Well, after about 25 years of hard work and sacrifice, Mike Benevides finally got to run a CFL team as a head coach. That was back in 2012. But I guess the way things have been going over the past 3 years the writing was on the wall.
After 3 years as head coach the Lions have parted company with head coach Mike Benevides. Though the team made the playoffs in each of the 3 years Mike was head coach the team never won a playoff game. The good news for Benevides is that he still has two years salary coming. I'm sure he was making an annual six figured salary. This will go far while unemployed.
But what does a guy in his mid forties do now. Will he be picked up by another team as a coordinator perhaps? I wish Benevides and his family well as they begin to sort things out and seek new opportunities. It has to be difficult emotionally to be the head coach of an entire pro football team one day and to be unemployed the next.
It will be interesting to see who fills the head coaching position and what other personnel changes the Lions will need to make. For sure Benevides was not thrown under the bus on this one but Wally Buono has to take some of the ownership after all he was the guy signing up players, some of whom were disappointments.
I wonder who the next Lions head coach will be and more importantly if that individual will be able to make a difference with the personnel management brings in. Clearly, upper management figured Benevides should have done better with the team he was given despite losing key players during the season.
It's got to be tough being a head coach. Good luck Mike Benevides. :thup: