Argos’ Corey Chamblin declines Alouettes head coach interview

Toronto defensive coordinator Corey Chamblin decided against interviewing for the Alouettes head coaching job, per sources.

Montreal had received permission to meet with Chamblin who coached the Argos defence to a Grey Cup championship.

Chamblin inked a two-year contract with the Argonauts before the 2017 season which runs through 2018.

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.

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40 Comments on Argos’ Corey Chamblin declines Alouettes head coach interview

  1. Stephen Fisher // December 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm //

    Prefers to be a DC In TO rather than HC in Montreal. Says a lot. How far down the ranks will they have to go before someone will take the Als job. Equipment managers, team Physiotherapists?

  2. Why go when everyone says he wants Claybrooks. He apparently had a bunch of interviews this weekend. Talk to Claybrooks, give him the job. If Claybrooks is interviewing it probably comes down to $$$. Why interview dozens – to show you’re doing something?

    • Bart Oatess // December 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm //

      Would you want to work for Kavis Reed?
      I mean really?

    • BigRedMachine // December 4, 2017 at 11:01 pm //

      I am hoping Claybrooks is interviewing just for the experience. I doubt he has ever had to really interview for a coaching position before.

  3. Better negotiating position with claybrooks if they have multiple candidates..

  4. TwoTurnTablesandaMicrophone // December 4, 2017 at 4:13 pm //

    The Als may need to pull Marv Levy out of retirement. How can you lose with great Marv quotes like this:
    “Great football coaches have the vision to see, the faith to believe, the courage to do… and 25 great players.”
    “Security comes from earning it, not seeking it.”
    “Systems don’t win, players do.”
    “Adversity is an opportunity for heroism.”
    “The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender.”

    • Hey Marv looked good at 90ish ,when he did his interview this year. Hmmmmm perhaps Claybrooks as well is stalling/mulling regarding this position , ergo all the other interviews!!! An open turn down by Chamblin could be the tip of the hec no I wont go response from prospective coaching canidates. HAve afeeling Montreal is going to OVER OVER OVER pay to have someone come in. How long can they survive if the miss playoffs again , Hamilton might get a team sooner rather then later!!!! or Quebec City !!!!

  5. Gerald Fildebrandt // December 4, 2017 at 4:34 pm //

    Personally I think it comes down to their GM in Montreal, the guy fired their head coach because he was 3 and 5 and that was unacceptable. So he toke over and went 0 and 11. Just looking at him on the side lines said everything. I’m glad he’s he’s staying with the Argo’s

  6. “You don’t want to be my head coach Corey? What say you?”

  7. Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 4:53 pm //

    Interesting:
    I wonder if Chamblin is coming back to his coaching roots to take over as DC????

    • Argos Rule // December 4, 2017 at 5:26 pm //

      Chamblins not going anywhere. He got a good thing in Toronto. Calgary would have to give him a promotion to assistant head coach and DC, Otherwise big trouble for the huffster for meddling. Huff already has enough to worry about as he tries to decide who the cancer in the stamps locker room is. Daniels for throwing a teammate under the bus, or mitchell and his giant ego , or dickinson for fostering such an egotistical group of players that they talk a big game, but cant deliver. Decisions, decisions.

      • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm //

        Daniels? You mean McDaniel
        Can’t deliver???? 28-6-2 isn’t delivering?????
        What happens when and if Ray Retires. Who QBs the might Argos?
        Even if Ray comes back he is due for other big shoulder injury that have plagued his career.
        Calgary will be just fine.
        Who says the stamps have egos or have players throwing each other under the bus?

        • Lancaster/Reed // December 4, 2017 at 6:56 pm //

          A lot of the media talked about how inappropriate it was for mcdaniels to say what he did about jorden in that postgame interview. That rarely happens with tight teams. I saw an interview with blm and he also talked about jordens ball security while failing to mention his own major gaffe. Tell me, What do you call it when a player publicly trashes a teammate? I call that throwing them under the bus.
          Ego? Lots of stamps were bragging grey cup week. I was confident in ricky ray and the argos, but i wasnt on here talking them up till now. You certainly cant say the same.
          And by cant deliver, you are aware that being the regular season leader doesnt get your name on the grey cup? How have the stumps done under dickinson as head coach in that regard? 0-2. Both times as huge favourites. Thats what i mean by cant deliver.
          And if Ray retires, we will probably get collaros back, and trestman can do his magic on him. Popp and trestman together will keep the Argos in the upper ecehlon, and a major threat to repeat.

          • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 7:08 pm //

            That’s not true. BLM took responsibility for the under throw and said its his fault and he let the team down. Shame on you for making that up!.
            I haven’t heard any media member criticize McDaniel’s remarks except Reg Vanstone and probably Rod Pederson. 2 rider cronies!!!!
            Dave Dickenson is 0-2 …..that’s 2 Grey cup appearances in 2 years as head coach.

