Alouettes GM sees benefits in Mike Sherman’s double dipping

The Montreal Alouettes were well aware of Mike Sherman’s commitment to coaching in the Your Call Football League when the team hired him as their head coach.

“In the interview process the organization knew – we put it in the press release,” general manager Kavis Reed said.

Training camp for the league started on Monday, April 16 in Vero Beach, Florida. Sherman is the head coach of the “Grit” team which will line up against the “Power” squad coached by former NFL running back and ESPN analyst Merril Hoge.

“Mike Sherman is a football institution. He is all football, all the time. And this man is also committed. We have full understanding of what his responsibilities entail. We do not feel that it interferes in his preparation. In fact, it helps his preparation because our coaches are with him. They’re doing spring meetings while he’s there. Mike is meeting with them every day,” Reed said.

“It helps because being out of coaching for a bit it gives him an opportunity to get back into the rhythm and routine well not compromising his preparation. Our coaches have spent more time in the off-season with the head coach than I’ve seen in a long time. Playbooks are done. Training camp schedule and scripts are done. If we had to start training camp today our guys are ready to go.”

CFL rookie camps are slated to open on May 16 with full training camps set to get underway on May 20. Sherman’s “Grit” team is scheduled to play games on May 3, 10 and 17 with fans given the ability to participate by voting on three coach-selected plays. The Alouettes are holding their mini-camp in Vero Beach from April 16 to 18, at the same Dodgertown facility where the Your Call Football is taking place.

“It’s an opportunity to see a lot of talent in a controlled football environment over an extended period of time. It’s available to every CFL team. When we started talking about the situation, I’m looking at it as there are opportunities here and not just from a scouting perspective, not just from a coaching perspective, but from an experience perspective as well,” Reed said.

“People are going to always run to what is half empty versus what is half full. There is no interference with the Montreal Alouettes preparation.”

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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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18 Comments on Alouettes GM sees benefits in Mike Sherman’s double dipping

  1. Interesting way to spin this mess.

  2. Bestcflfan // April 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm // Reply

    You can only serve one master

  3. greenenvy? // April 17, 2018 at 1:36 pm // Reply

    Funny. When I think of double dips & the Als I have a different picture.

  4. Training camp for the league starts in Vero Beach today and the Als are in Vero Beach next week, makes sense.

  5. solara2000 // April 17, 2018 at 1:48 pm // Reply

    If KR is ok with it and it was part of the hiring process, I am ok with it.
    Hey, the ‘proof of the pudding is in the eating’ – a winning season or?

  6. Must be the same gaggle who crowed the Als would finish last when Trestman was named HC. The same Trestman who spent his off season working with Draft prospect QB’s.

  7. Just saying // April 17, 2018 at 2:23 pm // Reply

    Yah it all makes perfect sense lol

  8. why are you people so worried about the als, yes i am an allouette fane, but thanks to the tiger cat you gace us anthony c, to the als for nothing, the als knew what they had, a gunslinger, n yes i saw ac throwing balls 50 to 60 yards in hamilton, however back then you guys didn,t have an offeensive line to speak off. i saw your team struggle badly in all those years, i never would talk down to a teM THAT IS STRUGGLING, TELL ME WHAT YOU THINK YOUR TIGER CATS WILL DO THIS YEAR. LETS HEAR ALL YOU ARM CHAIR COACHES OUT THERE, COME ON LETES MAKE SOME PREDICTIONS ON THE TIGER CATS, STARTING WITH YOU JUSTIN DUNK.

    • greenenvy? // April 17, 2018 at 3:55 pm // Reply

      Look, Alan, I wouldn’t take things too seriously at this point. Everybody has opinions but until mini-camps are over, training camp, the draft, the roster is far from set. Teams can carry up to 85 players & the final roster will be down to 46. So nobody really knows how things will flesh out. The Als look to have a nice defence & some weapons on offence so they may surprise some people. The Argos sure did in 2017. Most experts had them rated last. Keep the faith.

      • A “nice defence” and a Hail Mary on offence. That’s some fine GM’ing there Kavis.
        Nothing inspires confidence and sells tickets like NOT having a starting quarterback and filling the roster with overpaid “trending downwards” ex-stars from other teams.
        Should be a “nice” season. Maybe they’ll break last year’s record.

    • And then AC proceeded to lose 5 out of his 8 Grey Cup appearances, and plague the team post-retirement with his genius at offensive (truly offensive) coordinator. Thx Cats.

      • Looking at it the other way, Calvillo won 3 Grey Cups. Not too bad.
        As for his role as offensive coordinator, he got thrust into a role prematurely three years in a row. It takes some time to become a good coach. He has taken a step back to QB coach to learn from Trestman, and that makes sense.

  9. I know what the problem is, finally. I’ve been measuring Kavis Reed’s bull by the kilo, an almost impossible task. You have to measure this garbage by the metric ton. Who knew?

  10. Blindsidebill // April 17, 2018 at 7:55 pm // Reply

    Would any of Mike Sherman’s discussions with his YCFL players that may be on a another CFL team neg list constitute tampering? If so, there may be consequences!

  11. What’s up with You Make the Call.” This Ieague is a rip off of the Jetsons episode where The Cogswell Cogs take on the Spacely Sprockets. Cogs were up late in the fourth until Sprockets bust a long gainer right up the middle.

  12. If the Als get 1 solid free agent player from Shermans 3 day stint with the whatever you name it football league – it is well worth his short absence. A lot of people are making a mountain out of a mole hill.

  13. Another Kavis Reed miscue. Ridiculous!

  14. JoeSchmuck27 // April 18, 2018 at 12:52 pm // Reply

    Wow, as a proud ticat fan I’m actually beginning to really feel pitty for the faithful Alouettes fan base. A once proud franchise has turned into a complete gong show, and the people of La Belle Province deserve much better than this $h*t show.

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