Argos, Lions granted permission to interview Stampeders DC DeVone Claybrooks

DeVone Claybrooks is in demand.

The Toronto Argonauts and B.C. Lions have asked and received permission to interview Claybrooks for their vacant head coach positions, per sources. Toronto fired Marc Trestman after the 2018 regular season while Wally Buono retired after one final year in B.C.

Meanwhile Claybrooks has been offered a defensive line position coaching job with the Dallas Cowboys for 2019. Current Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli was the defensive line coach in Tampa Bay when Claybrooks played for the Buccaneers. The pair won a Super Bowl together in 2002.

Claybrooks orchestrated the stingiest defence in the CFL during the 2018 season, a key part of the Stampeders Grey Cup championship team. Calgary ranked No. 1 in points allowed (20.2 per game), opponent offensive touchdowns (27), opponent yards per play (5.8), turnovers forced (49), opponent rush yards (86.5 per game) and opponent pass efficiency (79.9) among other categories. Ever since Claybrooks was elevated to defensive coordinator in Calgary the Stamps have been difficult to score points against.

The 41-year-old former defensive lineman played four seasons in the NFL with the Browns, Bucs, 49ers and Cowboys. Claybrooks played for Montreal from 2007 and 2008 then Calgary 2009 to 2001 before moving into coaching.

The Virginia native is under contract with the Stamps through the 2019 season.

Claybrooks has potential coaching options on both sides of the border.

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