          • Argos Rule // December 4, 2017 at 7:38 pm //

            TSN roundtable taked about it. Stegal, climey, dunnigan. All were surprised.
            From what ive seen since starting to read the posts the last couple of months is you making stuff up constantly. Pot, meet kettle.
            The argos beat your stamps, but none of your posts show respect for my team. But you constantly complain about people not respecting your team. Popp and trestman Dont join the argos until march, well after free agency started, and managed to build a grey cup winning team in that short of time. But no respect from you.

          • Hahaha who the hell is Reg Vanstone. Type stumps fan criticism on wrong name then does the same.

          • Hahaha who the hell is Reg Vanstone. Typical stumps fan criticizes some one for typing wrong name then does the same.

      • dickenson took over a great team and has yet to deliver a Grey Cup. So argos Rule is right. Regular seasons mean nothing if you choke in the big game every year. Im guessing its likely the asbestos in that junkyard known as mcmahon stadium.

        • I’m an Argos season-ticket holder, but the Stamps didn’t choke. They had a fluke. It was a close game, and they had an unlucky 109 yard fumble return. Stuff happens; that’s why they play. If it hadn’t happened, the agreed storyline would be how the Stamps dominated and got their redemption. Don’t over-analyze and create truths out of somewhat random events!

          • seems like you just over analyzed it. Great regular seasons not followed with Grey Cup victories in my eyes, and MANY others, is a choke. You can call it whatever you want

      • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 5, 2017 at 12:20 am //

        I respect the Argo’s and congratulated them. Dunigan and Stagall are stooges.

  8. So now Davaris Daniels is slamming his own players? I thought it was only Marquay McDaniel that was being critical…

    • Argos Rule // December 4, 2017 at 5:47 pm //

      Sorry, mcdaniels. But you never know which stamp will be next to turn on a teammate. Cancer usually spreads.

      • Galloping Again into 2018 // December 4, 2017 at 6:28 pm //

        Assuming you are an Argo fan ( I actually suspect you are a rider fan incognito just to bash Calgary). You just won the cup yet you are concerned about Calgary? That makes no sense.

        • Wow really donkey… You always cast the first stone… Anyone says anything about your choking team and look out

        • Donk talk about incognito………..you are an azzhat in the 1st degree. Look after your chokers.

  9. Hey guys…No feeding the troll.
    WE must be vigilant. He might go away.
    If we provoke him, it’s our fault.

  10. DoubleBlue1873 // December 4, 2017 at 8:32 pm //

    Claybrooks seems like a smart guy (as does Chamblin). Why would a smart guy go to work for Kavis Reed or Andrew Wetenhall? I’m honestly not dumping on the Als, I just can’t see any good coach taking that job. It’s what you call a sh*t sandwich.

    • Marc Lebut // December 5, 2017 at 10:08 am //

      Plain logic.

      This is exactly how we see it in Montréal and this is why this franchise will fold if Reed and Mack stay one more year and if Andrew keeps on believing he’s a smart football mind.

  11. Scottsask // December 4, 2017 at 8:56 pm //

    Correct BCDave, let him wither on the vine. Don’t feed the Troll!

  12. groovygrover // December 5, 2017 at 1:06 am //

    Well… (cuz as we all know he’s already there as a “quarterback whisperer” for Durant) 76 year old Grampa Simpson AKA: Ken Miller might be forced back into “coaching” the Al’s if there are no takers who wanna work for Kavis… I seriously believe this man is detrimental to Montreal’s hopes. Or do the Al’s just simply adopt Saskatchewan’s whiny mantra when everything went wrong and rejuvenate the “Blame Darian” (Durant) campaign???

  13. Not a good idea to tie your career future to Kavis Reed….

    I have a feeling that the CURRENT montreal GM will be getting a lot of declines in the coming weeks…

  14. I guess Chamblin is smarter than I thought! 🙂

  15. 3rd and 1 // December 7, 2017 at 5:00 am //

    Chamblin is happy and content right where he is. He knows as well as anyone that when you find yourself on a team that’s coming unraveled. Your time as a coach on that team is going to end real soon. As was the case when he and Taman couldn’t turn things around in SK after Durant went down with a season ending injury the second time.
    The same could be said for Calgary. You can see it and hear it all over that team. The binding that holds a team together is coming apart on the Stampeders. You have players speaking out after a loss. In the comments there is reference to other stuff behind the scenes. You have a DC probably taking a job elsewhere that will limit his coaching career. You have a loud mouth QB who complained the year before that he wanted the bill in his hands the in the last minute of a game. Which was given to him this year and he BLEW IT BIG TIME! You have a head coach that knows X’s and O’s. But just like Chamblin in SK. Dickenson is losing his grip on the team. Seeing him a week after Grey Cup it looked like he was losing a grip on himself. His disheveled look was a shocker. Take a shower and shave Dave. The derelict look dosent suite you. It makes you look like you’ve lost your mind.

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