HfxTC

Considering that Jacques Chapdelaine wanted to release both Nik Lewis and Ernest Jackson & the fact that Kavis Reed mentioned wanting a Receivers Coach who can better relate to the players, I will assume that son Justin was less than a success at getting through to the veterans.

If Jackson and Nik Lewis were indeed let go, the Als would have been left with using Tiquan Underwood and Geno Lewis in more prominent roles on offense.  Question is: would the Als have been better off in 2017 using Underwood and Geno Lewis?  Offense was bad anyway, so maybe it would not have even mattered.

For what it is worth, Lyle B. Style posted in the main forum that: "In Wpg. the radio boasters were boasting that the Als were down to Paul LaPolice & Marcel Bellfeiulle as head coaching choices".
All it says to me is how sick this organization is. Season is over and old underperforming players trying to milk a paycheck are attacking a HC who can't defend himself...

Is it possible that Jacques brought in Ernest who had dropped HALF the passes thrown at him and Nick who could not get open to save his life to tell them if they did not improve he would cut them. Possibly, but so what? So the "crew" went to Kavis and stabbed their HC in the back? At least that's what it looks like and the GM instead of sending them on their way, used it to settle a score for Jacques exposing him when he cut Bear Woods in the middle of the night.

Sick, sick organization going nowhere but likely into receivership.
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.

Johnny Ticat slayer

Considering that Jacques Chapdelaine wanted to release both Nik Lewis and Ernest Jackson & the fact that Kavis Reed mentioned wanting a Receivers Coach who can better relate to the players, I will assume that son Justin was less than a success at getting through to the veterans.

If Jackson and Nik Lewis were indeed let go, the Als would have been left with using Tiquan Underwood and Geno Lewis in more prominent roles on offense.  Question is: would the Als have been better off in 2017 using Underwood and Geno Lewis?  Offense was bad anyway, so maybe it would not have even mattered.

For what it is worth, Lyle B. Style posted in the main forum that: "In Wpg. the radio boasters were boasting that the Als were down to Paul LaPolice & Marcel Bellfeiulle as head coaching choices".
All it says to me is how sick this organization is. Season is over and old underperforming players trying to milk a paycheck are attacking a HC who can't defend himself...

Is it possible that Jacques brought in Ernest who had dropped HALF the passes thrown at him and Nick who could not get open to save his life to tell them if they did not improve he would cut them. Possibly, but so what? So the "crew" went to Kavis and stabbed their HC in the back? At least that's what it looks like and the GM instead of sending them on their way, used it to settle a score for Jacques exposing him when he cut Bear Woods in the middle of the night.

Sick, sick organization going nowhere but likely into receivership.
Johnny would like to hear Chapdelaine's side of the story. Chap could most likely also tell some "good" stories about Reed and the organisation. Since he is still being paid by the Als, and he wants to avoid looking like a troublemaker to potential future employers, he most likely will keep his mouth closed. 

If only he would talk... 

Chapdelaine was not the greatest coach, but he got a raw deal from Reed. A bad roster, and a star defensive player cut on the second day of training camp for no good reason. Chap got fired by Reed, because Reed wanted people to think Chap was the problem, and not himself. His plan backfired on him!  :)

Everyone knows Reed is the problem, except Andrew W. 
"Shut up Wesley!"   Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Stardate 42354.7

Niagara Als

Johnny I agree with you. Chaplendale ends up as a scapegoat.

HfxTC

Considering that Jacques Chapdelaine wanted to release both Nik Lewis and Ernest Jackson & the fact that Kavis Reed mentioned wanting a Receivers Coach who can better relate to the players, I will assume that son Justin was less than a success at getting through to the veterans.

If Jackson and Nik Lewis were indeed let go, the Als would have been left with using Tiquan Underwood and Geno Lewis in more prominent roles on offense.  Question is: would the Als have been better off in 2017 using Underwood and Geno Lewis?  Offense was bad anyway, so maybe it would not have even mattered.

For what it is worth, Lyle B. Style posted in the main forum that: "In Wpg. the radio boasters were boasting that the Als were down to Paul LaPolice & Marcel Bellfeiulle as head coaching choices".
All it says to me is how sick this organization is. Season is over and old underperforming players trying to milk a paycheck are attacking a HC who can't defend himself...

