Double dip: Alouettes’ Mike Sherman coaching team in Your Call Football League

It looks like the Montreal Alouettes aren’t the only team Mike Sherman has decided to coach this spring.

In addition to his duties with the Als, Sherman is also a head coach with the fledgeling Your Call Football League. According to the Nov. 8 release touting Sherman’s hire, he will be responsible for “developing a roster of quality professional football players, executing training camp and practices and coaching one of the two TCF professional football teams.”

Training camp for the league started on Monday in Vero Beach, Florida and Sherman is the head coach of the “Grit” team which will go up against the “Power” squad coached by former NFL running back and ESPN analyst Merril Hoge.

The two teams will play games on May 3, 10 and 17 and fans will supposedly be able to participate by voting on three coach-selected plays. The games will be available via live stream on the league’s website, the app and via their media partners at Barstool Sports.

Meanwhile, CFL rookie camps are slated to open on May 16 with full camps set to get underway on May 20.

Though it varies across the league, CFL coaches generally return to work full-time sometime in mid-April to begin preparations for training camp and the upcoming season.

A few of the players involved in the league have CFL connections as well. Quarterback B.J. Daniels was on the list of 10 players revealed from the Saskatchewan Roughriders negotiation list released in February and cornerback Khalid Wooten played eight games for the Ticats over the past two seasons.

The Alouettes are slated to hold their mini-camp in Vero Beach from April 16 to 18, also at the Dodgertown facility where the Your Call Football sessions are taking place. Sherman was named the head coach of the Alouettes on Dec. 21 and despite a long resume, he has no previous CFL experience.

He can, however, coach two teams at once.

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards

Drew Edwards is into his eighth season covering the CFL and the Ticats for the Hamilton Spectator. He is the founder and editor of 3DownNation.
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43 Comments on Double dip: Alouettes’ Mike Sherman coaching team in Your Call Football League

  1. Is it just me, or are we getting the sense Sherman may not be taking the CFL as seriously as we do?

    Kavis, what hath you wrought?

    • thewickedtuna // April 11, 2018 at 10:09 am //

      Coach Sherman has spent weeks with his coaches both in 2017 and 2018 in Montreal and Vero. Khary Jones and Rich Stubler are leading the coaching staff and Sherman calls multiple times daily (using Skype and What’s App). There were many, many times with the Argos under HC Mike Clemons where Stubler assumed control of the good ship Argo.

      Had a chance to speak to Coach Sherman in depth at combine in Winnipeg. He is a student of the game and could not have been more engaged and humble.

      He was with Josh Freeman, pretty sure he even knew his name. Sherman has a wicked coaching tree, far more connections than even June Jones- Trestman not close. Anytime he is around football connections he is working it for the Montreal Alouettes.

      The negative spin here for Sherman is not founded just sending the wrong signal. Best of luck to the Montreal Alouettes.

  2. solara2000 // April 10, 2018 at 12:07 pm //

    He’s obviously a talented guy. Assume this was part of his employment agreement with All. Thought HC’s were paid for exclusive right to their coaching services by the team. From a bigger view, not sure it speaks well for the professional perception of the CFL.

    • thewickedtuna // April 11, 2018 at 11:05 am //

      It was interesting now that I think about it, that June Jones was not at combine in Winnipeg. Drew using your powers of negative, bring on the clicks, damaging articles- that would mean that Jones couldn’t possibly understand the ratio and has no respect for Canadian talent?!

  3. Wood horse // April 10, 2018 at 12:19 pm //

    This is pretty shocking. Main camp is 5 weeks away. And in the mean time, we have the draft, FA and mini camps, rosters to finalize. This is what Sherman is doing right now? Reed had trouble finding a coach, was the only way he could land Sherman was allowing him to moonlight?

  4. Yeah, that league is not just some lame gimmick, is it.

  5. Best CFL Fan // April 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm //

    This is very disheartening for an Als fan. Coach should be working day and night, prepping playbook, watching film etc. This just sounds so wrong. He’s going to fix the worst offence in the league, perhaps worst in history of the league by being in FL when he should be putting a team together?

  6. Wood horse // April 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm //

    I don’t want to disrespect Al’s fans but it’s feeling like they might be the free spot on the BINGO card this year. Kinda feeling like the Stamps under Dunigan and possibly worse!

