Le prochain entraîneur-chef

Malgré toutes les incertitudes et le travail qu'il y aura à faire dans cet entre-saisons, Jim Popp doit se mettre sans tarder à la recherche d'entraîneurs, à commencer par un entraîneur-chef, que ce soit pour la prochaine saison ou la saison d'après si le budget de l'équipe ne lui permet pas d'en embaucher un autre pour 2014.

Il va sans dire que ma préférence serait de voir Thorpe diriger l'équipe, avec sa façon d'établir clairement ce qu'il attend de ses joueurs, comment le système doit fonctionner et comment chacun doit réussir ses affectations. Thorpe a montré qu'il est organisé, excellent communicateur, qu'il a du leadership et qu'il sait travailler en équipe. J'avais d'autres projections il n'y a pas si longtemps, mais après avoir vu ce que Thorpe a accompli cette année, je crois qu'il mérite sa chance de passer au niveau suivant.

La difficulté demeure de savoir qui va rester dans le giron de l'équipe et qui va quitter le navire. Je crois que les Alouettes peuvent garder Thrope, Nelson et Willis malgré que les sirènes tourneront autour d'eux. S'il fallait les perdre, Popp se retrouverait dans une situation pire qu'en décembre dernier. C'est pourquoi il devra régler cette question sans trop tarder.

À l'attaque, ça devient plus compliqué. Mais je me demande si Paul LaPolice ne serait pas prêt à reprendre du service. Il ne semble pas si enchanté de son travail à TSN. Je ne le vois pas comme entraîneur-chef, mais il avait fait du bon travail avec les Roughriders comme coordonnateur à l'attaque. Cela dit, il demeure que les autres postes d'entraîneurs à l'attaque seront à combler (sauf peut-être celui de Verducci) et ça crée une charge supplémentaire.

Clairement, le choix du prochain entraîneur-chef ne doit pas trop tarder, histoire que l'équipe n'ait pas à revivre un épisode comme celui de l'hiver dernier.

My feeling for what it`s worth (probably not much) is that it is going to be:

a) Jim Popp with Thorpe promoted to Assistant Head Coach or

b) an NFL assistant coach whose name has not yet come up.

Just as important as Head Coach is a creative, CFL experienced offensive co-ordinator.

J'ai oui-dire que Paul Lapolice serait nommé entraîneur-chef d'Ottawa. Je suis également d'avis qu'il faudra agir vite car on compte au moins quatres équipes, si ce n'est cinq (MTL, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Edmonton et peut-être BC) qui sont ou seront à la recherche d'un entraîneur-chef. Bien que j'aimerai aussi voir un Dave Dickenson, Blake Nill ou Chris Jones comme entraîneur-chef, si on veut battre le fer tant qu'il est chaud, nommons Noel Thorpe comme entraîneur-chef. Il nommerait sûrement à son tour Danny Maciocia comme entraîneur à l'attaque (non merci mais peut-être inévitable). Ceci étant dit, je préfère cela plutôt que se faire voler Thorpe par les Bombers ou les Eskimos.

I do agree with idealsheldon on number 1: Jim Popp as Head Coach and Noel Thorpe as Assistant. I have been saying/writing this for months. If not Jim,it will be Noel.

I definitely don't expect that it will be a NFL assistant; Mr.Wetenhall won't pay half a $ million yearly for a competent NFL assistant and overhaul the whole coaching staff. Beside Marc Trestman, can anyone name me an NFL assistant that came to the CFL and did great?

Quoi qu'en disent les Mario Langlois,Matthieu Proulx et Pierre Vercheval, Jim Popp est le candidat logique et qualifié. Je ne veux rien savoir de Dave Dickenson, de Paul LaPolice et encore moins de Jacques Chapdelaine comme entraîneur-chef.

Oui,certains adjoints seront probablement remplacés mais je ne serais pas surpris si un de Doug Berry et Mike Miller ou les deux demeurent avec les Alouettes. Mike Miller,je crois, a signé un contrat de deux ans,en février dernier; Anthony voulait qu'il demeure avec l"équipe,suite au congédiement de Dan Hawkins. On ne doit pas oublier qu'il a failli être nommé entraîneur-chef; Jim Popp a du voir certaines qualités en lui. Je ne serais pas surpris,suite à ses commentaires, si,éventuellement, Anthony devienne entraîneur des quarts; il pourrait,en 2014, et étant donné qu'il veuille prendre l'été de congé, devenir consultant à l'entraîneur-chef.

Richard

Peut etre l'ancien entraineur-chef d'Edmonton Danny Maciocia? He's a Montrealer and speaks french? Also is there no interest in former head coach Doug Berry? Cheers.

I am hoping that Ottawa will hire Bellefeuille and Maciocia as a HC/OC combo (either way), Personally have never been impressed by either, and it would doom their offence (IMO).

Two outside the box possibilities are Blake Nil and Marcus Brady, as one comes from the CIS and the other has limited coaching experience. In any event I just hope they avoid the CFL retreads (Berry, Lapolice, etc.) as HC. Hawkins having failed miserably is no reason to go for the justifiable/experienced choice; it just means they have to research more and pick better.

Who knows, if the season totally goes south for DA BEARS, Trestman might be available. LOL

C'est aussi ma crainte avec Thorpe. Il n'a pas de reseau.

Many of you don't feel that Jim Popp wouls be/is a good Head Coach and I don't have problems with you views. Nevertheless, I ask you: Would you rather have Danny Maciocia as the new Als Head Coach? The lobbying for him or a canadien français has begun in Journal de MTL. Jacques Chapdelaine and Glen Constantin are mentioned.

