Alouettes get permission to interview Argos’ Chamblin and Condell

Montreal has been given the go-ahead to meet with two Grey Cup-winning coaches from Toronto.

Chamblin has turned around the Argos defence that ranked last in points allowed (568), touchdowns allowed (59), rushing majors (19), rushing yards allowed (2,074), yards per rush (5.7), yards per completion (8.7), opponent completion percentage (70.9), red zone chances allowed (62), big plays allowed (rushes 20-plus yards and completions 30-plus yards equaled 52) in 2016.

Compare those numbers to Toronto’s defence in 2017. The Argos rank in the top five in points allowed (443), opponent touchdowns (46), passing touchdowns allowed (25), opponent net offence per game (second 337.2), opposition yards per play (6.2), two-and-outs (65), sacks (second 47), rushing yards allowed (1,454), passing yards allowed (4,654), opponent completion percentage (second 64.8) and opponent QB rating (70.3).

Chamblin was a defensive back in the NFL from 1999-2004. After that, the 40-year-old rose through the ranks in the CFL becoming a head coach for Saskatchewan in 2012. He led the Riders to a Grey Cup triumph on prairie soil in 2013, earning the franchise just its fourth, and most recent, CFL title since being established in 1910. During three-and-a-half seasons as head coach in Riderville, Chamblin posted a 29-34 regular season record while going 3-2 in the playoffs. All those post-season victories came in the most memorable run in Saskatchewan sports history which saw the Riders claim the Grey Cup at Taylor Field with a dominant win against Hamilton 45-23.

Condell coached receivers for Toronto in 2017 and pushed S.J. Green to a career-best season and helped develop younger CFL receivers Armanti Edwards and DeVier Posey, who had 175 yards and one touchdown to earn the Most Valuable Player honour in the Argos Grey Cup win. He spent three seasons in Hamilton as the Ticats offensive coordinator when the team made back-to-back Grey Cup appearances in 2013 and 2014.

Two intriguing candidates to go along with Stampeders defensive coordinator DeVone Claybrooks who the Alouettes received permission to interview this weekend in Montreal.


31 Comments on Alouettes get permission to interview Argos’ Chamblin and Condell

  1. Galloping Again into 2018 // December 1, 2017 at 11:19 am //

    God help whoever takes this job. It will be a career killer. I beleive Devon Claybrooks is way too smart. He’s a Stampeder.

  2. With Ottawa letting their own receivers coach (among others), I’d love for Condell to come back here. He was a rare positive spot in the Renegades’ largely putrid existence.

    I very much doubt that’ll happen though, he might be too hot a candidate at the moment.

  3. All these guys would be crazy to take that job if offered. Being the head coach of the Als with Reed in charge would be a career killer. If any of them accept it’ll be their fault if it doesn’t work out.

    • Tiger man // December 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm //

      It would be like being promoted to captain of the Titanic…

      When Reed goes down, so will they…

  4. greenenvy? // December 1, 2017 at 12:44 pm //

    What happened to the Murphy rumours? If Reed is pursuing him, shouldn’t that happen first or is he having no input? I can see Chamblain taking the gig – his ego. I’m sure he thinks he could fix things – look how he fixed the Argos D.

    • BleedGreen // December 2, 2017 at 2:51 am //

      Reed is not pursuing Murphy.

    • Marc Lebut // December 4, 2017 at 11:21 am //

      Look at the number of good players he got to build a D with, which wasn’t the case in 2016. Remember what he did in Regina in 2015? Disaster, and it was his own as he fired Ritchie Hall to take charge of the D himself.

  5. hmmmm I can see Chamblin and his ego , excitedly going for the opportunity to be in charge again . result would be a good start for Chamblin till his ego starts to get in the way mid season . Probably would result in a 6-12ish season , in he would be gone by mid term in his 2nd year, If he is smart he will remain in Toronto wher he has it good under Tressman.

  6. Somewhat quiet on the Rider front , from the webpage, greenonions , which might be a good thing in that Murphy might be out at regional NCAA conference Championship games scouting , I think their set up admin wise is Murphy/Jones do the major college scouting at this point in year while J.O. does the majority of free agent contract work . Soo no Murphy news is good news I think rider wise.

    • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 1, 2017 at 2:38 pm //

      Or it could mean he’s already in Montreal and there will be a big press conference next week to announce the 2 hires.
      If Murphy would leave what he had in Calgary for Sask he would surely leave Sask for MTL.

      • BleedGreen // December 2, 2017 at 2:55 am //

        Reed has no interest in Murphy, no contact, no discussion. Murphy uses the media to spin things all the time.

