Anthony Calvillo to the Argos just another gut punch for Alouettes fans

He donned the two-tone blue of the enemy. While the legendary aura that seems to surround him in person remains, he is wearing another team’s colours, and it has Alouettes fans feeling a whole range of emotions.

They will now be forced to watch their all-time quarterback patrolling the sidelines as QB coach of the Toronto Argonauts, the defending Grey Cup champions who already have so many of our city’s former heroes. What’s one more for good measure, right?

In all seriousness, Calvillo spent three tumultuous seasons as a coach with the Alouettes organization, none of which were great offensive years or winning seasons. The ineptitude of the front office placed too many responsibilities on his shoulders early on and they clearly never let him develop slowly on the job.

So to see AC now land in Toronto is bittersweet. Don’t get me wrong, Montrealers will never feel anything other than love for Calvillo. They understand that he was in need of a change of scenery and that his former coach Marc Trestman can no doubt take his coaching skills to the next level. But it doesn’t mean we have to like what we are witnessing.

No longer will the city of Montreal have their quintessential Alouettes great at community events, representing the Als organization. It hurts doubly for foundations, schools and organizations that are already feeling the loss of Ky Hebert this offseason as well.

In a winter filled with more uncertainty (I mean, Josh Freeman? Really?) and lack of excitement, Alouettes fans now endure one more punch to the gut; seeing their icon with the wrong ‘A’ on his sweater. Oy.

Montreal wishes Anthony Calvillo well. We just don’t have to like it.

Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross

Matthew Ross is a radio host on TSN 690 Montreal and has contributed to the Montreal Gazette, and He's a native Montrealer and misses watching Anthony Calvillo just like everyone else.
Matthew Ross
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Matthew Ross is a radio host on TSN 690 Montreal and has contributed to the Montreal Gazette, and He's a native Montrealer and misses watching Anthony Calvillo just like everyone else.

19 Comments on Anthony Calvillo to the Argos just another gut punch for Alouettes fans

  1. The reality is Anthony needs to learn his craft and that can’t happen by staying in Montreal forever. I can’t think of a better teacher than Trestman. Calvillo can one day come back to his hometown through the front door as an accomplished HC.

  2. Just saying // March 20, 2018 at 9:29 am //

    Las Vegas Posse, Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Montreal, and Toronto. I say get over it.

  3. I find it understandable but yet fascinating how poorly he played for the Posse and Ti-cats and yet blossomed under good coaching in Mtl. Seems like a cool guy. Bought his cancer charity cookbook 🙂

  4. Feeling Blue // March 20, 2018 at 10:27 am //

    This is a no brainer….he wasn’t going to be working for Montreal this year anyway and he and Marc Trestman have a strong connection. This is a great fit.

  5. Tom calder // March 20, 2018 at 11:01 am //

    A lack of excitement this off season ? Really, Matt?. Seems to me they have quietly rebuilt their squad with quality signings, both coach and player. You seem a bit smug in mocking josh freeman. What makes you the expert ?

  6. just saying // March 20, 2018 at 12:06 pm //

    i believe he spent time backing up Tracy ham in Montreal? and i think he really took off after that.

    • Tiger man // March 21, 2018 at 8:55 am //

      Tracy mentored him. Something Calvillo refused to do for those after him.

      It’s always been about him.

      This move doesn’t surprise a bit.

      He’ll likely be bad mouthing Montreal in the months to come….

  7. White Horse // March 20, 2018 at 12:15 pm //

    Can’t blame AC for wanting to work with Trestman. I would love to know what Trestman would have done with the crucial play calling in the last two Grey Cups. Dickenson made two very bad play calls that probably was ‘THE’ reason for two cup losses. Would Trestman have used Messam on the two yard line to win the 2016 Cup? Would Trestman have allowed BLM to throw a long pass into the end zone or would he have kicked a field goal? There have been some bad coaching calls in the last two years which includes Jason Maas stupid call to go for third down instead of kicking a field goal in West Final! What would Trestman have done? I think Kavis Reed would have made better choices! Lets stop knocking the Allouettes and there recent choices.

    • Mass did take a field goal rather than going for it on 3rd down. What were you watching??? If your going to call someone stupid for what they did at least have your facts correct lest you come off as the stupid one.

  8. How is it a gut punch? Calvillo was not going to work for the Als this season…so, they lost nothing. Will he make a huge difference in Tranna? Will his impact there be significantly better than the guy who would have had his job?
    Get real! Mtl. would need a minor miracle to beat Tranna, not a minor coaching change for Tranna.

  9. Great fit for Calvillo, his work ethic will be properly tutored under Trestman. The real gut-punch in this article is the simple statment, “a winter filled with more uncertainty and lack of excitement”.
    I have never felt so woefully unenthusiastic about this upcoming Alouette campaign.

  10. This is Reed’s team. Top to bottom, his HC, most of the Assistants, the six QB’s under contract and 85 percent of the roster. So he better hope one of these six QB’s can save his job. He could be out of work before September.

  11. Yeah. We’re all really broken up the worst offensive coordinator in living memory has gone to our greatest rivals.

    • Tiger man // March 21, 2018 at 8:58 am //

      Good players don’t always make competent coaches or co ordinators.

      Calvillo is next in line to prove it.

  12. habbernack // March 21, 2018 at 11:42 am //

    Als are as disfunctional as the Habs

  13. Montreal needs as much competent coaching as possible right now. Calvillo at this stage is still somebody who is learning and should be in the background. Toronto is the perfect because he’s at the bottom of the coaching totem pole. There is no pressure for him to learn, teach, call plays, and win all at the same time.

  14. Edward Leslie // March 22, 2018 at 1:23 am //

    Tom Calder: I agree. I think Montreal has made more positive additions than any other team in the off season. Jamaal Westerman, Chris Williams, Josh Freeman, Tommie Canpbell, Mitchell White, Joe Burnett, Dominique Ellis, Kyle Knox and Former Green Bay Packers Head Coach, Mike Sherman. Plus they are about to sign Middle Linebacker Henoc Muamba and have the first pick in the upcoming CFL draft. All of that should add up to Enthusiasm for the upcoming season, so I don’t know why Matthew Ross is so down on the club.
    If Montreal can find a few more players at their free agent camps, this team just might make a big bounce back, even without Anthony Calvillo not being a part of the organization for the first time in 20 years.

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