LeStaf

La saison 2015 est donc terminée.  Une saison d'enfer, mais de vrai enfer!

Dans la foulée des commentaires que j'ai faits dans ma lettre ouverte à monsieur Wettenhall, je regarde cette fin de saison et les constats se ressemblent beaucoup.

Chez les joueurs, je concours avec notre ami jkm (et quelques autres) que les positions de receveur et de demi défensif devront être regarnies.  Si Dominique Ellis semble être un joueur à garder, il en faudrait encore au moins 2 autres comme lui au sein de l'équipe.  Du côté des receveurs, les Alouettes ont de bons jeunes avec Hoffman et Cunningham, mais ils devront tout de même trouver d'autres jeunes que ces deux-là.  À mon avis, Stamps doit partir et Green en est à son dernier contrat avec les Alouettes.  Charette n'est pas sans utilité, mais il ne me semble pas encore prêt à assumer un rôle accru au sein de l'équipe.

Les Alouettes devront de toute évidence se trouver un autre bon jeune quart.  Si Cato a un grand talent, il n'a pas la solidité pour jouer chez les pros.  D'un physique relativement près de celui de Cahoon, on ne peut pas dire qu'il encaisse les coups comme ce dernier.  À la position à laquelle il joue, il ne peut penser n'être jamais victime de contacts solides.  S'il ne peut les absorber, sa place n'est pas chez les pros, enfin, pas comme partant.  Je crois que Crompton et Marsh doivent partir.  L'expérience a assez duré en ce qui les concerne, et le dernier échappé de Marsh montre qu'il a bel et bien cassé lors de son dernier départ.  Les Alouettes doivent regarder en avant et trouver le talent à développer derrière Glenn.  Nous verrons si LeFevour pourra revenir en santé et compétitionner pour le poste, mais je demeure sceptique qu'il puisse prendre ce rôle après deux saisons où il a subi de sérieuses blessures.

Les Alouettes doivent aussi regarnir la ligne défensive, surtout le milieu de la ligne.  Cash est un bon joueur, mais il manque aux Alouettes un gars qui est une menace pour le quart jeu après jeu.  Bowman est toujours un fier compétiteur, mais il doit maintenant y avoir de la relève chez les ailieurs défensifs.  Si Knapton est un gars à garder, il en faut au moins un autre comme lui pour prendre plus de place dans la rotation partante.  Bowman ne pourra suivre ce rythme encore bien des saisons.

Chez les entraîneurs, il y a beaucoup de travail à faire.  Cette fin de saison me semble confirmer que Dinwiddie et Calvillo ne sont pas encore prêts à assumer la conception et la direction d'une attaque.  Ils leur faut prendre du métier avant d'accéder à ce niveau.  Par ailleurs, les Alouettes ont sérieusement besoin que Popp prenne sa retraite définitive du poste d'entraîneur-chef.  Si les Alouettes veulent pouvoir mettre la main sur un entraîneur-chef de qualité, ce dernier doit pouvoir compter sur le fait qu'il ne subira pas d'ingérence indue de son DG dans son travail.  Certes, le DG a son mot à dire, surtout si les résultats ne sont pas au rendez-vous, mais les Alouettes auraient maintenant intérêt à ne pas répéter les scénarios de 2013 et 2015.  Popp n'est pas un bon entraîneur-chef, point à la ligne.  On ne corrige pas une erreur par une autre erreur.  De même, les Alouettes doivent aussi avoir un coordonnateur à l'attaque de premier plan.  Il n'est plus acceptable de recruter des titulaires qui n'ont pas l'étoffe du métier.  Si les Trestman ne pleuvent pas, il demeure que de bons candidats existent et peuvent être trouvés.  Marcel Desjardins l'a montré cette saison en allant chercher Jason Maas.  Ce dernier s'est révélé tout à fait prêt pour prendre cette responsabilité et je crois qu'il a un bel avenir devant lui.  Je crois que le travail de Dinwiddie et de Calvillo doivent être évalués sérieusement.  Dans le cas de Calvillo, ce serait un peu sévère de le reléguer aux oubliettes, compte tenu qu'il n'était pas censé suivre le parcours qu'il a fait cette saison.  Mais ce ne sera pas d'aider l'équipe que de le maintenir à un poste où il n'a pas encore le bagage pour y performer.  Les Alouettes n'ont pas besoin d'autres expériences ésotériques chez les entraîneurs.  Si on peut souhaiter une relative stabilité, la stabilité de la médiocrité n'est pas porteuse d'espoir.