Is it possible that Jacques brought in Ernest who had dropped HALF the passes thrown at him and Nick who could not get open to save his life to tell them if they did not improve he would cut them. Possibly, but so what? So the "crew" went to Kavis and stabbed their HC in the back? At least that's what it looks like and the GM instead of sending them on their way, used it to settle a score for Jacques exposing him when he cut Bear Woods in the middle of the night.

Sick, sick organization going nowhere but likely into receivership.
Johnny would like to hear Chapdelaine's side of the story. Chap could most likely also tell some "good" stories about Reed and the organisation. Since he is still being paid by the Als, and he wants to avoid looking like a troublemaker to potential future employers, he most likely will keep his mouth closed.

If only he would talk...

Chapdelaine was not the greatest coach, but he got a raw deal from Reed. A bad roster, and a star defensive player cut on the second day of training camp for no good reason. Chap got fired by Reed, because Reed wanted people to think Chap was the problem, and not himself. His plan backfired on him!  :)

Everyone knows Reed is the problem, except Andrew W. You
I remember a story this summer that Reed had attempted to contact JC to "discuss the modalities of his separation to the  Alouettes' You can read in that Wetenhall wanted to buy out his contract and JC ignoring Reed.

Looks like JC plans to get paid in full for the next two seasons :). He's not going to put himself in legal jeopardy with a group that loves litigation. Remember this is an owner who sued his GM for 21 years because he didn't like how and when his contract was conceived with his subsequent employer and a contractor for not being able to shoehorn a few extra hundred seats in a 100-year-old stadium.

Chapdelaine at 61 years old will be happy to take Andrew's money for 3 years, can't blame him one bit.

everyman

JC is 56 not 61.
he is not on payroll after this year. The final year was a club option. He signed a two year amendment to his last contract.
He has never been unemployed in CFL as someone mentioned. But never a HC.
He clearly was not on the same page as Reed as witnessed by comments on Woods cut.

Reed definitely won this power play. But it is clear that the team quit on Reed.

Thorpe was dead man walking.

There are NO pictures of Mack that prove  him asleep. You have enough facts without making stuff up.  

Cato is not on this regime's resume.

jury is waaay out on a limb with Adams. He's still a 3rd string QB if that.

The house cleaning to change culture should have started right after Trestman left.


They should have cut Nik Lewis and benched E. Jackson. Lewis always comes across as a straight shooter but everything he has ALWAYS said paints himself as above blame. Much like Reed and Durant. And his game limited the offense.

Turning point: late july...that collapse in final moments to lose in Winnipeg 40-41. They were 2-4 before the game and could easily have been 4-2. They seemingly never recovered from that loss.  If the ownership can fire a guy after winning in Vancouver then this loss must've made them berserk.

everyman

FWIW...
I don't think that LaPolice is an option. He's a well paid, highly respected OC in the city where he lives with his family. Will never go to Montreal imo.
I think he may go to BC as a HC possibly as Buono is definitely done as HC. He has a chance of success there. But needs to hire an OC.

Beware if the Ws decide to fire Reed. Danny Macoicia will be standing there and he's the ONLY guy that will get the media off their back.

HfxTC

JC is 56 not 61.
he is not on payroll after this year. The final year was a club option. He signed a two year amendment to his last contract.
He has never been unemployed in CFL as someone mentioned. But never a HC.
He clearly was not on the same page as Reed as witnessed by comments on Woods cut.

Reed definitely won this power play. But it is clear that the team quit on Reed.

Thorpe was dead man walking.

There are NO pictures of Mack that prove  him asleep. You have enough facts without making stuff up.  

Cato is not on this regime's resume.

jury is waaay out on a limb with Adams. He's still a 3rd string QB if that.

The house cleaning to change culture should have started right after Trestman left.


They should have cut Nik Lewis and benched E. Jackson. Lewis always comes across as a straight shooter but everything he has ALWAYS said paints himself as above blame. Much like Reed and Durant. And his game limited the offense.

