Argos’ Tommy Condell interviews with Alouettes

Former Ticats offensive coordinator and current Argos receivers coach Tommy Condell had his interview with the Alouettes on Thursday regarding the vacant head coach position.

Condell was hired as a special advisor by Toronto in January and when Marc Trestman came in he became the receivers coach. S.J. Green, Armanti Edwards and Grey Cup MVP DeVier Posey had career-best campaigns under Condell’s tutelage.

2016 saw Condell spend the season out of football after he resigned from the Ticats in April that year because it was in the “best interests of my family.” He kept his mind on football and learning by travelling to universities such as Western Kentucky, Arkansas State, Bowling Green, and Dallas and Baltimore to visit with the Cowboys and Ravens staffs.

But Condell maintained the family residence in Hamilton. He spent three seasons with the Ticats, joining the franchise when Kent Austin was hired as general manager and head coach in 2013. The two men knew each other well coaching together for three seasons at Cornell University in advance of coming to the Hammer.

In Condell’s final season with Hamilton, the Tiger-Cats had the CFL’s top-ranked passing offence and were second in points scored, despite starting four different quarterbacks – Zach Collaros, Jeff Mathews, Jacory Harris, and Jeremiah Masoli – due to injury.

Highly respected around the league, Condell is known for his innovative offensive schemes and ability to bring a family atmosphere to the team, which starts with candor.

“The first conversation we had he told me, ‘S.J. the worst and the best thing about me is I’m honest, and I’m honest,’” all-star receiver S.J. Green said. “I can appreciate that, I felt where he was coming from.”

Montreal’s offence could use an offensive guru like Condell, the Alouettes scored a league-low 314 points in 2017. That was 129 fewer than the next closest team (Hamilton: 443).

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Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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14 Comments on Argos’ Tommy Condell interviews with Alouettes

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

  2. BigRedMachine // December 7, 2017 at 1:06 pm //

    I see Reed interviewing all these people with zero experience as a HC. Combined with his zero experience as a GM makes me shake my head. I wonder if Austin might have any interest in the job? Might have something to prove and I believe they have worked together before.

    • Eddiefelson // December 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm //

      If austin goes to montreal- and collaros gets traded there…we can all yell collusion regarding the arblows winnimg the division..
      Hell if they both end up in the same place it pretty evident

  3. That would be a match made in hell; Austin & Wetenhall. Not enough room for two egos that big! If Condell goes to the Als, they might shop for Collaros. That was when Zack was at his best, under Condell. Word was Zack loved TC and wasn’t on the same page with KA.

  4. hmmm looks like no Claybrooks signing coming to Montreal. Claybrooks has thought better probably to stay clear for the time being . However if NO one bites , the Als might just offer contract full of a ridiculious salary and other perks making even failure look attractive. How rich are the ALs owners basically, lol.

  5. Marc Lebut // December 7, 2017 at 2:06 pm //

    Austin and Condell could find good players as they had pretty good connections in NCAA. If Condell comes to Montréal, he’ll understand Reed and Mack’s connections are nowhere close to that, so he won’t succeed… unless Condell takes the GM job too after one disastrous season.

  6. Montreal with Reed is a dumpster fire. Just give the job to AC & make everybody happy. If the Als had a strong GM like Ed Hervey they would have attracted strong HC candidates. Instead he’s in BC.

    • BlackGold58 // December 7, 2017 at 8:06 pm //

      Ed Hervey…lol, seriously? Every story I hear about the guy he is difficult, takes credit for others work, the only good idea is his of course and there isn’t enough room for both his body and his ego in Vancouver. Good luck Wally, what a huge mistake.

  7. I mentioned Condell as an option back in Oct. I think he would do quite well. But so would Claybrooks. They just need to get a QB now

  8. Tiger man // December 8, 2017 at 7:56 am //

    A coach who has no sense of responsibility hired by a GM who has no clue what he’s doing….

    It won’t be long before Condell gets to experience abandonment from the other side of the coin….

    I can’t wait to see this car accident begin…

  9. The guy who takes the HC job is one who thinks he can turn it around regardless of who the GM is and does not care what the owner does. Someone will take the job eventually so good luck to him and hopefully he will have some good players to pick from for his 2018 roster.

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