Coordonnateur à l'attaque et/ou entraîneur-chef

La nomination de Campbell à la barre des Afro-Communistes, conjugée aux nominations annoncées cette semaine permet de pousser un peu plus loin les spéculations sur les possibilités pour les postes d'entraîneur-chef et/ou coordonnateur à l'attaque.

Je crois que le plan #1 demeure le retour (hélas!) de Popp comme entraîneur-chef, ce qui supposerait que l'équipe doive trouver un coordonnateur à l'attaque.

On sait que Paul LaPolice et Jacques Chapdelaine sont sur le marché, et probablement Doug Berry dès le 1er janvier 2014, quoique Berry ne cherche probablement pas un poste d'entraîneur-chef, encore moins avec les Alouettes. George Cortez ne quittera sans doute pas Regina pour un poste identique à celui qu'il occupe après la saison qu'ils ont eue. Les options se refermant pour les postes d'entraîneur-chef, ces derniers devront considérer les postes disponibles et demeurent probablement en mode écoute pour les offres à venir. Seuls les Alouettes n'auront pas d'entraîneur-chef officiel après l'annonce de l'embauche de Campbell.

Par contre, il y a des postes de coordonnateur à l'attaque disponibles à BC, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa et Montréal. Si Popp doit demeurer entraîneur-chef, il se doit d'embaucher un coordonnateur à l'attaque crédible et solide. Ce quelqu'un devra accepter de travailler avec les entraîneurs en place, ce qui complique davantage la situation.

Dans la situation des Alouettes, je vois mal comment quelqu'un qui a de l'expérience dans la LCF (LaPolice, Chapdelaine, Cortez) viendra assumer ce poste sans relativement choisir son personnel. Ça pourrait être possible si les potes du candidat ne sont pas disponibles, mais ce ne sera probablement pas une situation à long terme. Il est donc probable que Popp soit forcé de regarder ailleurs que parmi ceux qui ont de l'expérience dans la LCF pour ce poste, ou qu'il regarde du côté de quelqu'un qui serait coordonnateur à l'attaque pour la première fois (Khari Jones, par exemple) et pour qui ce serait une promotion.

La situation demeure donc compliquée et je me demande bien comment Popp va réussir à dénicher la perle rare cette fois.

The next domino to fall should be the Lions Offensive Coordinator position.

If Cortez goes to the Lions. Lapolice will probably return to the Riders otherwise Lapolice will end up in BC.
I don't think Chappy will be interested in an OC job in the CFL. I see him going back to the CIS.
Bellefeuille is not going to be hired by Popp...
Who's left ? Khari JOnes and Jason Maas who may already have deals in place...

I'd like to be optimistic but Its pretty tough.

Tom Higgins has just quit his CFL head of officiating job to take a Coach position... This is one to follow.

Higgins est sorti du terrain depuis 2007. Je me demande s'il est toujours dans le coup?

My guess is he was asked to quit prior to going job hunting with teams. You can't really have the head of officiating schmoozing for work. As for him going to Edmonton,I am told it is highly unlikely.

Sigh. The coaches are getting snapped up while Popp continues to hold the team for ransom. By the time we get this situation resolved, will there be a single good OC candidate left?

Nope. its like musical chair. Until we are the only chair left nobody is taking this job.

We should not be in this situation every f... year. Buono does not put Mr. Braley through that every off season. This guy is a piece of work...

Agreed. In fact, no other CFL GM puts his team through this crap year after year. A very bad precedent was set with Trestman and it has to stop NOW.

If Bujold is to be believed with this, then why is Popp being painted as the bad guy:

Il reste que les négociations entre les Alouettes et Popp sont actuellement au point mort. Et selon nos informations, la pierre d'achoppement serait la durée de l'éventuelle entente. Popp veut un contrat de deux saisons, tandis que l'équipe préfère une entente à long terme.

Un autre facteur qui pourrait inciter les Alouettes à choisir un nouveau pilote est la crainte de perdre et leur entraîneur-chef et leur directeur général si Popp devait quitter l'organisation. Mais, selon une source, Popp serait prêt à garantir qu'il ne quittera pas les Alouettes pendant son prochain contrat si celui-ci est de deux saisons. L'équipe aurait ainsi le temps nécessaire pour préparer la relève, que ce soit avec Thorpe, Anthony Calvillo ou quelqu'un d'autre.

I don't buy Popp. He's canvassed for NFL jobs the past two offseasons. Why would that change? And why is he so insistent on only a two-year contract, if he's committed to the team? I'm with W&W on this one. If he wants to show that his heart is here, let him show it by signing a long-term contract extension. If not, he can ride out the last year of his current contract and then get the hell out. I'm sick of going through this, sick of one man thinking he's bigger than the franchise. I also think we need new blood in management. No matter how good you are, there will come a time when the scene gets stale and you have to move on. Popp has been GM here for an abnormally long period of time, and it was fine when the on-field product was good. But we've been in steady decline over the past few years and I don't think it's coincidence that the decline started when he moved to NC and began chasing NFL jobs in the offseason...

Maybe the Als are tired of being over a barrel every year not knowing where they are going. When they talk a two year extension what they are talking about it seems is replacing the one year he has left with a two year deal with a coaching salary tagged on. So that means at the end of next year we go through this again and if he flops as a coach next season the owner is on the hook for Popp and Weasel Hawkins salary plus Popp's replacement.

The smart play here is to leave him in his functions, hire a proper head coach and let him go shop his services next year.
We've gotten the best of Jim Popp anyway. These days he's a lot more like a Joe Mack with six kids in tow than anything else. Everyone doing all the hard labour while he throws his weight around. Assign Scott Flory to shadow Popp for the next year. I think he would make a fine GM.

I am not sure if Sherbrooke is looking but could Chap possibliy look to go to the Vet et Or. Could possibliy help with recruiting that may close the gap a bit with his former Rouge et OR.
It seems to be working with the Caribans since Maciola has been ther the gap closed quick. Betaing them in 2012 regular season and nearly beating the Rouge et OR at Telus for a trip to the semis

I think he will try to stay in BC.

Je suis convaincu également. Il est là depuis si longtemps et sa famille y est bien établie. S'il faut prendre un poste dans une université, il aurait de bonnes chances à Simon Fraser. C'est ce qu'il laisse entendre, en tout cas.

I did read somewhere that SFU may be his destination. So it would be NCAA over CIS. Isn't he an SFU Alum but he is also from Sherby and played for the Als

Vancouver, BC is an awesome place to live if you have money. He was also the first coach of the Rouge et Or until he had a falling out with the meddling furniture retailer/football team owner.

So maybe a return to Quebec and hometown Sherbrooke could be in the Cards. Having a long time CFL coach with some success as well as the first ever Rouge et OR coach could do a lot for recruiting as well as a former Als receiver

Sherbrooke might like it, not sure Chapy is.

I guess he would have at least a year getting paid to think about it. How many year does Chap have left on his Lions contract?
Sherby does have the Corprorate model so I imagine they could make him a nice offer
The Messiah has a couple of years left, so they have the QB. Surrounding him with a better Oline would need to be a priority in recruiting