Montreal Alouettes add longtime CFL RB Tyrell Sutton to finalize coaching staff

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The Montreal Alouettes have finalized their coaching staff for the 2023 season, hiring longtime CFL running back Tyrell Sutton as their running backs coach.

The 36-year-old joined the Alouettes as a player in 2013 following a four-year stint in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, and Seattle Seahawks. He played six seasons with the team, recording 643 carries for 3,573 yards and 15 touchdowns and 173 receptions for 1,507 yards and three touchdowns. He was also named a CFL all-star in 2015.

The five-foot-nine, 213-pound ball-carrier was traded to the B.C. Lions on Sept. 25, 2018 before finishing his career with brief stints in Toronto and Hamilton. He signed with Montreal in February 2020 but retired the next year following the cancellation of the CFL’s 2020 season.

The native of Akron, Ohio was recently a volunteer coach with the Collège André-Grasset Phénix, a CÉGEP in Montreal.

Montreal’s coaching staff also includes head coach Jason Maas, assistant head coach and special teams coordinator Byron Archambault, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Anthony Calvillo, defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Noel Thorpe, offensive line coach Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, receivers coach and pass game coordinator Michael Lionello, linebackers coach Greg Quick, defensive line coach Corvey Irving, assistant defensive backs coach Chandler Jones, and special teams assistant coach Dave Jackson.

Irving was previously a member of Montreal’s defensive line, recording 27 tackles and five sacks over 31 career CFL games. The 37-year-old native of Augusta, Ga. has previously served as a coach with the Concordia University Stingers. Quick coached Montreal’s defensive last season but as since replaced Archambault as the club’s linebackers coach.

Jones and Jackson are also new to the staff this year. Jones was a member of Montreal’s practice roster in 2015 and has since coached at San Jose State. Jackson has previous CFL experience with Winnipeg, Saskatchewan, Edmonton, and Toronto and was most recently a coach with the Regina Thunder in the Canadian Junior Football League.

The Alouettes also finalized their front office, including general manager Danny Maciocia, senior director of football operations and player personnel Eric Deslauriers, manager of football operations Allyson Sobol, director of pro personnel Jean-Marc Edme, director of national scouting Pier-Yves Lavergne, director of player personnel Byron Archambault, strength and conditioning coach Pierre-Olivier Breault, head therapist Tristan Castonguay, equipment managers Domenic Manno and David Deschamps, and head video coordinator Rico Morotti.