Turning point: late july...that collapse in final moments to lose in Winnipeg 40-41. They were 2-4 before the game and could easily have been 4-2. They seemingly never recovered from that loss.  If the ownership can fire a guy after winning in Vancouver then this loss must've made them berserk.
The picture is on this forum, it's a picture that was taken from the team's "War room" during the draft.

idealsheldon

FWIW...
I don't think that LaPolice is an option. He's a well paid, highly respected OC in the city where he lives with his family. Will never go to Montreal imo.
I think he may go to BC as a HC possibly as Buono is definitely done as HC. He has a chance of success there. But needs to hire an OC.


With Braley saying he will maintain ownership in 2018, I don`t agree we`ve seen the last of Wally as HC.

And they may require a QB:

Rick Dhaliwal
@DhaliwalSports

14h14 hours ago

#BCLions quarterback Jonathan Jennings is getting interest from the NFL, talks already with the Packers and Vikings.
I`m not always right, I just think I am.

okie

I do not understand why an NFL team would consider Jennings as he probably had a worse year than Darian Durant.


SIDELINE TO SIDELINE RECAP:


Nik Lewis said while the Alouettes had a great locker room, he suspect that the offensive and defensive sides of the ball did not trust each other to get the job done.  What ended up happening was instead of individuals just doing their job, they tried to make big plays which ended up in mistakes.

Kyries Hebert replied that no matter where the ball was, the defense always approached going back onto the field as an opportunity to make a play.

Lewis claims the locker room was one of the best he has been around with no fights this year.  Last one was in 2015 between Jesse Joseph and Chip Cox.

Joey Alfieri believes a number of players quit.

Moe Khan says Jacques Chapdelaine and Kavis Reed were not on the same page.  Going forward, Reed should be one to hire the coaching staff and players.

Lewis agreed with Alferi's suggestion that the firing of Chapdelaine and Noel Thorpe was "addition by subtraction."

Lewis also thought the coaching staff was not elite as there was nobody there who was threat to replace Chapdelaine.

Hebert's response was with so much coaching turnover the last few years, the Als should be more concerned with stability at the Head Coach.  But when the team thought they were going in the wrong direction, a change was made.

Khan thinks Reed can bring stablity and maybe turn the team into a contender in a year or two.

Hebert and Lewis response was they do not have the 2 years.

Lewis says everybody in the organization has to admit that they made bad decisions.

Alfieri questions why ownership trusted Reed to become the GM, yet forced Chapdelaine to be retained as HC.

Hebert noted Reed and Chapdelaine seemed to be on the same page when they were introduced at the Press Conference.

Lewis uses the analogy if nobody wants to fix the hole in the boat, the craft will sink.  Players (especially the veterans) put in the effort to win games, but the results just were not there.

Alferi asks what changes should be done in the offseason?

Hebert does not want point out anything wrong with his teammates, so he passes on the question.
  
Lewis takes over and says to bring in a coach that can relate to the players and change the culture. 

Lewis believes the team is hurt when players who are good enough to win a spot at training camp but are then released during the season.
 
Alfieri says team needs to gets younger, but would retain Lewis, Kristian Matte, Philip Blake, Jovan Olafioye, Ernest Jackson, Tyrell Sutton (depending on the money), John Bowman, Hebert, and Darian Durant.  He would pass on Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, Chip Cox (under current deal) and all other veterans over 30.
      
Lewis comments that he was on pace to reach 1000 yards until he was "kicked out of the offense."  He also mentions that the veterans are still there because the young guys cannot beat them out for a spot on the team.

Khan responds by saying the main issue the fans are concerned about is who is playing quarterback.

Lewis and Hebert agree that the opinion of fans is influenced by what is constantly being said by others publicly.
 
Khan thinks that Durant has to carry the torch until a young QB is ready to take over the position.

Lewis believes that on paper, the Als are in the top 3.  What is lacking is a coaching staff to give the team the best chance at winning.
 
Hebert replies that the defense has had success while he has been in Montreal, and if that defense played with Anthony Calvillo, the team would have won more Grey Cups.

Lewis says that is like saying he would have won 5 Grey Cups if his QB was Ricky Ray instead of Henry Burris.

Lewis then says it is not necessarily the X's and O's.  The Als new HC should be able to relate to the players and motivate them.