Cet entre-saisons qui commence devra absolument être celui d'un profond examen de conscience, un exercice d'humilité où rien ne devra plus être tenu pour acquis.  Cette équipe a besoin de changements profonds, à commencer par l'intérieur de toutes les opérations football.  Il va falloir que cette unité se regarde dans le miroir, admette ses forces mais surtout ses faiblesses et identifie la façon de les corriger.  Tout le redressement de l'équipe commence là.  Lorsque le système de dépistage aura été amélioré, que l'entraîneur-chef aura été sélectionné après un processus de candidatures et d'entrevues, on pourra s'attendre à un fonctionnement plus normal pour cette équipe.  Ça ne veut pas dire qu'elle performera à un haut niveau dès ce moment, mais on pourra espérer qu'elle reviendra plus rapidement parmi les meilleures équipes de ce circuit.
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disciplineandpunish

Well, it's no secret that I want both Wetenhall and Popp gone, but I doubt it will happen. So, operating in the realm of realistic assumptions:

The second the Grey Cup game is over, Popp should resign as HC and immediately begin a diligent search for the next head coach of this team. Priority should be given to younger candidates who are already in the league and who have had success with other teams. Assemble a short list within a few weeks of the Grey Cup, make a timely decision (Popp makes the decision, not Wetenhall!), and get the new guy in here pronto. Then let him retain as many of the current staff as he wants to as he builds his stable of assistants. The new coach should have verbal assurances from both Popp and Wetenhall that Popp will not be parachuted in midseason to be interim HC at any time in the HC's tenure.
"I coach good players a lot better than I coach bad players." -Mark Nelson

MadJack

Quote from: "disciplineandpunish"
Well, it's no secret that I want both Wetenhall and Popp gone, but I doubt it will happen. So, operating in the realm of realistic assumptions

Agreed; for the purposes of our speculations, we should operate on the assumption that those two remain.  So who would be on the short list for HC candidates?  Looking around the league, I'd have these on my short list:

Mark Washington (okay BC"s defence hasn't been lights out this season, but I"d talk to him anyway);
Richie Hall (I know he was not successful as  HC in Edmonton, but again I'd talk to him anyway);
George Cortez  ( see Richie Hall, above);
Orlondo Steinauer

But, my top two would be:

Marcus Brady and Jason Maas.  Both are offensive minds which we could use, and if they choose not to retain Thorpe as DC, then I could see Maas bringing Mark Nelson along as DC/ Assistant head coach.  If, in that scenario, Brady wanted to bring Casey Creehan along, I'd quickly say thanks but no thanks.

Thorpe I suppose should also at least be interviewed for the position.

My main concern will be what kind of assurance would the new HC coach be able to get to protect himself from Popp wanting to play at HC again. . .

HfxTC

Quote from: "disciplineandpunish"
Well, it's no secret that I want both Wetenhall and Popp gone, but I doubt it will happen. So, operating in the realm of realistic assumptions:

The second the Grey Cup game is over, Popp should resign as HC and immediately begin a diligent search for the next head coach of this team. Priority should be given to younger candidates who are already in the league and who have had success with other teams. Assemble a short list within a few weeks of the Grey Cup, make a timely decision (Popp makes the decision, not Wetenhall!), and get the new guy in here pronto. Then let him retain as many of the current staff as he wants to as he builds his stable of assistants. The new coach should have verbal assurances from both Popp and Wetenhall that Popp will not be parachuted in midseason to be interim HC at any time in the HC's tenure.

If you were a candidate with options for the HC job in Montreal would you consider it ?

I know I would not. This is a situation Wetenhall and his son created not the GM. The "Steinbrener" in the outfit is the owner. Popp is just his "Billy Martin".
Everything I write is just an opinion formed from various sources. Some more reliable than others, it is expressed as a composite of facts, innuendos, emotions, personal experiences and complete fabulation into a gumbo for entertainment purposes alone.

