Very good chance of that - unless he gets an offer (or 2) from NFL to be a career backup for balance of his football life . . . . perhaps at $800k to 1 million (US 's)
Wally Buono’s replacement comes down to these 5 guys:
- Devon Claybrooks (DC in Calgary)
- Paul LaPolice (OC in Wpg.)
- Noelle Thorpe
- Matt Dunigan
- Travis Lulay
Of the above - Lulay & Dunigan are the longshots - but both have great cases to be made. Lulay is a mature guy who knows the ins and outs of his football team. Don’t underestimate him cuz he’s a gamer who walks into enemy territory bare-chested.
Dunigan has been out of football a long, long time. A real scream 'n hustle guy - but he’s 56 or 57 and the sideline game may have passed him by.
Claybrooks would have to be the hot favorite (health issues aside).
Plopster would be #2 but the rap on Plop is he’s really bad at disciplining or confronting players. A technical genius but his interpersonal skills are loosey-goosey and default to avoiding confrontation at any cost.
Thorpe should be a higher favorite than Plop but who knows? Doesn’t have as big a name as Plop, Dunigan, Lulay or Claybrooks to be sure.
If I get enough odds I’m putting my bet down on Lulay. Surround him with a great OC & DC and leave Wally in play as a football consultant - that might be the smart play. In this league - anything can succeed, almost anything can fail.\
P.S. Add former Rider HC Champ Chamblin to the mix. Hear he’s ready to return to the CFL and this could be his entry ticket