  7. stunning…the Alouettes risk folding in the near future as fiasco after fiaso takes place….

    imagine Marc Trestman or Chris Jones heading over to Europe now to coach soccer or rugby? laughable, right?


    Kavis Reed going from a special teams coach to a GM is like me going from shoe salesman to QB’ing the 49ers

  8. We have already learned from previous experience that being a head coach in the CFL requires full-time commitment to be successful. Mike Sherman will be replace by the end of the 2018 season

  9. Remember last year with the late hiring of the Argos GM Jim Popp and HC Marc Trestman and they took a pass on Football week BECAUSE they were too busy looking at who they’d bring in and building a coaching team and plan.

    Result – Grey Cup win as they came together when it counted.

    Oh and despite Trestman out of the CFL for a few seasons, he still did the work necessary to get his team together.

    • Sixbeamers // April 10, 2018 at 7:07 pm //

      Trestman already had won two Grey Cups and a coach of the year award when he joined the CFL for the second time. He arrived the first time (for the 2008 season) when the Alouettes were coming off their first losing season (8-10) since 1996. Last year’s Als were 3-15 and didn’t have a quarterback in his prime (Anthony Calvillo), as was the case with Trestman. Sherman has a lot more to fix as a “rookie” CFL coach.

  10. This is more of a PR gig and there is also the positive side to this. This is a free opportunity for Sherman to make contacts and get eyes on prospects.

    Everything about the Als this year will live or die on the field of play.

  11. This Your Call thing was lined up way before his CFL head coaching job, he might have been contractually obligated to still do it and if I that’s the case the Als probably knew and allowed him to do it. It’s not like Your Call is going to take months and months of his time.

    • He is the Head Coach of a football team that went 3-15 last season. HE SHOULDN’T BE SPENDING ONE SECOND ON ANYTHING BUT SETTING THIS TEAM ON A PATH TO THE GREY CUP.
      This season is EXACTLY as it appears: a frickin’ joke, with a quarterback who hasn’t seen regular action in 5 years and hasn’t played a snap in this league in his career. As a 3rd generation Alouettes fan even I am starting to HATE this team.


  12. just another indication of bush league management. the frabchise will be 0 and 6 and everyone will bail out…and to think AC is in TO and we would not give him a clear chance. signed… 10 yr season ticket holder cancelled 3 yrs ago and counting…

    • “and to think AC is in TO and we would not give him a clear chance”

      Are you insane? The Alouettes wasted 3 seasons giving Calvillo a “clear chance”. The man had a 6-26 record as OC, which is EVEN WORSE than his 3-5 record in Grey Cup appearances.

      Once they got rid of Calvillo…THE ONE AND ONLY REASON WE COULDN’T HIRE EITHER A LEGITIMATE HC OR GM FOR 3 SEASONS… you’d think the Wetenhall’s would have the good sense to clean house and fire the “in house” GM they had to hire in order to maintain their dream of AC taking over the team as HC.

      But Reed remains, in his full blown incompetence. To wreak his revenge on the team that stamped him with the moniker: Kavis (Too Many Men Saskatchewan) Reed.

      Every season this team makes the most impenetrable decisions. Every season fans complain at what a sh*tshow the season will be. Every season management says, give it a chance, it might work. Every season fans say, “see we told you it was going to be a disaster”. And every season management says, “it’s easy to say that after the fact.”


  13. just saying // April 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm //

    wow part time coach, sorry Als fans this is all Kavis and his lack of understanding and the middle finger to you all. its now up to the fan base to let it rip.

  14. solara2000 // April 10, 2018 at 1:51 pm //

    Memo to: KR
    Put out a news release to your fans that this was a pre-contract obligation that the club and Coach S felt could also serve as a prospect mini-camp or some other excuse, stupid or otherwise. Silence is damning!

  15. Edward Leslie // April 10, 2018 at 2:01 pm //

    Top 5 Negative things about the CFL right now:
    5. Johnny Manziel to the CFL overdose.
    4. David Braley still owns the B.C. Lions
    3. Rogers Comminications’ fake “Interest” in the CFL
    2. Andrew Wetenhall still running the Alouettes.
    1. Kavis Reed is General Manager of the Alouettes.

  16. Edward Leslie // April 10, 2018 at 2:10 pm //

    My challenge to Coach Sherman on “Your call Football League”: I bet you $500 that I could actually name more players on the Montreal Alouettes than Coach Sherman can.

