Quarterbacks coach Will Arndt tapped as Redblacks’ offensive play-caller: report

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The Ottawa Redblacks offence will be in the hands of quarterbacks coach Will Arndt following the firing of head coach and offensive coordinator Paul LaPolice, according to a report from Postmedia’s Tim Baines.

The organization made the change at head coach on Saturday after LaPolice went 6-22 over two seasons at the helm, naming special teams coordinator Bob Dyce as interim head coach. However, a decision was not immediately made as to who would replace LaPolice as offensive play-caller.

That now appears to be Arndt, a former CFL quarterback in his first season coaching for the organization. The 29-year-old played two seasons under centre for the Redblacks in 2018 and 2019, serving primarily as a backup. He completed 103-of-165 passes for 940 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions after being named the starter for the final four games of 2019, all losses.

Arndt signed with the B.C. Lions ahead of the cancelled 2020 season but was released in training camp last year. He was immediately hired by former Redblacks’ offensive coordinator Jaime Elizondo to be an offensive assistant with the Edmonton Elks but was not retained following the team’s regime change and returned to Ottawa.

The Western Connecticut State product took a unique path to the CFL, first playing in Canada with the Fort McMurray Monarchs of the Alberta Football League.

Arndt will likely be aided in his design of the offence, as the team hired veteran coach Doug Malone on Thursday as an offensive consultant. The Redblacks (3-11) will visit the Montreal Alouettes (7-7) on Monday, October 10 at 1:00 p.m. EDT.