allowed Popp to be back as HC in 2016, and set Sunderland aside because he wanted to work with his own people instead of buying Chapdelaine, the guy the owners wanted there.

    Kavis Reed had serious lack in scouting, which is the Alouettes main weakness since Sunderland, then Desjardins are gone. Recruiting good players became more difficult then and who Kavis Reed hired to fill this void? Sleepy Joe Mack! UGH! His master plan of bringing a veteran QB to teach the Young QBs wasn’t so bad. Hiring Olafyooe was a good move. Jackson was a good move until he let Green go. And he destroyed the Alouettes D in order to make his plan word. The Alouettes lost Brouillette, Venable, Cash, Johnson, Woods, Klasssen, all guys making plays. Sholo, Jabar, Plesius, Drew, Tovell, Dozier and numerous DBs didn’t level those losses, so the Alouettes not only became worse at O and ST, but lost their only strength. Then came the firing of Chapdelaine and Thorpe, the only 2 guys who sort of knew what they were doing.

    Now, who will come and turn this mess around? Who will be willing to be HC for Reed and the Wetenhalls, as fired HC is a yearly way to manage the position? Who will want to play for such a joke of a team? Who will even want to be GM for the Wetenhalls, when the position is always on the bubble?

    My guess is that the Alouettes confirmed Reed because the other credible candidates aren’t interested to work for the Wetenhalls. So it’s Reed over nobody.

    As a die hard fan, I’m almost done. I won’t buy a season ticket for 2018. Maybe a few game tickets, but no season tickets. And I can tell you there will be tons of empty seats in Montréal in 2018. This franchise is in serious trouble now because they understand bad decisions are taken for bad reasons.

    The President Boivin said Reed was confirmed because 6 months wasn’t enough to give a guy a real chance. Obviously, he already forgot Kavis fired Chapdelaine without this courtesy. Boivin should have just looked at this: Sunderland maintained a competitive team despite tons of injuries. Reed failed to put a decent team on the field even with his own starters. Reed has yet to get a W as a HC, and I predict there will be none. When I saw the first debacle in Toronto in August, I knew their last W was the one they got the week before. I was there in September when the RedBlacks were visitors. I was the first one to boo Darian Durant and it didn’t take long before many others joined in. This is what the fans see now. A bunch of heartless losers, an organisation who fail to bring good coaches, owners who can’t hire a competent GM, owners who fail to hire any competent personel but still meddling in those decisions, useless QBs, OCs, coaches.

    This whole organization is a mess and will fold sooner than later.

    • kaptain beyond // October 18, 2017 at 12:03 pm //

      you were the first to boo durant? what a jerk! who needs fans like you. get lost.

      • Marc Lebut // October 19, 2017 at 10:33 am //

        Durant went 0/6, throwing the ball straight to the ground drive after drive, couldn’t reach a wide open WR 7 yards ahead of him. After all the bad plays he made in Montréal, fans at that game were entitled to let him know how bad he was.

        Mayebe you’re Durant’s mother, I don’t know, but I’m not the one who’s the jerk here.

        • Kaptain beyond // October 19, 2017 at 11:01 am //

          Booing a athlete who is struggling is immature and yes you are a jerk. Booing a team at the end of continuous poor performance i can understand. Jerk.

          • Tiger man // October 20, 2017 at 8:49 am //

            With Durant’s experience and alleged talents…he’s not a rookie..and for the money he’s being paid..

            This isn’t sandlot…it’s professional sports…you know..results!!

          • Marc Lebut // October 20, 2017 at 10:25 am //

            Only those who can’t argue use insults.

            Durant is a 13 years pro vet. He had more than his share of time to get better with this O and he’s the one who made it worse with his bad play. In this specific game, he was even worse Chris Leak against BC. He got his big bucks to have his chance in Montréal and he let everyone down with his less than rookie game. When a vet starter QB aborts one drive throwing the ball on the ground 3 yards short of his receiver, you forgive and give him a chance. When he does that 4 times on 3 drives and can’t complete ONE pass, he deserves to know the fans aren’t satisfied. He’s got to man up and turn things over. He’s not a child anymore. He knows he has to deliver something at some point. He’ll have an other audition this Sunday against the Ticats, and I hope it pans out for him. But he showed this season the Alouettes should have gone younger at QB position. Results would have been quite the same, but with a QB getting better, not a QB getting worse.

          • Kaptain beyond // October 20, 2017 at 10:48 am //

            I dont need to “argue” with you. My point is simple. If somebody is having a bad day and you boo them are you helping them get better which is what you want since you are cheering for them in the first place? No it does Not help. It might likely make them play worse, which neither of you want. So booing the athlete in this case is immature. And yes that makes you a jerk. Jerk. Haha

          • Marc Lebut // October 20, 2017 at 4:47 pm //

            Broken hearts are for you. Adios.

    • Sutherland , Was not with the Club in 2007-Grey Cup Runs of 2008-2009-2010-
      Where are all those Guys.. There was 3 former GM’s on Scouting staff.. Ford,
      Marcel D. and Mike McCarthy. And 2 0r 3 scouts that had been with the club.

      • Marc Lebut // October 19, 2017 at 10:37 am //

        He was Director of scouting from 2005 to 2007, then worked as scout for the NY Jets from 2007 to 2012. As you mentioned, the Alouettes had a strong scouting team in those years, but it all faded once Desjardins left.

  18. I guess the question is was Reed responsible for the Als losing Glenn, Bridge, Green, Johnson, et al? That is who should be fired for sure (maybe he already is). As for Durant, give him the receivers and O-line that Glenn was given in Regina, there might have been a chance. The two QBs are equal in experience and knowledge — the people around them are not. Shame on a franchise that has an esteemed veteran D-man in tears after the last game. And OC? Not a lot of good QBs make great coaches — remember Lancaster took four years to get there.

    • Marc Lebut // October 19, 2017 at 10:56 am //

      You might have a point about the receivers, but Durant had Olafyoye, Matte, Brodeur-Jourdain, Blake and Simmons in front of him. Not a bad O line at all and plenty of experience.

      Your statement about him is what I thought before the season opened, but I watched the games and he was truly bad. He often threw behind his receivers, tried multiple times throwing to guys in double or triple coverage, has been many times unsuccessful to avoid the sack throwing the ball away, which led to turnovers that shouldn’t have happened, threw multiple harmful interceptions and was usually ineffective in the first half. Durant in 2015, with a real OC and a rather good O line was a worse disaster than Glenn with no OC and a bad O line.

      Shame on the Alouettes for not hiring the guys who can do the job (GM, HC, coaches, scouts) and who release or trade those who can (Venable, Woods, Cash, Green, Klassen, Johnson, Koster, Brouillette, Davis, Cato, Adams, etc).

      I don’t think so far AC is a good coach. I hope he turns out to be one, but so far, he hasn’t been in best conditions to learn the coaching job. And so the results don’t show yet. He still has everything to prove as a coach. Time will tell, but the leash is getting shorter.

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