Alouettes structure could change with new regime

Montreal could have a different look than anticipated when the new Als regime gets put together.

Sources say if DeVone Claybrooks, who has been granted permission to interview with Montreal in La Belle Province and that will take place on the weekend, is hired as Alouettes head coach, Kavis Reed could step to vice president and Riders assistant general manager, John Murphy might be in play to be Montreal’s general manager, 2017 was the last year of his contract with Saskatchewan.

What’s clear: Claybrooks is the front-runner for the position if he wants it. His connection to Murphy comes after the two spent six seasons together in Calgary while he was the assistant general manager and Claybrooks was a player for two and coach for four of those years with the Stampeders. Murphy has 13 years of CFL scouting experience and he’s known for a large contact base in the United States.

A former defensive lineman, Claybrooks played for Montreal in 2007 and 2008. The 40-year-old coach currently calls the shots for the stingiest defence in the league that ranks No. 1 in many of the major statistical categories while Montreal allowed the most points in the CFL (580). The Virginia native inked a three-year extension with the Stamps last winter that takes him through the 2019 season, which means he’s secure in Calgary.

Montreal lost 11 straight games to finish the 2017 season finished at 3-15, the worst record in the league. The Alouettes scored a league-low 314 points and were the only team to average less than 20 points per game (17.4).

Since Marc Trestman left for the NFL in 2013, Montreal there have been five different head coaches in La Belle Province: Dan Hawkins, Jim Popp (twice), Tom Higgins, Jacques Chapdelaine and Kavis Reed. Over that span, the Alouettes have a 33-55 record and have missed the playoffs for a third consecutive season, tying a franchise-worst streak. Just Popp and Reed have held the general manager position over that time in Montreal.

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26 Comments on Alouettes structure could change with new regime

  1. i am an als fan, it would be nice to get some experienced coaching staff in place, however, with that being said, this whole with the exception of maybe 10 players, the rest should be released n start a new, this is a very bad football team, from top to bottom.i hope the hiring comes quickly because june is right around the corner.

    • I agree there should be a complete house cleaning. But a house cleaning also means that the season will be about re-building and don’t expect too many wins.

    • Reed’s business card already says Executive Vice President Football Operations-this article is completely unfounded and untrue again. This was probably the same source that said Reed was interviewing Claybrooks when he wasn’t. You will probably stand behind this too, or maybe you won’t pick up the next time JM calls to gossip and use you to get what he wants, a conversation in SSK.

  2. Two solid guys in Murphy as GM and Claybrooks as HC. Will only work if Reed and the owner stay out of decisions both men would have to make in rebuilding the roster and coaching staff. Another fiasco if done like in the past.

    • BleedingGreen // November 30, 2017 at 7:31 pm //

      This is complete spin on Murphy’s part to get conversation to start in SSK because he has not been renewed yet. 3 Down Nation why don’t you call the Alouettes and ask for a comment instead of posting more BS.

  3. Get Kavis as far away from the field and the players as possible. VP in charge of BS sounds about right as he is very good as BSing.

  4. Love all these CFL updates. Nice to see teams working on the 2018 season. Maybe the team that finished with 6 wins in the east should consider doing this.

  5. This is interesting. Points to Wetenhall understanding that Kavis Reed has lost all credibility with the fan base, media, and sponsors.

    Since he’s under contract might as well keep Reed working since they have to pay him.

  6. Lancaster/Reed // November 30, 2017 at 12:50 am //

    I would hate to lose murphy, but he is definitely due for a GM position in the league.

  7. Kavis redefines failing upwards.

  8. GreenGiant // November 30, 2017 at 7:13 am //

    Working under Kavis Reed would be career suicide. Anybody that would take that position would have to know that they are nothing more than a scapegoat. The head coaching position is and always will be a revolving door so long as Reed is in charge.

    • Marc Lebut // November 30, 2017 at 5:19 pm //

      Promoting Kavis to VP after 1 year as GM wouldn’t be exactly a reward for his good work, but rather demotion for his demolition of the team.

      If this rumor is true, it would be a confirmation that Reed can’t hire a good HC to work for him, unless he’s a desperate reject as Bellefeuille. Not surprising as he can say one thing today and the opposite tomorrow. He’s done it so many times. He could do that if he was President of the USA, but not as Alouettes’ GM. CFL fans are no fools nor nuts.

  9. Edward Leslie // November 30, 2017 at 8:06 am //

    Good to see Montreal might finally see the madness of letting Kavis Reed ricin the team. Some executive position keeps him away from
    Coaching and managing the team, so fine.
    Personally, I wouldn’t even put him in charge of popcorn sales. He’d screw that up by forgetting the butter or something.

  10. Murphy and Claybrooks would be fools to go with Reed anywhere in the picture.

    • Marc Lebut // November 30, 2017 at 5:21 pm //

      Being Football Ops VP without being GM would be putting Reed pretty much out of the picture.

  11. So Claybrooks as Coach, Murphy as GM and Kavis Reed as VP of Ashcans and Propaganda?

    If true, things are looking up for the Alouettes.

  12. Please God make it happen!!!! Get Reed far away as possible….out the door hopefully!!!

  13. There is a reason Murphy hasnt been a GM. Bad look for Claybrooks

  14. Jeff Dawson // November 30, 2017 at 10:40 am //

    The Run On Sentence Society will be doing cartwheels at that second paragraph. Wow. Rest assured there wasn’t any editing done here but was there even a momentary thought of doing any?

    Let’s bring the periods and semi colons off the bench, if even for a play or three. Nobody is expecting perfection or Chaucer here but can we at least be seen to be trying?

    As for the article itself, there’s real good info here. Here’s hoping the Als can get their act together; the league is stronger and better with less teams floundering.

  15. pantsonfire // November 30, 2017 at 10:49 am //

    Murphy & Jones left Alberta & the teams they left kept finding great players. They’re doing quite fine, thany you very much, without them. Riders saw Murphy as a steal & much credit has been given to both him & Jones for finding some good talent. So who is mostly responsible? Should Murphy leave Regina we may find out. Does O’Day step in or, long shot, Hervey’s out there. Can’t see him working for Jones but never know. Jones needs to deliver a Cup. That’s why he’s getting the big dough. We’ll see how it unfolds. Intereting.

  16. Galloping Again into 2018 // November 30, 2017 at 10:50 am //

    Claybrooks is way too smart to take it. Murphy will jump at GM position and some rider assistant will follow him.

  17. “The Virginia native inked a three-year extension with the Stamps last winter that takes him through the 2019 season, which means he’s secure in Calgary.”

    So why is this conjecture about DC to be taken seriously.

    • Marc Lebut // November 30, 2017 at 5:26 pm //

      This is what makes me take it as a rumor. But in CFL, upward promotions are usually granted despite a contract being valid. If the Stamps allowed the Alouettes to talk with Claybrooks, it’s because they’re willing him to move to a HC job if he has an opportunity.

  18. BleedzGreen // November 30, 2017 at 6:08 pm //

    One thing is crystal clear in Montreal – whether you’re a player, coach, or GM, no job is safe.

    IMO both these candidates should steer clear of this mess.

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