The CFL’s moratorium on big announcements kicks in on Thursday so the hot stove is turned up full blast.
Welcome to the latest edition of Drew It Up, Then Dunked It.
In this randomly-timed column, we (that’s 3DownNation editor Drew Edwards and senior reporter Justin Dunk) present a unique combination of speculation and analysis, using our insider knowledge – what sources from around the league are telling us – together with our own understanding of how things fit together. It’s a little bit of gossip combined with some knowledge and context added in. To be clear, we’re not reporting anything – we’ll do that separately – but we’re not taking wild guesses, either.
Let’s start in Montreal, where the speculation surrounding Danny Maciocia as the leading candidate for the vacant general manager’s job has intensified, especially now that Maciocia’s Montreal Carabin’s have been eliminated from the CIS playoffs.
The future of interim head coach Jacques Chapdelaine is still uncertain. There are questions as to whether Maciocia would want to retain a man he’s fired once already – in 2007 when the pair were in Edmonton – or if Chapdelaine wants to remain in Montreal, given their history. But if Chapdelaine wants a head job in the CFL, Montreal is likely his best and only option this year.
Which isn’t to say there won’t be at least one more vacancy. Word is that Toronto Argonaut president Michael Copeland has made calls to a few people he trusts around the CFL to inquire about potential candidates in the event he elects to fire current general manager Jim Barker. The 60-year-old Barker has kept a low profile since the Argonauts were eliminated from playoff contention, but he was spotted at the Yates Cup game at Western University in London on Saturday.
If Barker is retained but decides to part ways with head coach Scott Milanovich, look for Hamilton defensive coordinator Orlondo Steinauer to be the leading candidate. Steinauer’s three-year deal with Hamilton expires after this season.
If Steinauer gets the head job in Toronto, his first call may be to his former colleague with the Ticats, Tommy Condell, who resigned as offensive coordinator on the eve of the 2016 season. Condell and his family are still living in Ancaster and word is that he would open to a return to the CFL.
Don’t expect the Argonauts to make any major decisions until after the Grey Cup in Toronto: the league-imposed moratorium on major announcements begins this Thursday.
It doesn’t sound like the head coaching job in B.C. will be open next season.
— Farhan Lalji (@FarhanLaljiTSN) November 13, 2016
There had been speculation that Laval head coach Glenn Constantine might be headed out west…
Talk after the Dunsmore Cup is the B.C. Lions are interested in Université Laval head coach Glen Constantin to guide the Lions.
— Herb Zurkowsky (@HerbZurkowsky1) November 12, 2016
But sources say Buono feels like serving as head coach helps in his decision-making with regards to player personnel moves. He’s also got a number of internal candidates who would likely be strong candidates for the job.