It appears Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed would like to get a deal done with DeVone Claybrooks to become the new head coach in Montreal when he interviews this weekend, according to Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette.
The leading candidate, according to sources, remains DeVone Claybrooks. Reed likes Claybrooks because he believes he can relate to players. If Claybrooks and the Als can’t agree to terms or reach some kind of impasse, sources indicate the job will be offered to B.C. Lions defensive coordinator Mark Washington.
A slew of others will be interviewed, including Toronto defensive coordinator Corey Chamblin, Argonauts receivers coach Tommy Condell, Edmonton defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Mike Benevides and former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements. Chamblin and Benevides have been CFL head coaches with Saskatchewan and B.C., respectively, while Clements played quarterback in the league.
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.