Khan thinks if the Als go the ex-player route for HC, DeVone Claybrooks could be the one chosen.

Lewis goes on to say there is a difference between players born in the 90's and 2000's.  Game has changed in that there is no contact allowed on the receiver.  So, the plays called in past years no longer effective.

Hebert points out that June Jones is not a young coach, yet he found a way to turn things around in Hamilton.
 
Lewis then says it has been an uphill battle for Anthony Calvillo as a coach because he has had nobody to learn from for 3 years.

Lewis plans on preparing this off-season as though he is playing next season.  Whether he will or not will be decided when he speaks to the new coach.


http://www.tsn.ca/radio/montreal-690/lewis-bring-in-a-coach-who-can-relate-to-the-players-1.910144


tony

JC is 56 not 61.
he is not on payroll after this year. The final year was a club option. He signed a two year amendment to his last contract.
He has never been unemployed in CFL as someone mentioned. But never a HC.



jury is waaay out on a limb with Adams. He's still a 3rd string QB if that.

The house cleaning to change culture should have started right after Trestman left.


They should have cut Nik Lewis and benched E. Jackson. Lewis always comes across as a straight shooter but everything he has ALWAYS said paints himself as above blame. Much like Reed and Durant. And his game limited the offense.

Turning point: late july...that collapse in final moments to lose in Winnipeg 40-41. They were 2-4 before the game and could easily have been 4-2. They seemingly never recovered from that loss.  If the ownership can fire a guy after winning in Vancouver then this loss must've made them berserk.
1- JC was out of the CFL in 2014. He was the HC at Simon Fraser University. That lasted one season.
Believe his team finished with a record of 2-9.

Then moved on to Saskatechewan in 2015 as OC for one season. That year the Riders had a 2-15 record.

I would say Chaps did not have a stellar track record the two years prior to joining the Als.


2- As for the jury being waaay out on Adams. I would have much preferred taking my chances with Adams than Willy. The jury was definitely out on him.


I think the tandem of Reed and Chaps was the turning point of the entire 2017 season.

LeStaf

I do not understand why an NFL team would consider Jennings as he probably had a worse year than Darian Durant.


SIDELINE TO SIDELINE RECAP:


Nik Lewis said while the Alouettes had a great locker room, he suspect that the offensive and defensive sides of the ball did not trust each other to get the job done.  What ended up happening was instead of individuals just doing their job, they tried to make big plays which ended up in mistakes.

Kyries Hebert replied that no matter where the ball was, the defense always approached going back onto the field as an opportunity to make a play.

Lewis claims the locker room was one of the best he has been around with no fights this year.  Last one was in 2015 between Jesse Joseph and Chip Cox.

Joey Alfieri believes a number of players quit.

Moe Khan says Jacques Chapdelaine and Kavis Reed were not on the same page.  Going forward, Reed should be one to hire the coaching staff and players.

Lewis agreed with Alferi's suggestion that the firing of Chapdelaine and Noel Thorpe was "addition by subtraction."

Lewis also thought the coaching staff was not elite as there was nobody there who was threat to replace Chapdelaine.

Hebert's response was with so much coaching turnover the last few years, the Als should be more concerned with stability at the Head Coach.  But when the team thought they were going in the wrong direction, a change was made.

Khan thinks Reed can bring stablity and maybe turn the team into a contender in a year or two.

Hebert and Lewis response was they do not have the 2 years.

Lewis says everybody in the organization has to admit that they made bad decisions.

Alfieri questions why ownership trusted Reed to become the GM, yet forced Chapdelaine to be retained as HC.

Hebert noted Reed and Chapdelaine seemed to be on the same page when they were introduced at the Press Conference.

Lewis uses the analogy if nobody wants to fix the hole in the boat, the craft will sink.  Players (especially the veterans) put in the effort to win games, but the results just were not there.

Alferi asks what changes should be done in the offseason?

Hebert does not want point out anything wrong with his teammates, so he passes on the question.
  
Lewis takes over and says to bring in a coach that can relate to the players and change the culture.

Lewis believes the team is hurt when players who are good enough to win a spot at training camp but are then released during the season.
 
