Its that time again to predict which coach or coaches will be fired first.
It has pretty much become an annual event in the CFL, at least one head coach is going to bite the bullet before year end. Here are my thoughts on how things might play out to cause one or more head coaches in the league to earn their toe tag.
Wally in BC is the safest head coach in the league. The only way he loses his job is if he gets caught diddling Braleys underage daughter. Not going to happen.
Maciocia in Edmonton, could be on the bubble very quickly if the Esks stumble out of the gate and are in fear of missing the playoffs for a second straight year. In fact if the Esks don’t make the playoffs he will be gone. Look for Danny to be gone by mid season and scooped up by the Als as there new bench man.
Higgins in Calgary, is also on the bubble if the Stamps show any sort of post season hangover. They probably wont so Flanders should last the season, but if its another early playoff exit, he will be moved upstairs to make room for Cortez to take over.
Austin in Regina, is probably the most difficult of the bunch to get a read on, because he is new and because he has never been a head coach before. In fact I cant recall the last time an OC was fired only be hired by another team as their head coach, with no prior experience at the position. Flip a coin on this one, my guess is he lasts the season at least.
Berry in Winnipeg, will be under the microscope this year. Last year was a cinderella story and he could do no wrong. This year expectations are much higher, first place in the east and a deep run in the playoffs are expected in Milts last season. He should last the season as long as the train doesnt go completely off the rails.
Pinner in TO, is the poster boy for football in Toronto and the league for that matter. Next to Wally his job is the safest.
Taaffe in Hamilton, its going to be rough, but as long as the team is headed in the right direction and continues to improve, he should be allowed a season. He has his GM behind him.
Popp in Montreal, obviously he isnt going to fire himself, or is he. Jim is wearing so many hats right now for this team I just don’t think he can do it all, or wants to. After the Als commence their fall slide look for Jim to replace himself. Maciocia should be available by then.
So there you have it, my take on this years coaching casualties.