Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Jones Leaves Alouettes Coaching Staff, Who's Next?

Are we seeing the beginning of the end of the Alouettes coaching staff? According to RDS football insider, Didier Ormejuste, on his Twitter account (@44DidierRDS) he wrote that secondary coach Daronte’ Jones has now accepted the same position with the University of Hawaii.

Marc Trestman will have to go through his phone book to replace another member of his supporting staff. With the exception of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats this year. Usually CFL coaching staffs are pretty much completed at this juncture of the offseason. We have yet to hear who will be the new offensive line coach, and now the secondary coach.

Don’t forget the pending situation on whether or not Jim Popp will be considered as a serious candidate as the next general manager of the Indianapolis Colts. This organization could be entering an unexpected abyss of trying to search and replace these openings.

As written before, if Popp does get the job, could he bring Trestman, or even former NFL player and defensive line coach Michael Sinclair?

As for Jones, you cannot blame him for taking a more secure situation by joining the staff of newly named head coach Norm Chow. In-fact, Chow and Jones did coach together at UCLA in 2010. By joining the Warriors, who will soon be entering the Mountain West Conference, Jones is in a more comfortable environment knowing that there is stability of working under Chow the next few years.

Whereas with Trestman, and I am sure this is running through the minds of the other assistants, what if he doesn’t come back to the Alouettes. Their jobs are not guaranteed with whoever will be the next head coach. Therefore, some have taken on another challenge elsewhere.

With CFL free agency five weeks away, if the Alouettes are to dip into the market, they will need to have their position coaches named well before that. Otherwise, perspective players may be hesitant to sign on-regardless of the success this organization has had in the last 15 years.

Since the end of the season back in late November, three coaching assistants have departed from the team; who will be the next to go; Popp, Trestman, Sinclair or someone else?

I sure hope for the Alouettes sake that team owner Bob Wetenhall and team president Ray Lalonde have a succession plan in place. It seems they might have to put it in play a bit earlier than expected if they hope to avert any disaster of the aforementioned key figures potentially leaving the organization for the NFL or NCAA.

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