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Moffat: Alouettes Move on Without Trestman


MONTREAL -- The Montreal Alouettes are in the market for a new head coach after Marc Trestman was hired by the Chicago Bears on Wednesday.

Here's a look at potential candidates for the Alouettes' post.

Related: Trestman Era Over

For the first time since 2008, the Alouettes will be looking for a new head coach following the departure of Marc Trestman who has accepted a position with the Chicago Bears. Here's the latest on his departure and what it means for the Als.

» Trestman has great memories
» Calvillo ready for new Alouettes era
» New chapter to begin in Montreal


» Moffat: What's next for the Alouettes?
» Calvillo Reacts to Trestman News

Chris Jones -- Dubbed "mad scientist'' for his innovative defensive schemes, Jones spent last season as the defensive co-ordinator, assistant head coach and assistant GM of the Grey Cup-champion Toronto Argonauts. Jones served six seasons as an assistant in Montreal (2002-07) and was a regarded as a frontrunner for the Alouettes' job that ultimately went to Trestman. Jones has been part of three Grey Cup-winning teams and it's unlikely the Argos would prevent him from becoming a head coach if offered the Montreal job.

Jacques Chapdelaine -- The B.C. Lions veteran offensive co-ordinator would fulfil two huge elements in Montreal. The 51-year-old native of Sherbrooke, Que., is not only bilingual but is also a respected offensive mind whose schemes could mesh with Als veteran starter Anthony Calvillo. A former CFL player, Chapdelaine has won both Vanier Cup and Grey Cup titles as a coach and has previous CFL coaching experience with Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton.

Like Jones, the expectation is B.C. wouldn't stop Chapdelaine from becoming a head coach.

Paul LaPolice -- Guided Winnipeg to a 2011 Grey Cup appearance before being fired in August after a slow start to the season. LaPolice is reportedly under contract to the Bombers through the 2014 season which could mean having to negotiate some sort of agreement to take another coaching position. The 42-year-old American compiled a 16-28 record with the Bombers and has previous CFL coaching experience as an assistant with Toronto, Winnipeg, Hamilton and Saskatchewan.

Greg Marshall -- A respected, longtime defensive co-ordinator in the CFL, Marshall's first head-coaching job lasted just eight games.
He was fired by Saskatchewan midway through the 2011 season. The 56-year-old American reportedly remains under contract with the Riders through this season. The six-foot-five Marshall is a former CFL defensive lineman who served as a defensive coach with Saskatchewan, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg and Hamilton over 17 seasons before being named Riders head coach.

Danny Maciocia -- The 45-year-old Montreal native has spent the last two years coaching the University of Montreal squad but has extensive CFL experience. He has served as an assistant with the Alouettes (1999-2001) before becoming Edmonton's offensive co-ordinator (2002-04). He was promoted to head coach in 2005 and added the director of football operations job title in '07.

Jim Popp -- The Alouettes GM has served as head coach but is very unlikely to do so this time. But he's the wildcard given he'll decide on Trestman's replacement. Popp isn't afraid to think outside the box and raised eyebrows when he hired Trestman, who was hardly a household name. Popp could again bring in another unheralded coaching candidate this time around.

Fan Poll
Who will be the next coach of the Montreal Alouettes?
1) Doug Berry
2) Chris Jones
3) Paul LaPolice
4) Marcel Bellefeuille
5) Danny Maciocia
6) Jacques Chapdelaine
7) Other


Fan Comments
Glen Constantin is absolutely the best choice. As a Ti-Cats fan I hope not, but if you want a Canadian coach. You know he's the Bear Bryant of CIS football.
January 17, 2013 - 8:29pm
als rule
from LAVAL U BUT if he does become als HC McMaster U will be happy!!
January 18, 2013 - 12:02pm
als rule
been reading/watching everything on trestman jumping ship to chicago!! he's re-cycling everything he said when hired by the alouettes!! he'll go as far in the NFL as his OC, DC and STC take him!! he's nothing BUT a glorified QB coach!! his CFL team started out rather well with his offence BUT got stale fast and he couldn't adjust and had 2 terrible years to end his CFL career!!
January 17, 2013 - 5:51pm
Boy have you changed YOUR tune!!! You thought he was a great coach when the Als made it to the Grey Cup! Just can't stand losing!!! You MIGHT have to get used to it!! LOL LOL LOL!!
January 17, 2013 - 9:53pm
als rule
you certainly are mr funny of the CFL!! my comment has nothing to do about losing!! it has to do about TRUTH!! past 2 years the montreal offence was as usual A+ BUT for 2 straight years the defence and S/teams got worse not better!! what YOU have to get used to is nothing will change!! montreal will continue to win and hamilton continue to lose!! LOL LOL LOL
January 18, 2013 - 11:58am
Can't believe that the Als would be interested in recycling coaches like Marshall, LaPolice, or Maciocia, who have already failed elsewhere.
January 17, 2013 - 3:46pm
als rule
you got that right jack!! all bums as HCs other then jones!!
January 17, 2013 - 5:17pm
I have to agree with that. I'd be surprised to see any of them land in Montreal.
January 17, 2013 - 6:33pm