Redblacks’ Thorpe likes the way Kyries Hebert plays

Lisa Wallace, Canadian Press

The Ottawa Redblacks’ defensive corps will need to dig a little deeper for their next game.

Ottawa will be without veteran linebacker Kyries Hebert when the Redblacks play the Montreal Alouettes Friday. Hebert will be serving a one-game suspension for a direct hit to the head on Calgary Stampeders receiver DaVaris Daniels.

Hebert, a former Alouette who was likely looking forward to facing his former team, still has the option to appeal the suspension.

Avery Williams will be the next man up to replace Hebert in the lineup while defensive ends A.C. Leonard, Jonathan Newsome and Avery Ellis could return after all three left Thursday’s game against Calgary.

Hebert has been fined three times before.

“It’s the persona that he was trying to create for himself right, the angry bird,” Ottawa tailback Brendan Gillanders said of Hebert’s reputation. “He’s going to play to the limit every single time and it’s a double-edged sword when you put yourself out there like that. You’re going to put yourself on notice to league officials and stuff like that.

“At the same time it’s a persona that guys can get around. I think having him on our defence makes our whole defence hit a little bit harder and hopefully it pays off later in the season with a couple more fumble opportunities.”

Gillanders was on the receiving end of a Hebert hit in 2016 that resulted in his second fine. The 37-year-old Hebert also received the maximum fine for a hit on Toronto quarterback Cody Fajardo last season, and took Calgary running back Jon Cornish out in 2014 with a forearm to the head that left the Canadian concussed.

Gillanders said he’s since forgiven Hebert for the 2016 hit.

“We’re cool about it,” Gillanders said. “We talked about it once in a meeting and he said honestly he didn’t mean to catch me in the head and like I said when guys are running at full speed in opposite directions it happens, so we’re all good.”

Hebert did not take part in practice drills Monday. He stood on the sidelines and was not made available to the media.

Ottawa Defensive coordinator Noel Thorpe said Hebert’s aggressive and physical style of play is well suited to his system.

“We like the way he plays, he’s a physical football player,” said Thorpe. “It’s pretty much cut and dry. His example of how he leads on the field through his play and through his tempo is contagious and infectious. Other guys are playing that way and that’s the expectation of everybody on defence, not just one player, and that’s great motivation.”

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26 Comments on Redblacks’ Thorpe likes the way Kyries Hebert plays

  1. fannotacoach // July 3, 2018 at 6:16 pm //

    So with his leadership you hope to have a team full of headhunters ???

  2. Puck Hog // July 3, 2018 at 6:36 pm //

    Thorpe likes the way he tries to maime players who are out there trying to make a living for themselves and their families?

  3. RicoBeBlue&Gold // July 3, 2018 at 6:40 pm //

    Angry Bird? Right… It’s more like Dirty Bird.

  4. Ticats1 // July 3, 2018 at 6:41 pm //

    ” Honestly, I didn’t mean to hit you in the head ” …. this is a recording.

  5. Provemewrong // July 3, 2018 at 7:10 pm //

    I used to have respect for Thorpe. Now he sounds like he belongs with the WWE…

  6. MR. Green // July 3, 2018 at 7:22 pm //

    Hebert is exactly where he should be this week.

    • Watch Hebert appeal and play just so he can headhunt and hurt a skilled Als player. Anger management won’t help this dude. I wonder if he is on roids or PEDs to be so nasty and unconscionable.

  7. Don’t see how you could support the way he plays when he doesn’t get to play for playing that way…..

    Some straight up poetry

  8. Paul Bomber // July 3, 2018 at 8:00 pm //

    By the time I shuffle off this mortal coil, the CFL could very well be part of sport history and dirtbags like Hebert and neanderthals like thorpe will have been to blame.
    They should suspend him too.

  9. God what unmitigated BS. He likes the way that he plays. This guy ended Cornish’s career. He is not worthy of carrying Cornish’s jockstrap. We need dirty players and the coaches who encourage the out of the League.

    • Paul Bomber // July 3, 2018 at 10:55 pm //

      Don’t forget that as a Bomber, this dirtbag also ended Jesse Lumsden’s football career… though with a less clear-cut “dirty hit”… more marginal. But with a guy like this, I don’t give him the benefit of the doubt.

  10. Does this coach not realize that making a hit in the manner in which Hebert did last week could actually be just as likely to cause his OWN player serious long-term harm? Surely a coach should be advocating proper tackling technique for the sake of the health of his own players…!

    • Paul Bomber // July 3, 2018 at 10:58 pm //

      Excellent point! Begs the question: What other kind of dangerous play would thorpe champion in the name of winning?

  11. TheLastArgoFan // July 3, 2018 at 11:07 pm //

    The video of Herbert’s latest infraction should be used by all football coaches and leagues to instruct players on HOW NOT TO HIT!

    Leaving your feet, launching yourself like a projectile, leading with your helmet, extending your elbow like a battering ram…
    Textbook infractions.

    Hebert has now conned the REDBLACKS, same as he did the Alouettes.

  12. Diehardticat // July 3, 2018 at 11:17 pm //

    If coached get fined for questioning referee and league decisions then why doesn’t Thorpe get fined for justifying this behavior as collateral damage in the name of aggressive play? Thorpe is saying that he supports this less skilled player in hitting the way he does and labels it as aggressive. I am going out on a limb by saying that because this is an Ottawa story, that there are Ottawa fans speaking out against Hebert and Thorpe on this thread. If so, my respect to them for being impartial and seeing this dirty unskilled player for what he is: dirty!

    • Right on Diehardticat! like in the workplace a responsable supervisor and a responsible employer would also get fined. Your Cats are really looking good. Best of luck in Sask this week.

      • Diehardticat // July 4, 2018 at 9:50 am //

        Thank-you Mongo. A refreshing change and enjoyable to watch with the mindset that we can actually win a game.

  13. There are other players in this league who play “on the edge” and aggressively but don’t take dirty shots at opposing players: Elimimian, Simoni Lawrence, Bighill and Dean just to name a few.
    Plays like Hebert’s are TOTALLY unnecessary!

    • Diehardticat // July 4, 2018 at 9:52 am //

      Bang on TFMCB. Thorpe is making excuses and trying to package this goon up as an aggressive player

  14. Tiger man // July 4, 2018 at 7:30 am //

    Thorpe used to coach this animal in Montreal, probably asked for his signing since being in Ottawa.

    What else do you expect one stupid person to say of another.

  15. riderontheisland // July 4, 2018 at 12:24 pm //

    The only thing worse than having to put up with this headhunter in the league is listening the BS of teammates defending him.

  16. You won’t find a bigger fan of tough hard hitting football players than I am.

    Guys like Bill Romanowski, Jim Burt, Chuck Cecil, Johnny Sears, Draino Belli – – that’s exactly the kind of guys you need on a football team.

    But FFS, you absolutely CANNOT humiliate yourself by whining about how your “feelings are hurt” because someone called you a dirty player.

    Hebert made himself sound like a eunuch with that puss comment.

  17. Don Mtl. // July 6, 2018 at 3:04 pm //

    So,should any linebacker had launches over the top on a goal line stand be a “dirty player ?

    • Don Mtl. // July 6, 2018 at 3:10 pm //

      I should have read that before posting.
      “should any player that launches himself over the top, on a goal line stand, be labelled a “dirty player” He is leaving his feet and leading with his head…just sayin’…

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