Alfieri says team needs to gets younger, but would retain Lewis, Kristian Matte, Philip Blake, Jovan Olafioye, Ernest Jackson, Tyrell Sutton (depending on the money), John Bowman, Hebert, and Darian Durant.  He would pass on Luc Brodeur-Jourdain, Chip Cox (under current deal) and all other veterans over 30.
      
Lewis comments that he was on pace to reach 1000 yards until he was "kicked out of the offense."  He also mentions that the veterans are still there because the young guys cannot beat them out for a spot on the team.

Khan responds by saying the main issue the fans are concerned about is who is playing quarterback.

Lewis and Hebert agree that the opinion of fans is influenced by what is constantly being said by others publicly.
  
Khan thinks that Durant has to carry the torch until a young QB is ready to take over the position.

Lewis believes that on paper, the Als are in the top 3.  What is lacking is a coaching staff to give the team the best chance at winning.
 
Hebert replies that the defense has had success while he has been in Montreal, and if that defense played with Anthony Calvillo, the team would have won more Grey Cups.

Lewis says that is like saying he would have won 5 Grey Cups if his QB was Ricky Ray instead of Henry Burris.

Lewis then says it is not necessarily the X's and O's.  The Als new HC should be able to relate to the players and motivate them.

Khan thinks if the Als go the ex-player route for HC, DeVone Claybrooks could be the one chosen.

Lewis goes on to say there is a difference between players born in the 90's and 2000's.  Game has changed in that there is no contact allowed on the receiver.  So, the plays called in past years no longer effective.

Hebert points out that June Jones is not a young coach, yet he found a way to turn things around in Hamilton.
 
Lewis then says it has been an uphill battle for Anthony Calvillo as a coach because he has had nobody to learn from for 3 years.

Lewis plans on preparing this off-season as though he is playing next season.  Whether he will or not will be decided when he speaks to the new coach.


http://www.tsn.ca/radio/montreal-690/lewis-bring-in-a-coach-who-can-relate-to-the-players-1.910144
Merci okie! Très apprécié!

Je crois que Lewis se magasine un travail quel qu'il soit et que Hebert est présomptueux lorsqu'il prétend que les Alouettes auraient gagné plus de Coupes Grey avec Calvillo comme quart. Encore fallait-il avoir quelqu'un de solide pour concevoir et diriger l'attaque, ce que les Alouettes n'ont pas eu depuis 2012.
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idealsheldon

We keep hearing and thinking the Als are such an old team, but when you look at this chart from the Redblacks they are not that much older than other teams overall. The problem is quality, not necessarily age.

#CFL teams rank in terms of average age, from youngest to oldest, as of end of 2017 reg. season:

    OTTAWA – 27.1
    TICATS – 27.1
    ARGOS – 27.2
    CALGARY – 27.3
    RIDERS – 27.5
    BOMBERS – 27.6
    BC – 27.8
    ESKIMOS – 28.0
    ALS – 28.3

GHT120

Quote
We keep hearing and thinking the Als are such an old team, but when you look at this chart from the Redblacks they are not that much older than other teams overall. The problem is quality, not necessarily age.

#CFL teams rank in terms of average age, from youngest to oldest, as of end of 2017 reg. season:

    OTTAWA – 27.1
    TICATS – 27.1
    ARGOS – 27.2
    CALGARY – 27.3
    RIDERS – 27.5
    BOMBERS – 27.6
    BC – 27.8
    ESKIMOS – 28.0
    ALS – 28.3
I don't think the issue is absolute age but the distribution on the roster, and how much teams depend on older players.  The 7 oldest Als were all starters, albeit two on special teams; but while Martin Bedard fills a unique specialty whose performance is generally not age-related, Logan unexceptionally filled a role that often goes to younger, cheaper players unless you are performing at an elite level.
Let's  not confuse FACTS with OPINIONS

idealsheldon

Kavis is buddy buddy with Logan, won`t allow any young returners to legitimately compete against him, and will ride Logan until he develops Alzheimer`s and starts returning punts to his own end zone. 

tony

How about Chris Jones and his Riders.
Let DD go to Reed at the $400k+ salary. Opted for the elder statesman Glenn at half the salary of DD.
Sprinkle a few other ex Als and off to the eastern final.

 


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