A paltry 16.7 per cent.
Someone on Twitter posted Kavis Reed’s winning percentage as Montreal Alouettes general manager. To say that it’s an incompetent number would be more than accurate.
Towards the end of last season, Reed was a guest on TSN 690 Radio in Montreal with Mitch Melnick. He tried to put a bow on what then was only a small pile of garbage, saying that the losses would pay off in the future because they were installing a new culture. The only problem? This year has been worse. Much, much worse. In fact, I can’t even name one untouchable player on this roster, much less a core to build around. There is no plan. There is no hope on the way for this season, or even beyond. When the coach tells the media after the game that a) it’s difficult to get better players in at this point in the season and b) he has no idea why the team wasn’t prepared for Friday night’s 50-11 drubbing at home versus Hamilton, you know that things aren’t getting better any time soon
But even if Reed and head coach Mike Sherman were fired tomorrow, does anyone believe that the team would hire the right person to turn things around? See, the issue isn’t with the answer-less GM. Rather, it’s with the man who hired him in the first place. You might recall that at one time Reed was the special teams coach under Coach Jacques Chapdelaine. Then in an instant, he was GM and became Chapdelaine’s boss. Only in the CFL.
No, the issue appears to be with the lack of head of football operations for this team. As owner Robert Wetenhall, who was present Friday night for the debacle, now appears to be involved in name only, Andrew Wetenhall continues to sink the club into a very worrying and dangerous abyss. Attendance is dwindling and apathy has set in. I didn’t hear many boos last night. Nor did I see any angry signs about the current state of affairs. That tells me that the passion is waning. Meanwhile, former GM Jim Popp won a Grey Cup last year. You might recall that Chapdelaine was hired as coach without then-GM Popp’s blessing. Sensing a pattern here? No, ego and rationale have to prevail at some point with ownership. I don’t tell my dentist how to do his job. So why is Andrew Wetenhall hiring GMs and head coaches?
So until a Wally Buono-like figure is brought in to lead ALL of the football-making decisions, the Alouettes will continue to be competitively irrelevant – whether Johnny Manziel improves or not. And it’s breaking the hearts of football fans everywhere in La Belle Province.
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