Alouettes fire Chapdelaine

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Montreal Alouettes have fired their head coach Jacques Chapdelaine. In addition, the team has also fired defensive coordinator and assistant head coach Noel Thorpe on Wednesday morning.

The team announced that general manager Kavis Reed would take over as the interim head coach for the rest of the season.

Jacques Chapdelaine (Getty Images)
Jacques Chapdelaine (Getty Images)

“This decision was taken over the course of a few weeks,” Reed said. “We had a meeting yesterday. There’s never a right time.”

It’s the second CFL head coaching change in the past several weeks. Recently, June Jones took over as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats interim head coach.

Anthony Calvillo, the former CFL player, who was serving as the Alouettes quarterbacks coach, has been promoted to their offensive coordinator. Greg Quick is the team’s new defensive coordinator, as he previously was their defensive line coach.

The team is 3-8 and is presently on a four-game losing streak. They are currently third in the CFL East Division.

While Reed is leaving the team, for now, he hopes to appoint a new head coach after the season for the 2018 season.

“Regardless of what happens, the franchise will have a head coach and it won’t be me,” Reed said.

Chapdelaine was with the team for one calendar year. He took over on an interim basis when the Alouettes fired Jim Popp last Sept. after a 3-9 season.

When he took over, the team went 4-2 in their final six games of the season. However, despite the good record under Chapdelaine, the Alouettes were not able to make the playoffs.

Reed is now the fifth head coach for the team since Marc Trestman’s five-year span ended during the 2012 season. Popp, Tom Higgins, Dan Hawkins, or Chapdelaine could produce a winner.

“Everything’s relative,” Reed said. “If it’s just OK, we’re not going to be able to have the kind of team we want. Just OK is not enough. We felt our defense was good but never one you would call elite.”

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