LeStaf

Il va sans dire que les postes de l'entraîneur-chef, du coordonnateur offensif et du quart-arrière sont critiques  Mais il y a plus que l'entraîneur-chef.  Le système de dépistage des Alouettes est déficient.  Lorsqu'on voit tous les bons joueurs que les bonnes équipes ont réussi à embaucher, ont peut se demander pourquoi les Alouettes n'en ont pas eu leur lot.  Je demeure convaincu que les Alouettes ont perdu beaucoup de plumes à ce chapitre et que ce sera nécessaire d'y investir pour revenir parmi les meilleures de la ligue.  C'est un volet un peu occulte d'une équipe de football, mais les résultats sur le terrain en sont un peu la conséquence.

HfxTC

Quote from: "LeStaf"
Il va sans dire que les postes de l'entraîneur-chef, du coordonnateur offensif et du quart-arrière sont critiques  Mais il y a plus que l'entraîneur-chef.  Le système de dépistage des Alouettes est déficient.  Lorsqu'on voit tous les bons joueurs que les bonnes équipes ont réussi à embaucher, ont peut se demander pourquoi les Alouettes n'en ont pas eu leur lot.  Je demeure convaincu que les Alouettes ont perdu beaucoup de plumes à ce chapitre et que ce sera nécessaire d'y investir pour revenir parmi les meilleures de la ligue.  C'est un volet un peu occulte d'une équipe de football, mais les résultats sur le terrain en sont un peu la conséquence.

I agree. A staff of 10 that has under performed badly. It brings to question how much did Jones, Barker, Sunderland, Desjardins and others have to do with bringing talent to Montreal. It also fits why all these gentlemen are gone to greener pastures where they are recognized for their work. This team is in a very tough spot right now.

idealsheldon

I am probably a little more optimistic on things. It`s the CFL and you can turn around a team in a season. Edmonton and Ottawa both did it in recent seasons.

You of course interview as many logical candidates as possible, but I would like to see Thorpe as head coach, it would lead to less upheaval.  I still have confidence in the Calvillo/Dinwiddie combination.

The unknown factor with even a good co-ordinator is not knowing if they will automatically be a good Head Coach. And how much good players and particularly a good QB make them look like better coaches.

Is Mike O`Shea a good coach? Not when he doesn`t have Willy at QB. Desjardins signed all those free agents in the off-season, Jason Maas came on board and Rick Campbell suddenly looks like Vince Lombardi. Milanovich and Brady are being hammered on the other Argo forum. Why? Because they have a bunch of young undisciplined players. They didn`t suddenly become bad coaches.

And take a look at genius Kent Austin, without a Collaros at QB.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtlEE0I ... tion=share

As far as Alouette player needs:

- Of course the long needed future QB
- Another receiver to go with Cunningham and Hoffman
- A rush end
- 2 DBs

Not all that impossible a list.
I`m not always right, I just think I am.

HfxTC

Quote from: "idealsheldon"
I am probably a little more optimistic on things. It`s the CFL and you can turn around a team in a season. Edmonton and Ottawa both did it in recent seasons.

You of course interview as many logical candidates as possible, but I would like to see Thorpe as head coach, it would lead to less upheaval.  I still have confidence in the Calvillo/Dinwiddie combination.

The unknown factor with even a good co-ordinator is not knowing if they will automatically be a good Head Coach. And how much good players and particularly a good QB make them look like better coaches.

Is Mike O`Shea a good coach? Not when he doesn`t have Willy at QB. Desjardins signed all those free agents in the off-season, Jason Maas came on board and Rick Campbell suddenly looks like Vince Lombardi. Milanovich and Brady are being hammered on the other Argo forum. Why? Because they have a bunch of young undisciplined players. They didn`t suddenly become bad coaches.

And take a look at genius Kent Austin, without a Collaros at QB.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtlEE0I ... tion=share

As far as Alouette player needs:

- Of course the long needed future QB
- Another receiver to go with Cunningham and Hoffman
- A rush end
- 2 DBs

Not all that impossible a list.

I think Calwiddie called good games since they've had Glenn at QB. They really took it to Edmonton for the first half. But the lack of discipline that's been a problem all year and some unfortunate injuries and the terrible turnover by Marsh swung the game. Had Marsh held onto the ball, momentum would have swing and all the pressure would have been on Edmonton.