  7. I would imagine Claybrooks gets the Als job but Condell is the offensive mind they need

    • pantsonfire // December 1, 2017 at 5:42 pm //

      Kinda agree with you on that. If Claybrooks gets the Als job, maybe there is something to the Murphy rumors – or not?? Talk about some weird organizational set ups with Reed et al in Mtl, Hervey Buono’s boss who is Hervey’s boss once he puts the derby on, the multi-headed TiCat situation & the Ottawa dump of position coaches. What’s next? The musical chairs with players I can see but two years now & you have lots of changes at the top.

  8. Galloping Again into 2018 // December 1, 2017 at 2:48 pm //

    Problem is anything ca be happening in Regina. When the head of the organization doesn’t live there, the assistants etc could be doing anything. Hell Reed could have flown to Regina and interviewed Murphy right in the team facility. Maybe from Jones’s own desk!

  9. Scottsask // December 1, 2017 at 3:01 pm //

    Perhaps, but unlikely. We could hire Dickenson as coach, not sure his job is safe in Calgary.

    • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 1, 2017 at 3:12 pm //

      Well Scottsask. If Dickensen does get fired and is available I’d say sask would be very wise to hire him. Calgary would be better of folding than taking a chance on the then fired Jones

  10. Scottsask // December 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm //

    Let me just nip your reply in the bud……zzzzzzzzz. That’s all folks!3

  11. rider fan // December 1, 2017 at 3:03 pm //

    Yes horse you could be right, murphy left Calgary to get closer to a Gm job this might be his chance.

  12. More Cowbell // December 1, 2017 at 3:14 pm //

    Impressive how the story is about the Montreal Alouettes and two Toronto Argonauts assistant coaches, yet most of the comments are about the Riders and their staff.

    I suppose a story about the Riders will have most comments about other CFL teams then?

  13. Scottsask // December 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm //

    Nope, the Riders run the league. It’s all about them. Horsie proves it ad nauseum day by day. Some of us are also football fans and would like to engage in good natured debate about the league as a whole, but as long as people with mental illness have access to keyboards this is what we get. I don’t like it any more than any other mature human being does. It’s truly unfortunate that one single person with multiple personalities can highjack a website about a league we all love, but until the hipster beard that runs it stops him we all have to suffer. Is anyone else on board?

    • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 1, 2017 at 4:15 pm //

      I’m one person. If you think I’m multiple people on here at once you are wrong. I’m not the one who turned this into a rider story BTW

    • greenenvy? // December 1, 2017 at 5:48 pm //

      Better tell Pederson. If the Riders run the league shouldn’t you have been in the Cup game? Can you run the league from the basement or did you just start running the league one step up from the cellar? Perhaps you can call Jones home now & not waste millions on thousands of player tryouts. Tell him it’s okay. We run the show. The fix is on.

    • antlerman // December 1, 2017 at 8:13 pm //

      I second that

  14. Don’t do it Tommy!!!!!
    Stick with Marc Trestman.

  15. Condell pre-dates Trestman, with the Argos, so it might not be a match made in heaven. I’m sure Condell would like to move up the ladder, but taking the HC spot in Montreal would be like being named captain of the Titanic. The Wetenhalls won’t leave it alone long enough. Full speed ahead, screw the icebergs!

  16. Shouldn’t the GM be hired before the coach?

  17. I liked the rumor or idea of Reed being VP of football ops. John Murphy as GM and Claybrooks as head coach. Whether it’s true or not that would be awesome. If the Als hire Chamblin he will want to keep Durant No? I think the Als need to move on from him. I don’t see how the Als don’t do well with Claybrooks as HC Murphy GM. Throw James Franklin into the mix and the Als could turn it around.

  18. Reed will have another bad season with an aging QB. Wally B’s coaching contract is up in a year. He can come back to Montreal as Coach and GM after they fire Reed. It wouldn’t hurt for them to recruit or sign at least 1 french speaking star. No one in Quebec cares about what some bench warmer from Laval has to say after the game.

  19. Marc Lebut // December 4, 2017 at 11:33 am //

    No one will succeed as HC in Montréal if Reed is GM. It all begins with either firing of shelving Reed.

    Isn’t it strange that the new HC isn’t hired yet, but Reed is asking permission to teams to talk with position coaches (Chiu, Moore). Everything is done reverse in Montréal, and anyone wonder why it’s a mess?

    I’d love to see Condell as HC or OC, but with Reed and Mack in charge of recruiting players, it’s a forecasted disaster. I’d like to see Claybrooks come back in Montréal, but if the Great Kazoo and Sleepy Joe stay in, there’s nothing those guys can do to bring this team back to the brink of respectability.

    Anyone on this planet can see that, but Andrew Wetenhall and Patrick Boivin don’t.

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