Report: Jacques Chapdelaine wanted to release Lewis and Jackson

Former Alouettes head coach Jacques Chapdelaine wanted to release a star off-season acquisition and veteran leader when he was the bench boss in Montreal.

“It almost felt like certain people didn’t want us to win,” Lewis told the Montreal Gazette‘s Herb Zurkowsky. “When attitudes and egos change, it changes the culture. When you have people in place and coaches not wanting certain players …I was told in Week 3 that I wasn’t really wanted…there were a handful of guys who weren’t wanted on our team.”

Lewis set the mark for most catches all-time in the CFL while Jackson was a highly-priced free agent signee from the Grey Cup champion Ottawa Redblacks in February.

It seems odd the bench boss would want Lewis and Jackson gone so early in the season, but then nothing should surprise us in Montreal under the current regime.

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24 Comments on Report: Jacques Chapdelaine wanted to release Lewis and Jackson

  1. Alouettes ….. a dumpster fire, with many hands jostling for control of the levers of power. Can Andrew Wettehnall, Boivin and Reed be counted on to man the extinguisher?

    • Marc Lebut // November 8, 2017 at 11:37 am //

      Reed is the fire to extinguish so, no, Wetenhall and Boivin won’t stop the crap from getting crappier.

  2. Elwood Harris // November 7, 2017 at 5:31 pm //

    Owner needs to sell the team. Team has been off since Cavillo retired. Ironically he is on the coaching staff. When is Reed getting fired so Cavillo can take over? Then again he may not want this mess.

    • Marc Lebut // November 8, 2017 at 11:35 am //

      Calvillo said he’s not sure he wants to return. I don’t blame him. He could have more positive coaching for the Redmen or the Stingers.

  3. habbernack // November 7, 2017 at 6:04 pm //

    This is the owners’ fault as much as anyone else. IMO they’ve created this mess by too much interference. How did they make their millions?

    • Marc Lebut // November 9, 2017 at 9:23 am //

      You’re right about the owner meddling. They make their millions through finance and real estate investment, should stick to that and leave football decisions to football guys. Their incompetent meddling destroyed the team.

  4. Jacques Chapdelaine Wasn’t to far off on that call.

  5. Blow it up

  6. Not a good idea to cut Lewis

    • Correct Frank!! 8 years a go. But last 3 years part of the problem for sure.

    • Marc Lebut // November 8, 2017 at 11:42 am //

      That’s what I thought until he took Ducon Rarter’s side talking about his messing up in Montréal. Lewis isn’t such a positive leader. The Stamps didn’t miss him one minute. To me, he played his last season unless a team is so desperate to sign him.

      Jackson wasn’t effective this season and Lewis didn’t have the leadership this team needed.

  7. i would not have had a problem with either of those players being released. one had strange problems in catching the ball; the other couldn’t run more than the very occasional medium-deep route. and woefully out of shape (i like the man, not the player he’s become).

    • Wonder what happened with Jackson. He literally went through all of 2016 without a regular season drop, statistically. When asked about it, he simply said he dedicated himself to his craft in the offseason.

      Not sure if the environment in Montreal caused him to lose motivation or if he didn’t quite push himself as hard in the offseason but it was just weird seeing him struggle with some easy passes.

      • Marc Lebut // November 8, 2017 at 11:46 am //

        And he doesn’t care. He lacks dedication and pride. He was all happy after the game in Toronto, when the Alouettes O scored a total of ZERO point. Well, Durant was so good it was hard to put it on Jackson, but he should have affected coming out of this blowout. He wasn’t and he didn’t care.

  8. GMs find and sign players. Coaches instruct the players on how to execute and be successful. Players either win or lose the games by making plays when it counts in all 3 phases of the game. Based on the results of the last 11 games Chapdelaine DID NOT COACH vs the 7 he did coach I’d say he had some success where the players and GM/HC who took over for him had NO SUCCESS. The numbers speak for themselves. Simple as that.

  9. Don’t think I’d be in a hurry for Cavillo to take over. I am not sure he is that great at coaching the offence. I may be wrong but I think the whole coaching staff, like Toronto this year, needs to be reworked.

  10. BigRedMachine // November 8, 2017 at 10:28 am //

    There were many strange personnel decisions made this year in Montreal. No surprise that Chaps wasn’t in agreement with many of them.

  11. Marc Lebut // November 8, 2017 at 12:02 pm //

    Considering the season those guys had and how the team went South once Chapdelaine was fired, maybe Chapdelaine was right about them.

    This also tells how little Chapdelaine had a say on the personnel decisions. He didn’t have a say about kicking Woods out of his bed at 5:30 AM, so just how much he could improve the team? When asked if the Alouettes could bring some guys to improve the roster, he said his job wasn’t to find players but to coach those Reed and Mack would bring in.

    Reed fired Chapdelaine and Thorpe only to save his own butt. These guys knew what a winning culture is, and it starts with dedication, positive leadership and effort. What does Reed know about a winning culture. What has he ever won? CFL All star once and that’s it. This season showed how much Reed is a fraud when he’s either GM or HC.

    This team was blown out 7 times in a row since Reed became HC. Says a lot about who is right and who is wrong between Chapdelaine and Lewis.

  12. Jackson was an unmitigated disaster based on his numbers for 2016 with a Ottawa but then again he wasn’t used the same way in Montreal, he’s a slot not a wide receiver. How the Als coaching staff thought he could be both probably tells you all you want to know about their abilities. Either that or they emptied the cookie jar (Carter, SJ Green) and never found adequate replacements. Adding to their woes, they do not have a reliable Canadian receiver. Ben Cahoon, Terry Evanshen, Peter Della Riva anyone ?

  13. It’s interesting that both Earnest Jackson and Chris Williams – both 1000-yard receivers with the 2016 Grey Cup Redblacks – had such mediocre seasons on their new teams. Especially Jackson, Mr. Delendable in Ottawa. Did Marcel Desjardins know something? Or was it a case of the new teams not providing the same kind of surrounding talent as Ottawa?

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