Marsh no longer has a place on this team. Sad but three years sitting around has diminished his abilities. I'd bring back Glenn and (maybe Cato). Crompton and Marsh have to go. The rest of the QB squad should be determined during Spring camp. Obviously if Harris is interested in coming to Montreal he should be considered. Not only would it improve Montreal but it would push back the Argos program a couple seasons. My guess is Barker will get owned by Harris agent who has Barker by the skin of the neck.

disciplineandpunish

Quote from: "HfxTC"
I agree. A staff of 10 that has under performed badly. It brings to question how much did Jones, Barker, Sunderland, Desjardins and others have to do with bringing talent to Montreal. It also fits why all these gentlemen are gone to greener pastures where they are recognized for their work. This team is in a very tough spot right now.

At what point does anyone hold Popp accountable for the failures of the scouting department? How long can he continue to coast on past accomplishments before Wetenhall acts?

RichardVeilleux

As a long time and true Alouettes fan,yes I am extremely disappointed with the 2015 season but,along with you, Sheldon,I am still optimistic about the future. It's not all doom and gloom; there are concerns,particularly with WRs and DBs, but there are many good players on this team; the Canadian talent is amongst the best in the CFL.

Head Coach and coaching staff:

For the past 2 1/2 years, Mr. Wetenhall has paid for fired coaches-Dan Hawkins,Mike Miller,Erik Campbell,Tom Higgins and Turk Schonert- and I am positive that he is not interested to find a coach outside the Organization for the next season. As I wrote before, the best option for the coming season is to keep Jim Popp as the Head Coach; the number 2 option would be to promote Noel Thorpe as Head Coach. When Jim Popp said,last week, that there will be less changes in the coaching staff next season and that Anthony Calvillo will return as Offensive Coordinator, for me it means that Jim will return as the Head Coach. I do hope that Mr. Wetenhall will inform the fans of his decision as soon as possible/as early as next week.

Quarterback situation:

As I wrote on a few occasions, the number 1 problem for 2015 was -I am not saying/thinking that there were not other problems- the Quarterback situation, due mainly to injuries; by the second game of the regular season, the numbers 1,2 and 3 QBs were gone for a lengthy period and for the remainder of the season for Dan LeFevour; in total, Dan LeFevour,Jonathan Crompton, Tanner Marsh and Rakeem Cato were/will be gone for 42 games in 2015. During 4 games in 2015, the 3 QBs were: Cato,Bridge, Marley or Boone; none of these QBs had any professional football experience.  CFL and Hamilton fans are realizing the effects of the loss of Collaros; since his injury, Hamilton has lost 4 of 6 games; with Collaros, I am positive that first place in the East would have been sealed for some time; they can still finish in first place, but it will be more difficult.

While Kevin Glenn is definitely not the long term solution as the Als QB, he could be of great help for at least the next 2 seasons; a veteran like him is needed during time when a young QB is trained. I definitely expect that, during the 2015-2016 off-season, the Als will release: Jonathan Crompton,Dan LeFevour, Tanner Marsh and,possibly, Anthony Boone. He could be invited to next April's mini-camp and a decision taken then.

Players needs and releases:

The most pressing needs in terms of Int. players are at the receivers,defensive backs and defensive line positions. During the 2015-2016 off-season, I expect that many players currently on roster or injured lists will be/could be released. These players,excluding QBs listed above, are:

Int. DB Jerald Brown. 35 years old in December.
Int. DE John Bowman. 33 years old. Potential free agent. Could return if he agrees to a 10% to 15% salary reduction.
Nat. WR Eric Deslauriers. 34 years old.
Int. WR/KR Mardy Gilyard. 28 years old.
Nat. WR Kyle Graves. 28 years old.
Int. LB Kyries Hebert. 35 years old. Could return if he agrees to a 15% to 20% salary reduction.
Int. CB Jonathan Hefney. 30 years old.
Int. DT Corvey Irvin. 30 years old.
Nat. DB Jamahl Knowles. 27 years old.
Int. SB Nik Lewis. 33 years old. Could return if he agrees to a 10% to 15% salary reduction.
Int. SB Fred Stamps. 34 years old in December.
Nat. RB Carl Volny. 28 years old in December.

