Herb Zurkowsky of the Montreal Gazette reported today that Tim Burke and Casey Creehan, former interim defensive co-ordinator and defensive line coach respectively of the Calgary Stampeders, will be the new defensive co-ordinator and defensive line coach respectively of the Montreal Alouettes.
The report also indicates that the Ticat organization had nixed the possibility of Casey Creehan becoming the defensive line coach in Hamilton.
Here is a quote of the report in its entirety:
"Burke set to join team as defensive coordinator
Club sets sights on Stamps assistant
Friday, January 18, 2008
It hasn't been announced yet, but all signs indicate Tim Burke will be named the Alouettes' defensive coordinator.
Two sources have told The Gazette the signing is imminent. Burke apparently was interviewed Wednesday and impressed new Montreal head coach Marc Trestman, who has recommended his hiring to general manager Jim Popp. Once the contract is signed, the announcement will be made.
Burke couldn't be reached for comment, while Popp and his assistant, Marcel Desjardins, refused to speak with The Gazette.
Burke spent the last three seasons with the Calgary Stampeders, and was the only defensive coach retained by new Stamps head coach and GM John Hufnagel. The Als were granted permission by Calgary to interview Burke, as The Gazette recently reported.
Burke started last season as the Stamps' defensive-backs coach, but became the interim defensive coordinator after the firing of Denny Creehan. Creehan recently was hired as Hamilton's defensive coordinator.
Burke lost that position when Calgary hired Chris Jones as its new defensive coordinator. Jones spent six seasons with the Als -the last five as its coordinator -but was miffed when he wasn't asked to replace Popp as Montreal's head coach.
Had Burke remained in Calgary, it would have been as the Stamps' linebackers coach. The team, despite a 7-10-1 record, played better on defence when Burke replaced Creehan. Before joining Calgary, Burke spent more than 20 years coaching at the U.S. college level.
Burke isn't the only former Stampeders coach who appears headed to Montreal. The Als will probably name Casey Creehan their defensive-line coach.
Creehan, Denny's son, spent four seasons at Calgary.
It appeared the younger Creehan might be headed to the Tiger-Cats to be reunited with his father, but that move was spurned by Hamilton management.
With Burke and Creehan in Montreal, and with Jones in Calgary, there could be a flood of trades between the two organizations in the coming months."