The Montreal Alouettes are a mess. We all know that. You have veteran players speaking out, fans embarrassed by the team’s performance and seemingly a lack of young players being talked about as building blocks.
But there’s also a problem of stability. There have been too many head coaches and personnel changes over the last few years. The once proud franchise that featured leaders like Matthews and Trestman is rudderless at the moment.
So as the team looks for yet another new head coach to mentor young players and bring in a winning mentality and culture, I simply want them to consider one man that they might not be thinking about: Ben Cahoon.
As a player for the Alouettes, the hall-of-fame wideout personified success, hard work, doing things the right way and leading by example. He beat the odds and not only became one of the best, but he also became a legend. If Als fans close their eyes they can still remember those glory years of yelling CAHOOOOOON! following a big catch over the middle for a first down.
This isn’t purely a nostalgic play. Cahoon has had some coaching experience, working as a the wide receivers coach for Brigham Young University, his Alma Mater, in two separate stints.
While we don’t really know if Ben is even interested in uprooting his large family and returning to Montreal, I believe that Bob and Andrew Wetenhall should at the very least put out a feeler and see if he’s interested.
Head coaches don’t have to be pure Xs and Os guys. That’s what the coordinators are for. Head coaches are there to plan, to lead, to mentor and to make the tough decisions. Cahoon just has an aura about him. He exudes championship pedigree and that’s something that the Alouettes could certainly use more of at the moment. He command a ton of respect, relate well to the players and not get rattled in the face of adversity.
Now some of you might be asking why I am not advocating for Anthony Calvillo to be head coach. After all, he’s been on the coaching staff for a few seasons. Another guy championship pedigree, rightly or wrongly, Calvillo is now associated with the losing and lack of offense that has become synonymous with the club over the last couple of years. You can’t blame him for all of the ineptitude of the team’s offense in recent seasons. But you can’t reward him with a head coaching position, either.
Sure, the Als are obviously mulling over all of the usual names to be the team’s new head guy. But all I’m asking is for them to consider bringing in a former legendary receiver who thinks the game at the same high level that he played at.
It’s certainly an off-the-board head coach pick. But call it hunch. There’s just something about old number 86 that just might 86 the team’s losing ways.
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