Montreal Alouettes fire defensive line coach Todd Howard

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The Montreal Alouettes have fired defensive line coach Todd Howard, per sources.

The 56-year-old was a third-round pick in the 1987 NFL Draft out of Texas A&M. He has 30 years of coaching experience at the NCAA, NFL, and CFL levels and was first hired by the Als as their linebackers coach in 2018.

Howard broke into the CFL with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2013-14) followed by a stint with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (2015-17). He served as the defensive line coach with both clubs.

The native of Bryan, Texas has a Super Bowl XXXIV ring from his tenure with the St. Louis Rams and a 2013 Grey Cup ring from his stint with the Riders.

The Alouettes released the following statement following 3DownNation‘s report.

The Montreal Alouettes announced on Sunday that the team promoted Greg Quick to the Defensive Line Coach position.

Quick, who was the club’s Defensive and Special Teams Assistant, will replace Todd Howard, who was relieved of his duties.

“We would like to thank Todd for everything that he has done for the Alouettes these past years. We felt that we needed to make this change for the good of the team. Greg Quick’s defensive experience and expertise allow us to make this change in season,” declared Alouettes Head Coach Khari Jones.

Quick has racked up over 30 years of coaching experience, including eight in the CFL.

John Hodge is a Canadian football reporter based in Winnipeg.