  17. rockfish // April 10, 2018 at 2:51 pm //

    Als should never have gotten rid of Popp and waited for him to lure Trestman back. Look what they were able to accomplish with the Argos in their first season. Granted, that was with Ricky Ray at QB not Darian Durant, but both are aging QBs. I don’t have much faith in Kavis, let alone Sherman.

  18. Mike Sherman is one of the worst CFL hires since Dan Hawkins and Bart Andrus.

    Horrifically bad coaching hire.

  19. White Horse // April 10, 2018 at 4:31 pm //

    We should give the Alouettes and their management a break for God’s sake. This article is not indicative or worthy of any panicky thought dumping! Come on CFL fans.

    • Sure. Let’s give a 3-15 team a break when the HC isn’t 100% committed to his job, and the GM is an incompetent fool. Yup, works for Als fans.

  20. Tom calder // April 10, 2018 at 4:51 pm //

    Sherman didn’t come to montreal to fail, and soil his reputation. I think he ‘s using ycfl to find hidden gems for the als

  21. This news gives one pause, and is not exactly a public relations triumph for the Alouettes. Some explanation seems required under the circumstances. It does not seem the way for an NFL coach without CFL experience to begin his work in the CFL.

  22. Classic Drew Edwards can he write something without bashing the Al’s?

  23. greenenvy? // April 10, 2018 at 7:20 pm //

    Seriously. The positive spin is you get to rub elbows with Khalid Wooten & B J Daniels & other “major talents” for the taking. Coaches get paid a lot of money so, unless Kavis is giving him peanuts, no need to moonlight. This isn’t going to build his resume & he’s lucky to have a job in pro football after 2 years coaching a high school team to a sub .500 record. What a joke. Get your head on straight man. As for Kavis, another wonderful hire.

  24. Edward Leslie // April 10, 2018 at 10:18 pm //

    And yet Jacques Chapdelaine is the one who’s unemployed! If Montreal gets off to a bad start, there could be double firing by Labour day: both Mike Sherman AND Kavis Reed.
    It’s never too early to start speculating about possible replacements, if that does happen.
    My suggestions: Ex-Alouette Jock Climie as new General Manager. He knows Montreal and the CFL, he’s a passionate football person; and he’s very intelligent too. In fact, he’s a lawyer, so that would
    help him withmany aspects of the job too.
    The “new” head coach? Duh, how about Jacques Chapdelaine?
    I’m definitely jumping the gun though. Sherman deserves a chance. But I’d be shocked if the Alouettes make much improvement with Kavis Reed at the helm though. I hope I’m wrong though.

    • greenenvy? // April 11, 2018 at 12:56 am //

      I’m one who likes Climie but like you say he’s an intelligent guy. He’s got a nice cushy gig at TSN so why would he leave that for the mess in Mtl? The ownership is as much the problem as Kavis.

  25. This isn’t even news, Coach Sherman was contracted to do this before he was hired by the Als and was discussed extensively with Montreal Reporters on his one on one interviews when he was hired.

    The least Edwards could do is give credit to those reporters he stole this information from.

  26. The REAL STORY is 3down is so incompetent that they only now figured out Sherman has a role with YouCall that was made prior to him becoming the Montreal Head Coach. Why didn’t you mention this when he was hired 4 months ago? This was no secret as I even knew about it.

    In all liklihood, Sherman already commited to YouCall and could not get out the obligation (insert CFL contract joke here). It’s not like YouCall is a serious league either that demands his attention year round. Sherman gets paid while also scouting the players there.

    • Sixbeamers // April 10, 2018 at 11:17 pm //

      Sherman was hired by the Alouettes in December. Surely that afforded him enough lead time to get out of a commitment scheduled for May.

      • When James Wilder and Victor Butler wanted their release, everybody here was against it because the players “signed a contract”.

        Now that same thinking is ignored as Sherman is just fulfilling his previous commitment.

  27. is it to late for Johnny Manziel to join..

  28. I have a lot of respect for Sherman but being a good Head Coach in the CFL is at least an 11 month commitment. He is a prior NFL GM so I assumed Kavis would be more than happy to use some of Sherman’s personnel background in the offseason…Apparently not.

  29. Bill Smith // April 11, 2018 at 1:08 pm //

    Sherman was only hired in December. No doubt he had committed to this spring league gig long before signing with the Als.

    Nothing to see here.

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