Kavis Reed wants to get deal done with DeVone Claybrooks for Als head coach spot: report

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.


32 Comments on Kavis Reed wants to get deal done with DeVone Claybrooks for Als head coach spot: report

  1. “Round,
    Like a circle in a spiral
    Like a wheel within a wheel
    Never ending or beginning
    On an ever-spinning reel
    Like a snowball down a mountain
    Or a carnival balloon
    Like a carousel that’s turning
    Running rings around the moon
    Like a clock whose hands are sweeping
    Past the minutes of its face
    And the world is like an apple
    Whirling silently in space
    Like the circles that you find
    In the windmills of your mind.” – Al & Marilyn Bergman.

    Somewhere, for some reason, a coach for the Montreal Alouettes will be chosen. Coaching roulette.

    • Kaptain Beyond // December 2, 2017 at 12:29 pm //

      Were you hearing the noel harrison version or perhaps another fab version?

    • Kavis will be fired as head coach of the Al’s, yes that’s right- head coach cause he’ll fire whoever he picks after starting 2-14 and then he’ll fill in and take over… there’s gotta be CONSEQUENCES

  2. Lancaster/Reed // December 2, 2017 at 9:32 am //

    Tom clements. Thats a name i havent heard in quite a long time. I am very curious to se which coach is willing to walk into that disaster under kavis.

    • Clements name surfaced briefly last year in Toronto, not sure how viable he would be after 30 years away from the CFL.

      • Lancaster/Reed // December 2, 2017 at 12:40 pm //

        Well, he is the same age as june jones, and was an asst head coach in greenbay in 2016, so……who knows.

    • So the disaster just started since Kavis Reed??? I thought this was their 3rd year missing playoffs???

      • Lancaster/Reed // December 2, 2017 at 8:48 pm //

        No it didnt start with kavis, but montreal regressed this season from the previous 2 seasons. They are much worse than last years team, especially after kavis fired thorpe. Paying big bucks for durant, releasing, not trading, bear woods, keeping nik lewis over sj green. Lots of head shaking decisions.

  3. Rider fan // December 2, 2017 at 9:35 am //

    I hope mr Claybrooks knows what he is doing if he decides to take the head job in Montreal. Good luck if he does

  4. What has K Reed done to deserve this post? I have seen him with many teams and he hasn’t accomplished much with any of them.

  5. Just saying // December 2, 2017 at 10:38 am //

    Well this looks like a real scientific world searching find. Is Kavis really saying this is the best choice? I really deal sorry for Montreal. They are in a world of hurt!

  6. Habsnriders // December 2, 2017 at 11:51 am //

    I understand wanting a head coaching job but with reed as your Gm it’s a slow painfull death that ends with being fired .

    • How do we know this if he hasn’t bee allowed to pick a Head Coach until now??? Seem prejudice!

  7. Kaptain Beyond // December 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm //

    Given my druthers i would have liked ben cahoon.

  8. Claybrooks should wait until an opportunity with a better organization becomes available. Not that shit show in Montreal. What is the rush?

    • Lancaster/Reed // December 2, 2017 at 1:51 pm //

      I guess he could wait until after 2018 when wally steps down, but no guarantee he can get the BC job then. What other head coach jobs look like they will be available in the next year or two? Hamilton has their man in june jones for at least 2 years you would think. Trestman , dickinson, jones and campbell would be safe for a couple more years as well. Maas should be safe as long as relliy continues to be reilly. Going into 2017 I would have thought O’shea might be on the bubble, but now he looks pretty safe for a while as well. How long does claybrook want to wait before getting his shot?

      • BigRedMachine // December 3, 2017 at 12:57 am //

        I agree there is going to be a level of stability in the CFL coaches after a period of mass change the past couple of years. However, besides BC, I also believe there will be another wholesale change in Montreal next year as well. This is not going to end well for Reed…

        • Lancaster/Reed // December 3, 2017 at 1:18 am //

          I expected that change at the end of this season. But reed is still there. What wetenhall is thinking is a mystery to me.

