Argos to name Mike Archer defensive coordinator

The Toronto Argonauts will name Mike Archer defensive coordinator, per sources.

Archer will replace Corey Chamblin who told the team he doesn’t plan on returning for the 2018 season after serving as defensive coordinator on the Argonauts 2017 Grey Cup championship team.

Archer was brought on the Argos defensive staff by Chamblin last year to coach linebackers. The 64-year-old has over 30 seasons of NCAA coaching experience, including a four-year stint as head coach at Louisiana State University where the LSU Tigers went 27-18-1 while winning a Southeastern Conference Championship in 1988.

Archer coached linebackers for the Pittsburgh Steelers for seven seasons from 1996-2002. The Argonauts were his first coaching role in the CFL. As a player, Archer was a defensive back for the University of Miami where he earned a masters degree in education. He won a National Championship as Hurricanes defensive backs coach in 1983.

Archer’s replacement as linebackers coach is expected to be Greg Quick, who has served as linebackers coach in Montreal for the last two seasons and took a more active role in defensive game planning after Kavis Reed fired Noel Thorpe last September.

Quick originally got his CFL coaching start in Toronto in 2010 when he served for two seasons as the Argos linebacker coach. He was the Saskatchewan Roughriders defensive coordinator under Chamblin in 2015.

Chamblin turned around the double blue defence that ranked last in points allowed (568), touchdowns allowed (59), rushing majors (19), rushing yards allowed (2,074), yards per rush (5.7), yards per completion (8.7), opponent completion percentage (70.9), red zone chances allowed (62), big plays allowed (rushes 20-plus yards and completions 30-plus yards equaled 52) in 2016. Archer will try to keep that positive momentum going.