answer: 1983

Q: when is the last time a montreal team missed the playoffs (if I did my checking right)

The Alouettes and Lions currently have the longest playoff streaks at 18 and 17 years respectively (not counting Concordes). It's quite likely one of those streaks will be snapped this year.

Best Montreal Alouettes Football team ever;

Grey Cup 1974 - Montreal rolls over Edmonton 20-7 in Vancouver.... :cowboy:

That should be 20 for the Als. I know officially it's 18, but the decision to not count the franchises time in Baltimore yet give them all the history of the previous Alouette teams they have absolutely no connection to is one of the dumber decisions the CFL has made.

Longest Current Play-off Runs
1983.....Montreal Concordes.....5-10-1-11(Defunct)
1986.....Montreal Alouettes......4-14-0-8 (Franchise inactive "87-95")
1996.....B.C.Lions.................5-13-0-10
The Rest of the League last year missed play-offs
2004.....Calgary Stampeders.....4-14-0-8
2011.....Saskatchewan Riders....5-13-0-10
2011.....Toronto Argonauts.......6-12-0-12
2012.....Hamilton Ti-Cats.........6-12-0-12
2013.....Winnipeg B.Bombers.....3-15-0-6
2013.....Edmonton Eskimos.......4-14-0-8

1996.....Ottawa R.Riders..........3-15-0-6 (Defunct-inactive '97-01")
2005.....Ottawa Renegades........7-11-14 (Defunct-folded after "05" season]
2014.....Ottawa REDBLACKS.......?-?-?-? (Expansion Team)