          • kaptain beyond // December 3, 2017 at 2:47 am //

            i think the top brass have lost perspective and a whole house cleaning would do this franchise best. From the owners down to kavis. and ditching that stupid unclassy cartoon logo would be a start. get that iconic 1970s logo back. you don’t see a growling Youppi as the Habs logo, do you.

  9. Scottsask // December 2, 2017 at 1:59 pm //

    They could name Knute Rockne or Bear Bryant the coaches. The bottom line is Kavis is still in charge sooooo…….

  10. Claybrooks – was the guy from the beginning. No big surprise. There offence will be poor. Team will not improve. will be last in the East.Bad Decision by G.M, And Owner.

  11. Just saying // December 2, 2017 at 2:26 pm //

    What other team would consider Claybrooks as head coach next year? He’s a great defensive coach which includes an all star cast of players. But to head coach a team ? Way to green in my opinion.

  12. Just saying // December 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm //

    First it says Reed would like to get a deal done with Claybrooks as soon as possible, but then states there are a slew of other potential candidates? I’m confused?

  13. Another last place finish for the Als with “what say you” running the ship! Who in their right mind would want to work under that babbling idiot? Whoever takes it has to be so so so desperate for a head coaching job.

    • Marc Lebut // December 4, 2017 at 11:08 am //

      Exactly. If Reed stays as GM and Sleepy Joe Mack to lead the scouts, even Marc Trestman would be in for a disaster. So it’s probably be a desperate guy like Chamblin, Stubler or Bellefeuille who will take over and make this mess worse than it is.

  14. Just saying // December 2, 2017 at 5:12 pm //


  15. Scottsask // December 2, 2017 at 6:32 pm //

    Hey look another thread strictly about football, how great!

  16. Why is Kavis interviewing position coaches? Does anyone believe he is considering Bryan Chiu for HC?

    Continued meddling in Montreal by the two NY Investment bankers is killing CFL football in Montreal.

  17. Some good names in the group. If he wants Claybrooks why even string the other guys along by interviewing them?? Thought Clements was a good candidate for Ottawa several years back with his past CFL ties to the city. He would be a old fresh face in the league returning to his early roots like June Jones has done.

  18. BigRedMachine // December 4, 2017 at 12:23 am //

    I’d love to see Clements come home to the CFL but it would probably take Hufnagel / Trestman type money and control to entice him to come up North.

  19. 3rd and 1 // December 4, 2017 at 6:49 am //

    What I don’t understand is how the ALs ownership family was so easily taken in by a person who has failed forward on every promotion. Was it the way in which Kavis speaks softly yet it’s at a normal volume level. Combined with the new words he looks up in the dictionary each week and interjects those words into CFL jargon? Example… We were much more forensic this week in practise! What? Everybody pitched in to find clues on whether or not the O’linemans lost contact lense was knocked out by clean defensive play. Or was it worthy of a penalty. Followed by the remaining clues on where it could be. Cause that sure would be forensic.
    Everything in the world of CFL football success pointed to the release of Kavis Reed and the hiring of Ed Hervey earlier this calendar year. Hell even Wally Buono the leagues most successful GM\Head Coach knew that and hired Ed to replace himself at GM.
    It dosent take a rocket scientist to figure out whom ever leaves his position as a coordinator to be the head coach of a team flopping around like a fish out of water. Combined with the leadership coming from a man who has no experience as a GM and has climbed the CFL latter with a spotty record at each of his previous positions. If I was a DC in Calgary. I would stay put. Instead of taking over a real ugly mess.

    • Marc Lebut // December 4, 2017 at 11:14 am //

      Couldn’t say it better.

      What Andrew Wetenhall has been thinking hiring Reed as GM is beyond mental sanity, especially when he interviewed Sunderland, who began in football scouting when he had diapers.

      Everything obvious to everyone seems overlooked by the Wetenhalls.

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