Alouettes name Hall of Fame cover man Barron Miles defensive coordinator

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The Montreal Alouettes have hired Barron Miles as the team’s new defensive coordinator.

Miles was going to serve as the defensive backs coach and pass game coordinator in 2020, however, the season was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Als decided to promote Miles instead of extending the contract of former NFL defensive coordinator Bob Slowik.

He was Edmonton’s defensive backs and player development coach from 2016 through 2019. With his help, the green and gold finished third in the CFL last season allowing 22.2 points average per game and second in the league with 31 offensive touchdowns allowed.

The Roselle, NJ native entered the CFL coaching ranks in 2010 as a defensive assistant with the B.C. Lions for two seasons. In 2015, he served as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ defensive back coach, after spending the previous three seasons in the same position with the Saskatchewan Roughriders. As a coach, he won two Grey Cups with B.C. in 2011 and with Saskatchewan in 2013.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2018, the 47-year-old Miles was chosen a CFL all-star six times during his career. He hoisted the Grey Cup twice as a player in 2002 with Montreal and in 2006 with BC. Miles spent 12 years in the CFL as a defensive back, including seven seasons with the Alouettes.

The six-time league all-star made 66 career interceptions — second-most in CFL history during his playing days. He also holds the league record for most blocked kicks with 13.

Montreal is led by head coach Khari Jones who signed a contract extension through the 2022 season last November.

Justin Dunk is a football insider, sports reporter and anchor.