Thursday, 15 December 2011

Will Marc Trestman Be The Alouettes Head Coach Past 2012?

We’re in the following days concluding the 2011 CFL campaign! A lot has transpired in the coaching ranks where 50 percent of the league will have a new field general patrolling the sidelines in 2012.

However, to take a closer look at the current Alouettes situation in the aftermath raid by the Argonauts, as they were able to poach Scott Milanovich, and Jonathan Himebauch to their staff, one has to wonder where does Marc Trestman stand entering the last year of his contract?

In the last two media sessions of the year, he declined all questions related to his status. He would not reveal any details of his future plans with the team.

To look at his body of work, it is peculiar that a coach of his ilk, who arguably has had the best start to a CFL coaching career by going to three consecutive Grey Cups and winning two in a row, has he not been locked up to a long-term deal.

Entering the last year of his deal is Trestman bracing for serious changes to overall landscape of this team in 2013?

His career has been best intertwined with Anthony Calvillo, whom he transformed and rectified the future CFL hall of fame’s career. Calvillo is entering the final turn of his career, so maybe Trestman sees this upcoming year as his last run at potentially winning a Grey Cup with the old warhorse?

If Calvillo indeed retires at the end of the 2012 season, does Trestman want to cash in on his very high stock to go back south?

Ever since his first year with the Alouettes, his name had linked to various NFL and NCAA jobs. In 2010, his former alma mater, the University of Minnesota, was searching for a head coach. Many felt he had a strong chance to get the job.

According to those who are close to the program, he was the choice of many important alumni members because of the success he had at that point with the Alouettes. Of course the job ended going to former Northern Illinois head man, Jerry Kill.

Moving forward, 2011 was a trying year for Trestman. Throughout the season, there were tense moments with the media pertaining to personnel, play-calling, and overall team’s desire amidst their slump.

At times, it seemed that Trestman, who runs the Alouettes ship like an NFL team, where little information is revealed, allowed his guard down. It was highly uncharacteristic of a coach who prides himself on having the correct answer for any question posed to him.

The start of the 2012 season is many months away. But looking at the core of guys on this roster, many key figures are entering the last year of their deals, or potentially contemplating retirement. Remember in the CFL, not everyone is blessed to have financial security playing in this league.

Therefore, a lot of players have second jobs for extra income. As a result, some players opt to hang up their cleats and move on from football.

One has to contemplate will Trestman want to stick around if key employees are not going to be there in 2013? Already he has lost his lieutenant in Milanovich, and important support staff in Himebauch.

The 2012 campaign could go a long way in determining the fate of Trestman. If he views this as so-called transition year where the team might not fair well, maybe he cashes in on his stock and takes the first job that is offered to him down south. Thus, he will be leaving an immense legacy that will be hard to duplicate for the next coach that will come in after him. Time will only tell.

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