Montreal Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed admitted the timing of head coach Mike Sherman’s dismissal wasn’t ideal for the franchise.
“You won’t say that it’s easy. I would not stand here and say that, it may have some challenges,” Reed said.
Sherman joined the Alouettes in December of 2017 following a lengthy head coaching search. The club confirmed that Sherman and Reed would both return for the 2019 season this past November after going 5-13 last year. That changed when Sherman raised the possibility of leaving his position last Sunday (June 2) during an evening staff meeting.
“After a few days of discussion with coach Sherman, we mutually decided that he would step down as head coach, citing the fact that he felt the curve of learning and adjusting to the CFL game was not going as fast as he would’ve expected. He was honest about where he stood with respect to the league as a whole. I don’t believe that he quit,” Reed said.
“There were some things we all would agree that we needed it expedited and in order for us to start this season we needed to be at a certain place ad we didn’t feel we were at that place at the time. The learning curve did not go as we expected – but not disappointed at all.”
After the decision was made by the Alouettes, Reed sought and received approval from the CFL, the league currently owns the franchise, to make the change. And at no point did Reed consider adding the head coaching role to his GM duties.
“It is for the best of the organization that for the post where I am, continue to work. The last time that happened it did not result very well and you have to be very honest about what the organization needs. The organization did not and does not need me on the sideline,” Reed, who has a 22-39 record as a CFL bench boss, said.
Instead Khari Jones was named interim head coach. Jones was already the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He began coaching during the 2009 season after retiring from an 11-year playing career, which included a CFL MOP award in 2001.
“We decided on coach Jones because of his personality, because of his football experience, because of his knowledge,” Reed said.
“He’s a very innovative young man, he commands the respect of the players which is key for the head coaching position, and he’s a tremendous communicator. So he checked a lot of the boxes.”