Potential free agents:

Some of the potential free agents-excluding the ones that I expect could be released- are:

Nat. OT Josh Bourke. 33 years old. Should be re-signed to a 2 year extension. May not be offered a salary increase,particularly if David Foucault is available.
Int. DB Dominique Ellis. 26 years old. Should be re-signed to a 2 to 3 year extension.
Nat. WR Samuel Giguère. 30 years old. Should be re-signed to a 2 year extension. May not be offered a salary increase.
Int. DE Gabriel Knapton. 26 years old. Should be re-signed to a 2 year extension.
IntKR/RB Stefan Logan. 34 years old. Priority. Should be re-signed to a 1 to 2 year extension.
Nat G Kristian Matte. 30 years old. Should be re-signed to a 2 to 3 year extension.
Nat. G Jake Piotrowski. 24 years old. Should be re-signed to a 2 to 3 year extension.
Int. LB Winston Venable. 28 years old. Number 1 priority. Should be the finalist for the Eastern defensive player of the year.Should be re-signed to a 2 to 3 year extension.

2016 CFL Draft:

Because of they record, the Als will choose 3rd in the upcoming 2016 CFL Draft; in round 1,since Winnipeg won't pick,because of their 2015 supplemental draft, the Als will have the 2nd choice. In the September ranking for the 2016 CFL Draft, the top prospects were:

Tevaugh Smith WR Iowa
David Onyemata DL Winnipeg
Arjen Colquhoun DB Michigan State
Elie Bouka DB Calgary
Mercer Timmis RB Calgary

The 2015-2016 off-season will definitely be quite busy; let's hope that future stars-QB,WR,DB and DL-will be found and signed during this off-season.

Richard

MadJack

Richard, I agree with most of your personnel suggestions, except that I probably would not be eager to re-sign Dominique Ellis.   Otherwise I'm with you on the rest.

But I don't agree with this:

Quote from: "RichardVeilleux"
the best option for the coming season is to keep Jim Popp as the Head Coach

Simply put, Richard, Jim Popp is not a head coach.  He's tried to be head coach now four times, and has a proven track record of failure each and every time.

Based simply on that record, how you can say a proven failure is the "best option" is beyond me.

RichardVeilleux

Until there is a better/proven solution, I maintain that Jim Popp is the best solution for next season.Definitely not a Marcus Brady or Jason Mass. Noel Thorpe ahead of these 2.

We don't agree,but I respect your thinking.

Richard

ACthegreat

Excellente réponse sur le site de RDS à l'article sur les alouettes par LeStaff.

J'aborde dans le même sens !

disciplineandpunish

Jim Popp is proven to be a loser as head coach. Five tries, five failures. So yes, he's proven -- but not in the kind of way that I would want. Have no idea how anyone could dismissively say, out of hand, that Popp is a better option that Brady, Maas, or other up-and-coming football minds around the league. Nothing is guaranteed when you hire, certainly; some coaches succeed at the HC level, while others don't. But it's pretty clear by now that Popp himself isn't going to cut it. He's had multiple kicks at the can and he hasn't gotten it done.

Wetenhall may be paying coaches to stay at home, but that's on him, not anybody else. Maybe he should let his GM do the hiring instead of meddling in football operations, Oakland Raiders style.

LeStaf

Je ne peux concourrir avec la prétention de Richard à l'effet que Popp demeure la meilleure option pour diriger les Alouettes l'an prochain.  Je crois que Popp serait la pire option.  J'aimerais que Popp fasse une déclaration publique à l'effet qu'il ne reviendra plus jamais diriger les Alouettes sur le terrain.  Ça l'aidera peut-être à avoir de meilleurs candidats pour appliquer pour le poste et ça lui permettra de se concentrer à relever l'équipe, s'il en est encore capable.

Les bons candidats existent pour passer au niveau suivant.  Marcus Brady est un de ceux qui me viennent en tête avec Thorpe.

Je crois que les Alouettes ne seront pas bien servis si Popp s'entête à vouloir assumer tous les rôles.

Par ailleurs, je concours avec Richard sur le fait que les Alouettes devraient prolonger le contrat d'Ellis.  Je crois qu'il est prêt à éclore et donner de bonnes saisons aux Alouettes.
 


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