I do hope that Don Matthews will tell Mr.Wetenhall to forget about these individuals/scenario.

My options remain:

1-Jim Popp as Head Coach and Noel Thorpe as Assistant. Doug Berry could be the Offensive coordinator and QB coach,until Anthony joins the coaching rank; Mike Miller could be the new Receiver Coach.

2- Noel Thorpe as Head Coach and Mark Nelson as Defensive Coordinator; as in number 1 for Doug and Mike.

Richard

What does that have to do with anything? Nobody in their right mind would want Maciocia here. But that doesn't mean we can't and shouldn't try to do better than Jim Popp. It's a sad day when these are our only two options for head coach of a franchise with a long tradition of winning in recent years.

To me, the new head coach needs to be a good football man, preferably from the offensive side of the ball, so he can effectively supervise the OC (unlike Popp). He needs to have coached pros, not necessarily CFL, but pro at least.

1-Jim Popp as Head Coach and Noel Thorpe as Assistant. Doug Berry could be the Offensive coordinator and QB coach,until Anthony joins the coaching rank; Mike Miller could be the new Receiver Coach.

2- Noel Thorpe as Head Coach and Mark Nelson as Defensive Coordinator; as in number 1 for Doug and Mike.

Richard


I don't think Thorpe is ready to be HC. And while I like Mark Nelson, Thorpe has put HIS identity on the D and it wouldn't be the same with Nelson in charge. I'd rather keep Thorpe as DC -- giving him a chance to grow and learn how to make in-game adjustments, etc.

I say interview as many candidates as possible at this point in time. You never know what may happen and who may come in well prepared.

The time is now to start this process then narrow it down to a few who would make serious candidates.

I doubt Noel will be promoted. We've had four DC in the last four years. We need some consistency there. Also during his presser I got the definite impression Jim was not satisfied with the play calling or playbook on offense.

It's always the same thing with those bums in the media. Maciocia and Constantin are not even interested, why they keep bringing up these two ??? To make it worse, Maciocia has proven nothing in Edmonton or UM and Constantin get's to run a program with at least four times the budget of the next biggest College program in the country. You could put probably half the HC in the CIS and get the same results.

Si ça vend du papier et des annonces, la caballe va reprendre encore une fois.

Constantin, Maciocia, Vercheval et Chapdelaine ont tous décliné l'an dernier. Je ne vois pas pourquoi Popp devrait encore retourner vers eux.

Chose certaine, je ne veux pas d'un entraîneur-chef seulement parce qu'il parle français ou parce qu'il vient de cette province. Je préfère qu'il soit un candidat qui peut faire avancer l'équipe et la remettre sur le chemin de la victoire.

Tu n`aimais pas quand Hawkins parlait francais? :smiley:

Should we examine how effectively a person will function in the future, the best way to ascertain this is to examine how he has functioned in the past. Popp has not been effective in his three OC tries to date and, it is logical to perceive that he will again be a failure with a 4th kick at the can. Thorpe has been our most effective coach this past season in his defensive coach position. Why not keep him there? AS I've noted before Burke, Stubler and Greg Marshall were all successful defensive coaches but, all were very unsuccessful when they moved to the head coach position. Thorpe will most likely follow the pattern of the 4 coaches mentioned above and, the odds are he will likely be an unsuccessful head coach. Out team has a great defense but, an extremely poor offense as evidenced by their scoring 2 points in the first half of their last game. Our greatest need is to find a team leader who has a history of offensive success. None of the 4 coaches noted above fill this description. Let us not, again follow this unsuccessful pattern. I would keep Thorpe on defense, maybe making him an assistant head coach. As for Popp, place him in a position where he does achieve success and, let him begin the process of finding a coach with known and recognized offensive strength.

LeStaf,

My respect and salutation to you. Your comment is such a cool, fresh air. God knows I spent times in discussion boards during the Randy Cunneyworth (of the Canadiens) debacle, debating those who prefer that the Canadiens losing as long as they have francophone coach, preferably a Québécois.

Paul LaPolice a refusé de se joindre aux Lions. J'espère que Popp alimente son intérêt pour le poste de coordonnateur à l'attaque à Montréal.

According to the Vancouver Province, LaPolice is sticking with TSN. They apparently extended his contract and gave him more money.

Cortez also turned the Lions down. They are looking at Khari Jones and Jason Maas is also showing interest, although they do not say if the interest is mutual.

I think Lapo would have been a great fit as OC. When he was with the Riders he had talent and a young mobile QB.
In Winnipeg it was a mess from the beginning.

In Montreal he would have talent and an experienced mobile pro football QB however if TSN has signed him on for more money under the new deal with the CFL he will have job security with some additional CFL programming coming.

I would have loved to see what he would have been able to do with Troy Smith behind that Oline with a great combo of offensive weapons the ALS have on offense. Starting with Sutton, Lavoi, Carter, and Richardson all have great skill sets for their positions. Also packages for young RB Lumbala as well as power back like Messam to change things up in the backfield.

on a side note he was in Winnipeg when they drafted Jade Etienne in 2011 and was fired before he had a chance to develop. He is a free agent without a high price tag I wonder if Lapo would have targeted him as a Canadian receiver.

Durocher in Le Journal today has a story "Le dossier de lentraineur traine". Its paywalled so can`t post a link, had to buy the paper. $1.25 for Le Journal these days - tabarouette!

Still status quo, Popp wants to commit to only 2 years, the Als want 4. Meanwhile he has been at Bowl games talking to players and coaches.

Weightman starting to get a little impatient but says last year Hawkins was only hired Feb. 16.

The same story mentions Martin Bedard negotiating with the team, but wanting a chance with an NFL team. And I want a chance with Angelina Jolie.